December 1: Get a head start and begin thinking of what you're going to lovingly gift your mother with for Christmas.
December 2: Practice saying this: "Happy Christmas morning, most beautiful of mothers!"
December 3: Welcome me home when I get home from work today with an I LOVE YOU MAMA! and inform me of all your good acts of housecleaning performed in my absence.
December 4: Smile back, no matter what I say to you. Unload the dishwasher. SMILE. Please take out the recycling. SMILE. Time to brush your teeth for early bedtime. S-M-I-L-E .
December 5: Thank me for all the things I give you.
December 6: Let the kindness of your words roll off your tongue like silk: May I help you with dinner, please dear mother? Would you like me to set the table, queen of my heart? Oh, I forgot to put away the groceries for you, loveliest of the mothers.
December 7: Tell us how deeply satisfied and content you are with our pristine knowledge in knowing just what you need to be happy and no more.
December 8: Be grateful for the instant oatmeal breakfasts and microwave cheeseburger lunches.
December 9: Seek me out and then lead me to the sofa, offering a pillow to prop up my tired legs. Coming to find me with slippers in hand is bonus points.
December 10: Sit and let me read the books to you that you loved when you were three. Offer me a tissue when my eyes well with soppy nostalgia of how we once shared in both adoring Piglet.
December 11: Be patient today. Take note that I did not begin this sentence with the word "Try."
December 12: Love me when you don't like me.
December 13: Buy chocolate in secret and leave it around the house like puppy treats.
December 14: Say "Yes" to everything I say today and then add "Because you are in charge."
December 15: Eat my carrot salad and tell me you wish we had a bigger bowl in the house so I could make more!
December 16: Take me for a walk, like a favorite old pet that needs exercising.
December 17: Look at me with affection, like you do a favorite old pet.
December 18: When I pass your bedroom tonight, let me hear your fervent prayer to God above to bless me, keep me safe, and grant me a long life.
December 19: Your project today is to learn to use the coffeemaker. That's fine if it takes all day because this is a lifelong skill that will win you friends and help you find your people.
December 20: You have 24 hours to give me 5 kisses: one each for the days left on this awesome Christmas Countdown Calendar made Just For You.
December 21: Today is not too early to deliver a love poem written in dreamy eyed love for your mom.
December 22: I like my toast buttered to the edges on barely browned bread. Thank you.
December 23: Day off. You earned it. But don't let your guard down.
December 24: Back to work. Get your dad to the store to buy his wife her Christmas present.
December 25: You Have Made it.
Thank you for asking for this. I know it will enrich this holiday season for you as it will for me. In fact, I don't think I ever remember a more wonderful countdown to Christmas.
Merry Christmas, my child. I love you.
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