This is a Christmas Eve tradition that my daughter and I started many years ago. We use to go to Midnight Mass and then would be hungry so food it needed to be. Even so late on a Christmas Eve.

After church my daughter and I would go to Denny's. It was a special time for the two of us. We knew that in a few hours many families will wake up to the sound of laughter as kids wake up their parents.

We also knew that there were a bunch of parents working that night/morning at Denny's and other restaurants in Amarillo. We wanted to make sure that they had a decent night too. Even if they had to be away from their family.

We made it our tradition to go in and try to find a mom or dad at work instead of being able to be with their family. We would order our food and get to talking to them about their family.

We always made sure we left a huge tip. I've waited tables for many years and my daughter does so now. We know how much work it can be. Especially on holiday's. We also know that many places will not let you request those holiday's off. So many of them are working because they have to be there that night.

Last year we expanded the blessing. We not only tipped the server but also the hostess that sat us in the restaurant. We enjoy doing this. We love seeing the smile on their faces if we happen to be around. If not we just had to know that this was something that hopefully could help.

I already asked my daughter while we were eating at Thanksgiving if we are going to be able to go for our dinner again this year. I was hoping she could get to come home for Christmas. I was hoping her work understood she was away from home for her first Christmas.She said "of course". So if you see us at Denny's around midnight on Christmas is because we are hungry and also wanting to be a blessing to another hard working mom or dad in Amarillo.


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