For Christmas, we decided to start some traditions that would include Charlie. We felt that if we didn't, that we would be leaving him out. We decided to have a "Charlie Present" every year. This will either be a present for charlie (ie graveside vase or momento) or a present for the family that brings us together (ie a movie or a game). Each year one of our children will be able to open it for him. This year it is a digital picture frame with all of his pictures and videos. We had one in the summer, but we had to return it when it malfunctioned, so we got a new one for Christmas.
We also want to hang his stocking each year, and haven't decided what to do about filling it or not. But I went to hang up the stockings this year, and Charlie's was missing! I was sure that Seth's Grammy had made one for Charlie last year; She makes one for all of her family, so Aubrey and I have one and Seth's was lost on his mission. I was so sad that Charlie's stocking was not with the others. Today, Seth's cousin called me to tell me she found it! She got it from her mom, who got it from Grammy in Massachusettes, and was supposed to give it to us last year, but never got to it. I guess I never had it in the first place! But all is well, and I will have it in my posession by Christmas Eve! Horray!
I also enjoyed going to the Festival of Trees, and felt good donating to the Primary Children's cause. This may become a tradition, and maybe we'll donate a tree in memory of Charlie one year.
This year I also made two identical wreaths with airplanes, clouds, and stars glued to it. I left one at the surgical unit at primary children's for all the nurses and techs that helped us so much there. I left the other at Charlie's grave. By the way, his stone turned out so adorable! Just his name date, and a big happy airplane!
Again thank you for all the continuous support; we feel we are doing very well. We cherish the past, and are hopeful for the future. May you all have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year!