I’m writing this letter to my future self, hopefully sitting in a rocker on a front porch somewhere watching the world zoom by (fingers crossed!) You may be a little fuzzy on the details of what Christmas was like so long ago. Let me remind you of a few of your favorite Christmas things the year your kids were 9 and 12.
Your Christmas tree skirt
Yup, you still wrap that vinyl tablecloth around your tree every year. You wouldn’t change it for the world, either. Remember when you received it your first Christmas as a married woman from that older couple in your church small group? They may not have had a lot of money, but their random gift of a vinyl Christmas tablecloth was so touching. And practical!
This was the year that you adopted Scooter, a 3-month-old Calico kitten. She filled the hole in your heart that was left when you lost Mr. Tabbers in October.
Remember how your daughter cried, though, after getting Scooter? She still missed Mr. Tabbers. No one can be replaced, but the heart still wants to love, so love again you did!
Your Ugly Christmas Sweater
Tipsy Elves provided you with an Ugly Christmas Sweater this year. OF COURSE you had to pick the Crazy Cat Lady version because of Scooter. Who’s the cool Crazy Cat Lady now?
This was the year your daughter wanted a fancy American Girl doll bed. When you finally worked up the courage to buy for her since it was the one big, expensive gift she really wanted, OF COURSE the darn store was out of them.
Forever out of them. Nada mas. You suck.
And what did your daughter tell you when you broke the news that the store was out?
SANTA CAN BUILD IT! she said.
Remember you got several knock-off beds in the basement? The best one appeared under the tree on Christmas with a plausible note from Santa why he chose that very special non-American Girl brand one for your daughter to receive that year.
And your tween son? Sigh. He didn’t really want anything. Hopefully in the future you can either remember what he wanted or that it didn’t matter what he got because it was Christmas and there was a whole lot of love and happiness.
Don’t forget you got your husband a t-shirt with Bigfoot and a 6-pack of beer. That’s how you roll.
There you have it, a few of your favorite Christmas things this year. Don’t forget it was a busy season filled with school and hockey, fun parties and get togethers, and time that you thoroughly enjoyed with your lovely husband and kids.
It really was magical.
Take care of your bad self out there in the future. And, Merry Christmas!