Listen To This Holiday Message
As a mother of an LGBTQ child, I want to extend my love to you this holiday season. I want to be your Holiday Mom . . . if you would like that too. I know the holidays can be difficult for some stereotypical families and even more so for many nontraditional families. But let me tell you, if you’re in my family, then you are one of us! As your Holiday Mom, my heart welcomes you and accepts you and CELEBRATES you for who you are. You are not made of the words that hurt you. Should a time come when you think that you’re out of hope, I’m here, and I’ve got plenty of hope to share with you.
I celebrate the bravery you have shown by not letting the world dictate who you are. I celebrate the strength you’ve shown in not caving to the pressure to be who someone else wants you to be. You are beautiful just like you are. You are beautiful on the outside and beautiful on the inside. Your heart is beautiful and your soul shines with promise.
If I could give you a stocking, I would fill it with an iron lock to protect your soul and self-esteem from those who choose to hate what they don’t understand, any anyone who is unwilling to accept you. I would fill it with a golden key so that those who love, respect, and accept you can find their way into your most secret heart places. I would fill it with balloons to lift you up during hard times and to commemorate the good times; Kleenex for the happy tears and for the sad tears. I’d fill it with Hershey’s Kisses and hugs so you’ll have plenty of both whenever you need or want them.
I can imagine what you might be thinking and feeling – suspicious, hesitant, untrusting, and waiting for me to put conditions on my love for you. It’s okay. I’ll be patient. I know you’ve been hurt by others before. But let me reassure you that my love for you is indeed unconditional. You are my Holiday Child and if you will let me, I’ll imagine wrapping my arms around you as I wish you a special holiday season. I will love you like my own. The strength that you have to live outside the box – outside of what some people think you should be – the strength you have to be you is a beautiful strength. When you’re true to yourself, you’re more capable of being true to those around you – and that’s the kind of relationship I want with you – a relationship where you feel safe being you, knowing that I love you and care deeply about you.
Wishing you a safe, peaceful, and happy holiday season.
I love you,