This 2016 Christmas was great. We spent most of the day at Grammy and Papa Willy’s house, but we also spent some time at Nana and Papa Steve’s house. We had lots of awesome food and spent good quality time with our family.

At Nana and Papa Steve’s house we celebrated on Christmas Eve because they had to leave to Africa. We had a nice breakfast of cinnamon rolls and eggs. Once we were finished eating, we got to open presents. I got some pretty cool stuff that i will be able to take back to Europe. After the presents, our family kind of just went and did our thing… then we ate a really nice dinner that Nana cooked with mashed potatoes, ham, and turkey.

When we woke up the next morning it was Christmas. Nana and Papa Steve had to put away all of their Christmas decorations in the morning because they had to leave the next day, so we didn’t get to see them very much. We went over to Grammy and Papa Willy’s house early so that we could open the presents our parents gave us.

I got some awesome presents, and the other kids all got Ipads. The other cousins started coming at around 3:00 P.M. We played around for a few hours, then it was time for present opening. Since we are leaving the country in a few days, we only got travel size presents. Then, all the boy cousins went and played some football at the school park, while the girls did their own thing.

When it came time for dinner, we ate mashed potatoes, turkey, and ham (a very similar dinner to the one at Nana and Papa Steve’s). After dinner we did something we call “sharings,” where basically we took a yarn ball and threw it around to everyone and shared something we liked about the year. When we were done with that my Dad shared something he appreciated about his brothers and sister in-laws. When we were finished with that, all the families said their goodbyes, and we went home.

Author: Jennie.Denney

Jennie lives in Southern California with her husband and four children. She loves to travel, write poetry, and be by the water. She received a certificate of the Bible through Torchbearers Bible School, attended Hope International University for her undergrad, received a certificate in Spiritual Formation through the Apprentice Experience at Friends University, and a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies. She has written Soul Cries: A Book of Poems, Soul Cries: A Journal, and her newest book is Shaping the Soul: An Artist Collective. She owns and manages, where she writes a weekly blog with stories, practices, and lessons she is learning, to help her readers know they are not alone in their own becoming and encouraging them to connect with God. Follow her on IG @jennie.denney and Pinterest @jenniferpdenney.

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