Well, it is New Years Eve now, and I always get a little emotional. And now that you are joining us for the occasion, I’ll get teary eyed about your coming year and hugging you tight wishing you all the wonders for 2016 that you deserve!
Every year we do our Family Vision Board on our kitchen table, I’m so happy that you’ll be adding to our mosaic! Have a seat right beside me, here’s your stack of magazines, now start ripping! We put on fun music, usually our sixteen year old daughter makes a great playlist for us to listen to, and we all sit around the table tearing out images and words of how we want to feel and the things we would like to accomplish in the next year. What will your words be? Some of mine will be JOYFUL, and INSPIRED, and I’ll find pictures of smiling family and maybe some peaceful yoga type things! It’s really fun. I can’t wait to see what you add to it. After we all place our images on our kitchen table, we put a clear plastic table cloth down and admire our work.
Next it’s fondue time! I hope you like CHEESE! LOL! Our eight year old daughter will want you to sit right next to her, as she just loves to fondue stuff! We do bread and cheese and chicken and steak. There is an oil pot going and a cheese pot, and afterwards we melt Toblerone and dip bananas, marshmallows, and pieces of pound cake into melted chocolate. YUM!
Now it is PYJAMA time! I bought this pair just for you, they are fluffy and warm and we will all go downstairs to play video games in front of the fire. We might watch a movie too. Even though we are all super full from the fonduing, a couple of hours later I will be bringing hot snacks like mozzerella sticks, and mini quiches, and wings, and we always have ripple chips and onion dip, and plenty of pop or soda as some folks in the US call it.
After ALL that, we usually catch a bit of Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on CNN New Years, and we switch around to also watch our local count down. It’s almost time for the count down! When we finally hit HAPPY NEW YEAR, we all get up and hug and kiss, and I usually cry. I can’t help it, I love you guys so much. We run upstairs and our tradition is we open the back door to say goodbye to 2015, and then open the front door to welcome the new year.
I usually take a moment to really let that sink in. I know that this last year may have been hard, and that you may have not felt like people loved and accepted you for who you are and who you love, but I do. And as we stand arm-in-arm in front of the door, looking out at the beautiful white snow, and the stars in the sky, I want to say one thing to you, my child….
HAPPY BEAUTIFUL NEW YEAR, may your heart be filled with love, may you have courage in your soul, and may you always know you walk in beauty, and love, and acceptance.
I love you to the moon and back,
Your Holiday Mom