11 Ways to Survive the Holidays as a Widow

“I am totally not decorating this year!”

That’s what I said the first time I drove past someone’s festively decorated home the year that my husband died.

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A Cruise for Christmas? Yes!

Reflecting back on last Christmas, I am pleased that we did something different.  A one week cruise from Florida to Belize, Honduras and Mexico got me and my 2 sons away and planted some seeds of travel for all of us.  This past week memories of that cruise as well as my first cruise with Mike have been replaying in my mind. If you haven’t tried a cruise yet, it is something to consider.

Last year  my husband was gone and I did not want to deal with it.  I was fortunate to be able take a break from life and join my boys on a completely different version of Christmas.  Life long traditions such as writing Christmas cards, decorating a tree and the house, baking cookies and buying presents were far too painful and I had no energy.  I even went off Facebook so I wouldn’t have to see the happiness of everyone enjoying the holidays.

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