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Eric Church's Christmas traditions

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After spending much of the year touring and recording his "The Outsiders" album, Eric Church will retreat with his family during the holidays. Eric tells GAC how his family will spend Christmas and what he is looking forward to this year. Plus, Eric shares his family's yearly Christmas morning tradition.

"We always travel to North Carolina for Christmas. We always do Christmas morning and breakfast up there with my mom and dad," Eric revealed.

He continued, "It will be great to bring Boone into that environment. It will be the first time he has really gotten to do that and know that he’s there."

Eric discussed the storytelling tradition that his grandmother began and that still continues in his family.

“They were just heart tugging stories about people who had something happen to them; something magical for Christmas that had turned life around,” he said. “Whether it was a homeless person, or just anything. She would always look all year long and find this story, and then we would have breakfast and she would read it, and it was just our family and we’ve carried that on.”

“It’s just a neat thing, family-wise, to have that and to always wonder what that story is going to be and what it’s going to be about,” he said. “Sometimes they’re brutal. I mean it can be hard. You get up on Christmas morning and you’re in a good mood and they’re just gut-wrenching, but it’s fun to put things in perspective, and it makes you think about people that aren’t as fortunate," Eric allowed.

Eric's mother continues the tradition and will eventually pass it on to his wife, Katherine.

What's next for the road warrior who claimed awards from the Academy of Country Music and CMT Music Awards this year?

Eric said, "I’m just looking forward to having a little time off, coming into next year. Then I need to try and figure out what’s next."

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