My mom. She passed away in October.
Oh, how sad. It's so hard - especially during the holidays.
Giving and receiving presents :(
yah man, i see fire places in American homes covered by furniture or abandon carelessly. never we see any wood burning in it nor any men sitting near it. only the mantle piece is used to keep unwanted things.
I think what I missed is the boat long ago, Married 34 years and work most holidays out of convenience to avoid the inevitable family turmoil. Was told long ago my attempt of being just the two of us was a act of control and not acceptable, and in many ways it is true, family and loved ones is what Xmas is all about to the normal's . So as today winds down and I leave work I will drive by hoping the wife and kids are gone or wait until they are. Go home and think like you about gee only if I had a fireplace I could stare at the magic of the fire, smell the smoke and say well this is it lol