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It all seems so fragile

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The memories of christmas of my younger days are of a large number of assorted relatives getting together in loud boisterous groups. Smashed together in small houses with lots of food and cold winter weather. Now the holiday get togethers are small with polite adults eating fewer rich dishes and drinking a lot less alcohol. The connections between many of the family have either been broken by death, moves to cities far away, changes in interests that make conversations awkward, divorces or just getting older. The connections seem so fragile and each year seem to decrease so that it is memories of people that christmas brings back to me. I make some phone calls just to hear voices to help me keep the past alive with people who are special. Then the people who are very close arrive for dinner and I am happy in my present connections and grateful they are in my life. The memories slip away into the shadows of christmas and wait to be revived again next year.
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    Yes Christmas brings back so many memories. So much loss, so little remains the same. Even values we once held dear.

    It seems a lot the "good ol' days" can be chalked up to "euphoric recall". Nothing was as perfect as the memories. But yet they remain.

    This year, due to splinters and conflicts within the family that can't seem to be resolved without bloodshed, we decided to remove ourselves from the stress. This has been without doubt the most peaceful Christmas we've ever had. It's given us the opportunity to cherish the memories of loved ones no longer with us and look with hope towards a brighter new year.

    Let's make 2013 our best year yet!
    3030 days ago
    I think many of us can relate to everything you said. I know I can.

    Merry Christmas to you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3030 days ago
    Very poetic. Glenn
    3031 days ago
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