Christmas can be as sad as it is joyful if you have lost someone close to you. It is easy to decide not to celebrate and to succumb to depression. That is exactly the wrong move.
The reason I love Christmas so much is because my Mom loved Christmas so much. It was such a happy time at our house — food, gifts, decorations, church, family. With every Christmas tradition I observe, I honor her. I believe she is pleased.
If you have lost someone you love, know that they would want you to be happy. Find a joyful way to honor them. My quilt Christmas After You Left is my reminder that the greatest gift to someone you love is to be happy.