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I appreciate your insightful reflection. I too lost a dear friend who died suddenly the day after Christmas 2012. She loved Christmas and her favorite song was "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me." I find myself humming this song even though it seems a bit cheesy. Advent tears must be the icicles hanging on the Christmas tree. I miss my Dad still and it has been 7 years his homegoing was also a long vigil for the 5 adult kids but at least we "accompanied him with singing." Blessings.