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Christmas with Mississippi's First Family

Mrs. Bryant says it is a family tradition to continue celebrating Christmas from her grandmothers home just outside of Hazlehurst. Mrs. Bryant says it is a family tradition to continue celebrating Christmas from her grandmothers home just outside of Hazlehurst.
"Christmas is what it says. It's Christmas," said Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant. "It's about Christ's birth. That's what it means to us and it plays a very big part." "Christmas is what it says. It's Christmas," said Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant. "It's about Christ's birth. That's what it means to us and it plays a very big part."
"My grandmother knew how to keep family close," added the First Lady. "My grandmother knew how to keep family close," added the First Lady.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi's first family is spending Christmas with family and loved ones. The First Lady says this is a Christmas tradition her family has kept going for many years.

"Christmas is what it says. It's Christmas," said Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant. "It's about Christ's birth. That's what it means to us and it plays a very big part."

As Christmas trees and lights adorn the inside of the Governor's Mansion, Mrs. Bryant says this day is special and is spent with family.

"Christmas morning traditionally, we've always had the kids, and even today we have the kids," said the First Lady. "They come over and we have hot chocolate, we open presents and Maddie is there. It's just a very close family time, just for the immediate family. And then we leave and go to my grandmothers house."

Less than two hours from their Captiol Street home, Mrs. Bryant says it is a family tradition to continue celebrating Christmas from her grandmothers home just outside of Hazlehurst.

"My grandmother knew how to keep family close," added the First Lady. "Christmas Day we all go to my grandmother's home. She actually expired in 1972, but she left her home to her seven children and it goes down through the family."

Mrs. Bryant says it is a true blessing to be able to spend the holiday with her family and those closest to her in a home where so many vivid memories are highlighted throughout her life.

"It's out from Hazlehurst, in fact Phil and I are buying land out there so we will retire and build a home out there," said Mrs. Bryant.

She and her husband of 36 years, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, have two children, Katie and Patrick.

Mrs. Bryant says, "Merry Christmas Mississippi."

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