It's been almost a year since Celine Dion tragically lost her husband of more than 20 years in Jan. 2016.
Now she's sharing her thoughts about the first Christmas since her husband, René Angélil, passed. He died at the age of 73 after battling throat cancer.
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"I cannot just live on like, 'I lost my husband; my children have no father,'" she said in an interview with Page Six. "I have to stand tall and strong because this is my way of living: Stand tall, be positive, pick your battles, do the best you can and to live for today, not for tomorrow, for today, and know nothing is perfect, not everything you want will happen."
Dion and her husband first met when she was 12 and he was 38. They have three children: René-Charles Angélil, born in 2001, and fraternal twins Eddy and Nelson, born in 2010.
This Christmas, Dion and her children will travel to Montana to ski as they had done before Angélil felt too ill. She believes he will be watching over them.
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“He put something magic into that snow, into those mountains, and every time we go down, I go down with him,” she said of Big Sky. “My children go down thinking about him. Every time I take the lift to go up, I feel closer to him.”
Dion called the holiday season "bittersweet" and expressed surprise that it had been almost a year since her husband passed.
"We are healing each day,” she said. “My kids are doing really well and eventually you have to just move on. Yesterday is over, tomorrow is not here yet, so today is today.”
We know this is still a tough time for Celine Dion and her family, but the fact that she's come this far is a testament to her strength.
Our thoughts and prayers are still with her and her family this Christmas.
The legendary Hollywood actress, 84, suffered a stroke on December 28 and died hours later, one day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher.