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Nephew Dustin, mother Doris, and niece Jennifer during happier times.

Today, my family said our final good-byes to my niece. She was my sister’s child – only 32 years old. We lost my mom about this same time five years ago. They both are pictured above, along with my nephew, who died in an accident 18 years ago. To say that these losses make the holiday season extra tough is to make a tremendous understatement.

I was on a podcast recently talking glibly about all the things I love about the Christmas season. I wasn’t being dishonest – I truly do love all those things. But this year, it’s just not jiving for me.

So, what about all my December Daily plans? What about all those cute foundation pages I made back in November? Well, I have a plan. See, I’m going to go back to school and celebrate with my third graders. And I will take photos. I will go to the family gatherings as planned, and, yes, I will take photos.

And come January, I will print them all 4×6 and slip them into those handy-dandy SN@P page protectors I somehow had the foresight to buy. I’ll add in a few of those adorable Simple Stories 3×4 cards, and I will call it good. My December Daily will become my December Maybe. And that will be good enough.

If you’re walking through something tough this holiday season, I just want to encourage you. Be as gentle with yourself as you would with a friend in the same situation. Give yourself lots of grace, and lots of “good enough.” Hugs to you.

And if your December is untouched by the troubles of this world, take a moment to remember those who, for whatever reasons, just aren’t feeling it this year. Give a smile, a kind word, a cup of hot chocolate. You never know when a simple act of kindness might be just the thing to turn around someone’s day. Hugs to you, too.

So that’s my plan for making lemonade this year. I’d love to hear about yours. Please share in the comments.

8 Thoughts on “When December Gives You Lemons

  1. Hugs to you. I hope you get through okay.

  2. Dear sweet Lisa, you’ve been in my thoughts and prayers. December is such a hard time to lose someone. I lost my mother 5 Decembers ago as well and a niece 9 years ago. She was 4. Big hugs, it’s so tough

  3. I’m sorry for your family’s loss. I hope this Christmas turns out a little better than you’re anticipating. <3

  4. So sorry to hear this – your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers. How tough on your sister losing two children.

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