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Annual Spitznogle Christmas

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For the most part, every family has their own kind of family reunion every year or every couple years. For my dad’s Woolever/Spitznogle side of the family, this is an every year occurrence and it is always the ‘Spitznogle Christmas.’ I can’t remember a year when there wasn’t a Spitznogle Christmas to attend, and when I asked my dad, he said he couldn’t remember a time when there wasn’t one either. When you think of a Christmas party, you most likely think of it being on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, but what’s nice about the Spitznogle Christmas is it is never on Christmas; truthfully it doesn’t always quite land on the same weekend or day of the year. It’s normally always after Christmas though, whether it’s the weekend after or two weekends after depending on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The Spitznogle Christmas is made up of all the siblings, kids, grandkids, great grandkids, etc. of the Spitznogle siblings/families that grew up in the old Spitznogle homestead, which is where my family currently lives. Not only is it neat to be living in the place where my great grandma Woolever grew up, but where her siblings grew up as well. One of my absolute favorite things about the Spitznogle Christmas is that it’s the one time of the year I get to see a lot of that side of my family. Every year it’s different how many people we get to see and who we get to see; now that everyone is getting older, they’re starting to move further away and starting to have lives of their own and some even have to work.

This year was particularly more meaningful to be able to be around family and see the family I did see because of all the recent tragedy we have had in our county and surrounding counties. Because of all the recent tragedies, it’s made me realize just how short our time on Earth really is; therefore, the time we have with our family is just as short and we shouldn’t take that for granted. As I sat with my parents, Kace, and other family that was there, I just took in the moment and thanked God that we have this annual opportunity to see family like that. Granted, most of the family stuck to their immediate family clan when it came to eating or playing games, but everyone still made their rounds to be able to chat with the other family there.

After this year’s party, I’ve begun to think about how some people take these things more for granted than others. This made me think about how much I want to make sure my family now and my future family is always in attendance of these types of family functions. However, with that being said I understand that my dad’s current job and my future job or my future spouse’s job may conflict for some events, but the events that they don’t conflict with, you better believe we’ll be there. The importance of family is something I know very well. Family means the world to me and it breaks my heart to know other people don’t think this way. I hope and pray that won’t ever be the case for any of the Spitznogle descendants; therefore, we can continue to have annual Spitznogle Christmas’ for many, many years to come.

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6 Responses to “Annual Spitznogle Christmas”

  1. Angel Woolever on January 10th, 2019 8:13 am

    Good job! You never cease to amaze me!

  2. Terri Charles Hamilton on January 10th, 2019 10:45 pm

    Awesome Josie. Love you

  3. Isabelle Woolever on January 14th, 2019 2:05 pm

    Josie this article really made me think about how important family is. You did a great job with this article.

  4. Erika Johnson on January 14th, 2019 5:23 pm

    This is a really good article! I liked how you included the family traditions you have and say how much you value time with your family.

  5. Annie Daily on January 15th, 2019 9:02 pm

    I like how you talked about how you don’t remember a time where you didn’t have a Spitznogle christmad. My family is the same way on the Daily side and it was fun to read about. Good job with the article by the way!

  6. Bella Panmei on February 1st, 2019 11:05 am

    Josie, I completely agree with you. Family is everything and so important. I am glad you had fun and I loved this article. You wrote it so beautiful and captivated the idea of the article. Great job Josie!

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