The Christmas season is approaching, and I can’t wait to spend the holiday time with you! The gifts and celebration are fun, but the best part is just hanging out with you, hearing what you are doing, what you are thinking about. Seeing the amazing person you are continuing to grow into being—that is the gift I want the most.
I’m hoping that this year, you will help me bake the dozens and dozens of cookies that we love every year. I love sharing that with you, because it was such an important part of my holidays growing up. Aunt Jan and I used to spend hours, into the middle of the night, kneading dough, grinding nuts, making frosting, burning our fingers on the thumbprint cookies to make the little dents where the jam goes. I know you will love the apricot crescents that Dad rolls out on the counter, and we put together so they look like little babies in blankets. And the melting moment cookies that Auntie Nette renamed “butt cookies” before you were born—so yummy! And of course, Colin’s favorite lemon cheese dainties—maybe we will make him an extra batch to take back to the barracks when his leave is over! Which ones will be your favorites this year?
The best part will be going to “unchurch” at the Unitarian Universalist congregation. Even though we aren’t Jesus-y any more, that doesn’t mean we won’t love going there together and singing all the Christmas songs together. Luckily the UUs like all traditions, so we get the old-fashioned songs there. And then we will come home, and bust out the cookies (and probably the whiskey, unless Dad makes us try egg nog, AGAIN), and watch A Christmas Story. We will get a bit tipsy and head off for a wonderful night’s sleep.
Then, in the morning, coffee and something special to eat—maybe cinnamon rolls, or a yummy egg casserole. All of you kids will open your stockings, since I have been keeping them here for you. I will wrap all the chapsticks and new pens and silly stuff individually, so you have lots to open. We will take turns opening gifts one-by-one, to make the day last so long. We will laugh and smile and cheer everything, and the dogs will get another lesson in how to unwrap presents. Mostly, we will just be together, and love one another.
Later we will make dinner together and relax. Maybe some of our friends will join us, and we will have a white elephant gift exchange, or just play a game. None of this will be complete unless you are with us. We will be so happy to have you join us for our holiday traditions. The holidays are a time of love—sharing love and feeling love. We love you and we want to spend our family time with you.
Much, much love, and longing to see you,