Christmas Without A Loved One

Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year! We get to enjoy delicious food, beautiful decorations and of course time with family and friends. It truly is magical!

But I’m also reminded not everyone is happy this time of the year. Many have lost loved ones and are spending their first Christmas without them.

Although this will be my fifth Christmas without my Mom, I still miss her. Mom made Christmas special!

christmas-memories

I miss shopping with her, I miss going to Christmas plays with her, baking with her and just spending time together. I have so many wonderful Christmas memories that I’ll always cherish!

Thankfully, my best memories of Christmas with my Mom are of us celebrating the birth of Jesus.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:4-7

Today, I’m praying for those who’ve lost loved ones. I’m praying they will feel His peace and be comforted this Christmas season.

Do you know someone who has lost a loved one this year? 

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Enjoy!

 

Have a blessed day!

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19 Comments

  • At 2013.12.08 07:57, Beth Ann said:

    We lost my MIL this summer. It was time for her to go, and the Lord took her gently but it’s very hard. We lost my FIL two years ago, and I think the fact that we were then so focused on caring for her made his passing somehow easier. But now with both of them gone, the season feels a little emptier. We are however blessed to overflowing with many good friends and family. Blessings to you and yours this Christmas.

    • At 2013.12.08 09:16, Laura said:

      Thank you Cindie. I enjoy reading your site because…well, I do love fashion =0)
      But also, thank you for sharing your heart. I love that you always point out that while the outer self is important, it is what God is doing inside of us that is the true essence of “beauty”.
      I checked this before getting ready for church. My mom passed away 5 years ago this morning and in my quiet time, I spent some time remembering. Bless you as you remember your mom

      • At 2013.12.08 09:20, Laura said:

        PS….wow…I totally misspelled your name! So sorry….I have a dear friend who spells it Cindie….please forgive me! =0)

        • At 2013.12.08 10:02, Laura Rutherford said:

          I’ve seen it somewhere and it’s true. Second Christmas without my daddy is fast approaching. The lights are not as bright, the songs are not as cheery, his four grandsons miss him. We all miss him. At thanksgiving a bread basket sat where his placemat would have been. Our holidays will never be the same. He’s with The Lord. That gives us the peace to keep going.

          • At 2013.12.08 12:12, Kristin S said:

            Thank you for this reminder, Cyndi. Two dear friends lost parents this year.

            Would you pray for Ansley? Her mom passed away on October 31st after a fierce, ugly battle with cancer.

            And for Tonya. Her father, maternal grandfather, and dad’s brother all passed away in the last 5 months. Thanksgiving was ROUGH. I don’t know what to do for her except pray. She’s so ready for 2014

            Ansley and Tonya and both of their parents all know Jesus so there is some comfort in that but their earthly pain is yuck.

            • At 2013.12.08 12:45, Rondell said:

              My mother has been gone 12 years also my dad and brother for more years than that. I miss them so much but know they are happy with Jesus, imagining what Christmas is like in heaven is mind boggling and I know they are there celebrating with Him and so very happy.

              Have a wonderful Christmas,
              Rondell

              • At 2013.12.08 13:26, Fiona said:

                What a lovely post & that song is beautiful. I’m glad you have such lovely memories of your mom, Cyndi!

                • At 2013.12.08 13:49, Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife} said:

                  I can’t imagine not having my mom. I’ll be praying for you this year. Our neighbor lost his wife about 18 mos ago and I think about him a lot right now. I’m sure this time of year is raw for him. Thanks for sharing the song. :-)

                  • At 2013.12.08 15:54, Laura said:

                    Thank you. The holidays are so hard since our son died 3 years ago. He was 18. And his birthday is January 16 (mine Jan. 14), so the difficulty continues through mid-January. We just cut back our expectations and rest more. Bless you for remembering those of us who are struggling.

                    • At 2013.12.08 16:44, Lisa said:

                      Cyndi~ I lost my dad 21 mos ago. this is our second Christmas without him. Its hardest of course on my mom. We know he is with Jesus so this brings much peace…. But we still miss him. We can prasie God for his life and for the funny and wonderful memories we have. May you too feel Gods presence and peace during the Christmas season and always. God bless :-)

                      • At 2013.12.08 16:47, Kathy Rogers said:

                        This was awesome. I haven’t heard that song in years. I lost mom 8 years ago and Christmas is just filled with memories of her. It can be painful and joyous at the same time. I miss her so, but I know she is with Jesus and that makes me happy. Blessings to you and thank you for remembering those who are struggling to get through this holiday season. I too am praying for peace for all of us who have lost someone dear to us.

                        • At 2013.12.08 17:18, Lindy said:

                          Cyndi,
                          Thank you for your posts, they give me something to look forward to, as I love the fact that you tie in scripture. Without the Lord, I would not be able to get through each day. Last February I lost my 30 year old son to an accidental drug overdose. Three months later his son (my grandson) was born. My son and daughter in law had selected his name, Jaxson Cross, as a tribute to Jesus Christ. I am blessed to be able to watch him when his Mommy is a work. This is a tough, painful Christmas.

                          • At 2013.12.08 17:35, Suzanne Dennis said:

                            Thank you, Cyndi, for today’s post. My mother died many years ago on Christmas night. Her sister died last night. What you wrote came at a good time for me – and I am sure many others.

                            • At 2013.12.08 18:03, kathy said:

                              I love hearing about your mom.

                              • At 2013.12.08 18:09, Gloria said:

                                Hi Cyndi,
                                I too lost my mother 5 yrs ago. I miss a lot of the same things that you do, like talking to her everyday, shopping together and most of all her unconditional love and support that even now in my fifties I still need. Thank you for sharing her picture and the song ~ it made my day.

                                • At 2013.12.08 18:13, Lynn said:

                                  That’s a beautiful song, thanks for sharing it. Losing loved ones at any time is so difficult and when we get to holidays that are so focused on our families we really notice the empty places at the table. I have lost both my parents and my husband but I am grateful I will see them again in heaven. I’m grateful for my children and grandchildren to make memories with. The memories become sweeter as time passes. I’m happy you have sweet memories of times with your mom.

                                  • At 2013.12.09 09:24, Beth said:

                                    Cyndi,
                                    Thanks for the sweet post. I just lost my husband to cancer on October 31st of this year. I am having some very rough days right now. We had just celebrated our 30th anniversary in August and then found out in September that he had cancer. Thank the Lord for our two grown children that are married and two small grandsons. I don’t know what I would do without them. I also just lost my Mom last year in October so our family has really been thru alot. But I know God is our Hope and our comfort. I enjoy reading your blog! I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

                                    • At 2013.12.09 09:46, Tara said:

                                      Cyndi,
                                      This will be my 5th Christmas without my daughter Stephanie. She was killed in a car accident less than a mile from home. We decorate her grave all in Christmas and we have a bench in our cemetary we decorate as well. We miss her daily but Christmas is always a hard time because of family traditions like baking, decorating trees and shopping till our feet fell off… God is in control and our lives are all better having had Stephanie in them even for 25 yrs… She left a daughter behind we can watch grow and become more like her mom every time we see her. I thank God he let us have Stephanie in our lives for every day of those 25 years. I hope you and yours have a blessed Christmas!

                                      • At 2013.12.10 07:54, Lori said:

                                        I lost my dad in September and I know it’s already a hard Christmas season without him. He was a woodworker and made a wooden train that I have sitting under my tree. Thank you for the post. Our church has a special service called “Blue Christmas” for those that are struggling during The holidays.

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