Today I am guest hosting at Chelsea’s blog, Sharing the Journey, for her series, 25 Days of Christmas Traditions. Each day someone shares their traditions. Please click the link below to continue with my full post as we have found New Traditions ~ New Normals.
unday our forever 16 year old son will be gone 7 years. Matthew died exactly two weeks before Christmas and it changed many Christmas’ afterwards for us. He had bought a tall skinny country type Christmas tree from his workplace and set it up, behind our piano, just days before he died. It stayed up for several years, making it into a seasonal tree. Finally we took it down. It took several years before we put another Christmas tree up. So many of the Christmas decorations reminded me of his funeral. Red was his favorite color, so there was lots of red poinsettias and red ribbons and greenery. An evergreen grows by his gravestone. I knew and know, Christmas is about Jesus and His birthday, but it was very hard celebrating when our hearts were broken. Slowly finding new normals and new traditions is what has helped us the most . . . to do things a little differently.