Christmas is only a few days away now; the packages are wrapped and tucked under the tree, the girls are excited to see what that day will bring. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, mostly because we get several weeks to celebrate and prepare and extend the holiday spirit. This year, we've continued many traditions as usual: we've seen lights, wrapped presents, sipped hot chocolate, made a fire or two, visited Santa, ridden the train, decorated the tree, looked at pictures, and made cookies, while a few more traditions still wait for us to experience them before Christmas.
One of Jack's favorite spots was under the Christmas tree, so we let him spend his last night under there, and the girls were so sweet with him. The morning that we had to say goodbye to Jack came only one day before the tragic Sandy Hook shootings, so that is why this Christmas just doesn't feel so typical this year. Tragedy is hard, but it makes it a little harder to bear when it happens around Christmas. Despite the sadness and loss, I know that my little Buddy is at peace now, and I'm just remembering all the funny memories and special times we had. We are so glad that Jack could spend some of this Christmas with us, and we will forever remember his sweet spirit and how much he loved being under the tree.