It's easy for us to see how different this Christmas will be, there is no denying it. The differences are huge. We are in a completely different world than last December. Last Christmas Ollie could walk around and say "Ho Ho Ho", he could sit on Santa's lap, he could talk about snow and presents. He could ride his roller coaster and eat Christmas cookies. This year, well, we strive every single day just to make him smile.
Although it may seem impossible, we're really trying to only focus on the holiday season we are in right now. We have so many fun things planned this December, starting as early as tomorrow.
The Scotty Fund, who has given so much to our family, is holding a Gala in Danbury. Ollie is going to have a "date" with our favorite nurse while we attend. We're also going to cut down our Christmas tree with Uncle Steve. On Sunday we're attending a Breakfast with Santa with our Dream Come True family (they sent Ollie on his dream trip to Disney). Next week our good friends Suz and Col are visiting. We also have Christmas parties with several great friends including the amazingly supportive Grimes family. (Chris' fellow Bethel track coach) We have the Ciparelli family party, and we'll also be heading to Long Island to see my family. We're going on the Polar Express Train with Santa with Ollie's cousins and Aunts and Uncles. And of course Santa is visiting Oliver on a firetruck. (That's a minimum of 3 Santa sightings if you've been counting.) :)
So while we could easily sit around and cry about how different this Christmas will be for our family, we won't. We're choosing not to. We will celebrate this Christmas like no other. We will laugh, hug, kiss and we will smile. We will shed tears, but it will still be amazing, just like our Oliver.