Holiday Mom: Lisa P.

HOLIDAY SCENEMy Dear Holiday Child

It has been to long since we have been in touch! A whole year has passed and I have missed you. Can you believe it is almost that time again! Time for family and friends, time for sharing and giving, time for being loved.  I am so glad you are joining us this year.

So much has changed for our family this year! My oldest is done University and recently moved into her own home. She has a good job, and works so very hard every day. It has been hard to see her move on, but I know it is an important step for her and I know she will do amazing things. My little one is fully engrossed in her last year of high school. She is working so hard to keep her grades up so she can get into University next year, but really it is all about the dress! We just found her the perfect dress, so wish us luck with shoe shopping! I wonder what the future holds for her. Did you have any big changes this year? What new and exciting things have happened to you that ignite your passion? I can’t wait to see how you all will change the world, to make it a better place for people. A world of acceptance and understanding.

So, we are going to do a few things differently this year. As my children grow to adults, I find that there is a need to change things up a bit, make some new traditions that we can carry on. This year, for the first time, they are actually interested in doing Christmas baking with me. They want to learn to make some of the traditional things that we make for the holidays, they even want to make up baskets for co-workers. We will make some shortbread, butter tarts, fudge, and of course Nuts and Bolts, but the girls want to try a few new things, so we will see what they choose. What will you choose for this baking extravaganza? We can make anything you want. We are a little nerdy so you will have to put up with the matching aprons. What new tradition would you like Christmas Eve we will have our annual Gingerbread House decorating contest. We get pretty creative so you better bring your A game. What tradition would you like to add to the festivities this year? What would help to make the holidays special for you? These are the little things that help make the holidays special, what you look forward to every year. We want this to be your best holiday ever.

My motto for life is simple, and summed up by Cinderella’s mother, “Have courage and be kind”. These are words to live by. It takes courage to be your authentic self, to put yourself out there to be accepted and loved and it takes kindness to accept others for who they are. Surround yourself with people who make a difference in your life, who make the effort to be there for you, who lift you up.

I am so proud of you, of all that you have accomplished in your short life. Who you are matters. So love truly, madly, deeply and know that I am here for you always and forever.

Shine brightly my love, for the world is a better place with you in it.

With love

Holiday Mama Lisa


  1. Mason says:

    Thank you so much for this. I teared up reading it. I’ve been through a lot lately and knowing I can come here fo read all of these wonderful letters that are full of love is so heart warming. As for what holiday treats I like, I would have to say chocolate cookies are my favorites. I don’t have kids to bring to see you but I have a wonderful little sister and she would think that you’re just perfect. Thank you again. xxMason

    • lisa says:

      Well chocolate c cookies it is! I will make a double batch just for you. I am glad you find some love when you read the letters here, that is our intent. It sounds like you have a special relationship with your little sister, what a lucky girl she is to have you.

      Mama Lisa

  2. Dael says:

    Mama Lisa,

    I’ll bring over my kids with me. Your two littlest Holiday Grandchildren will love the matching aprons and the endless baking, even if the oldest one will roll her eyes at you. They all deserve a real Grandma, no matter how they were brought into the world.

    Your treats sound like home. Can we make one batch of Nuts and Bolts without the nuts for me? 🙂

    • lisa says:

      I would love some little ones around for the holidays! and the eye rolling is nothing new, I suppose it is a right of passage, but I bet they will enjoy themselves!. Wishing your family all the best for the holidays and new year.

      mama lisa

  3. Dylann says:

    Thank you very much. I love these letters, they bring joy to my life. Would you be able to add Peanut Butter Fudge to the mix? It is one of my favorite holiday treats.

    • Mama Lisa says:

      My Sweet Dylan
      Peanut Butter Fudge sounds fabulous, I will add it to the list. I am wishing you a very Joyful holiday season and an amazing 2016. I am so glad you find joy in these letters.

      sending love
      Mama Lisa

  4. Skyler says:

    Thank you so much for sharing and inviting me into your home for this Christmas holiday. It sounds like you are going to be very busy. Thank you for your encouragement and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Btw…what is nuts and bolts? Enjoy the baking with your kids.


    • lisa says:

      My Dearest Sky, thank you for the holiday wishes. you are welcome any time, I hope you feel the love sent your way. Nuts and Bolts is savory snack made with cheerios, pretzels, nuts, bugles and so much other fun stuff. I bet you will love it.

      merry Christmas
      Love Mama Lisa

  5. Katherine says:

    I came out to my parents in July as Queer. I have been at college since August. Since then, I have realized how much I deserve to be happy, and I deserve to be treated with respect, love, compassion and pride. I am absolutely dreading going home. Right now its finals week, and I see all these kids on Facebook and in class saying how excited they are to go home after finals. I don’t want to go back there. While I’m stressing about doing well on my exams and getting good grades, I also am worried about going home and being subjected to the abuse and disrespect. There isn’t a whole bunch of love waiting for me when I come home, and that makes me really sad. I really wish I had someone who would treat me the way you all write in these letters. I didn’t always know it, but I know now that I deserve to be treated better.

    • Lisa says:

      Katherine my sweet child, I am so thankful you have realized this at such a young age. I have no doubt in the years to come you will surround yourself with those who give you strength and love. Hold onto that over the holidays. I love you.

      Love mama Lisa

    • Holiday Ciocia says:

      Hi Katherine,

      I’m sorry to hear you are not looking forward to the holiday break. It can be difficult when your family of origin disrespects you.

      I hope you can find a few quiet calm moments while you are there, even if it is just taking a minute to look up at the stars or notice a nice holiday light display while you are out and about.

      We are always here if you need more support.

  6. Zach says:

    Thank you for this, I really needed it.
    I hope you find the perfect shoes for that dress.
    As for the baking, I can’t pick just one. I’m a sugar addict!

    • Lisa says:

      Good morning Zach! Shoe shopping will be fun, anything we do together is! I will save a big plate of ” sugar” for you. Wishing you peace.

      Mama Lisa

  7. James Maxwell says:

    I love holiday baking, especially making holiday candy. Can you add making Divinity to the extravaganza for me?

    • Lisa says:

      Yes my sweet child, we will add that to the list! I will need to find a recipe though! Sending you love and light.

      Mama Lisa

        • Holiday Ciocia says:

          Hi James,

          Thank you for reminding me. I tried Divinity once several years ago, and had forgotten all about it. I’m going to try and make some too.

    • Lisa says:

      My sweet child, know that I am thinking of you each day, sending you love and positivity for the year!

      Mama Lisa

  8. Holiday Ciocia says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for sharing your story. What kind of dress was it? Is it for the holidays or a special occasion? 🙂

    • lisa says:

      Greetings! the dress is for my baby;s high school graduation! It is gorgeous and she glows in it. Such a blessing to enjoy these moments with my child.

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