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Old 11-29-2007, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Amanda Elf View Post
Lately, we have lost a lot of people in our community, it has been a very sad year.

We have an ornament we hang that has in memory of for our brothers, I will get one this year for my sister.
Its a wonderful tribute to your family that you hang an ornament for them as it makes them forever a part of your Christmas celebrations. Here in Blenheim we have a memory tree in the middle of a mall where we can place a bauble for people we have lost. It started about 5 years ago - last year they needed two trees and this year they expect to need 4 trees to hang all the baubles. Its good to know that even though they have died - they remain in the hearts and minds of family and friends even at the busiest time of the year.
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AS much as I love the holidays, this year will be a hard one. My father passed away on Oct 30th. He would have been 90 years old DEc 11th. His health went downhill the year and a half, and he had a massive stroke on Oct 27th. My mom died 35 years ago, I was only 14 at the time. Even though it's been so many years, I miss her so much during the holidays. My husband lost both his parents too, and he has been very supportive during the difficult time me and my sisters are gong through.
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I'm sorry Novelist! My mom is the one who passed her Christmas spirit on to me. I know that one day when she passes, Christmas will be extremely hard on me. She made me promise that after she goes, I will continue to love Christmas and really do it up in her honor.

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Novelist - my sympathies - Was there one thing your father loved about Christmas more than anything else, a food, a type of decoration? If so then incorporating that into your Christmas will make the memories even more special. Over the last few days We have decided to incorporate one aspect of each of us in our Christmas celebrations from this year on so that no matter where we are, in a way we will be together over Christmas.
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Hi Diana,
I will be remembering those who are fighting overseas and who won't be able to spend Christmas with their families and friends. I pray that God looks after them and keeps them safe.

I will be also remembering my dog, Honey, who we had to put down earlier this year due to dermatitis. Unfortunately she was allergic to many things around her and she didn't respond to the treatment the vet gave us. I know it's not the same as losing a loved one, but it's still grieve. My dog was 10 years old, and that's pretty good for a large dog. But I know it's nothing compared to losing a loved one - meaning a person.

I hope God can help those who are grieving and are in pain. He would be able to comfort them.

God Bless,
Elizabeth.
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Novelist - my sympathies - Was there one thing your father loved about Christmas more than anything else, a food, a type of decoration? If so then incorporating that into your Christmas will make the memories even more special. Over the last few days We have decided to incorporate one aspect of each of us in our Christmas celebrations from this year on so that no matter where we are, in a way we will be together over Christmas.
Thanks for the kind words everyone! It means so much to me. Some of the traditions my father loved, that we still try is do are. On THanksgiving he always brought champagne for a special toast when we are having Thanksgiving at my sister's house. he also made a special soup-barley with fresh kilbassi. This year I brought the champagne, and my brother in law made the soup. For Christmas, my father always brought his children and grandchildren a box of Whitman's chocolates. With so much to eat during the holidays, I'm not sure if anyone will have the candy this year. When my ather stopped driving, my husband and I would go to a store and buy the candy. I felt so silly, buying 16 boxes of chocolates!!! It was for my father though, and my husband and I would do anything for him!
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Dont feel alone - in the last 2 years of my Mothers life I too went to the sore to buy boxes of Chocolates (Cadbury Roses in my case) for my mother to give all her friends - I used to do it in 3 trips 8 at a time and I would go on different days and different times so that I got a different checkout operator.
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I have to add another person that I'll be remembering this Christmas, I just found out that my friend passed away this week to cancer. He'll be missed by my mom & I so much .It makes this Christmas really hard for the two of us.
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Thank you Diane for starting this forum, it is helping me today as I read everyones.
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I have sad news.

The uncle I mentioned in my previous post, died. Yesterday morning. The doctors had just givin him medicine. They were planning on putting in a trach. He just, died right there on the table. The doctor said they tried to revive him several times, but I was like, he just was tired of being in the hospital and gave up. We all knew he probrably wouldnt come back from the hospital, but it was still a shock. He has two daughters, six almost seven grandkids. Five brothers and sisters, mom, and other family. His oldest grandson is nine. He was very close to him, he screamed and cried to two hours when his mom told him. I just cannot believe it.
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