Just like you, country music’s biggest stars look forward to visiting with family, eating and maybe bickering across the table this Christmas. They carry on traditions that are heartfelt, funny, strange and flat-out unforgettable.
Luke Bryan‘s Unforgettable Country Christmas Tradition involves a major change in the Christmas menu. Kelsea Ballerini‘s is a wardrobe tradition that at any other time of the year would be inappropriate. Chris Young‘s tradition is part yearly feel-good and part prank.
And then there’s Love and Theft‘s Stephen Barker Liles. The “Candyland” singer brings his wife and son in close and shares a story with deep personal feeling and meaning. Seriously, if you’re a crier you may want to grab a tissue to hear Liles share a tradition that goes back to his childhood.
Taste of Country caught up with these stars and more like Lauren Alaina before and during the CMA Awards in Nashville. While they didn’t make the Top 5, Jake Owen and High Valley have traditions that sound delicious. And Maddie & Tae‘s is just like them, adorable. Watch and then check out the Top 50 Country Christmas Songs of all time, as decided by staff and ToC readers.