By Doyne Phillips, Managing Editor for Southern Writers Magazine
Our Christmas Traditions vary from nation to nation, community to community, family to family and individual to individual. To each his own and once started traditions seem to change.
Our family loves Christmas. It’s a big affair at our home. Long standing tradition for us, 32 years, is taking in the Bellevue Singing Christmas Tree at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova TN. Although it is at Bellevue it is a community effort. Another is visiting the Peabody Hotel Lobby decorated for Christmas for the last 25 years. We also see the beautifully decorated Gaylord Opryland Hotel we have visited for the last 29 years in Nashville, TN. In recent years we have been attending the annual Amy Grant and Vince Gill 12 Days of Christmas program at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. We attend these events with the children and grandchildren in tow.
Our oldest traditions began and remain at home. We celebrate with our children and grandchildren in our Christmas plays. We have all of them come gather together for a Christmas Dinner with gift giving and the works. We are fortunate in this modern mobile society we all live a short drive away from each other. But even with that blessing it’s not always easy but it always seems to work out. I believe it does because of its importance to each family member. That connection with family tradition is truly a blessing.
We at Southern Writers Magazine hope you feel like a part of our family. We would like to hear of your family traditions and hope you would share them with us. As I said traditions seem to change at times. If we hear of another tradition we may find we would like to start a new one. please share.
We also hope you will make Southern Writers Magazine a part of your Christmas Tradition with our Holiday Issue and our Holiday Catalog.
Most of all we at Southern Writers Magazine wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! All the best in 2019!