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Country stars sing songs of season, talk Xmas

November 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Christmas came early Monday night on prime time television.The "CMA Country Christmas" special had stars singing the songs of the season.

And when it comes to the season, the stars have some old and new traditions.

"I like to get everybody together at Christmas," said singer Brad Paisely. "We've built a big farm and it's a really great place for people to gather. Our entire family comes to us now. It's, 'If you build it, they will come.'"

Paisley, who won the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year award, has started a new Christmas tradition.

His duet partner on the CMA special, Sheryl Crow, has a long-standing one, and music is a part of it.

"My favorite Christmas song is 'O Holy Night' and one of the traditions in my family is that we all go to church on Christmas Eve," Crow said. "That's when Christmas really feels like Christmas, and at the end of the service, my mother always sings, 'O Holy Night.'"

Martina McBride performed the song on the special.

The mother of three gets wrapped up in all the Christmas cheer.

"I love all of it," McBride said. "I love Christmas shopping and wrapping presents and being with my family and decorating the tree and hearing all the Christmas music while you're out shopping. It's just a really fun time of year."

Singer and father Darius Rucker celebrates with his loved ones.

"Christmas is about family," he said. "It's about getting together and being one and being loving to each other."

Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles hosted what may become a new holiday tradition.

Her Christmas wish is, no doubt, shared by many.

"I would love for there to be a real peace for people," Nettles said. "I know in this world war is a reality, but I wish that it weren't."

Reba McEntire says before her family opens presents, they sing, "Happy Birthday Jesus."


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