Funny how life often sprinkles a little more foreshadowing on us than we care to pay attention to. Growing up, my sisters and I constantly looked forward to the Christmas season. Of course it meant gifts, which hardly allowed us to sleep due to an overload of excitement, but more than that it was the season of love, laughter, and celebration that filled our hearts with so much joy.
Two things cued us three, giggly girls in to knowing the Holidays were quickly approaching; the Alabama and Amy Grant Christmas albums. From the moment either one of those began to play we were officially allowed to go full throttle Christmas mode. Though every one of those songs brings a powerful feeling of nostalgia over me, only one song (sung by both artists) really sticks out to me. Even as a kid I would paint a detailed picture in my mind every time I heard “Tennessee Christmas.” Maybe it’s because as a native Cali girl, the thought of a December 25 under 75 degrees was foreign to me. Who really knows, but whatever it was, I liked it!
Currently, this Cali girls nose is frozen as I stand in disbelief exploring the old streets of my new city. Gazing up at this ginormous tree makes my first tender Tennessee Christmas even more remarkable than the picture I had painted in my mind all those years. Definitely not getting flip flops and tank tops this year!