Heading into the holiday season without your loved ones is hard for anyone. But entering the holiday season without your children is a special kind of torture. There is no one to wake you up at 6am just so they can open presents. No one who makes you a miles long Christmas lists, hoping they’ll get EVERYTHING on the list. No child like wonder over the magic of Christmas. For me this season there was no magic, no lists, no 6am wake up call, just emptiness.
My Mom knew this would be a hard season so she came up with a brilliant idea. We put up a Christmas tree at the accident site and asked anyone who wanted to remember the boys this holiday season to put an ornament on the tree. I was unprepared for the outpouring of support we got from people during the busiest season of the year.
At first I was afraid our little tree wouldn’t receive any ornaments other than family. Then slowly friends started putting ornaments on the tree. Then ornaments started arriving in the mail from friends and family to far away to make the drive. By the time Christmas day arrived our tree was so full there was no more room for ornaments. I think at one point we even discussed a second tree.
In all there were over 110 ornaments placed on the tree including one hand made garland. Ornaments were placed from 9 different states, reaching from coast to coast. Over 36 families participated. And I received over 90 photos.
I cannot say THANK YOU enough to all of our family and friends who took the time out of their busy holiday schedules to remember Dawson and Devin. It makes me cry just to remember the outpouring of love and support I’ve received this last year, but especially during the holiday season. Thank you all . . . . .
The following photo's document some of the people who visited the tree. .
Some of my favorite ornaments: (I was only able to put a few of my favorites because this blog post is already to long.) :)
The rest of the photo's I took on New Years Eve . . . . the day before we took the tree down.