R Is For Remembrance

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!

9 Comments

  • Lillian
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    Reply Reply May 18, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    That’s so great you take a moment of remembrance! It’s a hard thing to do sometimes to bring up the ones we lost in conversation. Perhaps make it part of Christmas or another holiday makes it easier.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Lillian
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 21, 2016

      Hi Lillian, thanks for visiting. It’s a great tradition that we all uphold so it is part of our family habit now.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Lesly T. Federici
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    Reply Reply May 20, 2016

    One thing I do for my son is I write him letters. I started when he was 2, now he’s 20. Every now and then I’ll read them and the memories come alive…. memories are so fleeting .. it’s good to remember for sure …
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 21, 2016

      Hi Lesly, thanks for visiting. I love that idea, writing letters. What a great thing to do. When I lived in France I wrote home every week, sometimes more than once, and me parents wrote to me too. I still have all of those letters both from me to them and from them to me. Sometimes I pick one out and read it and it’s so lovely to relive those exciting times. I really must visit Paris again soon, I had such a wonderful 3 years there.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Bharat Sharma
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    Reply Reply May 20, 2016

    When I talk about remembrance then April 13 is the day which I always remember. It is stuck in my mind and I can never forget it. I may not remember this all the time but it starts coming to my mind as soon as we enter in the month of April. It is the day when I lost my loving grandpa. It was a painful moment but there was happiness in this moment too. Happiness that he is now free from the pain and suffering of this materliastic world. He had lost senses, was half paralysed, couldn’t speak and was living a tragic life at the last 40-50 days of his life. It was good that he got relief from this pain and suffering.

    As far as remembring people on festives and celebration is concerened, It depends. It depends on your relationship with them.Sometimes the pain given by our closed ones is so deep that we don’t want to remember them even at the time of festival or celebration as remembering them will be just like sprinking salt on our wounds.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 21, 2016

      Hi Bharat, thanks for visiting. I feel for you. Pain is very difficult to deal with but honour those who have gone before you in some way, it’s a great tribute to them.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • ikechi
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    Reply Reply May 22, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    You shared so much wisdom with this post. There are so many friends and loved ones who have made so much impact in my world. It is so awesome to remember. Thank you for sharing..

  • Barrie Evans
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    Reply Reply May 22, 2016

    It’s always important to remember. It’s good that you spend time, even at Christmas to do that. I wonder how many people actually do that?
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 29, 2016

      Hi Barrie, thanks for visiting. I think that anything can be done if you start a tradition. I remember it from childhood so have always carried it on.

      Enjoy the journey!

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