Women's Health

Get Your Cheer Back

Barely holding it together? Been there, felt that.

Every year when It’s a Wonderful Life starts playing on a loop, I sit down to watch it, usually with a tissue box the size of Brazil on my lap. It was my dad’s favorite movie, and this is my little tribute. We lost him to cancer in 2008. The first Christmases without him were undeniably difficult. Over the years I’ve learned to cope in small ways—like by reminiscing with George Bailey—but I still steal away around the holidays to indulge in a private cry or two.

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