Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year and no one should be alone at Christmas. This year, my family and I spent Christmas with my uncle and aunty in Phoenix, Arizona. Let’s backup to the part where we almost missed our flight to Phoenix. It’s actually a pretty funny story. In our house, school is the number 1 priority, so even though we were traveling at 3pm on December 14th, we still had to go to school on that day before catching our flight. We all go to different schools and my mom was going to pick us up from school at 12:30pm so that we could drive directly to the airport. However, my brother who goes to middle school was supposed to come back home with the school bus because they were having a half day at school. My mom picked us up from school at 12:30pm as planned and we headed home to get my brother who was supposed to be home already but he was nowhere to be found. Long story short we finally saw him at 1:30pm. Our flight was in 1hr 30 mins and the airport was one hour away. We were the very last people to board our plane. In fact, we would have missed this flight, had we been just 5 mins late. Phew!!!!
We arrived Phoenix 10 days before Christmas and so had some time to visit the city. Phoenix is very beautiful and they are lots of fun things to do there. We exploited quite a few. We went ice skating and believe me when I say so nobody in my family has ever ice-skated before. This was the first time for all of us. It was a bit scary but also exciting. On the first try, I was really bad. After falling so many times, my sister and I sat down and rested while throwing snowballs at each other. It was so much fun. After creating thousands of bumps on my butt I started getting the hang of things and soon I was a Pro. I guess practice makes perfect.
I also spent a lot of time babysitting my one-year old cousin, Nadia. I really enjoyed taking care of her. I would make her laugh, sing to her. I learned how to change diapers, put her to sleep, feed her and even give her a bath. By the time we left phoenix she wanted only me most of the time. I miss her already. I also had a few chores too this holiday; like washing dishes, cleaning the living room and of course tidying my room and bathroom. I worked so hard that my uncle and aunty gave me some money and a beautiful watch for being a good helper during this holiday.
The reason why we were in phoenix was to celebrate Christmas. We went for the Christmas night service which was awesome. The décor, the music and the whole church was magical. The service ended with the lighting of the candle as we all sang to ‘silent night’. We ended the evening with a barbeque. When adults think of Christmas, they are more than excited to gather around for a wonderful meal. Kids like us think the complete opposite. We just can’t wait for…presents!!!
So of course, we couldn’t wait to start murdering the carefully wrapped gifts. First, we prayed and even though it wasn’t thanksgiving, we gave lots of thanks and praise to God before moving on to the gifts. My brother passed out presents from under the tree. It first got a little quiet as we tore the wrappers, then came all the excited oohs and aahs and more thank yous. I got three amazing presents for Christmas; an Mp3 player with cool headphones, a mega awesome diary and finally a cute n’ purple jacket. My favorite gift was the diary. We also got a lot of candy in our stockings and an invitation from our aunt to go have ice cream and pizza at 1pm the next day. Fun, fun, fun and more fun. We all know Christmas isn’t all about receiving, so we must also give. I got my mom three presents; a necklace, a glass rose, and a lipstick/pen. She really liked her gifts.
My brother Prince’s birthday is the December 26th which is the day after Christmas. We went to a cool arcade called the Main Event where we played games, laser tag and bowling. The bowling was my favorite. We also enjoyed some good food and drinks. It was a good party.
Then came new year day and we went hiking with my uncle. We climbed to the top of the mountain. Lots of cactus plants in Phoenix. It was good exercise but tiring. After hiking for hours, we stopped for some heavenly ice-cream before returning home.
New year day went by so fast and it was time to return to HOME. We packed our bags and said goodbyes before leaving Phoenix. We had a good flight back. This time around we arrived the airport on time. As I sat on the plane, I thought about some things I would like to do this year. Learn how to cook and write more often. I hope you all have a magical and prosperous new year.