Thursday, December 27, 2012

Creative Month of December: Blog 4- Letters from Mom & Mimi

Dear Ellie,

What a festive week it’s been! I am feeling so very blessed to have you, your Mommy and your Daddy back home here to celebrate the Christmas traditions your Poppy and I started so many years ago… and now are ones that your Mom and Dad have incorporated into your family traditions with you!   But first things first.  Because your Uncle Ryan and Aunt Samantha would be traveling to Ohio to spend time with Aunt Sammy’s family during Christmas week, we all thought it best to celebrate this wondrous holiday as a family on the Sunday before Christmas Day.  And what fun it was!  Everyone came to Poppy’s and my house early in the afternoon.  When you came through the front door Ellie, you shrieked with delight as you eyed a gift that was brought by Santa!  
It was a deluxe kitchen center with all the accessories including a shopping cart!  Poppy and I had to rearrange the living room and remove some furniture just to make room for it!  What fun you had playing mommy with your baby doll!  The rest of us took turns watching each other open gifts that were truly given with lots of thought and definitely from the heart!  Then we played a silly game called Headbands that provided lots of laughs and entertainment…. especially from you!  
I made a delicious dinner for us all and when we sat down at the table everyone, including you El, prayed the Lord's Blessing before laughter and chatter took over the table.  (That by the way is one of my favorite sounds when we all get together!)   After dinner we partnered up and played another game called Zero, but somehow you were always able to con your Uncle Ryan or your Poppy into sneaking off and playing 5 Little Monkeys!  It was a wonderful day and the perfect beginning to start off the Christmas week.  Sammy and Ryan left for their travels early Monday while you, mommy, Gram Bubbles and I finished up some last minute shopping and enjoyed a girls' lunch at my house!  Then you went home to take a short nap before dressing in what I think was the prettiest Christmas dress ever!  Ellie, you looked prettier than every princess in Disney!  

That evening we attended Christmas Eve mass followed by a pizza dinner at your house.  We then played with whatever you dictated to us to play before settling in to watch the movie, Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation.  As the evening came to an end and we kissed you goodbye, I don’t know who was more excited for Christmas morning… you, your mommy or your Poppy!         It certainly was a toss up!  Christmas Day was the best Ellie.  Your Mommy and Daddy like to spend this special day in your own home so that you can play with all of your new presents.  So Poppy, Gram Bubbles and I came to your house to watch you open the gifts Santa brought you.  Ellie, the look of excitement on your face Christmas morning is one I will cherish forever!   It is the look of wonder, the look of awe, the look in a child’s eyes that has no real words to express its depth.  It is a ‘look’ that once you see it, you never forget it.  And Ellie, you had that look.  It was truly angelic.  

As you finished opening the last of your presents, I cooked up a yummy breakfast for everyone!  Then later in the afternoon, your Dad made a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings for both sides of your family.   As always Ellie, he outdid himself and this year he had some extra special helpers… your Nana and PopPop Callahan.  While you took a nap, we adults played a fun game and just enjoyed each other’s company.  And then when you awoke, you had Poppy and I play with you and your new dollhouse.  We also played Cinderella and of course, baby’s!  Ellie, you are a very funny little girl with an imagination like no other.  You always find a way to make me giggle.  As the evening was winding down, Poppy and I surprised you with one more gift, a standing microphone, which you thought was the ‘cats meow!’  But instead of singing into it… you came up with a much better way to use it.  Yep… you used it for introductions, or rather you had me use it to introduce you; “The Amazing and Beautiful Princess Ellie…watch as she descends the staircase!”… And then we would all clap for you.  You would then walk down the steps, twirl, bow and briefly say, “Thank you, thank you very much” into the microphone and then it would be my turn to be introduced by you.  I love your creativity!!  Your Mommy and Daddy are the perfect hostess and host Ellie and I couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas!
Your Mom and I are finishing our month of color simile poems.  For each week of this month we have chosen different colors that represent Christmas to write our poems about.  The colors should give feelings to the holiday images we are comparing them too. And I hope the imagery is lasting for you Ellie.  And so I will continue on this fouth week with gold…

Christmas Gold

Gold as the many wisps of straw gathered together to create a soft manger bed for the baby Jesus.

Gold as the silky hair that lies in soft curls on the delicate wings of a Christmas treetop angel.

Gold as the shiny bell that rings loudly and consistently in the hands of a Salvation Army volunteer.

Gold as the tiny brass buttons found on fine tailored coats worn by young and old throughout the Christmas Season.

Gold as the porcelain rimmed tableware set in front of family and friends who are gathered around the table reciting the Lord’s Blessing.

Gold as the luminous star that shone so bright in the dark night guiding the three Wise Men to our new born King.

Merry Christmas Ellie!  May the spirit of this blessed holiday be in your heart always!

Love Mimi

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