I love the many ways your family has weathered the holidays since the loss of your husband. From everything I have ready, honoring his memory and starting new traditions are key to working through the sadness that the holidays can sometimes bring.
Since my aunt passed away three years ago, we always seem to spend Christmas Eve telling little stories about her, memories of her during the holidays, the gifts she had given us in the past - those little moments we don't want to forget. It actually is a very happy conversation and it helps us vocalize those tinges of sadness we always feel a little when the family gathers around the Thanksgiving table or sits around the Christmas tree.
There are a couple of new articles posted by Valley of Life that talk about support and grieving during the holidays
for those that may be interested in reading them.