Happy New Year 2018 from Shamama!

Photo by Annie Spratt

Dear Holiday Child,

Another year done, another year to come! Can you feel the potential in the air? I can.

This year, we had so much love from the world – did you see it? NBC News, the Chicago Tribune, and Sarah Talk. What does this mean? It means that YOU are important to so many more people! They love reading YOUR comments as much as the mom’s letters. That’s how important you are to us! If you have posted a comment, sharing your life back with us, we are so grateful. We write for you, and to hear from you brings us great joy.

I don’t know about you, but I feel a bit sad that we are ending today (only until next Thanksgiving!), but that is what makes the holidays special, don’t you think? At least that is how I see it.

In the mean time, you’re going to need to get out there and be your fantastic self all this next year so that we can hear about it next year! If you will, I will! Deal?

By the way, this year we got a LOT of comments from some of you who have joined us year after year. You told us how things have shifted for the better for you in your life. We are WILDLY excited to hear that, and as proud as any proud mom could be that you took those steps toward your best possible future. We moms know we can’t live your life for you, but we can and will be your HUGE cheering section along the way.

So, I guess that’s it for now. Come back to these letters any time this year that you need a little boost. And know that each one of us moms are thinking of you all year long. We really are.

With so much love,



PS, Letter Mama Yvonne is our behind-the-scenes magic-maker here, and she really made everything happen this year. She puts out the call for letters, reads and approves each and every comment, and basically makes it all work! Mom Marni has handled Tumblr responses year after year. Join me in blowing them a thankful holiday kiss across the internet miles…


  1. Auntie Tracey says:

    Thank you Marni and Ciocia! I have also “lived” with Aids for the past 22+ years so I see the both sides of what these kids go through.

    Love and Lite


  2. Lisi P says:

    Thank you so much for the amazing work that you all do. These letters have meant so much to me. I can truly feel the love in each letter that I read. Each letter has helped me to realize that I am enough just as I am. My gender is valid and more importantly I myself am valid.

  3. Your Holiday Ciocia says:

    Thank you to Shamama, Yvonne and all the other wonderful folks behind the scenes. I love visiting this site and it’s become a holiday tradition. I’ll be counting down the days to next year and looking forward to hearing about what my holiday nieces, nephews and other not gender boxed in family members are up to. Happy New Year everyone!

    • Letter Mama Yvonne says:

      Thanks to you for being such a wonderful supportive member of our family.

  4. Amy says:

    Thank you! Thank you all! I still have my parents’ support, but I have shared this with my friends who need the extra love. I have also submitted to be a letter writer next year. Blessings of the season upon you all!

    Love and Light,


  5. Auntie Tracey says:

    I am so glad I found you. Even as an older gay women I have learned many things also. I am turning 55 this year (Cinco Cinco Fabulous!) I will be back next year to watch your magic unfold!

    Until then…

    Much Love

    • Mom Marni says:

      Dear Tracey,

      We’re so glad you found us too! I’ve noticed as you have left words of love and encouragement on comments throughout the season. I know that your words have made a world of difference. Your contributions are very much appreciated.

      Happy Cinco Cinco Fabulous this year! This year is Cincuenta Fabulous for me, but having experienced some of the same things when I came out 25 years ago as these kids are experiencing now, there are many mom letters that STILL bring me to tears. And things are so different now with the drilled down definitions and labels as kids try to really figure out who they are — I learn something new every year.

      Much love and many blessings to you, dear Tracey!


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