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In Memory of Maria. 1966-1993

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My little sis passed away at Christmas, enveloped by the love of all of her family.
Left us far to soon.
Each year for the last twenty, I have brought to her, her own Christmas tree and sat with her and remembered...
Away from home this year and unable to visit, my beloved sister, her twin Julia has taken my place.
Here is her 21st tree.
So my contribution to this calendar may remind us all of our loved ones no longer with us but still very much in our hearts...
Maybe a little more at this special time of the year.

May the message of Christmas fill your lives with joy, peace and love.

Posted by LynnDouglas

17th Dec 2014, 00:59  

Viv says:

Thanks for sharing this Lynn.
I think Christmas is a time of mixed emotions for many of us but being together with friends and family and sharing the pleasure of the day memories and hopes makes it a special time x

17th Dec 2014, 11:51

Jane Doe says:

Very moving. Merry Christmas to you and yours

17th Dec 2014, 15:18

MaggieD says:

Moved by your post.
I too have family members that are no longer with us but are remembered in our hearts
Wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas

17th Dec 2014, 19:36

wilvir says:

Seasons Greetings Lynn,

Your touching words of being sat with Maria, remembering, and sharing a very personal gift of a Christmas tree, is surely what giving and receiving is all about at this time of year. Thank you for reminding us in such a loving and poignant way.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


17th Dec 2014, 19:55

mysteritmo says:

Touching story. Merry Christmas!

17th Dec 2014, 23:51

I too am very moved by your post, but how lovely that you have chosen to celebrate with her each year. Hoping you have a peaceful christmas. We shall be lighting some lanterns and letting them go with messages on, particularly this year for my father who died in April this year and whom I miss so very much. Raising a glass to absent friends.

19th Dec 2014, 17:28

jc1000000 says:

I love how you honour your sister, Lynn. To me these symbolic acts are the most definitive act of existence. The giving and receiving of our most basic gifts of the human condition, exchanging love for death, memory for pain, distance for presence. My closest circle lost a friend over Xmas. Our remembrance is not co-ordinated but is often symbolically encoded to us, so we instantly recognize it and follow suit. It's both for everybody but just for us. That's also why I love the singing Auld Lang Syne at the end of the year. It's one of the few experiences that bring everyone together under an invocation that needs no external authority except our shared experience.

+1 to raising a glass to absent friends!

20th Dec 2014, 20:04

LynnDouglas says:

I thank you all for your very special comments.
Merry Christmas to one and all!

21st Dec 2014, 02:11

EJ says:

Absences are most keenly felt at this time of year. Surround yourself with the people you love and remember the happy times.
With all good festive wishes to you and your family x

21st Dec 2014, 13:10

Dhamaka says:

Thank you for sharing this, sending love, strength and all the best of the season

23rd Dec 2014, 13:16