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What Do You Do When Your Family is Gone

I mean the holidays. My mother is 82 and has CHF. She won't be here much longer. My sister is retiring to Florida in 2 years. I always host Christmas. She won't be coming back north for it and I won't be asked to Florida for it. My aunt on my father's side is dying and she is the only sibling he had. After she dies, I will never see her children again. They're all over the country. We were close as children, but after the family moved away, we didn't keep up except to exchange Christmas cards with a line or two. When my mother dies, I will never see my cousins on her side of the family either. Same thing -- close as children, but not as adults. As a kid, we had raucous christmas parties (no food or presents, just drinks for the adults) at my mother's parents' house. We cousins loved to see the adults get drunk and tell jokes. At my father's parents' house, we had Christmas dinner and presents, a traditional Christmas. I had lots of family. Soon, I'll have none. I don't know how I'll bear the holidays.


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