Happy Blogmas day 16! Today I just felt like writing an open letter to all of the parents that push through Christmas time and work so hard to make the Holiday season so special for everyone in their lives. You are amazing.
Dear Mom & Dad,
Now that I am older and can fully understand the hard work and stress that not only goes into having a family but also keeping that family happy and healthy, I thank you. I have never had a bad Christmas and I have never had a bad taste in my mouth from any holiday. I understand how incredibly lucky I am to be able to say that.
You have worked so hard to check all of my boxes for Santa and give me anything I could have wanted, as long as I worked hard and did well in school as well as a person. You taught me that if I want anything in the world, I have to be deserving and earn it. You instilled a wonderful work ethic.
You have put up with so many little blips in our huge family’s dynamic. You went through drama for the kids to be happy. You taught me that sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to for the sake of the people you love.
You have taught me how to celebrate and remember those who are no longer with us. You showed me that it is important to always love unconditionally and to be respectful as well as inclusive of those who can no longer celebrate the holidays with us. You taught me how to miss them every day but not let it bring a damper on the season, but to let it fuel my need to give back or do something more for someone other than myself.
You have taught me the importance of giving rather than receiving. Not everyone is as blessed as the average family and needs a little extra love around the holiday, and that is ok. We should be there to offer it and allow every single family to have the happy holidays they deserve with their family.
Throughout the Holidays of my life you have taught me so much and I could not be more grateful. Thank you for the gift of family. Happy Holidays from my family to yours!