I’m so excited you are here! Toss your coat on the couch, and leave your shoes at the door. Our home smells toasty and sweet because I’m in the kitchen cooking up my holiday salted caramel sauce. Will you help me stir it? Just keep it moving, so it doesn’t stick to the bottom. I’m making a double batch this year, so you can gift some to your friends. I’d love to meet them some time! Ok, the candy thermometer has reached the magic temperature, let’s take a taste to see if the caramel is done…mmm, yes, I agree, let’s pour it into the mason jars. Go ahead and choose your favorite holiday ribbon to tie around the lid. They look very festive! I can’t wait to gift them…and to pour some caramel over ice cream later tonight! Yum!
Let’s go sit in the living room where your Holiday Dad, Chris, has set up the Christmas tree with your Holiday Brother, Xander, 13. He’s downstairs playing video games, if you’d like to join him. But, look! Here comes your youngest Holiday Brother, Phoenix, 9, who has been waiting for you to hang the ornaments. He’s been asking me every day if today is the day that you’d be home. Dad already hung the twinkling lights, but we saved our boxes of special family ornaments to hang with you, dear Holiday Child. Here’s the ornament my grandmother made for me on my first Christmas, and this ornament smells like gingerbread! That heart shaped one marks the day your Holiday Dad and I got married. Can you find the one that you made? Do you want to make ornaments again this year? The craft box is right over there with paints, glitter, tiny bells, ribbon, and feathers. Now that the tree is up, I can pull out the gifts I’ve been stashing in my room and place them under the tree. I love to pick up the wrapped presents and try to guess what’s inside, don’t you?
For me, the greatest gift of the season is to witness your becoming who you are, such a beautiful soul! Oh, how I love to see your face and notice how you’ve changed since the last time we saw each other. I love the way you wear your own personal style! I want you to know that my heart bursts with love to see you develop into the unique person that you are. Tell me about what you have been doing, what you want to learn about, where you’d like to visit, or do one day. What brings you the greatest joy in life? I want to share in that with you dear one. I also want to hear about the challenges and the things that worry you. You are not alone. I am here to listen with open arms and an open heart. Please know that on the day I became a Mom, a love deeper than any ocean and wider than any imaginable universe was born in my heart! Dear Holiday Child, this love extends to you with so much warmth and acceptance. I love you always and forever, no matter what and because of everything that you are.
You are welcome to stay as long as you’d like, so I made your bed with soft flannel sheets and your favorite warm blanket. Drop off your bags, then pile into the car with me, Dad, Xander, and Phoenix for a ride around the neighborhood to look at everyone’s holiday lights! We especially love to sing along at the yards that have music! I’ll go get the hot chocolate ready.
With Much Love to You,