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Celine Dion Opens Up On Her First 'Bittersweet' Christmas Without Late Husband René Angélil

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The holidays are always hard after the loss of a loved one.

In a conversation with Page Six, Celine Dion got candid about her first Christmas without her late husband René Angélil. The emotional interview comes on the heels of René passing away from cancer in January.

Related: Celine's Only Romantic Kiss Was With René

According to Dion, she and her three sons will celebrate the holiday skiing in Montana, a place the family often visited before the mogul got too sick to travel.

While the singer admits it will be hard to enjoy the festivities without her love, she knows he'll be skiing with the group in spirit:

"He put some something magic into that snow, into those mountains, and every time we go down, I go down with him. My children go down thinking about him. Every time I take the lift to go up, I feel closer to him."

Aww… what a sweet sentiment. We're glad the family has a special place where they can connect with René's spirit.

The widow went on to add:

"For me the trip is not to party. It's to try and mediate, find balance and be at peace with myself and my children and to eat, to play games, whether it's Monopoly or the telephone game."

Considering Christmas is SO close to the anniversary of the 73-year-old's death, the mom also went on to reveal how she's not exactly ready to celebrate, saying:

"I can't believe it's going to be a year that my husband passed.I don't know when Santa Claus is coming, but if I had a wish to make this year, can you just tell him to take his time? I'm not ready! It's kind of a bittersweet moment and at the same time we need to really make the holidays really happy."

How relatable… we bet a lot of grieving people feel overwhelmed with holiday details. Hopefully Ms. Dion's staff is extra helpful this year!

Summing up her thoughts on the upcoming holiday, the 48-year-old stated:

"I cannot just live on like, ‘I lost my husband, my children have no father. 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."

What wise words! The icon is such a strong lady!

Here's to a happy Christmas for Celine and her loved ones!

[Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]

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