A Holiday Tradition for My Mom

What I enjoy most about the holidays are our family traditions. For a long time I’ve lived in a different city than my mom. So for the past ten years or so, I’ve made it a tradition to send twenty-five gifts to her at the beginning of December so she has a gift to open each day from December first until Christmas Day. Each year I choose a theme – gardening, birds, snowmen, everything pink, bed and bath – and buy twenty-five small gifts. Some are practical like Christmas stamps, and a lot are frivolous Dollar Store treasures. My mom says that her favourite year was when I bought gifts throughout the year for each of the holidays – New Years Eve champagne glasses, a Valentines Day cookie cutter, a St. Patrick’s Day table top decoration – well you get the idea, because she realized that I was thinking of her all year round. I initially tried to find gifts small enough to fit in a traditional advent calendar box but that didn’t last. Instead, I wrap them in brightly colored paper, or I’ve done something fun like tuck them into homemade felt mittens or hidden them in paper maché eggs (that was for a spring theme). One year I found twenty-five little boxes and carved out the letters on one side to spell Merry Christmas! Love Linda. I include a card with a clue, and my mom tries to guess what’s inside. We have a lot of fun with it, and I get just as much delight choosing the gifts as my mom does opening them. It’s my way of telling her that I love her, and I’m thinking about her every day. There’s no better tradition than that!

Do you have a favorite holiday tradition?


Linda O’Connor is the award-winning author of sassy, sexy romantic comedies.

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Perfectly Reasonable

Love what you do and do what you love. Sounds perfectly reasonable, but chances are, you’ll find your passion in the last place you look . . .

Margo MacMillan finished medical school, but in the process, her self-confidence and self-esteem took a beating. So for the sake of self-preservation, she’s stepped away from medicine to re-group. In the meantime, painting soothes her soul and pays the bills.

Trace Bennett set his sights on a medical degree and has to prepare the perfect medical school application. His big plan is to paint his condo for a little feng shui divine luck. When Margo shows up to paint, he realizes he’s found exactly what he’s looking for. He just has to convince Margo to share more than the art of medicine.

She’s got it. He wants it. It’s Perfectly Reasonable.

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7 Responses to A Holiday Tradition for My Mom

  1. Beth Carter says:

    What a sweet tradition! How fun for both of you. We have a dozen grandkids now (my stepdaughters have ten children!!! and my daughter just had her second baby), so I can barely manage to buy them 2-3 gifts each, get them wrapped and shipped since they’re in different states. I now find the holidays overwhelming, sadly.

  2. Wow – 12 grandchildren! It would be a fun party to get them all together – Christmas morning bedlam! I guess the trick for me is to focus on what brings me joy in the holiday – make that the priority and let other things go. I enjoy picking out the gifts for my mom and skip the holiday baking. And my kids know they aren’t getting 25 gifts! 🙂

  3. sueberger3 says:

    I love that tradition! And where my mom still alive I would do it too. Our holiday tradition used to be going to Disneyland on Christmas Eve. It was a magical thing because you had to have everything ready for Christmas by December 23 since you were going to Disneyland and nothing would be open when you got back. We followed that tradition for 15 years until Disneyland got too crowded. My other tradition is we have a gingerbread house party every year and family and friends come over to decorate gingerbread houses.

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