My parents both loved the holidays and did many things to make them special. I now feel it's my responsibility to step into their shoes and make the holiday special for my family. I want my daughter to say that "my mom always made everything so wonderful during the holidays". I guess having had my parents both go when my child was still young made me realize that she was still expecting Santa and stockings and cookies and such, so I was able to put my heart into it for her and my husband and I am carrying on the examples set for me by both of my parents.
It's hard sometimes. I miss them terribly and I would like to have them around for the holidays, but I feel like they would want me to keep making the holiday's special for everyone, so that's what I do.