I am so looking forward to Christmas this year! It’s always been my favorite holiday but having you here makes our family gathering feel complete.
In our family, the main event is Christmas Eve night. We’ll go to your grandparent’s house early on Christmas Eve morning so that we can help Grammy with the last minute preparations. The first task is decorating Christmas cookies, your aunt Arlene’s special recipe. The secret is a splash of almond extract (but don’t tell anyone!). Your little sister gets a little too enthusiastic and covers everything near her in bits of colored frosting and sprinkles! She requested purple frosting this year, but no one minds eating a purple snowman because it makes her so happy. While we decorate the last few cookies, Papa pulls the ham out of the oven and tries to sneak a few bites without Grammy noticing. The whole house now smells like Christmas.
Before long, the rest of the family starts to arrive. Once the adults have all had a glass or two of wine, someone puts on the Mitch Miller CD. We all start to sing along. It’s a point of pride to know all of the lyrics to dozens of Christmas carols. Your sister sings along, making up her own words. Once the little kids have gone to bed, it’s time to stuff the stockings and have one last cookie before getting a few hours of sleep because no one sleeps in on Christmas morning.
Sure enough, your sister is up before the sun! As soon as your baby brother has been fed and changed, we all file into the living room and exclaim at the giant stack of presents surrounding the tree. The adults grab a much needed cup of coffee while your sister opens her stocking. Since it’s your brother’s first Christmas, she decides to help him with his stocking too. As the presents are passed around, Grammy gets the homemade cinnamon rolls into the oven. We open gifts as the smell of warm bread and cinnamon fills the house. By mid-morning, your brother is sleeping soundly in my arms, your sister is begging you to play with each of her new toys in turn, Papa has escaped for a quick nap and Grammy is starting to clean up the torn paper.
This is my favorite moment. Just sitting on the sofa, watching the people I love the most enjoy a rare moment of pure joy. My heart feels like it could burst with the love I feel for you, my special holiday child. I could stay in this moment forever. Too soon, it will be time to reenter the world but I will always be waiting right here, to give you a hug and tell you that you are loved. That’s a mother’s job, and it’s the best job in the whole world. We love our children beyond all measure and without reserve.
I’m so happy you were here for Christmas. The memories of our time together will forever make me smile.
Love you always,
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