I’m so excited to welcome you home for the holidays. This is most definitely my favorite time of year as evidenced by the way I go overboard on all the decorations in the house. Can you tell that snowmen are my favorite? All those Santa figurines? Most belonged to my grandmother, she passed away when I was 17 and out of all the people in my life, she was my biggest supporter. I wish everyone someone like her in their life.
In anticipation of your arrival I have made my very own homemade pumpkin roll with sweet cream cheese filling and crockpot hot cocoa. This year I would love to teach you to how to make it, passing on my recipes to my children is one of my favorite traditions. Your holiday brothers Alex who is 16 and Caleb who is 13 love my pumpkin roll; I hope you like it too! Alex has also asked to learn how to make it this year and I know we will have a blast in the kitchen learning to bake and listening to Christmas music. Do you hear that? I think the boys are getting ready to watch a Christmas movie, let’s get a slice and join them!
I love that for a brief time, we can surround ourselves with love and family and know that nothing bad can happen here. I know the rest of the world can be cruel and I wish I could keep you here forever, snuggled up in blankets with a fire in the fireplace and purring cats in your lap. You don’t have allergies, do you? With 6 cats in the house and 3 dogs, I want to make sure that you are comfortable! They cream and grey long hair cat that is rubbing on your legs is named Katniss. She was a rescue as a kitten and has become a total sweetheart. That big black cat is Salem; I know he’s huge! The last time we weighed him, he came in over 20lbs! He is also a rescue, we got him when he was only 10days old and had to be bottle fed. You wouldn’t know it by looking at him. He loves to lick your face!
This week will be crazy busy with last minute shopping for those perfect gifts and baking dozens of cookies. You can go with me to drop off cookies at the homeless shelter. I try to remind myself that no matter how bad I feel sometimes, there are always others worse off than I and by helping others, it reminds me to appreciate what I do have. You know what I appreciate this year? YOU! I am so grateful to have you with us, sharing our family traditions, food, and love with you. I’m hoping we will have one day just the two of us to go out and shop, we can get coffee or cocoa at the local coffee shop and bookstore “The Fuzzy Duck”. They have yummy sandwiches and we can do lunch. There are a number of quaint shops here that we can meander through and just spend the day together. I have no doubt that at least one night we will have friends over. They started a LGBTQ group on campus and we all met while fighting for marriage equality. They are amazing young adults who I think would be great role models for you to meet!
Christmas day is actually pretty low key considering all the hype leading up to it. The boys tend to sleep in but if you are an early bird than I will get them up and make coffee early! How does French toast casserole sound for breakfast? We will spend the morning playing and relaxing with our gifts before getting showers and going to the movies. Typically, we hit the matinee and see something fun and lighthearted. We agreed that you can pick the movie this year! After the movie, we will head over to China Star and have a dinner of Chinese buffet. It’s certainly an atypical way to celebrate but we love to be different. We celebrate differences in this home and celebrating Christmas this way is the ultimate way.
I just want you to know that you are so special to me. You are a treasure and I love and accept you for who you are. When the magic of this season fades, I will still be with you in your heart. Whenever you smell the magic of pumpkin spice, warm cocoa, and the burning of wood in a fireplace you can be assured that I am with you. I’m sending you all my love, all my hugs, and all my best wishes for an amazing year. I love you!
Sending love and happiness,
Your Holiday Mom Nashia