Together in New Ways

This year we’re overcoming barriers  and coming together in new ways. We’re still sharing memories, sharing stories, sharing a meal, gifts and – maybe, hopefully – a hug.

Celebrating Christmas With…

What does family mean to you?

Family to us is loved ones, including all relations (immediate family, cousins, grandparents, ancestors) and those not related but who are considered loved ones, that we value, respect and do life with.

Has your understanding of family expanded and grown this year? 

If anything, times like these have highlighted the need to extend a hand to our fellow human beings/brothers and sisters, as we would to our own family/loved ones.

How are you coming together despite the challenges?

We are thankful for the internet/technology. Although we can’t be there in person with our loved ones, we still get to communicate and see each other via video calls etc.

Are there people you would normally be able to see that you can’t?

Parents/Grandparents. Due to Covid, they’re considered a high risk, so we aren’t able to see them as much as we would like. We call them regularly. For those overseas/loved ones we communicate via video calls.

What is your favourite thing to do at Christmas?

Gathering with family and friends, decorating the house, putting up the tree, decorating the tree, great conversation, laughter, celebrating the birth of Jesus, eating a feast, cooking, playing board games, cards and games outside.

Who have you leant on for support this year and how would you like to thank them?

God/prayer, each other, loved ones/partners, close friends we consider family. We would say thank-you for your love, support and consistency.

Jeniqua with her daughter Shanice and son Isiah.

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