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Sometimes Christmas Makes Me Cry

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year.  But there are times when I really miss my loved ones who are no longer here.  I have such wonderful memories spent with family.  

This photo was taken back about 1969 or 1970.  You can tell by the hairstyles and short dresses.  

My grandfather, Nana, and my Mom have gone on to Heaven.
Grandma, Uncle Ivar, Mom
My mother's brother Ivar died last year.

Thankfully, my dad is still alive and kicking despite his pacemaker and implantable defibrillator.  

I heard Mandisa sing this song on the radio and loved it.

I think of loved ones who've passed away
And I pray their resting in a better place
I think of memories of years gone by
And sometimes Christmas makes me cry

I think of soldiers across the sea
Sometimes I wonder its them instead of me
For my freedom they give their lives
And sometimes Christmas makes me cry

Tears of thankfulness tears of hope
I cry tears of joy at Christmas because I know
There is peace on earth for every heart to find
And sometimes Christmas makes me cry

I think of family I think of home
And say a prayer for those who spend this time alone
Cause love can reach out into a silent night
And that's why Christmas makes me cry


I think of Mary and the virgin birth
And I'm amazed by how much God thinks we're worth
That He would send His only Son to die
And sometimes Christmas makes me cry


Most of my tears are tears of joy though.  How thankful I am for wonderful memories.  But most of all, I'm thankful for the gift of Jesus.

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Christmas makes me cry too! This will be the first with one of my children away. It is amazing how much of Christmas revolves around family.

  2. I had not heard this song by Mandisa and just listened to it in its entirety. My mom passed away in August so this is our first Christmas without her. Because of the suddenness of her passing, it still doesn't seem real to me. I felt sadness two times last week. Once in Kohl's when the little girl I take care of brought it up and once reading an email from my aunt telling me she was making Christmas cookies just like she did each year with my mom.

    I really appreciate this sweet post!

    Kindly, Lorraine

  3. I share in the feelings of "broken chains"... my son, Craig died 15 years ago, 12-18-1996...every year...the void is still loud and painful ...Merry Christmas and May His strenght carry you through one more season....

  4. I had never heard this song before. Thank you for posting it. Yes, Christmas does make me cry...but there are so many good memories, got to focus on them.

  5. Hugs sweet friend! Yes, sometimes Christmas makes me cry too! I love that song!

    So thankful for you in my life!
    xoxo Merry Christmas Debbie!

  6. Sweet Debbie, this song is heaven-scent, as my mom passed away on Saturday, and the tears come on and off throughout the day. But we have the excitement of our 4th grandchild due any minute, and we look forward to the birth of this new life, also heaven-scent. Blessings and love to you this Christmas, dear friend. ~ Laurie

  7. I always feel a deep longing at Christmas for my family members who have gone on to heaven. My parents and sister loved Christmas as much as I do and that's saying a lot. We shared such wonderful times just baking cookies and singing carols together. I am so thankful for my wonderful husband and sons and all of our Christmases together but the memories of my other family members not here will always be painful.
    I hope you and your husband have a wonderful Christmas, Debbie.

  8. I miss my parents, too who had gone Home...It's not the same without them but I'm just grateful that because of the Lord's faithful and true promises, we have this hope. Merry Christmas sister Debbie.

  9. C.S. Lewis in the movie Shadowlands says,"The pain now is part of the happiness then"--that is why these painful memories return--because there was so much happiness involved with them and we miss that--thinking of you in a very special way today--

  10. Thank you for sharing that, I love it and i have not heard it before. I will be sharing it.


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