For Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, their daughters Gracie, 10, Maggie, 9, and Audrey, 5 — and millions of families worldwide — Christmas is all about tradition. For the Hill-McGraw clan, however, that tradition is also intermingled with the bittersweet birth of Audrey in 2001; Born 8 weeks prematurely on Dec. 6, Audrey spent much of December in the hospital, and was ultimately discharged the day before Christmas Eve. Says Faith,
This time of year just feels extra special to us. And now, every year, to celebrate Audrey’s birthday, we decorate the tree on the sixth…and it has to be a live tree.
Faith says that this year she hopes to be more prepared when it comes to the seemingly nonstop rigors of cooking that can accompany the holidays. Her own mother would prepare meals days and weeks ahead of time, Faith said.
I’ll try to plan it out better. Because not doing it is not an option. I think I’m a lot like moms out there who feel like if we don’t have the pecan pie we have every year, then it just won’t be Christmas.
Faith also revealed that Tim writes personalized notes for the girls at Christmas-time, and that the family leaves food for Santa’s reindeer each year.