TULSA — While many open gifts, today, some holiday celebrations are spent quietly and peacefully with the memories of past Christmases when that special someone was still around.
Along with a few other families, Kristopher Thorn and Monty Steele reminisced at Memorial Park Cemetery inside the Garden of the Prophets.
Steele was there to visit his mom, Pat Meek. She passed five years ago.
He is the keeper of her marker and adorned it with a bouquet of poinsettias.
"I just felt guilty leaving this barren this time of year. Christmas was really special to her. We didn't have a lot of money, but she always got us special things my sister and I. Just thinking back about all the good Christmases."
Kristopher Thorn showed up for his dad, Michael Thorn, who lies one row away. He visits every month.
"Playing basketball in the driveway, after Christmas especially. He'd go out there and play basketball with me, probably every year. I just miss him."
Thorn believes, if his dad were still around, "He'd probably tell me to go home and take the Christmas lights down because I leave them up past January first."
After looking back, they know their loved ones are never really gone.
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