I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. For me, I got to spend Christmas with some of my family and Shannon‘s family. It was wonderful being able to see my family because it doesn’t happen too often, especially my Grandma Gee. The most amazing part was getting to visit my Grandpa Gee who passed away a handful of years ago.
I hope that any and all who celebrate Christmas had a very enjoyable one this year. There’s no other feeling like Christmas. It’s strange, I feel all the energy of this holiday on Christmas Eve and especially at night. When I was younger I use to have a lot of trouble falling asleep on Christmas Eve. I would wake up throughout the night every few hours.
Now that I’m older, I have an easier time of sleeping. I could sleep until noon on Christmas and be happy. But I don’t mind getting up early to be with family. I don’t care what anyone says, they’re worth missing a few hours of sleep.
Shannon and I went to Ohio to visit my sister who lives with my aunt and uncle. My Grandma was there from Florida. It was wonderful being able to see them. I’m pretty grateful that I’ve been able to see my sister almost every year since we all moved out of the house and into our own lives. The exception was when I spent Christmas waking up in Mount Shasta in front of a giant Jesus statue.
That’s a whole other story I will be writing and speaking about soon on a new show I am working on. I’ll be sharing more about this new show within the next few weeks.
Shannon and I were able to collaborate on a painting for my grandma and my aunt. I sketched out the design with a pencil and Shannon added the paint to it. One had a cross and the other one had a heart on it and both had bible verses on them, since my aunt and Grandma are into that.
For my sister, I was able to get her a Nike running shirt with a hood, with help from Shannon. She got a necklace from Shannon and I framed a photo of our oldest nephew Kade. Kade had passed away earlier this year.
They all loved their presents and it was such a wonderful feeling to be able to give our family something nice. Shannon and I got some really nice gifts as well. It’s nice being able to give and receive presents, but most of all, it’s great to see family and spend time with them during the holidays. I don’t get to see them too often because we all live in different parts of the country.
The best gift was getting to visit my Grandpa’s resting place. We all went to see him and my uncle put a Christmas wreath next to his ashes. It was amazing to hear some of my Grandpa’s World War 2 experiences.
My Grandma told me that he had joined the Navy when he was 14 because he wanted to serve his country. He had used his brother’s birthdate so he could get in and threatened his mom that he would run away if she didn’t let him go. Soon after that, he was deployed and served in a few major battles during the war. Him and my Grandma met in Detroit, Michigan where a lot of veterans went to find work at during those times.
We drove home after we attended a candle lighting service on Christmas Eve. The drive home took about 5 hours. We got home around 2 a.m. and went to sleep until it was time to head to Shannon’s family’s. It was a wonderful time exchanging gifts with them. It was enjoyable seeing how happy Shannon was to spend Christmas with her family. I even helped her spread Christmas cheer by dressing up as an elf!
After spending time with Shannon’s family, we went home and had our own personal Christmas together and gave each other gifts, which was so special. It was intimate and cozy. We had really chill Christmas music playing, a fireplace on the TV and some wine. It was the most relaxing part of the day.
I am just so grateful to have opportunities to spend with family. Even though I didn’t have a whole lot of money, I was still able to give something to everyone. Some of the presents I made, some I bought, but all had positive intentions.
I wish all of you a blessed rest of your year and a blessed 2017. I am honored to share this life with you. My next blog will be sometime after the new year and I’ll be sharing my experience from New Year’s Eve.
Happy New Year to all and to all Good Cheer!