9-1-1 fan favorite Jennifer Love Hewitt knows the bubbly joy of the Christmas season. But other emotions can bubble up and overwhelm a person.
So as Hewitt decorated her family’s Christmas tree earlier this month, she started dwelling on who won’t be home for the holidays. Hewitt was hanging the ornaments her mother-in-law made while thinking of her mother, who died almost a decade before.
The 9-1-1 star wrote about her feelings as a caption for a photo she posted on Instagram.
“My mother in law hand made these ornaments for us,” Hewitt wrote. “They mean so much. We are doing the tree today and I’m feeling very blessed. Family is everything.
“I cried so hard last night missing my mommy,” she wrote. “She was all the magic of Christmas. But it is my greatest joy to try and recreate that for my family. Wishing all of you a very merry holiday season and sending so much love to all of those missing someone. Back to the tree and making memories.”
Fans Had Kind Words to Share
And speaking of memories, Hewitt’s fans rallied in support of her. She’ll likely always remember how it felt for strangers to give the soul-nurturing verbal equivalent of a lingering hug. Posters on social media can pile on and bully. But far more prefer to offer the uplifting sentiment of the season.
Leslie Jordan, the comedian who gained viral fame during the pandemic, was one of the first to respond to the 9-1-1 star’s message. “Love you JLH,” Jordan wrote.
One fan complimented her mother-in-law’s beautiful ornaments. “I’m with you regarding missing a parent. Thirty-two years after losing her I miss my mom every single Christmas because it was her favorite holiday. In our grade school, she held these really awesome gingerbread house workshops for every grade that we were in. The popcorn tinsel she made for our tree had that essential homemade touch. And now, after losing my Nana this past July, I have one more person to miss.
He added: “I’m talking a break from tree decorating this year because it just doesn’t feel right this year without her. I’ll still wrap gifts and the like, but I can’t do the tree. … I know your mom would be extremely proud of the woman you’ve become and the mother that you are. She lives on in you. Those traditions that you learned as a little girl you are passing on to your family and in that respect you’re continuing the legacy and keeping her alive in your heart. Exactly what you’re supposed to do.”
Another wrote and offered advice: “We have beautiful memories and times we can laugh about and keep them alive in our hearts. Make sure your kids hear all these things and reference her always so they know her just as well as you did.”
Hewitt is on maternity leave from 9-1-1. The show wrote in her pregnancy and explained her absence as post-partum depression. Hewitt appeared in the season premiere in September and hasn’t appeared on 9-1-1 since then. The series returns in late March, as sister show 9-1-1: Lone Star takes over its Monday time slot starting Jan. 3.