This special Hill Country tradition was started 41 years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson. The evening was full of holiday cheer including a festive band, carolers, a live nativity, plus an opportunity to enjoy the Sauer-Beckman Living History Farm.
Once the sun had set, members of the Johnson family arrived. I had the honor of sitting close to Luci Baines Johnson and her extended family. When Luci addressed the community, I admit to tearing up as she thanked her family members for being there for her when she was critically ill in April. She mentioned how especially grateful she felt this holiday season, and recited a few words from her father. ("Are we thankful? Yes, we are!")
After the program and the lighting of the tree, Luci shook my hand and thanked the other participants including the lovely Cathie Gail and Donna Albus of Keep Texas Beautiful.
I'm so very thankful that I was invited to such a memorable event, and I truly appreciate the kindness of the staff and the volunteers.
I hope your holidays are rich in tradition and memories!