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Country Stars Share Holiday Traditions on CMA Country Christmas Special

Keith Urban, Lauren Alaina & Martina McBride perform on ABC's CMA Country Christmas, the concert special airing Thursday, December 1 at 9/8 CT.

Country stars not only performed some of their favorite Christmas songs during the CMA Country Christmas concert special that airs tonight at 9/8c on ABC, they also revealed some of their favorite family Christmas traditions during fireside chats that will air throughout the special.

Lauren Alaina and her mother Kristy Suddeth shared that one of their family traditions is decorating their home for the holidays. “We go all out,” Lauren said. “We’re serious about our Christmas decorations. When they don’t work, we are mad.” Lauren also confessed that she snoops for her presents before Christmas Day.

When Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook was young, he and his siblings would pile up together on mattresses and blankets on the floor of what he called the family’s ‘little bitty house.’ “That is harmony,” he said. “That is family. That is what Christmas is all about.”

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Martina McBride’s three daughters, Ava–6, Emma–13, and Delaney–16, joined Martina for her fireside chat. The McBride ladies shared their favorite Christmas recipe. “We have a weird salad we make,” Martina said, revealing the ingredients to be a jar of pimento cheese, a can of pineapple, half a bag of marshmallows, and a carton of Cool Whip all mixed  together. “It’s so good!” she said.

Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and his brother slept as close to the Christmas tree as they could on Christmas Eve, hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa. Santa, however, was smarter. “Santa left everything outside,” Kristian said.

The father of two small children, Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney and his wife Tiffany Fallon revealed a new family tradition.We kind of have a tradition now we’re starting,” Joe Don said. “We kind of all have pajamas we wear – all matching.” Joe Don has a tendency to make a quick wardrobe change however.

“Daddy only wears his for, like, 10 or 15 minutes,” Tiffany said. “When you’re dressed like a candy cane, and you’re a guy, it’s a little uncomfortable,” Joe Don explained.

CMA Country Christmas, hosted by Jennifer Nettles, airs tonight, December 1, at 9/8c on ABC. Lauren, Little Big town, Martina, Sugarland, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, and Brian Setzer with special guest Brad Paisley all perform during the concert.


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