Justine was very family oriented. She attended, and even initiated countless family functions. One particular joy was during Christmas time. She would make us wait for her to get off work so she could be here with us. She would always wear a pair of antlers when she arrived so she could hand out all her presents as “Rudolph.”
She always chose beautiful gifts for everyone. She shopped all year long so she would have the perfect present for each person. She gave out cards to all her clients at work. She seemed to have an abundance of energy during the Christmas season.
My sister will be spending her first Christmas without her husband. She is happy to be flying to Toronto from Vancouver to spend Christmas with us this year. She had this to say when I asked her how she was doing, “Of course, that also pinches in terms of realizing how Justine would have enjoyed a big family gathering.”
We spent last Christmas in Florida. It was our first Christmas without Justine. It was a distraction to be away from home. This year may be more like our first year without her. She will be very missed.