The overnight snowfall showed no sign of melting. He gave up any thought of his daily walk to the local shop, then remembered it would be closed anyway. A white Christmas would have made her happy.

He sat back in his armchair. On the radio they were playing the classic Christmas songs. The lights on the tree twinkled. Under it sat the wrapped present. He had felt foolish buying something for her when she was no longer here, but it was part of the Christmas routine they had kept for sixty years. This year there was no parcel for him sitting under the tree.

He heard the car engine revving as tyres span along the road. The doorbell rang and he shuffled along the hall to greet his guests.

The quiet was shattered as his grandchildren burst in. ‘Merry Christmas Grandpa!’ Despite the cold blast of air, it was a warm glow they brought into the empty house. Their father rushed past laden with bags of food and presents, futilely trying to calm them down.

His daughter gave him a warm hug. ‘Merry Christmas Dad.’ She drew back and he saw the sympathetic look. He drew her in close again.

‘Merry Christmas, darling.’


Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Al Forbes. For more details visit HERE.

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27 responses to “CHRISTMAS WITHOUT HER”

    1. It’s the season for it 🙂


  1. I imagine there will be quite a few people facing their first Christmas without their loved ones this year. Hopefully they too will have family around them. Merry Christmas Iain.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and yours too.

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  2. This is my Mom’s first Christmas without Dad. My brother and I aren’t near enough to pop in and she usually has the Christmas Day celebration with her church group. I’m sure she doesn’t have a tree up, but then as she lives alone, it would be more of a chore than it’s worth. I was surprised when she told me she wasn’t going to church today. I guess it would have been just too painful.

    She has put down a deposit on a room at a senior center and is actually looking forward to moving. She resisted the idea for months, but I think the loneliness has finally gotten to her. It will be a good move for her, especially as her dementia progresses.

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    1. Send her my wishes James. Hopefully she will find peace in new surroundings

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    2. Best wishes James, I hope you all manage to enjoy the holidays while remembering your father too.

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      1. Thanks, Iain. Have a Merry Christmas with your family.

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    3. Best wishes for your mother James, hope she thrives again in the change. And a merry Christmas and Happy holidays to you and your family.

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  3. OOOH this touched my heart! This is my dear friend’s first Christmas without her husband. Such a tender post, especially the ending. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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    1. Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you and yours too

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  4. Christmas can be hard when you don’t have those you love near by. Merry Christmas Iain.

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  5. The last line was very apt and so very touching. Well written, as usual, Kelly. Christmas to you and yours.

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  6. Excellent atmospheric writing as usual. And poignant and touching for a change 🙂 Happy holidays to you and your family Iain.

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  7. Beautiful, touching and sad. His day will get better and the pain pass eventually. First anniversaries after a loss are always the worst.

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  8. A beautifully written story of real life loss and the struggle to move on. Very heartwarming!

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  9. A sweet story fitting for the season, Iain. I liked it very much. Good writing. Happy Holidays. 🙂 — Suzanne

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