Christmas Un-Wrapped with Hearts of Saints

Jason Killebrew drummer for Hearts of Saints is a Christmas traditionalist—right down to the chestnuts roasting on the fire (well, he likes the song at least). Hearts of Saints whose name derives their name from Philemon 1:7, will release their self-titled debut album on Revolution Art on Jan. 26.  But first Kentucky born and bred band member is going to celebrate the holidays with his family.  That is, of course, after participating in Christmas Un-Wrapped with Backseat Writer.

Did you score any good deals on Black Friday?  Is it a day of great deals or terrifying chaos?

Definitely a day of great deals!!  For the past half – decade, I have stood in the freezing cold at 3-4 am on Black Friday trying my hardest to score some great new items that were on sale!  Last year, I stood in line at Best Buy to buy an Xbox 360 with Guitar Hero 3.  I think I got it for $199…and may have gotten a bit of frostbite too.

What is one of your favorite Christmas memories?

My aunt is the only other musician in the family.  We used to have a traditional Christmas dinner at her house.  After dinner, the entire family would retire to the living room, sit around the piano, and sing hymns and Christmas carols.  There was really no better “family time” than Christmas at my aunt’s house.

Let’s talk Santa.  Did you believe in him as child?  How did you find out he’s not real?

Santa was VERY real when I was a small child.  I remember at age 8 I was starting to have my doubts so I took fingerprints of my whole family.  In my traditional note to Santa on Christmas Eve that I placed right beside the cookies and milk, I left an ink pad and asked Santa for his fingerprint too.  He left a print and to my very skeptical eye…it was NOT a match to any of my family’s prints!!  Santa was REAL! I found out years later that it was my sister’s boyfriend’s fingerprint.

Describe one of the biggest Christmas-related catastrophes that happened.

Wow – I honestly can’t think of a single catastrophe.  Unless you count the time that my grandmother decided to make mashed turnips instead of mashed potatoes and didn’t tell anyone.  There was nearly a riot when my uncle and grandfather simultaneously ate a big scoop of the turnips and spit them out “projectile style”.  They were both caught off guard by the bitterness of the turnips!

What’s your fave Christmas song/Christmas movie or cartoon/Christmas cookie?

Christmas Song – Oh Holy Night  /  Christmas Movie – A Christmas Story  /   Christmas Cookie – Gingerbread, of course!

Bonus Question:: New Year’s resolution—yes or no? If yes, what is your resolution?

YES!  Make a valid attempt to love others with the thought and compassion of Jesus.  New Year’s Resolutions generally get broken, but I do want to make a valid attempt to lead a life more like Jesus.

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