Tinsel, bells, glitter, lights, sweet songs of praise, warm greetings between friends and family reunions, happy excited wide eyed children, anticipation, expectations, traditions, caring and sharing.
These words conjure up the Christmas/holiday ‘moments of joy’ we have grown up with and know and love. If you have been dealing with great personal loss these old sentimental moments of joy may fall upon dark hollow ground.
I go through the motions and I do have enjoyment watching the faces of small children as they experience the magic and joy at this time of year. It brings back happy memories of my children and the lovely times we had. It also reminds me that one of them is missing for no reason that we can understand. The sadness of that ambiguous loss is beyond words.
But life does go on and while it does I make the best of what I can and keep the candle of hope burning.