Billy Ray CyrusBilly Ray Cyrus is celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, as he plans a trip overseas for the holidays.

"I leave for Iraq on Dec. 13, and I'll try to spread a little Christmas cheer to our troops," he tells PEOPLE. "Then I'll go meet the family in England around Christmas Eve. Miley is touring over there. I'd rather be in Tennessee, but I don't think it's a matter of where you're at -- it's who you're with."

One thing the Cyrus family will try to fit in this year is catching one of their favorite Christmas classics on TV. "I guarantee you we'll watch 'Ruldolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' at least once," Billy Ray laughs. "It's got a little warm and fuzzy in it."

Other favorites of Billy Ray's during the Christmas season? "I love Elvis Presley's 'Blue Christmas,'" he says. "I can't wait for it to come on. I crank it up!"

Catch Billy Ray's Hallmark Channel movie, 'Christmas in Canaan,' airing Dec. 12.