Beyond presents, Christmas is a time for family, friends, and celebrating the birth of Christ. Thanks to their record labels, some of our favorite country artists explain what makes Christmas special for them.
Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts likes the downtime that comes with the holidays. “It’s a time for me to go spend some time in the outdoors,” he reflects. “I’m a big hunter and so it’s just nice to get out and to do that, and to be with family and celebrating the birth of Christ, that’s the great gift of all. We have so much to be thankful for and it’s just a time of reflection and a time of family and a time of just flashing back and looking at all the wonderful blessings in your life.”
Scotty McCreery says he appreciates the break from constantly touring. “My favorite part of the holidays is spending time with family,” he says. “It’s tough being on the road and not seeing them as much during the year, but the holidays is always the time you can get together as a family and just reflect on the year and spend some quality time together.”
RaeLynn also agrees that time with family is the most important part of Christmas. “The gifts are awesome, but the fact that all my family, we’re all together,” she explains. “Everybody in my family, we all live in different places across the U.S. and so it’s cool to all be together and just hang out and sing around the piano and spend time with each other. Since I’m a little older now, it’s more about my nieces and nephews, about them getting the gifts. But, it’s just cool just to see all my family and all of us spend time with each other and laugh. That’s my favorite part about Christmas is family, because we’re all always together.”
Dierks Bentley is re-discovering the wonder of Christmas now that he’s a father. “You know, Christmas didn’t lose any of its real meaning, as far as its religious meaning with Jesus’ birthday,” he explains. “But as far as like the whole tree and all of the Christmas spirit stuff, the secular stuff, it just kind of goes away to be honest. But then you have a family, and all of a sudden it’s like I’m all Clark Griswold out there decorating the tree, putting lights up around the house, you know. So, all of those things that you did as a kid and appreciated as a kid, you get a chance to do over again when you have kids, because you kinda become one again.”
Luke Bryan agrees with Dierks. “Well, definitely with having two young boys, Christmas morning, watching them grow older and starting to understand Christmas and understand the excitement of Christmas, it’s just fun to watching ‘em tear into toys and sitting on Santa Claus’ lap at the mall and watching ‘em pick what they want Santa Claus to bring them. And honestly, teaching ‘em what the real reason for Christmas is and the reason for the season. And it’s just great having them around, and certainly, Christmas isn’t anything without kids.”