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Christmas Wreath

The Advocate


Coolest Christmas memory . . . sitting in the car and singing, changing the words to all the Christmas songs.


Stew Smith STEW SMITH (Delirious):
I have a twin brother and I remember the first time we got bikes. It was Christmas morning and they were parked in the front room. It was a very small room, and we were riding around the room in circles for about four hours.

Lisa KimmeyLISA KIMMEY (Out of Eden):
My parents divorced when I was five, and from the time I was eleven to eighteen I wasn’t able to see my dad. One Christmas I got in touch with my step-mother out in Texas, and we surprised him by going down there and visiting him. That was definitely the best.

Favorite Christmas Memories :

8 Christian Artists Share Theirs!

by Tracy Darlington

There will always be that Christmas you’ll never forget. Like the time the dog ate the Christmas ham while everyone opened gifts. Or when you stayed up all night watching Rudolph, Frosty and Scrooge with Aunt Peggy. Your favorite musicians have special Christmas memories, too.

One Christmas there was an African children’s choir performing at our church, and we took three of them home with us. It was amazing to me to see how they appreciated the smallest things so much, because they had nothing where they came from. It gave me a whole new view of what Christmas is. Christmas isn’t about presents. It’s about having love and hope. It’s about having Christ and His birthday. How many presents we got didn’t mean anything to them. Just to have a great meal on Christmas Day was a big deal to them. It made me reevaluate what Christmas means.

Seeing snow at Christmas for the first time was very exciting. It made everything look clean. It’s the other way around in New Zealand. It’s summer during Christmas, so we go to the beach and have a barbeque. Here it’s cozy and snug, and you’ve got the tree and it’s all sort of inside and very nice. So I really do enjoy Christmases in the U.S.

Rebecca St. JamesREBECCA ST. JAMES:
My coolest Christmas memory is swimming on Christmas Day in Australia. It’s summertime there; it’s hot at Christmas. I have 24 cousins, so we’d swim together and have a big Christmas dinner. On Christmas Day we also had a time of worship where we’d sing Christmas carols and talk about the different things that God had taught us throughout the year. It’s just a really powerful time. My grandfather was a minister, so he leads us in that time of celebrating Jesus, and it’s so encouraging to me to see the heritage he has passed on to us.

When I was seven years old I got my first real guitar. I remember loving it so much that I would sleep with it in bed.




Katinas JAMES KATINA (The Katinas):

In our home we weren’t necessarily poor, but we didn’t have a lot of money either. So there weren’t really a lot of gifts that were passed around. One thing that we always had was food. We loved to eat. If you had food in the Katina home, that was a happening party, and a lot of times it was during Christmas.


Tracy DarlingtonTracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.