What do you do if it's your first Christmas without a loved one?
Celebrate Hanukkah instead.
Or, if you are Jewish and this is the first Hanukkah without a loved one, then celebrate Christmas instead this year.
The reason this is genius is that you are still celebrating, still eating, still giving gifts, but instead of thinking "Okay, this is when we would usually go pick up" [say] "Mom," you instead think, "Now let me see ... where does Mom usually spend Hanukkah? With us? Or does she stay at home? Oh, that's right! She never celebrates Hanukkah!" Then it become just another holiday that Mom ignored, like Easter and Ramadan.
Genius. GEEEEEEENNNNNius. It's a Hanukkah miracle.