Remembering Tripp at Christmas

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I have been thinking a lot about what Christmas is going to be like for us. Holidays are for families to be together and ours is missing a piece. I wanted some way to recognize Tripp so I started googling, "remembering loved ones" and "remembering lost loved ones at Christmas" for ideas. The first thing I knew was that I wanted to get a special candle to light for Tripp at Christmas. I recently bought a special one for our everyday use from Partylite. Tripp's candle is the one on the far left. I like how the pillar looks protected. I will let you know how it looks in our house once the order arrives. I want a Christmas Candle that I can pull out every year that is specifically for Tripp. I am not sure if I want it to be an angel, but I do know that I want its style to be able to stand the test of time and I know that price doesn't matter. I have looked and looked and haven't been able to find anything that speaks to me. So I will continue to look. I will also take any advice on stores or websites to check out!
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The second idea I had was to have a special ornament to recognize Tripp hanging on the tree. The same criteria applied. I didn't really want an angel (and I am not sure why - maybe its too cliche for me?) and it needed to be timeless. This time my online searching paid off. I found this ornament by Swarovski. For the past 20 years this company has been making an annual crystal snowflake ornament. I knew it was the one the moment I saw it. I especially loved that this ornament had the year 2011. I bought mine from Amazon, but I shouldn't have been in such a rush, because the day after I ordered it, my aunt emailed me and said she found it online at Costco. AND it was cheaper there!  I can't tell you how good it feels for Hugh and I to know that so many members of our family are purchasing this ornament to hang on their trees at Christmas.

As great as these two ideas are it still feels I need to do something else. I am not sure if it is because there is just a huge void where Tripp should be (which I know will be impossible to fill) or if it is because there actually is something out there that I could do to make me feel a little more fulfilled during the holiday season.

I will continue to search.


  1. The first Christmas without my brother, I made an ornament for our tree. It was very simple. I used a plastic ball and glitter glue to write his name and dates. It made me feel good to see it hanging in the branches. This year, I pulled it out of our box of decorations to find that only the "y" remained of his name - lol. Guess it needs some tlc, which I am more than happy to give it! Good luck in your search!


  2. Those are great ideas. Beautiful choices.

  3. Wow. It is beautiful. If I had a costco membership, I would defintely order one for our tree too:) Perhaps Santa will bring me one so we can have a way to remember Tripp at our house this (and every) Christmas too.


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