This is the second Christmas since my mother died 9 years ago that I can have a decorated Christmas tree. She died in a fire that started from an electric malfunction from Christmas tree lights. I was completely shattered. I started drinking very heavily and didn’t really move from a chair in my living room for almost 2 years. Eventually I started to realize that my life was still worth living even if it was without my mother.
So this year I am celebrating being able to live in this world.