We have been talking a lot about the rush and pressure and hassle and having to put up with the shenanigans of tipsy uncles over the holiday season.
But a chance meeting with a friend at the post office recently reminded me of a totally different side of the equation.
The empty chair at the table at Christmas.
Writing Christmas cards to family and friends had brought it home to this friend – who lost her Mother this year – just how many losses there had been… 11 in her immediate circle.
And my heart goes out to my dear sister in law who lost her Mother to breast cancer this year.
And as Christmas is a time of family, it is hard when there is an empty chair at the table at this time. And particularly hard if this is the first year without your loved one.
And so I would like to dedicate this post to all those special people out there who are dealing with their grief (new, or not so new) at Christmas time as they miss those who have left them.
Let us raise our glass to the empty chair, remembering with love the person who recently sat there.
And KNOW that they want you to celebrate as normal this year – they would not want to be the cause of you not celebrating this season. They want you to experience the joys of the season – faith, hope, peace, pudding, Christmas carols, and most of all, love.
Who are we to disappoint them?