My parents made Christmas for us girls totally magicial, when we were kids,
and it was and is still fun, but after Marvin and I married we would always
go and cut down a live X-Mas Tree, I loved decorating, and call me weird, but I actually liked being a last minute shopper! It made it seem more like X-Mas to me with everyone out and about! We would watch the old holiday movies, and I would stay up almost all night wrapping presents.
Then we had Jace and it got fun again, we both would stay up putting together whatever toy it was that year! I'll never forget the last X-Mas with Marvin, we got Jace one of those 2 wheel stand on scooters. Marvin started riding it around and around the kitchen, dining room and den (it's one big open room w/wood floors) well ya know I had to ride it too!
After we lost him, I was really dreading the holidays, someone had a great suggestion, and it is our tradition every year now.....we go and buy an ornament, Jace and I get a "Dove" ornament, the sign of peace. It stands for
Marvin, for the day he was buried, His BIL was outside at their house, he said he looked over at the fence and there was a white dove sitting there looking at him. He ran in and got Marvin's Sister and said, 'I have lived here 30 yrs
and I have never seen a white dove here!" he said, 'That's Bull (Marvin)"
and I truly believe it was, we know he is at peace. That is our tradition, is our Dove Ornament, we have several different kinds, I just thought that was so awesome! What a tribute, it sure has helped us make it through what was a pretty unbearable time!