Holiday traditions.... that involved my Mom who is no longer there to continue them with me. So my favorite tradition has ended. Mom and I were sorority sisters - Pi Beta Phi's. Our mascot is the angel. So every Christmas since I joined in 1987 and was initiated we gave each other Angel gifts and signed the cards "Love Sis."
Mom was a Pi Beta Phi at the University of Gerogia in the 1960's and I was one at Auburn in the 1980's. Last Christmas was my first Christmas without my Mom and without our Angel gifts. I didn't even put up a tree. I just could not deal with the holiday at all.
I think I will begin a new tradition where I will purchase an Angel ornament of some sort to put on the tree in Mom's memory. That will help fill the void.
Christmas is just going to be tough for a while as it was Mom's favorite holiday. But I think she will approve of the new revised tradition that will start this year.
I couldn't agree more Suzanna. I feel your loss and hope that a bit of that massive canyon is filled each year going forward. I feel like hugging you after reading this.