Quote Lee4748: My mother died on Dec 3 thirty six years ago. I was a young mother with two kids under 4. We tried to celebrate for them but it was not a happy festive holiday at all. We had to fight back the tears all day. We would have preferred to sleep through it or go to a movie. Perhaps your memories are not that fresh. it was a very difficult holiday.
My memories are as fresh as if it happened yesterday. Did I say it wasn't a difficult holiday? NO, I didn't. Of course it was difficult, just like the first of everything the first year. Sleeping through Christmas Day wouldn't make a person deal with their grief and facing reality.