Christmas break was perfect

Courtesy Becca Greenwell

Becca Greenwell especially enjoyed her gift from little sister Emma: pictures of the two of them together.

Christmas break is officially over, and it was a good one for me and my family. I'm thankful for the generous six days I got to spend with some of my favorite people. I managed to make the most of it and came away with a new appreciation for family time.

This year my family started a new tradition: Instead of buying each other gifts, we decided to put our money together and give a family in need a very special Christmas.

We delivered presents, a tree and Christmas dinner to a needy family -- a single mom with six children. It felt so good to see all the little kids’ faces light up when we came in. Their mother said God had answered her prayers. It had been a difficult year for their family, with a lot of recent tragedies, and this was a "miracle."

I think we all felt the Christmas spirit that day. It was an eye-opening experience for me, and especially for my younger sisters Briley and Emma.

I was able to enjoy a few days of pure rest and relaxation while home, which is always a bonus. Sleeping in, and waking up to the smell of fresh-brewed coffee, bacon frying and my mom's homemade sourdough bread baking, are some of my favorite things about being home for the holidays. I am not going to lie, I was a little pampered and it felt good.

Christmas is my favorite holiday and even though we started a new tradition this year, I enjoyed some old ones, too. Every year we wear our onesies (feet pajamas) to bed on Christmas Eve, and at approximately 7 a.m. I am awakened by my little sisters jumping up and down on my bed to go see what Santa brought us.

This year was no different. I think I still get just as excited as I did when I was little. Santa came through again with some pretty awesome gifts.

Some of my favorite gifts are the ones I get from the little ones. You never know what you're going to get, and it's usually very creative. This year I have to say Emma won most original gift giver. She gave me two pictures she found of her and me together and one of Briley's old necklaces. But the present she gave my mom was the best of all, a true Emma creation: an ornament with three cotton balls strategically glued to it. Not sure what the inspiration for that was, but hey, it's the thought that counts, right?

I also managed to find time to spend with some of my high school friends. It was fun catching up with everyone. Even though we don't get to see each other much anymore, it seems as if we can catch up right where we left off.

I was able to take in a girl’s high school basketball game while I was home and talk to some of my old teammates and coaches. It felt a little strange being a spectator. It's definitely a different arena than college ball, that's for sure!

I had a wonderful time over break with friends and family. I got to ride four-wheelers, ate too much, slept in late and had laundry service, too. It was as perfect a Christmas break as I could ask for. I'm very blessed and so thankful for my family and friends.

Now it's back to the grind. I’m glad I worked out over the break because we’ve had some tough practices preparing for our upcoming games. We play Old Dominion on Thursday and then head straight into conference games.

Go Duke!