All About Christmas

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What’s going on everyone? I hope you all had a very happy holidays. I know it’s been a minute since I last hit you all up on my blog, but ever since I returned from the World Championship in Turkey I’ve been in the zone. But I’m back for now, and since this is the holiday season I’m gonna dedicate today’s blog post to Christmas.

By far the best Christmas gift I got this year was a necklace from my mother. Not a choke chain, but it’s a small little chain that I can wear every day, all day. It’s not one of those big diamond chains, but a nice, silver, stainless steel one. It’s got a nice little cross on it. Ever since she gave it to me I’ve only taken it off when I play games or am at shoot arounds or practices. Other than that I won’t take it off.

I remember one year I was in fifth or sixth grade, and my mom told us she couldn’t afford to have Christmas for us. My brother was crying all morning. We liked getting up in the mornings and opening up gifts and when she told us that, throughout the whole day I realized that we couldn’t have a Christmas. So my grandma picked us up and took us to the movies to kind of cheer us up a little bit. And while we were at the movies my mom was getting everything together and wrapping gifts over my aunt’s house because we lived in an apartment. When she walked in the door I thought we were just going to have dinner, but I saw all these gifts under the tree for me and my brother and my mom kind of surprised us and caught us off guard and I was instantly happy. As a kid you always want to celebrate Christmas. You really don’t know too much about what really goes into it, more of the spiritual or religious part of it. My mom caught us right there and surprised us, so that was one of the best ones.

Aside from giving and receiving gifts, this was a special Christmas for me, my family and my Thunder family because we got to host a game. On top of that, all my teammates who are signed to Nike wore my new KD III sneakers. I know I’ve said it before, but it’s just a blessing just to have your own sneaker. Nobody can ever take that away from me, playing on Christmas, winning on Christmas, wearing your own shoes, it was a blessing. Kobe, LeBron and myself were the only Nike players to have their own special Christmas signature shoes, and to be in their company is something that every kid dreams of. To be one of the players to be recognized with a small thing like his shoes kind of brings it back to that I’ve got to continue working and continue pushing.

It’s also been a special holiday because I got to share it with a few of my younger cousins. They’re just wild, man. They wake up early in the morning and play games all day. This has been their time to sit around and chill. They go to school all week, play sports and do homework and just to be out here, they’re just relaxing, sleeping in, playing games all day. Stuff that can’t really do on a school night they’re doing here and to have Christmas away from their parents , watching basketball games, sitting on the floor, they can’t beat that. I’m happy they’re here. They brought us some good luck and I’m glad they experienced that.

So how was your Christmas? Did you get snow? What was the best present you received or gave this Christmas? Let me know in the comments section.

Take care…THUNDERUP!

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  • http://twitter.com/FieldofDreams91 Fielding Vaughn

    Snow was all I got , but I am happy to have my health . I am glad your Christmas went well and I just want to say I am a fan of your sneakers .I didn’t get them yet but maybe soon.

    http://twitter.com/#!/FieldofDreams91

  • http://twitter.com/FieldofDreams91 Fielding Vaughn

    Snow was all I got , but I am happy to have my health . I am glad your Christmas went well and I just want to say I am a fan of your sneakers .I didn’t get them yet but maybe soon.

    http://twitter.com/#!/FieldofDreams91

  • Christopher

    Great Christmas. Got to be with family and soon going to visit friends back in ATX. I got tickets to come watch KD and the Thunder play the Spurs on Jan 1. Going to make the road trip with some friends. Great Christmas indeed!

  • ethando25

    My girlfriend got me tickets to the Thunder game tomorrow! And a pretty fly Thunder shirt!

  • Neciamiller

    Had a wonderful dinner, gifts, stockings with family. We topped it off by going to the Thunder game in the evening. Best wishes to you and your family in the new year!

  • Fontai

    My christmas was spent with my fam(ily) in jersey. It snowed a little in the morning, But it was a christmas I’ll never forget because my fam(ily) started a new tradition, & YOU actually tweeted me back Merry Christmas :) )) I was so happy.

  • Kevin Pratt

    Man, my Christmas was chilled bro. I wasn’t able to give any presents to my family this year, but they showed me that they were just happy to have me home. I received a lot of gifts, had Christmas dinner with the fam, watched basketball games, and played 2k11. Felt like a kid again lol I also was reminded by my fam in Christ that the greatest gift that we can ever receive is Jesus. He took on the penalty of our sins which is God’s wrath, our eternity in hell, just so we can have a relationship with God. Man, when I think about what Jesus did on that cross for 6 hours, I can never have a dull Christmas.

  • Meganahirsch

    From CT, we got a blizzard the day after christmas, lots of snow out here!! My man is a huge fan of yours, after all the xmas festivities I made it back home to watch you and ur team win!! I walked in the door to him wearing a sonics knit cap, ur sonics jersey, his new OKC Thunder shorts, and ur sneakers, he has the II pair, can’t wait to get III. Its been a tough year for him having his 5th knee surgery, but seeing his team play, which doesn’t happen very often here in CT, puts a smile on his face!! It was a great end to a great Christmas this year!!

  • BW

    My Christmas was all about eating. But the real side of it was that all family members can get together off busy work.

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  • 11Texfan

    I spent my Christmas her in Austin Texas! We sure miss you here KD! My best gift that I received was an iPad. Ad the best gift I gave was a blue sapphire jewelry set for my mom. Now as you probably already know, it does not snow much here in Austin. Good luck! Keep up the good work!

  • Edith

    My Christmas was great especially when I saw the expression on my boyfriends face when he opened his gift. It was a customized KD jersey that said DURANTULA on the back!!

  • PTurner

    I have several good Christmases in my memories. As a child, I’ll never forget getting The “Jackson 5′s Christmas Album” and a “record player” to play it on too. Another time my parents bought me a Brother Typewriter for Christmas–uh oh, I’m telling my age now! LOL…

    I have been truly blessed with some wonderful Christmases. The best yet was probably when I got engaged to my husband of 26 years. We’re still together trying to make it work now!

    PBT

  • PTurner

    I have several good Christmases in my memories. As a child, I’ll never forget getting The “Jackson 5′s Christmas Album” and a “record player” to play it on too. Another time my parents bought me a Brother Typewriter for Christmas–uh oh, I’m telling my age now! LOL…

    I have been truly blessed with some wonderful Christmases. The best yet was probably when I got engaged to my husband of 26 years. We’re still together trying to make it work now!

    PBT

  • PTurner

    I have several good Christmases in my memories. As a child, I’ll never forget getting The “Jackson 5′s Christmas Album” and a “record player” to play it on too. Another time my parents bought me a Brother Typewriter for Christmas–uh oh, I’m telling my age now! LOL…

    I have been truly blessed with some wonderful Christmases. The best yet was probably when I got engaged to my husband of 26 years. We’re still together trying to make it work now!

    PBT

  • Alyssa Chapman

    Hey KD it was so kind of you to share this! This Christmas was bittersweet for us. My boyfriend William and i went up to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada to hang out with my family. It’s the first time he’s been up here during the winter, and it’s been fun! We’ve been skating, sledding, and doing lots of fun outdoors stuff. Unfortunately, my brother Aaron couldn’t make it up for Christmas. He has a DUI on his record, and Canada won’t allow him across the border. My mom’s been really upset because he wanted to be with his family so bad, but there’s nothing we can do. It’s been about eight years since he’s been up here with the family for Christmas. I guess what I wanted to get across to you with this, is to know how blessed you are to have your family around for Christmas.
    William and I are so happy that you’re celebrating your success. We love to watch your games. One of the reasons that we love the thunder is that you all work together so well. It’s so good to value every member of the team, and it is evident that the thunder has that. Merry Christmas!

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  • Splaner

    My Christmas this year was awesome! I got a pic with you at Penn Square Mall! So did my daughter! Thanks for being SO COOL & GOOD TO YOUR FANS! Peace be with you & here’s to an awesome Thunder Year!

  • CPL. Thomas Woolverton

    My younger brother flew out from Cali to be with all of us here in Oklahoma. It was great, I hadn’t seen him in 3 years. He lives in LA and went to school with Russ Westbrook at UCLA.
    Also, my wife and I weren’t sure if we would be able to get Christmas presents for our three children, but the Lord came through for us and we were able to get gifts for them, and I was able to get my wife a gift. We were blessed.
    Thunder all the way, and I am a fan for life. Not because the Thunder are the best team, but because y’all are the best in the community and care for the city. Bless you all and let’s bring the thunder all season.
    CPL. Thomas Woolverton

  • Summer Rose1983

    That is so Awesome!!!!!! Helps you realize what Christmas really is all about……

  • http://twitter.com/Jtrott3 Jessica Trotter

    Ughh K.D. pretty sure your post bought tears to my eyes or maybe it was my allergies lol. No, but honestly I can relate alot to your childhood story because my mom was a single parent and Christmas was always a struggle for her, but she always managed and God provided. The one gift that has stuck with me and that I have come to cherish every Christmas is remembering what my mom installed in me as a little girl, that Christmas is not just about gifts, but about Christ and the love that he has for others, which is the kind of love we should give to the world and one another! As for my New Years Resolution, it is some what inspired and includes you. Check it out on my blog (feedingadream.blogspot.com.) Have a great practice -Jessi-

  • Forhisuse

    The greatest gift I received this year was the gift of togetherness. I love family. God has restored
    my family in many ways. My brother is back in the fold, God has brought him home. I was sent to Pastor a small church in Norfolk Va. and the spirit of the Lord is present as we grow in God. I have no complaints did not get all I want but God has suplied all I need. To some this little testimony is nothing
    but because I know it was not me but GOD that did it .It means everything to me….God bless you Kevin

  • Elizabeth Justice

    This has been one of the hardest years of my life. Around mother’s day I saw my bestest friend killed by a drunk driver right in front of me. I ran to her side and felt her pulse fade away. We are both single mothers and the pain and survivors guilt was/is overwhelming. I’m so lucky to still be here with my daughter but I constantly feel pain for her son on top of the pain I feel for losing her, myself, and knowing she would never have wanted to leave him. One of my fondest memories with her (and there are many) was the time we watched the final playoff game this year against LA. She’s not into sports at all and I’m generally a college sports kind of girl, mainly because we never have had a pro team. Nevertheless, I’m hooked on the thunder. Although the turnout of the game was devastating, we all have to admit it was a great game, those last four minutes so exhilarating. She turned to me and was like “oh now I understand, this is fun”. Now everytime I watch a thunder game that is close I think of that moment.
    Needless to say, I was not looking forward to Christmas but was keeping a happy face for my little girl. Money as always is tight so I just tell everyone, that I’ll have to get them something after christmas because all my money is spent on her. Also it seems in the last two years everything we normally did for christmas has changed. So this year I decided I would cook dinner for the first time in my life and just have my parents come over and keep everything low key. It was the best christmas ever. The food was perfect, my daughter loved her gifts and we had such a blast running around the house with the nerf guns. Then I had some friends, whose families don’t live her come over and we fed them and played some more. Then we topped off the night watching a fabulous thunder game. The best news came when I heard my friends son had a good christmas too which I was so worried about. So it really was a beautiful way to end this horrific year. I’m now looking forward to the new year and the foundation we are starting in the tulsa area in my friends name which will hopefully take some drunk drivers off the street by paying for free cab rides home to area patrons. Because if my friend wanted anything it would be for everyone to have a great time but make it home safely so we can do it again later. Life truly is fleeting so enjoy every moment, live in the moment, love everyone you know and meet, and tell them just how much everyday.
    p.s. I’m hoping to make it to a thunder game sometime soon, can’t wait!! Love how you and your team mates are with each other on the court and off.

  • TylerD

    I remember watching you beat my Sooners in Norman and thinking just how good you are going to be in the NBA and how lucky the team that drafted you would be not knowing that in just a couple of years I would be watching you play here in OKC. It is evident that you are a fantastic basketball player with almost unlimited potential but what is even more impressive is that you are humble and have an incredibly strong work ethic about it.

    Christmas was great spending time in my hometown with my parents and it was a great win even though I couldn’t be there, the first game I have missed this season. I got a jacket and some cologne which is more than I asked for.

    Looking forward to watching you and the Thunder the rest of this season. Best of luck and stay hungry!

  • Bsanchez35

    KD congrats on the awesome christmas game you completely torched it!!!!!!!! my Christmas day was great here in SoCal there wasn’t any snow but we have been having some pretty rainy and cold days which is always welcomed. These holidays always remind me of how lucky and thankful i am of having a wonderful mom and family just like you do, my mom has always and will forever be my biggest supporter, the best gift i received was a full body pillow my mother in law made out of LAKERS fabric hahaha been a fan since i can remember,hope you have a great new year keep being the awesome baller you are.

    PS: The thunder are quickly becoming my second favorite team !!!!!

  • Ndc79

    I am so glad that you had a great Christmas, and are able to share your time with the community… OKC is very fortunate to have the Thunder!
    The best Christmas present that I received was being able to show my 4 kids that Christmas is not all about getting and giving gifts, but about family and helping people out when they really need you to be there..God will always be there and will always get you through tough times, he only gives you what he thinks you can handle…

  • KD’s KORNER

    Tough game last night KD, you and your team OUTCLASSED those Mavericks. We thought it was wrong that a time out wasn’t called when Russell went down. How is he?? The whole stadium held their breath last night when he was walking to the locker room. Terry, Chandler, Marion, etc. showed NO CLASS with their escapade at center court when the game ended. We are truly proud that OUR TEAM is loaded with talented morally sound guys. Thanks for making us proud, we truly enjoy seeing you guys play and represent yourselves and our team well. Like you said there is always tomorrow, Good luck the rest of the season. THUNDER UP!!!

  • Noriko Suzuki

    Hi, Kevin. Since all of my family lives in Japan & I live in the U.S.A. alone, I spent my Christmas working, taking care of an elderly Japanese lady who needs care. While I was taking care of her, we watched NBA Christmas games though she could not see it visually. To me, Christmas is the time being with somebody who wouldn’t be able to be with family like patients. While I was watching NBA, I thanked all of the player who worked on the Christmas day for the fans. I was also happy that I could bring something good to somebody on the Christmas day! Hope all the happiness & dreams come true to you next year!

  • Antionio Mariscal

    Eres el primer jugador y primera superestrella que se acerca tanto a los fans y por eso te admiro tanto ademas de porque eres el mejor haha. Gracias por estar tan cerca de los fans, y me parezco un poco a ti con lo de la familia, me encanta estar con mi madre,mis tios, mis primos, mi hermano… es lo mejor que uno puede hacer…bueno hay otra cosa que para mi es igual, que es jugar a baloncesto. Un abrazo Kevin Durantula, te siguo desde España.

  • Cristin Roberts

    Hey Kevin, Jake my oldest son got your jersey for Christmas and has worn it every day since – yes I have washed it – but he loves it and you as well!!! Great job on being a great role model to my child!! Have a great new year!!

  • ginasjourney

    you’re blessed to be a blessing…i’ve never been a fan of pro basketball until the thunder came to okc and you’re a big reason i am…i appreciate your recognition of your giftings, but more so the humbleness you have about you…don’t ever lose that…

  • Mains

    NBA League Pass for Christmas! We dont have cable or watch much TV, so it was the best option.

    Kevin, thank you for representing Oklahoma so well, and leading the team to do the same. Integrity, humility, respect, drive…these all represent Oklahoma. And you, sir, fit right in.

    Also, thank you for being bold enough as a celebrity to be confident in sharing your faith in your work. Christ is the reason we are here for this moment. And nothing should hinder us from sharing that message with others.

  • Mshawnly

    MY Christmas was a ticket to go to Mpls. to see the timberwolves play the Lakers on March 1,I’m so excited it’s my first game.

  • Van Vuren

    KD~ I love your heart!! My son has your shoes and thinks the world of you!! He wants to know if you remember getting his birthday invitation in May….he dropped it off at your house beofre you moved. :) You are his HERO!! He changed his jersey # to 35, because of YOU!! Keep up the hard work, your’e an inspiration to so many!!

  • trenton.k.f.

    we didnt get any snow except a couple weeks ago northwest of Ardmore,OK but my CHRISTmas was great.glad i got to spend it with my loved ones.great blog.

  • Jazzmen

    I had my first real Christmas and I spent it with my sister nothing is better than thatI didn’t get anything but what I want no body can give. I’m glad ur Christmas was good and the game was high point of my day…

  • Joms_domingo

    preach it brother! amen to that! Jesus is our savior and best friend! knowing that is the best and truest essence of CHRISTmas! He was born and was died to give us life. John 3.16 :)

  • Sgpinna

    I just wanted to drop a line and say keep up the great work on and off the court. You and the rest of your teammates are quickly becoming many people’s second favorite team it seems like, including my own.

    Here’s to a Celtic-Thunder finals matchup, I would love to see you and Pierce battle it out for 6/7 games (as long as the c’s end up on top of course!)

 

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