Your Holiday Mom: Titi Rommy

Dear Holiday Child,

Welcome to the holiday season at out quirky home. Thanksgiving might be the most “typical” looking out of all the ones we celebrate, but take a look around. Our family looks like a gathering at the UN. We have lots of different traditions we like to participate in. Maybe you can tell me about some of your favorite traditions as we help ourselves to seconds (or thirds!) of my sister-in-law’s amazing pumpkin pie?

We don’t really do much the day after Thanksgiving other than getting over our turkey comas, but if you like to go shopping, maybe we can head out to town and see what kind of treasures we can find there. I like walking through our small town, hunting for perfect gifts. You can pick out where we’ll stop for lunch. I’m an adventurous eater, so I’ll be game for whatever it is you’d like to try. If holiday crowds aren’t your thing, we can always e-shop in our pjs, wearing fuzzy slippers and drinking the seasonal beverage of your choice. I’m definitely a tea woman, and would be happy to take you through a tour of my over-stuffed tea cabinet.

Chanukah, which my husband and kids celebrate, isn’t too early this year, but we definitely need to get decorating and present shopping done early. Also, when you are at our house, you have to do the Hanukkah dance. It’s one of my husband’s favorite things, next to all the fried food we eat in honor of the holiday. Popeye’s chicken may not be traditional, but I sure enjoy having it!

Solstice is the holiday I celebrate. Maybe you are familiar with it? If not, that’s OK. I’ll be lighting a fire in our fireplace and we’ll have a little cookout over the hearth. Do you like s’mores? My husband and kids like getting fancy and varying things up with Nutella, peanut butter and other spreads. Feel free to be inventive with them. Also feel free to toast the sun with me as it sets. I won’t make you get up early the next day when it rises, unless you want to.

You’ll probably get to know the family corgi, Kit, pretty well too. He loves belly rubs, snuggles and table scraps. He’s a rescue and sometimes gets nervous if he thinks he’s being left out of family gatherings (he is very mystified by my husband’s Hanukkah dance), but the truth is no one gets left out of our family. Not ever. The same goes for you. I know you may have had some rough times, but just know there are people who care out there. They want to know if you love crowds or quiet. They want to see you relax over the perfect cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. They want to know about any weird or off-beat ways you like to celebrate the holidays. Because who you are matters. Please never forget that.

I hope you had a nice time at our holidays. Stay warm, and keep your head up. I’ll be rooting for you.

Abrazos y besitos,

Titi Rommy


  1. Elliot says:

    Thank you for this!! Kit looks so fluffy and warm. im a huge corgi fan and wish i could meet him! (this brought me to tears. thank you.)

    • Titi Rommy says:

      Kit is a big fluffy guy! We finally got him down to a nice healthy weight by playing catch using squeak toys that look like squirrels. He’d be more than happy to curl up next to you, especially if you rub his belly.

  2. Titi Rommy says:

    Sure K! When I’m feeling ambitious I like putting together a big dinner, from appetizer to dessert. Rosemary lemon chicken is my go to, because I link lemon to sunshine/ solar energy. Even though it’s the shortest day of the year, I like to focus on the fact that the days will be getting longer, bit by bit so it won’t feel like midnight at 5 pm anymore.

    I also will have a small cup of sake. I don’t know if you are familiar with the Japanese legend of Amaterasu, the sun goddess, but I like to toast to her grand re-entrance.

    What foods do you like to celebrate with?

  3. K says:

    Titi Rommy,

    Thank you for your letter! Can you tell me more about how you celebrate Solstice? I think I would like to celebrate with you this year.

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