On our 9-hour drive home from Sparks, Nevada we counted up all of the people and cities we saw over the last 10 days. We are so lucky that each of our parents and hometowns are just 4 hours apart. Or are we? Just kidding moms. Don’t worry; we’ll be home again next year to do it all over again. We just request that you nobody asks Mel to make Forgotten Cookies!
The families have grown and will continue to. Some homes are starting to reach capacity and it’s so fun to see how the hosts get creative in packing all of their wonderful family and friends into their homes each year. For example, Papa Smith’s home rose 12 degrees as each little new face ran through the front door on Christmas Eve.
So without further ado, here’s a recap of what our Christmas looks like and has for the past 8 years.
- Walnut Creek
- San Jose
- Redwood City
- Santa Clara
- Gordon Christmas – 17 adults, 1 toddler, 1 bun in the oven
- Progressive – 18 adults 3 kids, 1 bun in the oven, 3 dogs, 1 cat
- Christmas Eve - 24 adults, 7 kids, 1 bun in the oven
- Christmas Day – 9 adults, 3 dogs
- Broman Christmas – 12 adults, 1 toddler, 1 dog, 1 cat
So as you can see we are very blessed to be surrounded by many loved ones. This time of year is difficult for a lot of people, regardless if they’re surrounded by a lot of loved ones or not. Reach out to someone in your family or a long lost friend. Give them a call the ol’ fashion way and wish them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.