Come inside, kick off your shoes, and let me give you a big hug. You are so incredibly special to me.
Welcome to our home! I love for this house to be an open, welcoming, boisterous place where friends are welcome and there’s always room for one more at our table. There’s certainly room for you, in my house and in my heart.
We have a 5-year-old daughter (your Holiday Sister, Charlotte), and it’s a lot of fun to try to make the holidays magical for her. She is a sweet, energetic (okay, rambunctious) kid who loves to meet new people. In fact, new people are her favorite thing. You’re going to show up at our house and be an instant rock star.
We love to decorate our house with lights and garlands and ceramics painted by my husband’s grandmother. We bake cookies, sing songs, and watch cheesy holiday specials. I love days that we set aside for baking – the house smells of chocolate and gingerbread and peppermint. My daughter loves to “help,” so we play music, sing along, and get messy together. I have an extra apron if you’d like to help too (keeping Little Miss from eating too much of the batter totally counts as helping, by the way). Or, if you’d rather, feel free to sit at the table and keep me company. Here, I’ll make you a cup of hot chocolate.
What are your holiday traditions? We celebrate Christmas, but we welcome your traditions as well – after all, this is your holiday house too! Some years we invite our Jewish friends over to help us trim the tree. We spend the afternoon decorating and then at sundown they get out their menorah and we light the candles for that night. I’ve never celebrated Kwanzaa or other winter holidays, but if you do I’m happy to learn about and participate in your traditions.
We often have friends over for brunch on Christmas morning. One of my family’s traditions is that we always have cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas, and in the last few years I’ve started making them myself. What are your favorite holiday foods? I’d love to cook them for you. Also, let me know if you have any food restrictions. That way, I can make a holiday celebration everyone can enjoy!
Our backyard has a great sledding hill, and you are welcome to come outside with us and hop on a sled. Come on, I’m taking a turn too! After we’ve had our fill, we can go into the family room and hunker down under some blankets by the fireplace, maybe with something hot to drink.
Before I forget, can you please let me know your pronouns? We’ll do our best to use them consistently, and if we slip up I promise it will be because of absent-mindedness rather than disrespect.
Later on, after your Holiday Sister is in bed, let’s just sit on the sofa and quietly talk. You are so very dear to me and I want to know you. I want to know what you like, what you’re passionate about, what your dreams are. Do you have a favorite show? We can marathon it together, if you want. Let’s sit a while, just you and me, and cherish these peaceful late-night moments, as the house quiets around us and the world goes to sleep.
My dear, dear holiday child. I hope as you’re reading this that you’re someplace safe and warm. I hope you know that you are loved, cherished, and wanted. I hope you know you are forever in my heart. You deserve all the love and acceptance the world has to give.
Your Holiday Mom