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Susan Whisnant,What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 25, 2014 – 11:12 am -

Susan Whisnant

Susan Whisnant

Susan Whisnant,What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

When Ethan, our youngest was 7, he had asked for a 4 wheeler… Of course a small one. Well, two weeks before Christmas he got pneumonia and was in the hospital. We had gotten him a 4 wheeler and they let us come home. Seeing that sick child Christmas morning light up when he saw that 4-wheeler was a memory I’ll never forget!!!!


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Kathy Crabb Hannah, what is your favorite Christmas memory ?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 25, 2014 – 9:22 am -

Kathy Crabb Hannah

Kathy Crabb Hannah

Kathy Crabb Hannah, what is your favorite Christmas memory ?

When Steve and I got married he had no clue what he had signed up for, no clue. We have a Christmas event that resembles a tribal feast/celebration. It’s pure pandemonium, and then it gets worse. There are 26 kids, in-law kids, and grandkids. We have gifts piled to the ceiling…..just because of the sheer volume of the number of people.

The first year we were married, I had an assembly line hired to wrap for days. Steve looked scared. Then I started to explain the “purse and wallet” drawing that we do. He looked more afraid than ever, and said, “How much money will I need?? ” I assure him that all is well, and proceed with my norm, that wasn’t his norm. Steve bought gift cards as a bachelor. I don’t do gift cards, ever. I buy gifts, and I make sure each grandchild has a large U-Haul moving size box, packed to the rim, with everything from something, to nothing. The point is this. The box is huge, and it’s full!! Granny’s boxes are the best, they ALL say.

Is it about gifts? No. It’s about memories. Like most of you, I want the memory vault that lives in the minds of those 14 grand babies to be full of Granny’s Christmas celebrations. So let’s establish that now. It’s about cousin fun, squeals when they open the boxes, cookies, tearing up jack in the bonus room, and an over night slumber party. That’s what my agenda is. Memories, and more memories, that’s it.

It’s a given that we are Jesus people, and it’s a given hat these babies can quote you verse and book for the reason that we celebrate, but in addition to the reason, JESUS, we celebrate love, and a peaceful happiness, happiness that most of us must fight for. A family that was a text book study in love, not blood. We celebrate choices to love who we love. We celebrate His love, our love for each other, and our love for the world, for that is our greatest gift after salvation. Love.

So, back to Steve. He looked terrified and intrigued at the same time when facing that first Christmas. He was a stranger in a foreign land, but a friendly stranger, trying to learn the language and the culture, if you will.

We play games. I treat my adult kids like children. If I don’t, who will? At Christmas, they are my babies. So I explain and frame this for Steve. They are my passion, my reason to cook, plan, work, in short, they have kept me young and vibrant. I do more, not less. They are the reason. He seems to “get” it. Steve is an auctioneer by training. He doesn’t DO auctions, but he knows how. He chooses not to do them because he doesn’t like to speak in front of crowds.

PRESTO! It’s 2007, and I have dreamed up a new Christmas game. We had an auction after ALL of the other festivities. It was a hit, and now the favorite. Here’s how it works. I give all of the kids the same amount of Monopoly money. Adults, only that is. I buy random, items throughout the year. For instance, Mac make up, bar stools, king size sheets, an iPad, hunting paraphernalia, and on and on. Some items are $10, some are $200 or more. They bid. They don’t know what I have, how many items I have, what’s next….etc. They can see each item as it’s brought up for bids. Other than that, no clue what’s next. Sometimes, the last item comes out, and someone will still have all of their money, waiting for the BIG deal, when in fact there was only one big deal and they missed it. Some years, there are multiple big deals. All in all, it’s competitive, it’s fun, it’s chock full of surprises, and they occasionally fight, and I love that.

So Steve has made the Christmas Auction legendary at our house. It’s his claim to fame amongst this big crazy family that loves big and takes fun to the next level.

Truly, my house is the most fun house in town. All of you come over!!!


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Jeff O’neal, what is your favorite Christmas memory ?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 24, 2014 – 8:43 am -

Jeff Oneal And His Family

Jeff Oneal And His Family

Jeff O’neal, what is your favorite Christmas memory ?

My most memorable Christmas moment was Christmas of 2011. We had received the worst news a parent could get. After a 3 1/2 year battle with brain cancer there was nothing more they could do for our son, Russell. He was one of the strongest Christians that I’ve ever known. He never wavered in his fight with cancer, he never asked why me and never complained once. He always put others before himself. In his final days one of his teachers asked him, “how can I pray for you, Russell?” He said, “Pray that others will come to know Christ before it’s to late.”I remember that Christmas morning the look on his face, the huge smile, when his brother wheeled him into the living room to see what Santa had left. There was a corn hole game and we remember him being so excited to throw the bean bags and hit the hole. I remember us all gathering around and opening presents even though he couldn’t walk anymore he would play games and laugh, as only he could do. Every year our three boys pull slats out of a chimney that shows when Santa would come on the 24th. Wesley and Devin made sure that Santa would fall in the chimney when Russell pulled that year, such precious memories. We miss him so much and these holidays are very difficult for us. But my wife Debbie, and I know that he is resting in the arms of Jesus with no more pain and no more cancer. We look forward to the day when we can hold our precious son again. We have started a foundation in his memory to help children with cancer and their families. Please go to our website to find out more about Russell’s journey, listen to his testimony and find out more how you can help other families going through this difficult situation.

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Gary Casto .. What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 21, 2014 – 10:01 pm -

Gary Casto

Gary Casto

We asked Gary Casto ..  What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

I was seven years old and my little brother Mathew, who was a spina bifida child and his last Christmas before passing, got up that morning before our parents and starting opening presents.
The first present we opened was a plastic dart gun with darts, I would load the gun and Mathew would shoot the antique Christmas ornaments off the tree and that’s what woke our parents up that Christmas morning.


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Jason Singleton .. What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 20, 2014 – 9:32 am -

Jason Singleton

Jason Singleton

We asked Jason Singleton ..  What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

One of my most favorite Christmas memories was December 1984. I rode to the airport with my sisters on Christmas Eve to pick up my brother. When we got back home my mom and dad surprised me with my first “brand new” 5 piece drum set with Zildjian Cymbals! Just a few months later I would get my first tryout with a southern gospel trio! and now 20 years later….I’m grateful for my parents and Southern Gospel Music!


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Jeff Hawes .. What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 19, 2014 – 10:36 am -

We asked Jeff Hawes ..  What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Jeff Hawes

My favorite Christmas memory is spending the last Christmas Eve with my grandma. It was a couple of years ago and the power had gone out on Christmas Eve. We were all gathered around Mawmaw as she opened her gifts by candlelight. She couldn’t see to read the cards, so I opened them for her and read every card to her by the light. She could barely talk as her body was in a great deal of pain. I can still remember the smell of her Este Lauder perfume. That was a Christmas in the dark I will never forget. She was the only light in the room. She passed away the following February but her memory and smell of her sweet perfume live on!!


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Jessica Trammell .. What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 16, 2014 – 10:45 pm -

Jessica Trammell

Jessica Trammell

We asked Jessica Trammell  ..  What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

The year Nick and I got engaged. Nick and his parents came up to Iowa for Christmas and he proposed the night they got there. He had a horse drawn sleigh and a fire surrounded with candles in a field covered in snow. It was absolutely beautiful. However, I think this Christmas will be memorable too. With two kids now, Christmas is such a special time for our family! This will be Charlie’s first Christmas and Tessa is two and everything is so exciting to her. She loves everything to do with Christmas from baby Jesus to Christmas music that sings at the top of her lungs while shopping.


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Natalie Cromwell .. What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 16, 2014 – 12:34 pm -

Natalie Cromwell

Natalie Cromwell

We asked  Natalie Cromwell ..  What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

My favorite Christmas Memory isn’t necessarily a happy one, but it’s very special to me. Two of my grandparents passed away in the month of January, so my whole family had the opportunity to join them in the hospital two separate times at Christmas to sing carols with them. My grandpa passed away most recently, and I remember that the entire nursing and hospital staff came to hear us sing. My whole family sings, and we have always sang together since I can remember, so it was quite a beautiful sound that carried throughout the hospital. I’ll never forget that day!


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JP Miller – Christmas Eve Down Sun Valley Road

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 15, 2014 – 10:07 pm -

JP Miller

JP Miller

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WAYNE HAUN MAKES KEY RETAIL VISITS IN SUPPORT OF SENTIMENTAL SEASON

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 14, 2014 – 11:22 am -

Wayne Haun

Wayne Haun

(Nashville, TN)… StowTown Records co-founder Wayne Haun is a very busy man this Christmas season.  While continuing to wear the many hats of producing, arranging, and songwriting, he has recently been on the road as an artist, promoting his brand new Christmas project, Sentimental Season.

Haun made three personal visits in the past month to LifeWay Christian Stores in both Fort Worth, TX, and Augusta, GA, as well as taking part in a special event at Cedar Springs Christian Bookstores in his hometown of Knoxville, TN, on Black Friday.
Retail is the lifeblood for a record company, making sure that we’re represented all over the world,” said Haun. “I have really enjoyed the opportunity to meet store managers, buyers and even owners while promoting this recording.”
The multi-nominated Grammy and Dove Award artist performed many of the

Wayne Haun

Wayne Haun

songs on the album and visited with numerous fans throughout the retail tour.

As always, it’s good to meet and spend time with fans, both old and new. Without them, we’re all out of a job,” added Haun. “And I have to admit that I still get a thrill out of seeing our product on the shelves when I visit the stores. It’s such an encouragement to keep moving forward.”
With that nostalgic Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin 1940’s-style sound, co-writers Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner, Tony Wood, and mother Shelby Haun all pitched in to help create this exceptional project.
Christmas favorites like the Louis Armstrong classic “What A Wonderful World” and a beautifully-crafted duet with fellow StowTown gospel artist TaRanda Greene singing “The Christmas Song” helps highlight the album.
StowTown’s Ernie Haase and Signature Sound mix in their harmony and Christmas spirit. Meanwhile, Haun’s grandmother, mother, and sister add a special and emotional family rendition of “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem”.
 Via Provident Distribution, the album hit the market in October and is now available online, through digital outlets and general market retailers, and at Christian Bookstores everywhere.
Sentimental Season will also be featured in a Christmas special on Sirius/XM’s Enlighten (channel 65) Saturday, December 20. Haun’s special will air at 8:00pm EST & 5:00pm PST and will then be rebroadcast throughout the next week.

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