Even though Alan Jackson’s daughters are all grown up, he and wife Denise stick to their Christmas traditions each and every year. From when presents get opened to what music is played, the Jackson family’s Christmas spirit is alive and well.
“Christmas is pretty traditional,” he said. “We don’t let anybody open any presents until Christmas morning, after Santa Claus comes. We don’t let them get up on their own and take off. 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 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.”
As for other traditions, Alan and Denise have a few more they bring back year after year. “Remember Jesus’ birthday, and just have a wonderful big meal, almost like Thanksgiving four weeks later,” Alan said. “We have 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, so pretty standard, lovely Christmas.”