The Short of It
A mom places an ad asking a family to adopt her and her son for the holidays, and with it, reminds us what's really important this holiday season.
Canandian mom Autumn Aviva-Keshet Mazzitelli and her two kids, a son and daughter, just moved to a new town. Her daughter will be spending Christmas Eve with her dad, which will leave the mom and little boy alone in a new place on what is typically a day filled with family and familiarity. Craving those things, Mazzitelli posted an ad to Craigslist, which has since been removed, appealing to the public to "adopt" her and her son for Christmas.
"Have you always wanted a daughter and grandson? Do you have a daughter and/or grandson, but they live too far away to return for Christmas this year? Do you miss the pitter patter of little feet and adorably mispronounced words of a three year old boy? Do you need a hand with dishes after sharing Christmas dinner with a (slightly?) eccentric 30 year old single mother?" she wrote in the post, adding, "I would love to meet some beautiful humans to share Christmas Eve or Day with, hear some stories, sing and eat and laugh, and actively choose not to be alone. I want something different this year so I'm just putting my heart out there!"
The brave mom says her hope was to avoid more lonely hearts on Christmas. And it seems her plan worked. She posted this update to Craigslist after receiving far more responses than she'd ever dreamed of: "I am so grateful for the outpouring of love, the shares on social media, the PMs, email responses, text messages from friends who live far away. I have been invited to every kind of Christmas dinner you can imagine and even invited overseas! Most importantly, I received messages from people just saying that they now plan on reaching out, too, instead of spending Christmas alone."
I love the message behind Mazzitelli's ad. Christmas really is a time to be with family and friends, both old and new. This story serves as a great reminder that no one should have to be alone at the holidays. If you know someone who could use a special place to spend Christmas, invite them over. Who knows what amazing memories you can create!