How are you today? Are you getting enough to eat? Sleep? Are you drinking enough water? What about dressing for the weather? I’m sorry; it’s the mom in me. I have to ask. As your holiday mom I reserve the right to worry about you. To care about you; to love you. If you are anything like your holiday brother and sister you are rolling your eyes at me right now. That’s ok. It won’t change anything. I still love you, and I’ll always worry.
How have the holidays been for you? I hope you are able to enjoy the festive season. Come get a drink. Do you want eggnog? Help yourself to whatever you’d like. We have cookies, finger foods, desserts, fruits and veggies for everyone to enjoy. Don’t be shy. Take what you want. There is plenty for everyone.
Let’s go sit in the family room. The tree is lit, and music is playing. Do you have a favorite holiday song? Mine is Happy Xmas by John Lennon. There’s something about that song that just speaks to me. Feel free to play whatever song you want, everyone gets a turn.
It looks like it’s time to open some presents. Don’t worry; I know there is a present or two under the tree for you. Don’t look at me that way; of course we got you something. Why wouldn’t we? Don’t get your hopes too high though, at least one person every year gets a homemade sweater that is, how shall I say this – ugly. Your holiday dad is passing you a beautifully wrapped present. The shiny red box with the green ribbon almost looks too beautiful to open. You do the honors and see what’s inside. There is a toque, gloves, scarf set, as well as some warm socks. This is so you will always feel warm, and know that when you wear them, we are with you. I hope you like them. Oh look, here’s a small blue envelope for you. Don’t be shy, open it. Inside are some gift cards for groceries, food, clothes. Also there are some pieces of paper. On each piece is a word: Love, Courage, Beauty and Acceptance. I’m sure you are confused as to what these are, and are for. With each piece of paper, I want you to see what we see. I want you to know that you are loved, for exactly who you are. Know that you are courageous. It takes courage to be true to oneself, and you have courage in spades. Beauty – there is beauty in you. You are a beautiful gift, and we are so happy to have you with us. Acceptance, this is our gift to you. We accept you. You are enough. You are who you are, and who you are is wonderful.
Oh look, there’s another gift for you. It’s a gift bag with bright colors. I watch your face as you open it. I can’t help but smile as you pull out the annual ugly sweater. Put it on. It’s given with love. This means you are one of us. Welcome, and happy holidays. We are so glad you are here.
Your holiday mom, Fiona