Jenna Bush Hager‘s late grandmother gave her a final Christmas gift that she will remember forever.
In an upcoming interview, Hagar spoke on a very special gift that former first lady Barbara Bush left for her great-grandchildren before her death at 92 last year.
Jenna shared last November how her beloved “Ganny” left several hand-needlepointed Christmas stockings for the great-grandchildren she didn’t live to see, including Bush’s baby son, Hal, who was born in August.
“What a beautiful thing she did so that all three of my kids could have that,” Bush shared with the outlet while tearing up. “He will never have met her, but they’re so ingrained, literally in this case, in the fabric of our family.”
Last year, she lost three of her grandparents, including Barbara’s husband, former President George H.W. Bush, who died at 94 in November.
“Hal’s the first baby who won’t get to meet these people that were such an important part of my life,” she told the outlet. “But I also know that through my grandparents’ letters and their stories and the ways they raised us, he’ll get to know them.”
Jenna recalled some of her memories of Christmas with her grandmother in an essay for Southern Living magazine last year. In the essay, she recalled Barbara making Christmas stockings for her daughters Mila, 6, and Poppy, 4.
“When I imagine my Ganny, I think of her hands busy (usually her mouth too) as she meticulously needlepointed,” she wrote. “She worked on many projects, but her most precious were stockings for her great-grandchildren.”
Jenna says the Christmas stockings reflected her grandmother’s personality in a fitting way.
“That was our Ganny,” she wrote. “She wanted to leave the world a little more beautiful through her work, her words, and even her needlepoint stockings.”
Jenna also spoke on how she shared parenting duties with her husband, Henry Hager, and what she tells herself when life gets too be a lot.
“Somebody said you should think about what your dreams were as a little girl,” she said. “I always wanted to be a mom and now I get to be the mom to these three people. And it’s been 10 years that I’ve been on the TODAY show, and 10 years ago I could never have dreamed of sitting next to somebody I admire and love so much as Hoda.
“So in the moments of complete chaos, which there are, when there’s slime in my carpet and I’m dirty and messy and exhausted, I just try to think, ‘This is the life that you’ve always dreamed of — and now you’re living it.'”
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