Happy holidays, and welcome home! You can see we have a blanket of snow covering the corn fields and pine trees around our house, but you come right inside and have some hot caramel apple tea with me. It’s a new discovery on my part, since I’ve had to cut myself off from coffee. I think it tastes like happy golden memories. Or if that’s not to your taste, we also have hot cocoa – I don’t know about golden memories, but it’s chocolate, and that’s close enough.
How are you? What’ve you been up to? Anything new in your life? Things seem more or less the same here – children growing and learning so quickly that they’ll be out of the house before you know it. Meara turned 10 this year! Double digits, can you believe it? And Merrick will be 5 in just a couple months.
If you remember, we homeschool, and we love doing science experiments. Tomorrow they wanted you to help them make some artificial snow to send as gifts to our friends who aren’t lucky enough to have white Christmases. Did I tell you about the Halloween pumpkins we did this year? Instead of lighting candles, we poured vinegar and baking soda in them, with a little food coloring. Foam poured out of their mouths and looked like .. well, I’m sure you can imagine. It was hilarious!
Are you hungry? I canned some chicken stock last night in anticipation of your visit, and there’s a savory chicken soup on the stove. I even made some fresh biscuits, and there’s still a jar of pumpkin butter leftover from October in the pantry. Never let it be said anyone leaves my house hungry!
Oh! We’re also having our annual cookie-baking party with my sister and all the kids this weekend. Would you like to join us? Just pick out a recipe, and everyone can pitch in! I’m thinking of making some snickerdoodles, as I usually do. I have a soft spot for simple sweets. The kids, of course, want fudge – I’m sure we’ll have an abundance of varied sweets by the end of the day!
I’ve already wrapped everyone’s Christmas Eve gifts. For a surprise this year, I got you one, too! You can open it a little early, though. Inside you’ll find warm pajamas, a holiday movie, and some movie-watching snacks. I thought we could pull the futon into the living room and all have a pajama party out there tonight, as a way of celebrating your visit!
We still need to decorate the tree some time this week, as well. The kids insisted on waiting til you arrived to finish it off. You know me, Queen Geek Extreme: we have a Weeping Angel from Doctor Who to top our tree and video game controller ornaments mixed in with the classic decorations. The lights are already on, though. My favorite ambient lighting!
It seems like the hustle and bustle of the holidays is never-ending, but it’s always so filled with joy and love. We are so glad you could join us this year. You know, we have a special place here for you whenever you want to visit. We love you, and think that you’re very special – you’re a unique addition to the world that we would never want to be without. So I want to make sure you’re taking care of yourself!
For now I’ll show you up to your room and let you unpack your things. There are extra quilts in the chest at the foot of your bed – oh, look, and also a cat. Weeko thinks people come just to see her, I swear. She’ll hop right up on your lap for love if you let her.
Once again, I’m so glad that you are here. One more big hug before I go back downstairs… I love you so much. Now unpack! Get comfortable! We have so much more we want to share with you this season!
All my best,
Your Holiday Mom Crystal