I hope the Holidays find you in good health and good spirits, my friends!
Because we prefer to use all natural decorations, we typically don't decorate for Christmas until the week of Christmas Day.
The Holidays this year began on a sad note and I feel we needed something to cheer us up.
Our sweet Mabel passed away on November 11. She was diagnosed with aggressive cancer a month prior.
Mabel died in my arms on a Saturday morning.
I know she is with her friends in heaven now, but I would trade all that I have to spend one more day with her.
I dusted off an old faux tree we had in the basement and added just a few ornaments.
I placed it in a silver urn I found on Craigslist a few years back.
The Moravian star light fixture that hangs in the sunroom adds the perfect touch!
Our silver nutcracker collection is growing and this seemed the perfect place for them. That is, until Delores finds them!
...and she will, oh she will.
Our hearts are heavy. There is no way around it. However, if one truly believes in the Spirit of Christmas, then we know that Mabel lives on.
We choose to celebrate her life and the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. We choose to create new Holiday memories in spite of the aching in our hearts.
In a few weeks time, we will continue our tradition of finding the perfect tree, wreaths and garlands to grace our home.
This year, there will be one less stocking on the mantel, but one more angel in heaven.