Tim McGraw may be one of country music's biggest stars, but there was a time when he was just a little boy learning how to grow up. And believe it or not, playing Santa helped him do it!

McGraw has lots of great memories from his childhood Christmases, including a few traditions that he's carried into adulthood -- like pasta on Christmas Eve! But the 'Shotgun Rider' singer says that one of his most meaningful Christmas memories was also a turning point in his life when he first started to feel like he was growing up.

"I grew up with my mom and my two sisters and I remember bring, I don't know, probably eleven years old or so, and my mom asking me to put together a doll house for my sisters," says McGraw about the moment that Christmas changed for him and he felt himself graduate to being a young man. "That was the first time that I actually got to participate and be the man of the house with my mom and put together all the Christmas stuff for my sisters."

Now that the star is a full-fledged adult with a family of his own, he's probably gotten really good at pretending to be Old Saint Nick and building lots of toys for his three daughters. For the country star and wife Faith Hill, many of their favorite Christmas memories include (very) early mornings.

"We’ve had great memories with the kids for Christmas," McGraw shares. "You know, the coming out at Christmas morning when Santa Clause has come and getting up at four in the morning and doing all those things, which are very special."

Four in the morning?! Maybe this Christmas, McGraw will get an unexpected Christmas present -- sleeping past dawn!

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