Our Christmas decorations weren't used in 2013 as we were in the States. The last time they were used, was during some of the times when we were first aware that things were not going well in one of our son's life. 2012 was a rather low Christmas. No one really helped me with the tree.
I'm so thankful for Christmas this year. We put up the tree together and took it down together. Our gift giving was not extravagant but good. This year as I closed the lid on the box (had to sit on it a little, all in one box - remember), I was glad to have stuffed in a few good happy memories.
Can't wait for Christmas of 2015. I feel it will be good, full of thankfulness for what God has done over the course of this year!