Dear Gentle Readers,
Well, I am finally finished shopping, wrapping, and mailing and now would like to snuggle up on the couch with my wonderful husband and enjoy the holiday season. Christmas music, tree lit, a glass or two of Sweet Baby Red. Ahh...
And yet, in the midst of all this holiday cheer, it's hard not to look back with some sadness when we think of loved ones who are no longer with us. My father was the head and the heart of our family. Memories of Dad are entwined in every single Christmas activity. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" always brings a tear or two. As these years roll by more and more dear, sweet people are gone. And it's only natural to remember them and think of all the good times and love we shared with them.
It's okay to visit, but don't live there! Focus on the right now. Find something to enjoy right now. Loss is part of life. Don't let it consume your holiday. As we age it is harder and harder and takes more conscious effort not to be sad, missing those who made us feel loved, unconditionally loved.
My Christmas short story Madison's Christmas deals with grief during the Christmas holiday. It is free today for the last time this year! It can be found at http://tinyurl.com/lys6yqj and I hope you get a chance to pick it up.
I wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2015. We have today only once. Make the best of it.