Old Country Store hosts 31st annual Christmas Eve Breakfast

JACKSON, Tenn. — A beloved Jackson tradition turns 31 on Christmas Eve, a tradition many families have kept for decades.

The Old Country Store hosted their 31st annual Christmas Eve Breakfast from 5:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., serving around 2,000 people in the area.

For families like Delita Johnson’s, it’s a tradition to be one of the first in line, but she wouldn’t give up their trusty advice.

“I can’t really tell you that, it’s a family secret,” she said. “But I can tell you we have been here all night!”

For the Riley family, three generations sat at their table Christmas Eve morning. Their tradition started nearly three decades ago, and to continue those special times with his family, Dewain popped the question to his future wife 10 years ago at this breakfast.

“Ten years ago, I thought it would just be special to do this on Christmas Eve in the middle of everything that they have here at the Old Country Store,” Dewain said.

Old Country Store General Manager Brooks Shaw said it isn’t about the money — it’s about their community.

“This is our way of giving back to the community,” Shaw said. “We really don’t make a profit on the day. We just kind of cover our cost with the food and labor, but it’s important to us to have a cool event for Jackson to come to and take part in with their families.”

“It’s really a phenomenon,” Shaw added. “I mean, this is not something that you could market and achieve. It’s become its own thing. It’s a living, breathing event.”

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