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Dear Holiday Child,
I am so looking forward to spending this season with you. It will be wonderful to have you with me. My husband will be happy to see you, too.
We have a lot of cooking and baking to do. First, we will make the cranberry-orange relish. I use an old-fashioned grinder to grind up cranberries and oranges. Will you turn the crank for me? Then we will mix in some sugar and put it into the refrigerator. It will be so good! I hope you like it.
Next, there are pies to make.
There are apple, pumpkin, pecan and two sweet potato pies. You can help, if you want to. Do you like a different kind of pie? If you do, we will make that, too! They will be served with real whipped cream, of course. We have many cookies to bake and frost. I would love to have you helping me, or just keeping me company.
Because you will be with me, I will put out a lot of my holiday decorations. I have some ceramic things that were gifts from my Mom. She would have liked you. The tree will have many old ornaments that belonged to my Grandmother. Some of them are 90 years old!
On the morning of the holiday, the day begins with church. I play the organ and direct the choir in a small town. You can come along if you like. Maybe you would like to sing in the choir. I will be so proud to introduce you to everyone there. This will be a community service, with people from all of the village churches coming together.
In the afternoon we will take our pies to our friends’ house. There will be all kinds of people there, young and old, black and white. I think you will like these people very much. Before we eat, we join hands around the room and say what we are most grateful for. I will say that I am grateful to have you in my life. The food will be traditional – turkey, stuffing, beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn and even some macaroni and cheese. There is always plenty to eat! Some of the people there like to watch football after dinner. I don’t care for it, myself, but you can watch the game, if you like. There will be some people around your age there.
In the evening we will go home. Maybe we will watch a movie together. I don’t think we will be hungry, but I’ll make popcorn, if you like. Or we can eat some of our cookies! Then, I’ll kiss you goodnight and wish you pleasant dreams.
Chris, your Holiday Mom