Reba, Blake Shelton + More Reveal Favorite Holiday Viewing
Families all over the country tend to spend at least a little of their holiday time in front of the television, watching their favorite holiday movies and specials. From 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' to 'A Christmas Story' and 'Christmas Vacation,' your favorite country stars are doing the very same thing with their own families and friends while getting into the holiday spirit.
Reba, who is spending Christmas at home in Nashville with her family, loves holiday-themed movies. "I've got tons of Christmas movies that I love to watch," she says. My nine-year-old granddaughter, Savannah, loves to watch musicals with me. So, we'll be watching 'White Christmas.' But Christmas Eve, the whole family will once again -- I think it's our 44-thousandth time -- will watch Chevy Chase's 'Christmas Vacation.'"
Blake Shelton's holiday viewing is on the total opposite end of the spectrum. "My favorite Christmas movie of all time is 'Bad Santa.' [laughs] I don't know why, it's really a dark, sick sense of humor-type movie, and I love Billy Bob Thornton. You sit through that movie and you start thinking about three-quarters of the way into it that there really is no hope or message in this movie whatsoever, and then that last quarter of the movie, you kind of see one of the worst, bum, jerk guys that ever lived end up learning a lesson, and there is a message. Every year I watch the movie, and I never get tired of it."
Rascal Flatts have differing views on Christmas movies. "'Christmas Vacation' [with] Chevy Chase. It's awesome," says bassist Jay DeMarcus with conviction. Lead singer Gary LeVox, who has two little girls, has a different opinion. "Mine with my girls is we have to watch 'The Grinch' every year, with Jim Carrey as the Grinch." Jay also adds a little scary kind of Christmas to the mix. "'Halloween 4' is always a good one." Guitarist Joe Don Rooney agrees. "I just throw in some 'Friday the 13th' movies too every now and then, change it up. Watch 'em outside in the snow. [laughs]"
Sugarland's Kristian Bush says Christmas doesn't begin until they put up the tree with all of the lights and watch the claymation 'Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.' The duo's Jennifer Nettles says it is a different movie for her. "For me it's usually 'A Christmas Story' -- you know the one where you put your eye out with a BB gun? And it has the leg lamp. I love everything about this movie! It is the perfect Christmas movie!"
One of Faith Hill's favorite holiday movies is one featuring her husband, Tim McGraw. She says his turn as an amateur wrestler in the film, 'Four Christmases,' makes her laugh every single time. "It is so funny. He was terrified to do a comedy. I really want to do a comedy, because that's my personality. I said, 'You have to do this movie! I was on the floor just reading the script.' Then when he got in and started filming the movie, he was great! I think he actually surprised himself that he could be funny."
Steel Magnolia's Meghan Linsey likes the holiday films that feature matters of the heart. "I was watching it the other day -- 'Love Actually.' It's got to be my favorite now," explains Meghan. "I love 'A Christmas Story' and all of those. I love the concept of love on so many different levels and different people's lives and how it all intertwines. I think it's a cool movie." On the other hand, her partner, Joshua Scott Jones, says his favorite would have to be the feature film version of 'The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.'
"There's so many great stories around Christmas, from 'Christmas Vacation' to 'A Christmas Story' with the BB gun," shares Kix Brooks. "It sounds corny, but they all conjure up the kid in us. And I don't care how stodgy an old guy is, I think everybody tends to mellow out and lighten up a little bit for Christmas. It just takes us back to the kid in us when we didn't have so many things weighing on our shoulders and everybody just kind of lets that part of their soul come out."
"My favorite Christmas movie would have to be 'A Christmas Story,'" explains Lee Ann Womack. "I just like to watch everybody laugh about that. What was really funny I got a package in the mail and [husband] Frank kept calling home all day saying, 'Has the award gotten there? Has the award gotten there?' And I could not figure out what he was talking about, and I opened it and it was one of those lamps, leg lamps. And we have it and we put it in the window like the rednecks that we are every Christmas, and the neighbors get the biggest kick out of it. [laughs] So, that will always probably be my favorite Christmas movie."
"Every time the holidays come near, I know it's Christmas when 'A Christmas Story' comes on," says Chuck Wicks. "Because they play it 24 hours straight. So if you miss a part, just keep it on the channel ... you'll get it."
'A Christmas Story' may be a favorite holiday movie for many people, but Josh Thompson simply hates it, and you'll understand when you hear his explanation: "I can't stand 'A Christmas Story.' I just can't do it. [laughs] [There's] something about that kid, and, putting his eye out with a BB gun, because when I was a kid, I heard it a million times. And he ruined it for a lot of little kids! Because what'd he do? He shot his glasses. He put me off of getting a Daisy BB gun for years because of that one moment in the movie. So, [I'm] not a fan. It ruined two good Christmases for me." [laughs] Josh may not like the film, 'A Christmas Story,' but there is one thing he does appreciate about the whole movie. "I like the leg lamp. I do. I'd get a leg lamp, and I would rock it. I would put it on; I would use it." Maybe he should ask Lee Ann Womack's husband where he could pick one up.
Chris Young says one must-watch over the holiday season when he was a kid was "the Claymation Rudolph, or it's not Christmas. That was like our Christmas movie around the house. Some people have the 'Charlie Brown Christmas' and 'Frosty, the Snowman.' I can miss all of those. As long as I see the Claymation Rudolph one time, I'm good." Chris actually had some concerns about Bumble, the Snow Monster, in his favorite holiday classic, though. "I was actually afraid of the abominable snowman when I was a kid. Like, there's that whole scene where -- which is not scary at all now -- but the scene where he comes up over the top of the mountains and his hair flies up and he looks just as goofy as can be ... As a kid, I was scared to death of the abominable snowman. And anytime I got left in the car by myself, like if my mom went into the shopping center, [and] it was wintertime, I was afraid the abominable snowman was gonna come get me. It was terrible."
Jerrod Niemann has a favorite film, but one thing he is subjected to when he goes home for the holidays is home movies from his childhood. "I am actually headed home for the holidays, and I can't wait to have some eggnog and hear the stories of Christmas past. And we always watch the same videos even when we were like little kids and they're equally humiliating, but yet fulfilling every year." While reminiscing about Christmases past is special, Jerrod reveals his favorite holiday TV special. "My favorite Christmas special is 'Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,' because I still haven't figured out how they make those little creatures move. It's very comforting, the Christmas songs and the Christmas specials bring out the happiness in everybody."
Lee Brice's favorite Christmas viewing is also 'Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,' which he says he still watches to this day. "The old-school Rudolph, just because that was what we did every year as kids, even like probably a few years ago ... and we always try to be there at Mama's house for Christmas Eve and Rudolph comes on every year on Christmas Eve and we were even watching it last year, 'Look, there's Rudolph.' It takes you back, and that's why I love it. That Abominable Snowman was so scary, wasn't he? Just terrifying. [laughs] But yet, that's probably my favorite Christmas movie. It may be childish, but I love it. It takes me back."
Of all the classic holiday TV specials, Kellie Pickler has a favorite. "I love the Grinch! It's, like, the best part about Christmas is being able to turn on the TV and see the cartoon, '[How] The Grinch [Stole Christmas].' It's one of my favorites...bah, humbug. [laughs]"
Joanna Smith's favorite Christmas special doesn't come on during the Christmas season, but it signals the beginning of the holiday season. "I'm kind of a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade girl," explains the newcomer. "When that happens, we always watch it, and then Santa Claus is at the end, and I know Christmas -- this Christmas season -- has arrived. And as far as the Christmas special, we just flip until we find what it is that we like that's on, and then we watch it, so I guess it changes every year."
"Charlie Brown Christmas is one of them, and I remember even 'Ernest P. Worrell Saves Christmas' -- that's a good one," says Danny Gokey. "The one where the kid says 'fudge,' but he said the mother of all cuss words ... 'The Christmas Story' or something like that. 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' ... I don't think you could ever wear out the movies. Even National Lampoon's 'Christmas Vacation.' That's a favorite."