Remembering Loved Ones at Christmas

Shirley HampsonBlog

Looking for unique and inspiring ideas for remembering loved ones at Christmas?

Whether you have recently suffered the loss of a loved one or you are simply missing his or her presence, there are special ways to include him or with special ‘in memory’ at Christmas decorations and gifts.

1.  Purchase or make your own personalized ‘in memory’ at Christmas ornament with your loved one’s name or photo on it to commemorate your loved one.  Gather the family together and share memories of your loved one while you hang the ornament on the Christmas tree.

2.  Tie a beautiful ribbon around the trunk of your Christmas tree in your loved one’s favourite colour.

3.  Remembering loved ones at Christmas is simple to do by hanging stockings with their names embroidered on them.  On Christmas Eve, have your family members fill the stockings with cards and letters to or about your loved ones.  You can all take turns reading the memories out loud on Christmas Day.  This is sure to become a beautiful and meaningful family tradition.

4.  Make an angel tree topper in memory of your loved one to top your Christmas tree.  You could make the angel’s clothes or wings out of your loved one’s clothing.

5.  Dedicate a small Christmas tree to your loved one and decorate it with photos, notes, and special ‘in memory’ at Christmas ornaments.

6.  Make a memory wreath dedicated to your loved one and hang it on your front door.  Decorate the memory wreath with ribbons in your loved one’s favourite colours, sentimental objects and photographs.

7.  Buy a special candle and dedicate it to your loved one’s memory.

8.  If you enjoy doing crafts, try making a memory candle with a treasured photograph of your loved one.

9.  At your place of worship, light candles in your loved one’s name or remember him or her in prayer.

10.  Set up a memorial table in your home for remembering loved ones.  When friends and family come over for Christmas dinner, ask  them to bring a small memento to place on the memory table that reminds them of someone special that has passed away.

11.  Buy your loved one’s favourite holiday flowers or plants to display in your home over Christmas.  For an extra special touch, make a homemade plant marker with your loved one’s name on it.

12.  Find a poem that reminds you of your loved one, or compose an original poem.  Use your best penmanship to write the poem, frame the poem and displayed it in your home over the holiday season.