Hello Sweetheart, I hope this finds you feeling happy and open to a small adventure. You might think it a little odd to be asked to a stranger’s virtual home for the holiday, but we won’t be strangers for long. We warmly welcome you; there is no need to be shy with us. We welcome you with the belief that you are a delightful individual, and we would like to get to know the unique you that you are. Although we do not know the LGBTQ community, we were raised to see the common ground between us while honoring the unique individuality of each of us, without judgment. We are not religious but we do celebrate the Christmas Spirit of love, compassion and friendship.
I hope you like cats because we have many of them, all rescues. Like so many of us they found themselves alone, not for anything they did, but abandoned for the simple act of existing. Each one is a beauty in its own right, as are you. Seeing them our hearts welled up with love and we just had to include them in our lives, just like we would like to include you! There are plenty of chins that need scratching and bellies that like rubbing, and should you slip one a treat they will be your friends forever. We have no children, our parents are gone, and while we each have a brother they live thousands of miles away so there is just my husband and me, a retired and long married couple. Our home is out in the countryside, but not too far from the city. We usually have a very low-key, drama free and peaceful holiday season. We’ve made up the guest room for you so we are counting on you staying with us for a few days.
We do just as we like, and we will happily include you in the warmth of our home and hearts, please be sure to let us know what makes you feel loved and cared for, as that is our dearest wish. We enjoy good conversations, great meals, and maybe a glass of good cheer while we sit in front of the fireplace watching the snow gently fall. If we’ve had a good snowfall perhaps we’ll bundle up and go sledding down the hill behind the house, it’s a great one and the neighbor children often come by for the fun of it. Hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies will warm us up later.
On Christmas Eve we will make something tasty for dinner, maybe steak or pot roast, lots of lovely vegetables and a nice dessert (what’s your favorite?) After dinner we’ll go for a drive to see all the lighted houses in nearby neighborhoods. Later we may watch an old movie like Scrooge, or It’s a Wonderful Life; maybe we’ll sing some carols if we can remember the words, before we go to our Sugarplum dreams. Christmas Day we usually have apple turnovers with our coffee while we open presents (no early peeking, you don’t want to spoil your surprise!) Perhaps later we’ll go in to Annapolis and look at all the decorations on the boats in the harbor and walk about the old town, before we head home for dinner. We’ll probably roast a chicken or maybe a goose if you’d like that, fresh veggies, and for dessert let’s poach some pears and top them with homemade ice cream! We hope you will enjoy your holiday with us and that you will come back often, whenever you need a dose of love and acceptance!
With love and hugs,
Your virtual family, Elizabeth & Jim