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: 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: 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: Mom Christine

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Beautiful One…Yes, you! You are so beautiful!

If I could I open the doors to my home to you at this very moment I would. However, we may never meet in person, so please allow me to open my heart fully to you in this moment.

Let’s imagine, you and I, that we are together and it’s Christmas Eve. I hope you like noise and a French bulldog that jumps a lot! I’m a mom and a wife. I have two children, Cheyenne who is 18 and a senior this year, and Athan who is 11. My husband, George, is Greek and quite vocal. Continue reading

Happy Holidays: Mom Kari

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Hello Beautiful Soul,

I’m writing to you with love, with an invitation to come into my virtual home.  Please come in and imagine being in the warmth within.  We embrace you upon entering and are so happy to share our holidays with you.  Our family is quite relaxed, and though the holidays can be filled with such expectations, in my home we are only concerned about being together and enjoying each other.  We are a small family, my 4-year-old daughter, my husband, 2 cats and I, but we don’t lack enthusiasm for this time of year.   Continue reading

Happy Holidays: Michele

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Welcome to our family,

Thank you so much for coming, I wasn’t sure when we sent this virtual invitation if you would be comfortable sharing your holiday with a different family. I want you to know that if my son or daughter came out to me, I would not react the same way that your family might have. Nothing could be further from my mind. Everyone should be allowed to love whoever they want and be happy. Continue reading

Happy Holidays: Mom Becky

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Hello young friend—

Come on in, and welcome to my House of the Holidays. This is a perfect time for your virtual visit. I’m taking a little break from planning and preparation, and, for the first time in a decade, my house is NOT the hub for guests and get-togethers. Which means, fortunately, I have some time on my hands and some extra cookies to offer with my homemade spicy Mayan drinking chocolate.  I hope you’ll accept these little treats and the love with which they are offered. I fear, being so young in the LGBTQ community, that you sometimes feel lonely or left out. I want you to know there is a home here where you are wanted and welcome to imagine yourself completely at home. Continue reading

Happy Holidays: Auntie Pamela

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Dear Holiday Child of My Heart,

Do you feel the Christmas Magic in the air? Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and imagine yourself at my front door. Through your mind’s eye, see my twinkling lights. They sparkle like the light in your eyes. Welcome to our home. In our house, we don’t look at packaging, we look at souls. We see the beautiful, unique, expression of life which is YOU! If it is okay, I would like to give you a big hug. I am a hugger and love to share energy with others through a welcoming hug.

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