Well, it’s official. I will be spending the Christmas holiday in a city I’ve always wanted to visit – Nashville, TN! For some reason, Jimmy and I have always had a strange fascination with the city, though neither of us have ever been there. We even once considered just packing up and moving there, never have even visiting at all. There’s just something about the atmosphere (from what we’ve seen/heard) that’s like nothing else. The fact that you can walk everywhere, and never run out of things to do and places to see. Knowing that country music, and just music in general, is everywhere. The weather seems perfect (and by that, I mean they actually get to experience all four seasons.) Everything and every place is unique and charming. It’s home to so many of my favorite music artists. I mean, it’s home of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, for crying out loud! It seems to be the perfect combination of the city lifestyle that Jimmy misses about Chicago, and the small-town charm and southern lifestyle that I miss about Savannah.
All year, we’ve toyed with the idea of going to Music City for the holidays, but weren’t sure if we’d really pull it off. Could we afford it? Did we really want to miss Christmas with our families? Probably not. But we knew it would be beautiful around that time of year, and couldn’t get it off our minds. We decided to check out flights, and lo and behold, they were SUPER cheap for a round trip! So Jimmy called his parents to discuss Christmas. Their conversation went something like this:
Jimmy: Hey Mom and Dad. How would you feel about Nashville for Christmas?
His parents: Might be nice. What do flights look like?
Jimmy: The three of you [including his sister] could get round-trip tickets from Chicago for less than my ticket would be to fly to Chicago from Jax and back.
His parents: If your sister is in, we’re in.
YES!! After a little deliberation, we decided to leave the day after Christmas and will be staying through the evening of the 29th. The best part about it is that we’ll both get to be with our families for the holidays, and for the first time in the 4+ years we’ve been dating, we’ll get to spend the holidays together as well. We’ll be spending Christmas eve and Christmas day with my family in Savannah, and hitting the airport the next morning. The thought of a Christmas without a nice dinner and homemade eggnog at my mom’s on Christmas Eve (and probably staying up ’til midnight wrapping presents because we’re a bunch of procrastinators), without waking up on Christmas morning to my nieces opening presents from Santa at Nana’s, without the wild and crazy Christmas night celebration at my dad’s with all nine nieces and nephews, my two brothers, sister, sister-in-laws, and my aunt and cousins. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same. And now we get the best of both worlds.
Three nights and four days of glory. I’m sure it won’t be long enough (no vacation ever is), but you can bet we’ll do as much in those four days as possible! So, for all of you Nashville veterans, we need your help on things we can’t miss while there! What should we do? Where should we eat? What bars are a must? Which tourist traps are worth it and which aren’t? What’s the best place to catch live music? And most importantly, where can I buy a pair of cowboy boots? (I’ve been waiting to buy a pair of authentic ones until I could do so in NashVegas.) Leave a comment below with your suggestions so I can keep up with them all. 🙂
Adios, amigos. Let the planning (and search for Winter clothes) begin!