She May Not Wear A Cape, But She Is a Holiday Hero #MyHolidayHero

by Susan

I have received information about the TYLENOL® Holiday Heroes promotion from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post for Kin Community.

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Mothers by definition are heroes and I imagine many children young and old would declare their own mothers to be the fittest for the title of Holiday Hero.

Joan WinterAnd while I won’t snatch a well deserved crown from your mom’s head, I will insist that my mother too has long served and earned a Holiday Hero crown of her own.

My mom is now 73 and I only wish she would stop serving everyone else long enough to take care of her own aches and pains.

But even now as the role of Mother also includes Grandmother of six, it is a challenge to convince her to sit long enough to watch an episode of Downton Abbey.

When I browse back through my childhood memories, I rarely find my mother sitting down. She seemed to always be in motion with the holiday season kicking her speed to high gear.

In fact, a phrase I hear echo in my memory is her saying, “C’mon, we have to get into HIGH GEAR!”

Joan cookingWhether she was hosting a Christmas party for a hundred people or carefully wrapping countless gifts, she gave each detail incredible attention.

My mom is a true “mother” who has devoted her life to mothering her four children. Even while we were young, she worked full time and managed several rental houses all with four children and a husband who travelled for work.

I’ve spent my life thanking God for the best mother in the world whose sacrificial love filled our lives.

When I became a mother myself, the reality of how much my mom has done for me and my siblings became even more apparent.

And for the last few years, my mission has been to convince my superhero mother to finally rest and relax and take care of herself.

Who Is Your Holiday Hero?


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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Lisa-The Domestic Life Stylist December 19, 2013 at 6:21 pm

“C’mon let’s get into high gear”… I love it. Judging from the kitchen pic, I am guessing that she is a great cook too. What a tremendous blessing to have a selfless mom of action.

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2 Susan December 20, 2013 at 2:38 am

Yes, I can’t even imagine how many thousands of times she said, “get into high gear!”

And yes, she is a great cook. We have truly been blessed to have her as our mom.

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3 Bonnie Way December 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Awwww, beautiful memories – and a beautiful woman! Thanks for sharing. This made me think of my mom and my grandma. Can’t wait to see them in a few days for Christmas!

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