My first Christmas on my own. I think the anticipation was harder than the event.
After the morning church service I visited Heather's grave which was understandably emotional. I had a meal in the afternoon with my sister and their husbands followed by an evening with Heather's family. So Christmas day itself wasn't too difficult. Our Christmases when we married first were hectic with 7 of Heather's family coming for lunch. Over the years that dwindled to just ourselves.
On Boxing Day I had a Christmas meal on my own with a mini turkey joint and a Christmas pudding. I watched Ghostbusters which Heather and I watched together in 1987 as a recently engaged couple on Boxing Day. We were married 3 months later, no long engagement for us. I completed the evening watching Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker and Death in Paradise. Heather would have enjoyed them all. I drank a half bottle of champagne as I watched, remembering Heather. We usually had a bottle of bubbly on Christmas Day after everything was cleared up.
Our Boxing Days initially involved having my parents round for leftovers, more recently it involved some of Heather's friends coming round. Because of COVID and Heather's illness that didn't happen the last couple of years.
Saturday is the anniversary of Heather's passing. I will visit the grave and my sister has offered to spend some time with me. Since my mother's passing away 5 years ago New Year's Day has always been very quiet anyway and we never made much fuss over Hogmanay, so there are no big memories there.
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year.
Wishing you a peaceful new year darling. xxxx