“It’s Christmas Time, It’s Christmas Time” It’s that time of year when we celebrate the birth of our savior and enjoy quality time with friends and family. That is especially true with Tim Atwood. Tim opens up to Music Matters Magazine about spending time with his family and how creating memories are more than giving gifts.
Ryan: Christmas is a time for joy and happiness to spend with friends and family. How do you plan to spend your Christmas this year?
Tim: This year we’re taking Christmas on the road—celebrating the holiday in New Orleans on a family vacation. Home is where the heart is, and I’ll have everyone who fills my heart with joy with me this year: my wife, two sons, daughters-in-law and four grandchildren. We’ll visit historic homes, carol in Jackson Square, eat beignets at Cafe Du Monde, attend a Christmas Eve worship service at St. Louis Cathedral, and a walk through the fairyland City Park to take in “Christmas in the Oaks.” We used to give our children presents at Christmas. Now we give the memories.
What are your favorite festivities surrounding Christmas?
Believe it or not, it’s writing Christmas cards. Even though this time of year is hectic, I find some time and a quite corner, and I write those I love a personal note. It is my time to stop and reflect about those people who are important in my life and why my life is richer for knowing those people. For me, family and friends make the world go round.
Let’s settle the debate: when should someone put up their Christmas tree?
I think that’s a personal preference. If it brings you happiness to have the tree up before Thanksgiving, then by all means do it and enjoy. However, I’m a traditionalist. We put up our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. November is all about the Pilgrims, turkey and colorful leaves.
What is the best gift you’ve received for Christmas?
My son served two tours in the Army. He was in Iraq on a special mission, and we hadn’t heard from him for almost a month. We were worried sick. On Christmas day the phone rang. It was our son. He was ok. The sound of his voice was the best gift ever!
What song(s) get you in the Christmas spirit?
Jingle Bells! I love to sing it greasy and raw and throw in a little funk for good measure. It’s so much fun. It really gets me in the spirit.
I also love to hear Away in a Manger. It tells the story of our Savior’s birth so sweetly, simply and pure. I learned it as a child, and it’s still special to me today.
Would you consider creating a Christmas album? If so, what songs would you include, or would they be originals?
I’m working on a Christmas album right now and hope to have it out by fall of 2019. You’ll hear many of the traditional songs so dear to my heart, but you’ll also hear some new material that I wrote with my wife. Christmas music sounds so good on piano.
Rank your top favorite Christmas themed movies
1. Christmas Vacation
2. White Christmas
3. Home Alone
4. It’s A Wonderful Life
5. We’re No Angels (Humphrey Bogart 1955)
Does your family have any Christmas traditions that are unique?
My wife buys us all matching Christmas pajamas every year. At first I hated the idea of matching Pjs. But I have to tell you, it’s actually kind of cool to see your family gathered around on Christmas Eve in their matching pajamas. Taking the family photo is a hoot!
With Christmas comes cold weather and snow. Do you like enjoy the cold weather? Snow?
Not really. It’s beautiful, but I moved to Tennessee for two reasons. It’s where I needed to be to pursue my music and play on the Grand Ole Opry, and it’s farther south than where I was raised which equates to warmer temperatures.
Did you build a snowman when you were a kid?
Of course I did. I’m from Peoria, Illinois. Not only was I an expert at snowman building, but I was also a champion at snowball fights. Btw, in today’s politically correct world, you might want to change that to “snowperson.” LOL
This was a fun interview with a great artist like Tim Atwood. With being coined as an entertainers entertainer it’s no wonder Atwood as more than 8,500 Grand Ole Opry performances under his belt and going strong into 2019. Find out more about Tim Atwood on his website HERE and be sure to check out the tour tab and catch a show near you!