I am honoured to be your holiday mom this year. I am writing this letter at the end of a long day, with plans to begin the holiday set up of our home. I love the holidays! Spending time with family and friends, enjoying fellowship and traditions. My favourite family tradition is getting new Christmas pajama’s on Christmas Eve. I am ready to get my holiday baking started. Can you smell the shortbread? I sure can. My girls love decorating the tree! Each year I get them a new ornament, something that says something about the past year. This year my youngest is getting an Olaf ornament (she is sixteen! But loves “Frozen”), I have not found the perfect ornament for my oldest yet, she is in University now and has experienced many amazing changes this year so I must find the perfect ornament to commemorate this! And this year, in particular, when I hang my girl’s ornaments, I will think of you here with us! I love unpacking the ornaments each year and reliving the memories that come with each one, and now you will be a part of those memories. Each year we volunteer at the “Breakfast with Santa” and help with the local Christmas Hampers. As my girls get older, and their lives expand outside of our family unit, these Christmas traditions and the time spent together mean even more. What are your favourite memories of the holidays?
I am the mother of two beautiful daughters, who are my life. They are what I am most proud of in my life. I believe we have raised them well. They are good kids, amazing friends, and active citizens. My “baby” is in high school, very involved in sports, a hard worker and amazing person. She has had a rough time with bullies in school, but has come through with a fierce attitude and supportive network. My oldest is in University, forging her way in the world independently. She has the best work ethic you will ever find and an incredible spirit. It has been a pleasure to watch them grow, becoming the most amazing women, whom I hope will change the world. I hope they are a part of a world that forces change, in attitudes, laws and love. A world where someone does not have to “come out” they simply are, a world where acceptance is not needed, it simply is.
Know that I am proud of you. Of your accomplishments and achievements, but more importantly, of who you have become in life. Not what you do, but who you are. Your caring nature, your sensitivities to those around you, your love and compassion. In the end, what matters in life is your story. That’s why you’re here. You’re here to write your own story. What will it be? I know that it will be amazing.
Family is sometimes about choosing people to be in your life because they matter and they care. Surround yourself with people who care, who love, and who lift you up. I cannot take away any pain that you have endured, but I can wrap you in hope that it will not be like this forever.
Shine brightly my love, for the world is a better place with you in it.
Holiday Mama Lisa