I feel fortunate that this forum exists. Many of you have such heartbreaking circumstances. In comparison my question may see quite petty. I am a single mother with one wonderful daughter that I've raised alone since she was three years old. We have always had a good life, though at times as a single professional it was hard to keep up with families with two incomes. Rightly or wrongly I may have over compensated for my daughter not having a father involved in her life after our divorce. She attended two Ivy League colleges; one for undergrad and one for law school. She is now married and they are both sucessful in their careers. Thankfully she married into a very large and loving family. My family is all gone now and my three closest friends have passed away in the last few years. Of course I miss my daughter even though we live only 4 hours apart. My question/problem has to do with holidays, mainly Christmas. They will be spending every other holiday with his family in another state. There will be at least 75 family members during those festivities. I am already feeling sad about this. I know it is very fair and she deserves to have that "Norman Rockwell" Christmas experience more than anyone I know. I will be alone for those Christmases and although I'm not that old, I feel like there are not that many Chirstmases in my future, as we all know life passes way to quickly. Do I just suck this up as part of the life cycle of adults with children? If so, how would you do it? I'm thinking of volunteering during that time. Can anyone think of anything else? Thanks!