Celebrating Christmas without a loved one can be extremely difficult, especially when that friend or a family member has passed away. Unfortunately, some people who are grieving decide to forego the holidays altogether. If you donít fall into that category, here are a few ways to remember someone you love at Christmas.
Light a Candle
One of the most common ways of remembering someone during the holidays is the act of lighting a candle on Christmas Eve. You donít have to be overly religious to do this. In fact, you donít even have to go to church. Lighting a small candle and saying a simple prayer, at home, has the same meaning.
Plant a Tree
Due to winter weather conditions, this wonít work for everyone. But, if you live in a warm climate, why not plant a tree in memory of the person youíve lost? A pine tree is the most obvious choice, because of the season, but any other type of tree is suitable as well. This is an excellent way to remember someone while helping Mother Nature to boot. By turning it into a yearly tradition, more trees will grow and more people will enjoy them.
Did your loved one have a favourite charity or interest? If so, consider making a donation in his or her name. It doesnít necessarily have to be monetary in nature. Since itís Christmas, think about purchasing several small gifts. Wrap them and donate them to a charity such as Toys for Tots or your local womenís shelter.
If the idea of donating to charity really appeals to you, think about doing it all through the year. Itís a fantastic way to help others and keep the spirit of your loved one alive indefinitely. These donít need to be large donations, by any means. When you give to charity, even the smallest gift is appreciated.
Go Out to Dinner
If your family usually eats Christmas dinner at home, maybe itís time for a change of scenery. Make it special by making reservations at your loved oneís favourite restaurant. Go one step further and ask everyone to order one of that person’s favourite foods. Chances are the dinnertime conversation will revolve around fond memories of your loved one, in no time at all.
These are just a few ways to remember a loved one at Christmas. Of course, you donít have to partake in all of them. However, getting involved in one or two of them will help to bring back memories of those you love and miss the most.
One of the most crucial things to remember, any time of the year, is that everyone mourns differently. The process typically depends on things like religious beliefs, relationship to the person who died, age and overall family bonds.
If this is the first Christmas without your loved one, expect things to be difficult at times. The only thing you can do is take it one day at a time and try not to be hard on yourself or others. Concentrate on the wonderful memories of the person or people youíve lost. Things generally have a way of getting better, over time.