Happy Holidays: Carin, Natasha, and Catrina

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Hi there! I am Carin, your holiday Mom, welcome to our family.  We hope you can feel the welcome even though it’s virtual!

We are a patchwork quilt family which means we come from many different biological units and we have chosen to be together as a family. We are a tight-knit group and we tend to know what is going on in each other’s lives so that we can always support each other. This is where you come in, while we can’t be together physically, we are happy to add your patch to our family quilt. Each patch, each unique and wonderful person that is added to our family quilt is what makes it beautiful. The connections made and the appreciation and respect for each other’s differences are what makes it, and us, strong. Continue reading

Happy Holidays: Mom Sue

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Dear Holiday Child:

I have a gift for you dear one. It’s a reminder that you are without a doubt in the world, a loveable human being who deserves to be treated as such. You deserve the love of others and you deserve to love yourself!  I don’t presume for one minute to have walked in your shoes.  I know, as LGBTQ you find that some people have a hard time accepting you but I accept you as you are.  During this season you may find yourself alone but I want to assure you I’m thinking of you with love. Continue reading

Happy Holidays: Mom Ann

Ann1Dearest Child,

I am imagining you joining in with my family and me to celebrate the holiday. When you come in out of the snow, there is the fragrant smell of our Christmas tree! The lights are brightly lit, and we all help finish trimming the tree. When the star is set on the top, it’s beautiful! Continue reading

Happy Holidays: Jessie

blue xmas cookiesDear Holiday Child:

First, you have to know that I don’t have any children of my own, but, lately, in these last 6 months, I have been blessed by being able to play with a wonderful group of children.  I only have to go down the block from me to a day care center for children they call “at risk.”  Their dads might be in prison, or their moms are alone trying to raise them and going to school and working at the same time. They hunger for one on one contact – as we all do. Continue reading

Happy Holidays: Mama P

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Hi Sweetheart,

I’m so glad we found each other here. Consider this letter a holiday invitation to my virtual home. I’m excited to share my holiday traditions with you! I love things that smell spicy and earthy like holiday candles and simmering cloves and cinnamon. When you walk through my front door you’ll be bathed in the fragrance and some twinkle light on a ceramic Christmas tree that was made by my grandmother. I’ll hold you in my arms and welcome you until you think it’s silly that I’m still holding you. I do that with my other grown children too.   They are my gorgeous biracial son and daughter. By the way, I hope you like board games. On the holidays we like to play scrabble or catch phrase. Continue reading

Happy Holidays: Mom Katie

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Hello, Love Bug!

My very open and loving grandfather used to refer to us as Love Bugs, and I wish to extend that endearment to you.  LGBTQ?  We don’t care what letter of the alphabet.  You are more than welcome into our hearts and virtual home!  You had better watch out, though, there is a good chance my 8 and 6-year-olds will want to pounce all over you as they love visitors!   Continue reading

Happy Holidays: Ellen

EllenDear Holiday Sibling,

Happy Holidays! I’ve missed seeing you, I can say that even though we don’t really know each other. Being away at college for the first time has been tough, but I know that you would be proud of how I’m doing, as much as I am of you.  I’m proud of everything you’ve done this year. I’m proud of you for holding your head up high and being your wonderful LGBTQ self. I’m so amazed at the strength you’ve shown and the way that you let yourself shine. You truly are a rock in the storm and you should know that. Continue reading

Happy Holidays: Mama Christina

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Dear Holy (Everyday) Child,

You are welcome, just as you are, right now, into the very center of my heart and my home.  Please, come in even though it’s only virtual. Perhaps you feel a little awkward, maybe even a little scared, I do.  First meetings are delicate.  You think you don’t know me, but I am a mother and the mother I am longs to give you a heartwarming, soul-filling hug. Continue reading

Happy Holidays: Aunt Erica

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My name is Erica, but for the season you can call me Aunt Erica. I would be delighted if anyone reading this would like to be considered a part of my extended family. In a very real way you already are.   I am an out lesbian, and have worked for LGBT rights in one way or another since I came out at twenty-three.   I wasn’t as brave as you.  You’ve done it so young. Continue reading