Christmas is quite a busy time of year for country legend Alan Jackson. Besides being one of country music’s biggest icons, Jackson is a father to three daughters and a husband to his wife, Denise. Even though his children are now adults, his family still makes time for their Christmas traditions.
“Christmas is pretty traditional. We don’t let anybody open any presents until Christmas morning,” says Alan. “We don’t let them get up on their own and take off, you know, everybody has to wait and kind of get situated, and maybe have a cup of coffee, and then we start all of the regular Christmas morning activities, opening presents, taking pictures and video. I have music going, you know, I try to keep Christmas music going in the background. I like to turn that on before I let them come down to the tree and everything.”
“Always try to remember Jesus’ birthday, and just the whole thing, and have a wonderful, big meal, almost like Thanksgiving four weeks later. We have the same, pretty much – turkey, dressing, all the same kind of things. Sometimes we have family members in Tennessee, and sometimes just us or friends, and we always go home to Georgia prior to that, you know… pretty standard, lovely Christmas.”
In addition, the country superstar revealed he prefers the classic holiday tunes to help him get in the holiday spirit.
“When we listen to Christmas songs, we put on the old ones that you grew up with, and the classic recordings… from Gene Autry to Nat King Cole, and you know, all the guys and Bing Crosby and everybody.”
Holiday Anthem of the Early ’90s: Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Christmas
Jackson debuted his first Christmas album, Honky Tonk Christmas, on October 12, 1993. The title track to the album, “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and “I Only Want You for Christmas,” charted on the “Hot Country Songs” charts that year.
The song, “Please, Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)” was initially recorded by John Denver for his album Farewell Andromeda. Jackson’s holiday songs even made it to the big screen when Jackson’s version of “A Holly Jolly Christmas” appeared in the movie, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Jackson’s “Santa’s Gonna Come in a Pickup Truck” was also included on the 1994 Alvin and the Chipmunks album A Very Merry Chipmunk.