The first Christmas after you lose someone you love is hard.
You won’t feel like celebrating, but you’ll go along with it. For the kids. For the family.
It will hurt.
The presents not bought. The chair not sat in. The memories of past Christmases that threaten to suck the joy out of the whole day.
But you will get through it.
You may even smile through the tears.
If you can, thank God for the Christmases you had with them. Start a new tradition in their memory. And remember the love you shared through the holidays.
"You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book." - Psalm 56:8