Submitted Date 12/18/2018

Good morning all. It is that time of year again. The stockings are all hung up and presents are wrapped. If you are like my family, they are hiding in the closet because the 3-year-old wants to open them all. It is also the time of year where I always realize that there will always be an empty stocking on the mantel and unopened presents under the tree.


This is the time of year I feel the absence of my son the most. He would be 12-years-old this year. He would probably be playing on his phone and ignoring everyone like my 13-year-old does. However, I will never know.


It has been 10 years now since my little boy earned his wings and not a day goes by that I do not miss him. Christmas used to be my favorite holiday, the time of year I looked forward to the most. Now, though I still love the time of year, I am always saddened to know that he won't be opening those presents under the tree.


We always make sure he is included in our celebrations though. We hang a cardinal on the tree and there is one in the flowers decorating the dining room table. In our house, we view cardinals as angels from heaven, so we always have a place for him, albeit in our hearts. He is represented.


I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season. No matter your beliefs or where you are from, have a wonderful season and may your new year be full of inspiration and success.



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  • Angie Neto 5 years, 5 months ago

    A very merry Christmas to you and your family too. I'm sad to learn of your son but I'm sure he will be watching over you all this Christmas. Sending love and hugggzzz

    • Mary Jaimes-Serrano 5 years, 5 months ago

      Angie, thank you. This is a hard time of year for me, I really do believe he is up there watching over all of us. Love and hugs back to you.

  • Tanya Marion 5 years, 5 months ago

    My heart goes out to you, Mary. I can’t imagine the pain you must feel from a loss like that. Here’s to your seeing many cardinals this holiday season at times you least expect and times you need them most. Love to you and your family.

    • Mary Jaimes-Serrano 5 years, 5 months ago

      Thank you, Tanya. Your words mean the world to me. Best wishes and lots of love to you and your family from ours.