Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Advent Calendar: December 22

(This is post 22 in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories hosted by Geneabloggers.com)

Prompt: December 22 - Christmas and Deceased Relatives.
Did your family visit the cemetery at Christmas? How did your family honor deceased family members at Christmas?

We did not visit the cemetery at Christmas, simply for the reason that there was no one to visit. My immediate family is quite small. I didn't lose a relative until I was 19. That person was cremated. Come to think of it, since then they've all chosen cremation. The nearest ancestors in a cemetery are great-grandparents I never knew.

Because of this situation, we really don't honor anyone, either. It's more of a year-round memory thing, since there are no cemetery plots to maintain.

I can't be the only one in this situation, can I?


  1. Amy, I think I am in the same boat as you. My parents were both cremated. One set of grandparents were buried a good 100 miles away. The other set in Illinois. (I am in Massachusetts.) However, my husband's parents are buried in our city, so we go there for a brief visit on Christmas Day.

  2. No, you're definitely not the only one.

    I think some of these questions are only a fit for some types of families, y'know?

  3. That's really interesting, Amy. I have never really thought about anything like that.
    I have so many relatives in the cemeteries close by my home. My mom had a very large family and most of them are buried in the same cemetery, so when I visit, I visit a lot of people!

  4. No, you're not.

    I decided to turn this post into more of a Tombstone Tuesday.