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Alan Jackson Prefers to Keep Things ‘Traditional’ on Christmas Morning

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When it comes to Christmas traditions, Alan Jackson prefers to keep his yuletide routine as familiar and family-oriented as possible.

“Christmas is pretty traditional,” Jackson says of his family festivities (quote via The Boot). “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.”

The family that celebrates together, stays together — at least that’s how the ‘So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore’ views his Christmas morning traditions. Jackson just celebrated 33 years of marital bliss with wife, Denise, The happy couple are the proud parents of three daughters.

“Everybody has to wait and kind of get situated and maybe have a cup of coffee; then we start all of the regular Christmas morning activities, opening presents, taking pictures and video,” shares the country music legend. “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.”

Adding to his traditional outlook on Christmas, Jackson keeps the true meaning of the holiday in mind when celebrating with his family. “[I] always try to remember Jesus’ birthday and just the whole thing and have a wonderful big meal, almost like Thanksgiving four weeks later,” says the singer. “We have the same … turkey, dressing, all the same kind of things. Sometimes we have family members in Tennessee and sometimes just us or friends. We always go home to Georgia prior to that.”

Fans still searching for last-minute gift ideas can check out ‘Seasons of Sweetbriar – A Photographic Collection of Home,’ the singer’s new book that features pictures from his former sprawling Nashville estate.

All proceeds from the coffee table book go to the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Blue Note Fund, an effort to raise awareness and monetary support for colorectal cancer patients. Jackson’s wife was diagnosed with the debilitating disease in 2010.

Next: See Alan Jackson on Top 50 Country Christmas Songs

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