A Special Gift

My mother always made holiday’s extra special and she created a beautiful Christmas Eve tradition that I had hoped to start this year with my family…but December was a blur and I just couldn’t do it all. So instead I decided I would make it our New Year’s tradition!

My mom would set the table with beautiful china for our Christmas Eve dinner and at each place setting there would be a beautiful gift box.  Inside the box was what my mom described as her “special gift” to us.  She said that this would be her greatest wish for us and the gift she would give us if she could give us anything in the world.  I saved each of these precious gifts and it is truly a special gift to reflect back on what my mother hoped and wished for me (and her beautiful insight.)

I got out my snowflake china and set the table for a beautiful and special New Year’s dinner.

We just had a Winter Onederland party for my nephew so we had lots of snowflakes and ornaments out that I used to decorate the table.

I wrote down my special wish for each of my kids and put them in small boxes and tied them with blue and white ribbon.

My kids were excited to see the fancy table and eager to see what was in the box.  While they are still a little young to truly appreciate this “special gift” I hope one day they will be able to cherish and reflect on my hopes and dreams for them.

I hope that you and your family will have a blessed 2012 full of discovery, sweet moments, and Giggles Galore!  Happy New Year from my family to yours!

Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind www.gigglesgalore.net. With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.


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  1. LOVE this family pic:) Such a beautiful bunch you guys are!!! Love ya friend!!!

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