Teaspoon of HappyMerry Happy Love to EveryoneSarah May Bates

Happy holidays, Hello Giggles readers! I would like to take this moment to tell you all how awesome you are. You are family, in a way, in that I feel very connected to you. Like I know you, because in some way we really do all know each other.

To the ladies…

You are sweet and thoughtful and smart and amazingly self-aware and sensitive. I think I would probably be besties with most of you if we happened to cross paths. Girls are like the glue of society: we are great at healing, listening, feeding, soothing, laughing, smiling, supporting, not to mention soft and delicate. I wish all ladies a kiss that makes their heart thump and a delicious treat that makes your eyes roll back in your head this holiday season. And remember that you are more beautiful than you know. You are all one in a million. A gem.

To the gentleman…

You are pretty friggin’ awesome. You’re harrier, which can be a chore to deal with, I’m sure, but to us gals it’s ruggedly sexy and by contrast, very appealing (well, to some). I appreciate your brute strength, your hidden soft-sides, your ability to comfort and understand us complex girls and of course, your directness when it comes to knowing what you want when you want it. (I’m generalizing, so I apologize.) Regardless, you all make this world much more balanced and I celebrate you for being a wonderful part of life. Let your stubble grow out extra long this year. Wear the shirt that you love but no one else does. Talk in your “important” voice when you make that toast. Because what makes you different, makes you awesome.

To the moms…

Thanks for being the back-stage heroes. Often under-appreciated and over-blamed, if only there were awards like the Oscars for how much work you put into our lives. You don’t ask much but you sure give a lot and we all know deep down how much you do for us. Even when we don’t say it. Thank you and we love you. My wish for you this holiday is that you feel that glow of satisfaction, when your dinner or your family has revered you the way you deserve.

To the dads…

Thank you for your tolerance, your non-momness, your actions speaking louder than your words. Thanks for giving the few words we need to hear the most, and for crying at sappy movies to show us that deep down you’re a squishy baby like us. Thanks for fixing things when we need you to and siding with us when we complain about someone that was mean. My wish for you this holiday is that you feel peaceful and you look at what you have now and feel full and proud to think of where you’ve been and who you’ve become.

To the siblings…

You are awesome. The co-conspirators. The allies. The best-friends-in-a-unique-form that most times are loved in unspoken ways but if it were told, are the true besties of our lives. You are the reason we are who we are and without you our lives would be viewable in one less dimension. You are more a part of who we are than you could ever know. And we’re sorry if we were ever mean. My holiday wish for you is that you get the good seat for the movie, the big piece of the chicken, and a compliment from a sibling that you’ve been wanting to hear.

To the friends, the singles, the young ones out on their own…

You are a life force. A special kind of star burning bright for everyone else to gaze upon. Live it up and eat your delicious cake. This holiday belongs to you. What you have now is what you’ve made and you deserve to enjoy it. Build yourself a beautiful, warm and laughter filled holiday. Surround yourself with the smiles that remind you of who you really are. My wish for you this holiday is that you look upon it fondly, that you talk about it with friends for years to come. May it be loving to your body, and to your soul. Hope your season is growing brighter with each day.

I send my love to you all, and as always, a happy Sunday.

xoxox Sarah

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  1. I seriously love your posts Sarah, they make me warm and fuzzy inside and give me hope and light for days when I think things are not going so well (like today). Thank you for giving us this wonderful gift of your words and encouragement, they are highly appreciated.
    Happy holidays from Caracas, Venezuela :)

  2. My life would not be the same without this website, and one of the reasons I come back every day is because of you and your Sunday posts. I hope you know that you really do affect people, and your words hold a lot of meaning, especially for me. Happy Holidays, Sarah! And, thank you for everything!

  3. I know for sure that you are the loveliest lady in the world!! Of course we would be besties, I wouldn’t take it any other way!
    Tears of Joy came down my face as I read your words, I always feel short of Thank Yous with you… Hope you know that the Love you spread around and into the Souls of each one of us every Sunday makes me feel so blessed. Lots of Love and the Best Wishes for You, your family and friends! THANK YOU SARAH!! **

    • My gosh Silvia, you really do fill me with gratitude and a big warm fuzzy feeling. Thanks so much for saying that and have a wonderful holiday too!! Xxo

  4. These are always some of my favorite posts! You’re the sweetest girl around! So encouraging! Happy holidays!

  5. That was so wonderful. I hope you have a happy holidays too <33

  6. Such negativity! I believe that sometimes people like being put into categories, especially in situations like this. It names us and gives us a place in this world. This can lead to negative stereotypes, which are obviously a bad thing, but this piece is full of warmth and positive stereotypes, many of which are true on a widespread basis. Kudos, Sarah May, another wonderful little piece of writing. It made me feel all fuzzy and cozy =] Happy holidays!

  7. I know this is well meant and I appreciate it, but I have to admit I’m not too fond of the way you just blatantly placed people into categories. Good job at perpetuating the stereotype of “soft, delicate” girls and “brutish” men! I’m sure you’re a nice person and all, but I just couldn’t help but notice. I don’t usually comment on these things but I have been too frustrated recently at all the gender inequality I have been surrounded with. I just want people to become more aware that it is NOT okay to stereotype genders like that.

    • I hear you Becky, and I’m sorry it offended you. The intention was to flatter both in ways that might be considered more “universal”, which I’m aware can lead us down the wrong path in many ways. Please know my intention wasn’t to exclude or perpetuate anything we need to move past. Thanks for owning that and hoping you have a good holiday!

  8. As a gentleman, dad, and single, I appreciate all the nice comments and well-wishes. Clearly, Sarah, you possess not just warmth, intelligence & humor, but you have the ability to communicate all of them in a thoughtful and compelling manner. Thank you and may you be blessed this holiday season.

    • Nice Andy! You get triple awesome wishes for the holidays!! And I thank you for your smiling face next to such a nice comment. Happy happy holidays! Xox

  9. Totally cried a little. Sarah, you’re like my blogger bestie. You always say exactly what I need to hear and it inevitably makes me feel a little better. You probably don’t realize just how much your words mean to so many of us.

    So my wish for you is that you truly realize the impact you’re making here. Maybe you do, but maybe you don’t.

    Have a wonderful holiday!

    • Wow Elisabeth, thank you. I doubt anyone could give me a better Christmas present than that. Thank you for always giving the most thoughtful comments! Xox

  10. This may have been the awesomest, most beautofl Christmas wish I’ve ever seen. Thank you. Wishing everyone here on HelloGiggles a wonderful time with your loved ones! :-)

  11. Sarah May! You’re the sweetest. I am soooo positive we would be BFF’s if we ever crossed paths. Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us. My wish for you this holiday season is that you would personally get to experience some of that magic that happens this time of year. The kind that makes your heart burst with joy, renews your hope in mankind, and reminds you that it really is a wonderful life. Merry Christmas!

  12. Aww shucks!

  13. :’ )
    i cried a little.

    happy holidays to all of you!

  14. I was reading news on the Intrenet, yesterday, those clashes in Egypt, that crazy guy stabbing people in a bar, global warming accelerating. I got so depressed, feeling that there is just so much crap in this world. Too much.
    Thank God, though, there is still good, too. There is still much love, too. And I know this sounds terribly cliche, but as long as there is love, there is hope, hope that things will get better. Love is what keep us going, the love that we give and the love that comes back to us.
    There is a greek saying that goes “Shared joy is double the joy, shared pain is half the pain” May we all have people in our lives to share both!
    Happy holidays!

    • Damn girl. You need to blog. Beautifully said. Thanks so much for your comment and for sharing your joy and pain. Xoxo happy love-filled holidays to you!!!!