Merry Christmas! …Merry Christmas?

It’s Christmas Eve, which is the real Christmas in my family. This is a strange year for us, our first Christmas without Mom. It’s odd how that manifests. Sometimes I really notice that she’s not here and sometimes it’s a vague feeling of incompleteness or sadness or loneliness. I’m at home but homesick for all the years that’ve come before.

Still, I feel very loved. My sister & father & I have all been trying to love each other extra and take care of each other. ProfX has been very loving, and given me lots of hugs and a shoulder to cry on. My MIL has been very sweet and even invited my dad & sister to join us at her house on Christmas Day. And then there are friends offline and online who’ve sent notes or gifts, given hugs, and shared their own experiences and encouragement.

The post’s title feels a bit silly now, because this won’t be a merry Christmas for us…but I think it’ll be a halfway decent one. My sister & I have worked on decorating the house according to family traditions, I’ve baked some of our favorite cookies, and while it’s not going to be a Christmas with Mom, we’re mitigating the wrongness of it all. We have experience from years of doing this while she was sick.

I hope that for all my friends it’ll be a merry Christmas, with more joy than stress.

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4 Comments

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    Sarah Nelson December 24th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    This is my 6th (wow…) Christmas without Momma. It gets easier over time, I guess. I will always miss her. Our moms will always love us. *hugs*

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    Daniel December 24th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I hope you have an amazing Christmas, Ruth. I’m thinking about you.

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    Spring December 24th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    We’re having an “off” Christmas, too, for reasons I haven’t told many people yet…but hope you have a great one, just the same. :)

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    Anassa December 25th, 2010 at 2:27 am

    I hope you have a halfways decent, or slightly better, Christmas this year. It sounds like you’ve been enjoying the preparations, and your family will be together, so you should manage it. Still, I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow. I’ve yet to lose a major family member, thank goodness, but we’re starting to worry about my grandparents… :(

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