Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Reveal One of Their Favorite Christmas Traditions

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Every family spins a special holiday tradition into its own. For country power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, it involves a different kind of meal.

It’s spaghetti and meatballs. McGraw gets in the kitchen on Christmas Eve and fixes that meal for his wife and three daughters.

“Our family tradition for years has been pasta,” McGraw said. “Spaghetti and meatballs on Christmas Eve. And that’s sort of my job as dad to prepare the spaghetti and meatballs. That’s a tradition that I’ve had since I was a child; I hope it carries on with them.”

McGraw is betting he’ll fix it again next month. But he admits the leadup to Christmas will be different. Only one of his daughters still is living at home. That’s his youngest, Audrey, who graduated from high school this year.

Gracie and Maggie McGraw live in California.

“It is a little different around our house on the holiday (after) the girls have grown up,” McGraw said. “We got one left this year, but she’s leaving before Christmas. But they’ll all be back. … They always like to come home and stay at the house. And we do the big tree.”

What Christmas Song Will Tim McGraw Sing On CMA Special?

McGraw will be one of the performers in next Monday’s “CMA Country Christmas” special. It’ll be on ABC.

And the song he selected to sing also is another McGraw tradition. The song is called “It Wasn’t His Child.” It’s from 1989 and the song tells the story of Mary, Joseph and the birth of Jesus.

McGraw calls it his “go-to” Christmas song.

“It was written by Skip Ewing, who I’m a big fan of,” he adds. “I’ve known this song, gosh, since the late ’80s, I guess. I’ve performed it several times at Christmas [and] it’s always one of my go-to Christmas songs to perform. I love the message of what it says and the story behind it.”

Here’s McGraw singing “It Wasn’t His Child.”

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