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Santa Ornament Wreath

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A bunch of pink flowers

Those of you who are new to my blog may not know that I have experienced some big losses in my life. My sister died in 2000 from a heart attack at the age of 53. My dad passed away in 2009 and my mom died under tragic circumstances on Christmas Eve 2010.

Wreath and 2012

Sometimes I will be reminded during this special time of the year that the three most important people in my life growing up are no longer sharing the holidays with me.

There are moments when the weight of the grief overwhelms me.

Wreath and Santa Claus

Yet even with tears threatening to fall, there are still  days of baking cookies, decorating the tree, fighting over the Christmas village , making our family favorite Russian Tea and Frozen Punch for holiday entertaining.

A teddy bear wearing a pink flower

I’m not a big fan of Santa Claus.

A person wearing a pink flower, with Santa Claus

So why on earth am I posting pictures of the jolly man?

A close up of a flower

For purely sentimental reasons.

A teddy bear sitting next to a christmas tree

My sister loved Christmas.

She loved decorating with anything and everything Santa Claus.

When she died I inherited several Santa Claus ornaments.

A teddy bear sitting next to a christmas tree

Last year I decided to celebrate her love on a special wreath.

No fancy tutorial. No big instructions. Just a simple hot glue and attach project.

A pink flower on a plant

But it makes me happy to be reminded of one of my sister’s loves.

At Christmastime sometimes the happy can be hard to find.

I hope you found a little bit here today.

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  1. My sweet friend, my heart understands your heart’s pain. Love you. (((hug))) And the wreath is gorgeous. Your sister would love it.

  2. I didn’t see this post when you initally wrote it, but I’m glad I happened upon it now. We, too, have had several losses over the past few years, and another one just 9 days ago. Thank you for your sweet words <3

    1. Hi, Heidi. Thanks for visiting Marty’s Musings and my santa wreath post. I’m so sorry that you experienced another loss recently. Grief is such a difficult and lonely experience at times. I have written quite a bit about it on my blog (you can look under the faith tab). Sharing it with others has helped me. Hope your Christmas was blessed.

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