I wasn't going to read through this thread, but then realised I had something relevant (in my mind) and positive to contribute.
My grandma (age 91), went into the hospital for emergency surgery on the 9th of this month. Although she's essentially wheelchair-bound, she still gets around and her mind is nearly as sharp as ever. However, it looked like her time was up, and she wouldn't make the next week, let alone making it tuo Christmas.
Three days later, my wife and I adopted a baby boy, almost completely out of the blue. Grandma was told about it and proceeded to pull through two major operations in order to see her newest great-grandchild. We went up with the baby to visit her just after Christmas. She's resting well now (out of ICU), and has told us that she's going to get out of there before long. Having both Grandma and a new baby with us for Christmas made a wonderful season out of what was threatening to be a holiday funeral.