Kim Hill’s favorite Christmas memories are from her childhood, and the lengths her father went to on Christmas morning to prove Santa had visited the night before.
He ate the cookies and drank the milk the kids left for Santa, but also climbed on the roof and made lots of noise.
“He put flour on his boots and walked across the carpet so it looked like snow,” said the multiple Dove Award winner, who lived in Mississippi until she was 11. “We had never seen snow, so we thought it was snow. I love it that my dad went to the trouble to do that.”
Hill will share more of her personal Christmas memories during a concert Dec. 8 at Redeemer Church in Evans, between performing music from her two Christmas albums – Real Christmas and Christmas Back to You – as well as other favorites from her 25-year music career.
Memories of her father are even more precious since he died of lung cancer eight years ago, and Hill said she will share some of her painful Christmas memories, as well as the good ones.
“What I try to do is remind everybody that nobody has a perfect Christmas,” she said. “There are good parts and bad parts for everybody. A lot of times the holidays bring out a lot of hard things.”
Hill said she enjoys Christmas tours because unlike traditional concert tours, they’re very short.
She toured heavily early in her career, like most artists. But for more than a decade she has led worship at women’s conferences, and that has allowed her to focus on her music and her family.
“I feel very fortunate. I have been able to have a normal life and still do what I love,” she said.
Through the Christmas tour she wants to bring hope to her fans and remind them that God is with us, and he can bring peace in the middle of hard times.
It’s a lesson she learned after her divorce, as she tried to create a perfect Christmas for her two sons.
Living far away from family and having to send them to their father’s for a week on Christmas Day, she was forced to create new traditions that have now become cherished memories themselves.
After the Christmas Eve service at church, Hill and her sons shared a nice dinner and watched Christmas movies until midnight, when they opened all of their presents. In the morning, the boys’ father would come have brunch with them, providing a transitional time that made parting for a week easier for all of them.
“I’m really thankful, because I think it was a really special thing that came out of something difficult,” Hill said.