Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Dear Mom,

Dear Mom~
I just want to take a few minutes out of my busy day today and thank you for the way you made Christmas happen in our hearts and home through the years. I am beginning to 'get it' and appreciate in full just what a sacrifice and measure of love it was for you to create a meaningful Christmas for us each year.
I've been reminisicing and thinking back fondly on so many of the memories I have of Christmas through the years when I was a kid. I keep trying to 'copy' you and feel like I am short-changing my own kids because I just can't duplicate Christmas the way you made it happen each year. From the hundreds of cookies you baked, and all the open houses you had inviting friends and family to come and share our happiness, to the Christmas trees covered in decorations- old & new- and the greens and candles and nativity scenes that set the tone of warmth and glow in our home. All of it was a wonder- more of a wonder to me more today than it ever was- but even then I remember loving the whole Christmas season.
I hear songs and see lights and bows and my own kids will be visiting and singing carols at a local care center and it just makes me realize how much effort you put into helping our family not only celebrate the season, but share it with those around us too. We were blessed through the years and still are in so many ways. I just wanted to say thank you for making Christmas magical and memorable.
I am making cards {and sending some boughten ones too} and recognizing that the way I 'do Christmas' is very different than the way you do it. =) But had to just tell you today that I am trying hard to make it festive and fond for my kids and family as best I can. I may never measure up to the way Christmas happened to me as a kid, but am hoping and dreaming that my kids will be able to look back on this time in their life and appreciate all that went into it to make it magical as well.
Thanks for your heart, and for giving of yourself so selflessly and to the best of your ability through the years.
I am finally getting it.
With much love to you this season, Jody
P.S. Tell Grandma I have fond memories of her home and all the wonderful sights and sounds and smells and tastes we enjoyed through the years. There really is "no place like home for the holidays". I'm thinking of all of you and send my love to her for a speedy recovery. XOXO


angi said...

So sweet!
I was just wondering myself if Christams ever seems as wonderful once we've grown up. Seeing through our children's eyes is beautiful too though, so it really is hard to say :)

Don't worry, your kids will think you are as wonderful as you think your own Mom is one day too!!

Rosie said...

I was just thinking of penning a letter just like yours to my own Mom. Christmas is in the heart.

Wade, Melanie, & kids said...

So sweet! I bet your kids think you are just as great as you think your mom is!!!

Lisa D said...

What a sweet letter you've written to your mom. How special she must feel to read this.
Wow. I pray I get a letter such as this one some day from my own boys!

FlipFlop Mom said...

That is truly sweet and heartfelt...!!! I'm sure your kids find you *Magical* this season as well.... you can see it through the blog....

Loving your cards too!!!

kim brimhall said...

this is just precious. and so humbling!