In our family we have a tradition, at 8pm every Christmas Day we toast absent friends. This not only gives us the opportunity to keep those who have gone before us a part of what we do and very much in our minds during our celebrations, but also brings to mind those people who are still here but we may not think of all the time.
There are many people in our lives, all taking different roles and having different levels of importance. We share our festivities mainly with our families, and our close friends share these occasions with their own families, but we can still include them in what we do by remembering.
Remembrance is important; it is important to remember those who have gone before us and the contribution they made to our world, but it is also as important to remember those who are still here who we may not see too often.
Enjoy the journey!