To all my friends, As I've aged and lost all my family except my dear husband, I've realized that it's okay to have a quiet Christmas. It's okay to leave out the decorating, to leave out the excessive food preparation, to leave out sending Christmas cards, and to allow peace to enter into my home and to cherish that peace. It's okay to substitute reading of the word and quiet reflection for the turmoil of shopping and fighting the frantic traffic. There are some measures one can take to lay sadness aside and go on. Find someone to visit on Christmas day so you can see the wonder of their children and remember your own wonderful Christmases. Pick out a Christmas church service and go and worship. Let the Christmas music fill you up, and if you need to cry - cry. Find a charity that needs your help and spend an hour or a day helping. My friends, Christmas becomes unbearably sad if we long for old times too much. We are meant to acknowledge our losses and to remember those we love who are in heaven. We must not let the loss of these loved ones define us or defeat us or consume us. We must quietly go on and live each day to the fullest. After all, to everything there is a season. Merry Christmas to you all whether your Christmas is in the midst o1f rush and preparation or in the quiet as mine is now. Love, Lisa
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