Eric Church Dishes on ‘Gut-Wrenching’ Christmas Tradition from Childhood

by Matthew Wilson

Eric Church remembers his grandmother at Christmas time and the stories that she used to tell. Church’s grandmother used to share stories of Christmas miracles each holiday season.

Church said his grandmother would spend the year looking for stories of people who experienced a life-changing event during the holiday season. Not all miracles are happy stories, some occur during tragedies. Church confessed that some of them were “gut-wrenching” portrayals of life.

“My grandmother, when she was alive, would always come over. And every year she would bring this Christmas story, and some of them were gut-wrenching. I’m not going to lie to you,” Church said, according to a press release. “They were just heart-tugging stories about people who had had…about a Christmas miracle, who had something happen to them; something magical for Christmas that had turned life around…whether it was a homeless person or just anything.”

Eric Church’s Wife Will Take Over the Tradition

After Eric Church‘s grandmother passed, his mother took over the family tradition. Like his grandmother, she’ll search for stories to share with the family over breakfast.

“She would always look all year long and find this story. And then we would have breakfast and she would read it,” Church continued. “And it was just our family and we’ve carried that on. My mom does that now and she’s kind of taken it and she finds the story. And that’s something I’m going to do with my family. And Katherine and I have talked about it. It’ll be her turn to find that. And we have a big Christmas breakfast and we sit around and we share that.”

Church has already talked with his wife Katherine about taking up the mantle of storyteller one day.

“It’s just a neat thing, family-wise, to have that and to always wonder what that story is going to be and what it’s going to be about. And sometimes they’re brutal,” Church concluded. “I mean it can be hard, you know. You get up on Christmas morning and you’re in a good mood and they’re just gut-wrenching, you know, but it’s fun to put things in perspective, and it makes you think about people that aren’t as fortunate.”

Because every family could use a little Christmas cheer and a miracle every now and then.