Jill Johnson, jpistudios.com
"Christmas is pretty traditional," the married father of three daughters explains. "We don't let anybody open any presents until Christmas morning, after Santa Claus comes. We don't let them get up on their own and take off. Everybody has to wait and kind of get situated and maybe have a cup of coffee; then we start all of the regular Christmas morning activities, opening presents, taking pictures and video. I try to keep Christmas music going in the background. I like to turn that on before I let them come down to the tree and everything."
Alan also makes sure his family focuses on more than just the gifts. "[I] always try to remember Jesus' birthday and just the whole thing and have a wonderful big meal, almost like Thanksgiving four weeks later," he notes. "We have the same ... turkey, dressing, all the same kind of things. Sometimes we have family members in Tennessee and sometimes just us or friends. We always go home to Georgia prior to that."
This year, Alan has a unique Christmas gift to offer: Seasons of Sweetbriar – A Photographic Collection of Home is a new coffee table book of photos from his former Nashville home. Proceeds from the book's sale benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance's Blue Note Fund, a cause important to the singer-songwriter since his wife, Denise, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2010. A limited number of the books are available and can be purchased here.
Check out more of The Boot's best gift ideas in our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide below!
Flip Through Holiday Gift Ideas
- "Hollywood to Dollywood" DVD
- Kellie Pickler iPhone Case
- Elvis, 'Prince From Another Planet'
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 2013 Calendar
- Willie Nelson, 'Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die'
- Zac Brown Bundle
- Dolly Parton, 'Dream More' book
- Alan Jackson, 'Sweetbriar'
- "Country Dance 2" video game
- Sonos PLAY:5 All-in-One Wireless Music Player
- Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Enchanted perfume
- Bacon Shaving Cream