To my dear Holiday Child,
The air is turning crisp, and I start thinking about winter…
Christmas is my favorite holiday. Decorating our tree is a favorite tradition. My son enjoys choosing his favorite ornaments and putting them in just the right spot on the tree. You can look through our boxes of ornaments and find one that speaks to you, then find just the right spot where you can see it all season. Each ornament reminds me of a moment — a time when I was a child, a time when my son was little, a trip we took somewhere special. The ornament you choose to hang will always be associated with you, and I’ll be happy every time I see it.
I sing in a choir, and on Christmas Eve we sing lots of beautiful music that fills my heart with joy. On Christmas Day, my mom, my brother and his family, and my husband’s family all come over for a big dinner in the afternoon. After we open presents, I start the turkey and the other foods. The house fills with the wonderful smells of good food. We have turkey, stuffing, roasted vegetables, sweet potatoes, rolls, and three pies! My brother and his family are vegetarians, so I also make another dish that’s vegetarian (which I also often eat). I’m sure you will find something you like to eat, and I hope you will eat a lot — we always have leftovers that you can enjoy for days.
After we’ve eaten, we open presents and talk. The house is cozy, the tree lights are on, and we’re all stuffed with good food. Eventually everyone else leaves and it’s just us — we read a book we got for Christmas, or watch a movie together. I love getting together with lots of people, but I also love just hanging out with my husband and son. We’ll all be gathered in the living room, and I’m thankful you’re there, too.
I love having you be part of our family at Christmas, a time when we celebrate family and traditions. You bring your own unique talents and hobbies and sense of humor and wisdom to our gathering! You are always welcome to join us and tell us what you are up to. Home is togetherness, and you are part of our being together. I’m so glad you could be with us this holiday season. You are special and loved.