Monday, January 10, 2011

Shout Out About The Holidays

How was it for you over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years?
Did you survive? Hint: if you're reading this, answer "Yes."
Which was worse: the anticipation or the event?

How about taking a couple minutes and sharing your experience with everyone? Then, tell if there's anything you'd like to do differently next year.

I'm sure we'll have an array of stories. As I've surfed through numerous blogs, the days ranged from surprisingly special to awkwardly standing alone in a crowd of kissing couples on New Years Eve. But we can learn from each other and be better prepared for next year if we take a few moments to evaluate this year.

Here's a quick questionnaire to help. You can copy and paste it into the comment box and then type in your answers, or just answer or comment as you'd like.  
  • Were the holidays easier or harder than you anticipated?
  • When you look back, what will be your favorite memory of 2010 holidays?
  • What will you want to steer clear of next year?
  • What are two things you are looking forward to in 2011?

I hope to hear from you,
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 (English Standard Version)


  1. How were my holidays?
    First came Jake's birthday,and that proved to be a good day,because his family came to spend the day with me.We had some tears,but it was still good.Christmas was a few days later and again,better than I had anticipated.Having extra family around helped.I had to leave a New Year's Eve party,because of the emotions I felt coming on.My best memory of the holidays of 2010 is the fact that Jake's family cared enough to help me through a difficult day.
    What do I expect for 2011?
    I hope to move forward and replace the sad memories with happy ones.I know that Jake and I made lots of happy memories and I look forward to these coming to the forefront.
    Today it is exactly 2 months since my beloved passed on.I miss him terribly,but I choose to go on and look for better days ahead.

  2. ~Were the holidays easier or harder than you anticipated? Both...easier because I allowed myself to enjoy...harder because when I finished decorating...I suddenly felt a sensation of DH to enjoy what I'd created!
    ~When you look back, what will be your favorite memory of 2010 holidays? being with g'kids at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years!
    ~What will you want to steer clear of next year? depression!
    ~What are two things you are looking forward to in 2011? watching the g'kids grow and watching me grow!

  3. Hi Ferree -

    Memories crop up, but they know longer have a sharp edge. My writing helps process the experience, and the Lord has helped fill the gaps with friends and family.

    The best part of my Christmas was seeing my friends, who are like family to me and having my Mom recover from recent heart surgery.

    Susan :)

  4. Gals, I see a common theme that each of you carries is to choose to go on, grow, process the experience and rely on the Lord. It's not easy, but like Susan said, the edge will come off. I pray that the Lord continues to uphold you and that WCP can be an encouraging and helpful resource in your journey. Prayers and hugs to you all, fbh

  5. •Were the holidays easier or harder than you anticipated?---e-Easier this year. This is my third year since my husband died.
    •When you look back, what will be your favorite memory of 2010 holidays?----Spending Christmas with my son. His wife was overseas visiting relatives so it was just the two of us. It was a special time.

    •What will you want to steer clear of next year? ---Watching IT'S A WONDRFUL LIFE. It was too hard to see him with such despair at the bridge thinking of taking his life. It made me think of what my husband must have felt when he took his own life. The movie caught me off guard.
    •What are two things you are looking forward to in 2011? ---I have made some dear friends who are also widows and we have all attended GriefShare at churh. I am looking forward to deepening these friendships.

    Accepted in the Beloved,
    MaryLou---still in Texas with my son and daughter-in-law who is home!

  6. Christmas went well for me. I didn't have big expectations and the holidays slid on by rather smoothly.

  7. Cicero, your comment makes me wonder if most of our dread of the holidays comes from the cultures' hype. I've thought about that a lot this year; read a few things from centuries past; thought about the very first Christmas--my goodness! We are far far from Heaven when it comes to Christmas! Just some thoughts . . . I'd really like a change in my personal celebration of it next year. Please pray for me about that, anyone. :)
    @ MaryLou--it's so good to hear from you again, and I'm so glad you've been able to visit in TX and form some new friendships thru Griefshare! PTL!


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