Come in. Come in.
It’s a little chaotic here – with the dog, and the cats, and the boys. But as long as you don’t mind the noise, and the toys, and the fur, you’ll be fine.
Hot chocolate? Marshmallows? Oops. Spoke too soon – we don’t have any marshmallows.
… We tend to stay put over the holiday season. Our little family – we don’t venture far. But when neighbours, friends, and loved ones choose to visit, we enthusiastically welcome them. I’m so, so pleased to welcome you.
We are building some holiday traditions with our young boys: fires in the family room fireplace; the boys with their own little tree – which they decorate without any interference (or at least limited interference) from me; stockings for the dog and the cats; baking – even though I’m terrible at it. Nothing fancy, but we just want to celebrate and appreciate the fact that we have each other.
The holidays can be wonderful. And cozy. And full of laughter and joy. But they can be hard, too. And lonely, even when we’re not alone.
I want my boys to revel in all the fun the holidays can bring. But, more importantly, I simply want them to feel loved. Not because they’ve been “good” throughout the year. Not because they’ve met any expectations. But because they are incredible. Just being themselves. Every child deserves to be loved. Everyone has gifts to be celebrated. Everyone should have the freedom to be himself. Or herself. Every child, every young adult should be cherished. I know the world can be harsh. I get that there are tough lessons to be learned. But I want my children to know my love will always give them a soft spot to land. I want my children to feel loved. Cherished. Always. And I want that for you.
You have so many gifts, so much to show the world. I want you to feel free to be yourself – because you are incredible. I know it sounds cliché, but you are amazing, just as you are. I want you to find your gifts, share your gifts, celebrate your gifts. I want the very best for you. Because you deserve it. You really do. During the holidays, and always, I want you to know you have a soft spot to land, with me. I will be thinking about you. I cherish you.
Your holiday mom,