Hello, wonderful you!
I very much wish you could be here with us this holiday season. We celebrate three different holidays in our house (Yule, Hanukkah, and Christmas), so the joy is spread out over a couple weeks.
The holiday season for us is all about light and hope – coming through the wintertime’s cold and darkness, and back out towards the light and hope of spring. We stay all night long on Yule, watching movies, drinking hot cocoa, and greeting the sunrise together. On the first night of Hanukkah, we light the menorah and make food together.
Christmas morning is the big one, though. The whole family (and sometimes friends) come over, and we open our stockings. Then we have brunch, and then open presents. Our tradition is this – only one present is opened at a time. You can see the smile as someone lights up, get to see them really enjoy each thing before moving on.
We have the fireplace lit, and music on, and everyone just takes their time and enjoys our time together. at dinnertime, we eat together, and we express our gratitude to have each other, and usually tell a lot of punny jokes. We hold a good, long moment in our hearts every year, for all of the people who can’t be with us, or who don’t have a family to spend the day with.
This year, know that you will be with us. You are here, in my heart. Make yourself some breakfast (even if it’s waffles in the toaster!) and know that you are right here with us, eating french toast and eggs and sugared grapefruits.
So much love to you,