But...it's not going to be easy. I've been a little teary the past day or two, random moments where it hits me that it's just him. We could pretend a tiny bit last Christmas because he stayed in the UK, but this year, he'll be here and there's no running away from the reality that she is gone. I was talking to my friend L last night, and even she thinks about my MIL, especially at this time of year. It just shows what a force of nature my MIL was and what a hole has been left with her absence.
At least I've seen my FIL on Skype and know that he looks good physically. I think if he'd aged a whole lot in the year or so since her death (which was more than possible), this would be a lot harder.
Today is going to be both hard and easy, I can tell.