We are so excited you will be home this holiday season. We missed you last year. I can not believe we will have the whole family together again! I am so proud of all of you kids. It makes my heart so happy that I have raised strong people. You are all such good humans. It makes me cry, but you know what a softie I am. You are all so unique and different. Spencer is excelling in his career. Becca has her own family now and is completely rocking parenthood. Nolan is the same awesome nerd as usual! Then there is you, my sweet child. I am so proud of you because you live an authentic life, even if it is a struggle. I can not wait to wrap my arms around you when you get home and tell you how much I love you and have missed you.
We are going to wait for you and your siblings to get here to decorate the tree. After we get it set up in the livingroom, we will turn on the christmas music and you know how dad likes to put the fire log video on the tv. Dad strings the lights wearing his Bah Humbug hat. No matter how old you are, you kids just can’t help but get into the candy canes. When Dad is done, he and I will sit back while you kids decorate the tree. This is one of my happiest moments. Sitting there seeing all of of my kids decorating the tree. It is absolute nourishment for my soul.
After we decorate, Dad will put on A Christmas Story while you all recite the same lines and laugh. (“Fra-gee-lay” …it must be Italian!) After that, of course we have to watch Elf. You kids get to choose from the collection of holiday movies after that. Dad will make hot apple cider and I will give you all cinnamon sticks to stir with. Come hungry, you know my tendency to cook enough food for an army. I was hoping you could help make the desserts with Nolan. He is taking culinary and actually likes to cook now! After our bellies are full, we will play some games. You know our family, it will probably be Cards Against Humanity.
For your traditional Christmas Eve pjs, I bought matching family ones again this year. I had to buy 10 pair this year! Dad, me, Spencer, his girlfriend, Becca, her boyfriend, baby Carter, Nolan, his girlfriend and of course you. Let me know if you will be bringing home anyone special so that I can get them a pair too. No one gets left out in our house.
I know this has been a rough year with all of the changes and being apart so much. Just know that Dad, your sister, brothers and I are all here for you. We see you. You matter. We will always love you and will always protect you. No matter what, we can get through it together. Just like always.
I love you so much!
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