These are a few of their favorite things – Christmas lights and time with family make the holidays brighter for Brothers Osborne
Studies show that the earlier you decorate for Christmas, the happier you are, for John and TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne there’s nothing like a good Christmas light display to get them in the holiday spirit.
“I love the overall feel and look at that time of year, because it’s starting to get really cold then and everything’s coming to a halt. It stays dark so you have a lot of Christmas lights. I just love Christmas lights – they put you in such an amazing mood,” says John. “Just the sounds, like all the Christmas music and even shopping, which is quite possibly one of the most hectic things to do during the holidays. Even if we have all our shopping done, we’ll still go to the mall just because it’s so alive and vibrant and the colors and the music and the lights. I just love it. It’s a bit sensory overload, but I kinda dig that.”
The lights and sounds of the holiday are a favorite for the Bros, but the slower pace of the season is also a much-anticipated event, giving the award-winning brother duo time to take a step back from their hectic lives and appreciate some well-deserved time off with family.
“I think part of just holidays in general when mostly there’s nowhere to go, everything is shut down so you’re like forced to finally like… ‘you have to be a family and hang in this house,’” says TJ. “Particularly as of late with John and I traveling a lot, we don’t get a lot of family time at all. And so, as time goes on, I really value that more and more.”
Spending time with their family will be a welcome recharge as the duo plan to spend much of 2019 out on the road for their own headlining tour. The trek, featuring Ruston Kelly, Devon Gilfillian and Lucie Silvas, will run through April.
I’d been asking that question of some of our Guideposts readers and people who use our prayer Web site. We’d received a slew of answers, such as “in my car” or the old sofa in the living room” or at the “kitchen table”.
I was thinking about just what my answer would be when I walked by the barber’s I popped my head in. “Jacob” I asked “Do you have time to cut my hair?.
“Shush.” He put a finger to lips and gestured, “Come in, come in” He slapped the barber chair with his towel, pinned a smock around my neck and took out his comb and clippers. “I’m so glad you could fit me in,” I said. Again he put a finger to his lips and this time he pointed to a chair in the back where a man was sitting with his head swathed in warm towels, his feet up and his hands over his chest.
“The guy fell asleep, “Jacob whispered. “I didn’t want to wake him. And then you walked by.” He started combing and clipping. Inspired by the sleeping customer and Jacob’s silence, I closed my eyes, breathed deeply to the traffic outside and closed out the world. I thought of several people who needed a measure of peace in their lives, including me. Lord have mercy…I prayed.
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered…Lute 12:7
Fifteen minutes later Jacob whispered off the smock and held up a mirror so i could admire his handwork. “Great, I said “Thanks” I gave him a good tip because he’d given me one: A barber chair is a great place to pray- as long as you can trust your barber with your while you’re practicing trusting God.