Hello dearest holiday child! I am so very happy you are here with us this year! This year is extra special because I have crocheted a blanket for everyone in the family. And that most definitely includes you! It’s waiting under the tree (though I don’t mind if you open it early!) and has all of your favorite colors worked into it.
If you like cats, we have 2 that would love to spend time with you. Sarah is a white long haired cat who loves attention and cuddles. Miles is a dilute tortie who is polydactyl (she has extra toes on each paw so she looks like she’s wearing mittens!), and she knows all the dog tricks. She LOVES to play fetch with anyone who will throw a toy for her. They will most likely sleep on your bed with you, unless you’d rather close them out because of allergies.
Beware of leaving anything red laying around. Miles is a total thief and her favorite color is red. One year when she was a bit over a year old, I woke up to find that she had scaled the Christmas tree and stolen every red ornament that was on it! None of the rest were touched, and she had piled them all up in her cat bed. Siamese are so naughty sometimes! *laughs*
We are totally informal in our house. I celebrate Yule, but love giving presents so have incorporated that into our holiday tradition. My Dad celebrates Christmas, but we welcome all traditions or none. It’s usually just the two of us for the holidays, we visit family on New Year’s Day, but Christmas is just for us, and now you! We’re pretty relaxed around this time of year. There will be Christmas music playing softly in the background (I usually sneak in some Twisted Christmas Carol’s when Dad’s not looking!), lots of movies to watch and books to read. My library alone is 9 floor to ceiling book cases, and Dad has at least that many of his own. So if you like to read, I’m sure between us we’ll have a book for you!
Dad’s a tea addict, so there are at least 30 different kinds if you like tea. We also keep hot chocolate and spiced cider stocked. For dinner, there will be a spiral ham with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, rolls, and green bean casserole. For dessert, Dad always makes his carrot cake cookies, and we also have pecan pie, ice cream, and a wide variety of Christmas cookies.
Breakfast will be cinnamon rolls made from scratch. Pancakes and waffles, omelettes and sticky pecan rolls. We don’t expect you to eat all of it! *laughs* If you’d rather have something lighter, there is oatmeal and fresh fruit on hand as well.
Presents are opened whenever we wish. Some years we do it on Christmas Eve, some years it’s Christmas morning. And occasionally I just can’t wait to see what people think of what I’ve gotten them, and I make them open theirs as soon as they’re settled in the family room with something to drink and eat! This year MAY end up being one of those years… *grins*
I put out the final touches just before you arrived. I am thrilled you are here with us! But please remember, though I am your Holiday Mom, my love is never limited only to the holidays. I love you and think about you every second of the day, 365 days a year. I wish you days filled with fun and laughter, all the bright and wonderful things that remind me of you. Because YOU are bright and wonderful too. I am blessed to have you in my life, and you make me so proud to know you. You are strong, you WILL get through whatever life gives you, and at the end of the day I and everyone else who loves you will be there to cheer you on.
Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again.