Folks around Knoxville should keep an eye out for Kelsea Ballerini and her family this Christmas Eve. There’s no telling what they may be wearing.
Ballerini confessed to her family’s favorite Christmas tradition. It’s called “Jammie Day.”
“Someone buys the PJs, it’s usually my mom,” Ballerini told Stage Right Secrets. “And progressively they get more embarrassing.”
Ballerini was one of the many performers Monday night for “CMA Country Christmas Show.” It’s an annual tradition, sort of like the Ballerini’s and “jammie day.”
Now, more about the Ballerini tradition.
Her mother, Carla, usually is in charge of buying the holiday pajamas. It sounds like they’re similar to ugly Christmas sweaters, which are having a retail moment. The big box stores even devote sections to Christmas pajamas marketed for the entire family. That includes fur family, too.
The Ballerini family wears them all day, Dec. 24. It doesn’t matter where they go.
“If we go to Christmas Eve services at church or to the grocery store, or where ever,” Ballerini said. “We’re always wearing them. It’s always fun, but nerve wracking to see what my mom cooks up that year.”
Kelsea Ballerini Wasn’t Wearing Jammies to Sing Her CMA Song
On Monday night, Ballerini’s outfit was much more formal than gaudy holiday pajamas.
She wore a red mini dress with a long, cascading bow on her back.
She chose “Santa Baby.” Ballerini strummed her guitar as she sang a countrified version of the song during Monday’s CMA festivities.
Sultry singer Eartha Kitt first made the song famous back in 1953. She teasingly asked Santa Claus to bring her expensive presents. The song was written by Joan Javits and Phillip Singer.
Ballerini said during Monday’s show that she’s starting new traditions with boyfriend, Morgan Evans, an Aussie she met in 2016.
“We’re moving from an apartment to a house,” Ballerini said. “We’re doing the whole tradition thing, decking the halls. … And I’m making him put up the lights.