I write you a letter every year, even though I’m all grown up. This year was full of challenges, but through it all I am thankful to be surrounded by the warmth of family and friends. I wish had words strong enough to say how much it meant to feel supported and loved when everything seemed to be falling apart. Things are better than they were six months ago and slowly that painful weight of worry and stress is starting to lift. For this reason, my list for Christmas is more gratitude than want.
We miss Grandma, but like she promised she is still with us. Just yesterday, I thought of her while wrapping presents. A ribbon she put on my gift a couple of years ago managed to find it’s way onto a gift I was wrapping for my mother-in-law. Then, while making cookies, I found myself using her mixing bowl and spoon. Her ornaments are on my Christmas tree and her love can be felt wherever I go.
Recently, my furkids both got pretty sick and gave me quite a scare. I remember thinking and wishing for one simple thing – another Christmas with both of them. I like to think you were listening and decided I was a good enough girl to get my wish. Both of my boys are happy, healthy and will be with us on Christmas Day. One wears a scar and the other is slow with age, but their tails are still wagging. Honestly, I consider this the best Christmas gift ever. Thank you.
With Christmas Eve upon us, we are having a family get-together. We didn’t have one last year, because it just didn’t feel right after losing Grandma just two weeks before. This year, however, she is here in spirit and we are ready to celebrate. Here are a few shout-outs to those I hold dear:
- Husband – We made it through quite a storm, didn’t we? You’re an amazing person and I wish you’d believe that more often. I’m looking forward to your Shepherd’s Pie this year.
- Mom – You’re probably going to feed my dogs people food when you think I’m not looking. Just remember the little one has no teeth. And, I think you are an incredible person.
- Sister – I bought the Christmas pickle gift just for you, so you better find the pickle! On a serious note, I don’t know what I’d do without you.
- Dan – Try not to smirk at the sections of my DVD shelf that are not alphabetized. I’ve been busy. And the bookshelf is a mess, too. I like it that way.
- Grandpa – I hope you like our new, comfy couch. I’m so glad you’re coming to celebrate Christmas with us, even though you’d rather be alone.
- Grandma – We know you’re here and playing Bingo even though we can’t see you.
- Dad and Sophie – Christmas just isn’t complete without you here. One day, perhaps, we can all celebrate together.
- Jan and Jerry – You give us more than we deserve and I am so thankful for all your help.
- Mike – You make my sister so happy, and I can’t thank you enough for that.
- Baxter – I’ll make sure you get your meds before the party so you can play all night.
- Winston – I’m making you wear the ugliest sweater ever, but know it will make your mother very happy.
- Peanut and Bunny – Can you guys get along for just one night? No fighting.
Santa, this year Christmas is all about my home and the people in it. You don’t have to bring a thing. I’m good.
p.s. Okay, so maybe a Pink and Pretty Barbie would be pretty cool. I’m still hoping!
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