Christmas is next weekend and for many it can be a time of great emotional pain. There are empty chairs at tables around the table and loved ones left to deal with this loss. One way I deal with it is to always keep my loved ones near. I have something of these loved ones included on my tables when I set them. It may be a simple thing like the salt shakers, or the china we eat on, or my memories of them sitting and laughing at my table. It can be a very trying time, but we must celebrate life and continue our journey as that is what they would want for us.
When I think back on Christmas past, I often take out old photographs and am always surprised by how absent I am in large chunks of time. I remember avoiding the camera at all costs but I never thought about the future and how I’d be noticeably missing from our past. What will my children and grandchildren have to remember me by? I wrote about this in a previous column and I think it’s worthy of a reread. The unintended consequence of my action is that I removed myself from my children’s past memories. Don’t let this happen to you. Get in those photographs this year regardless of how you think you look. I guarantee when you look back on them they will bring you joy and you truly won’t even notice!
Take a moment to read this column and leave me a note below. Enjoy the holiday week with your loved ones and be sure to capture each moment.