Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks are looking forward to spending this Christmas with their loved ones as they mark the end of their three-year long “World Tour.” They’ve played 400 shows on this trek, so the couple has definitely earned some downtime.
Trisha tells Rare Country, “We both really are big Christmas people. Being on the road has made it a little harder to get everything decorated like we normally do.”
Next year, Trisha wants to really kick their holiday decorations game up a few notches, and Garth is prepared to help her with that project.
Trisha tells us, “I said, ‘We have great decorations, but we need more stuff.’ He goes, ‘Next year. Next year we’re going to be the Griswolds.'”
Though they’re excited to spend time with their family this Christmas, Garth and Trisha will be thinking of their parents, who have all passed away. Trisha especially misses her mom, Gwen, this time of year, so Garth started a tradition to honor her memory.
“When my mom passed away, [Garth] started doing Christmas lights on the outside on her birthday, which is Nov. 8,” Trisha says. “So, we start early.”
Garth and Trisha also love to play a ton of Christmas music, as you might have guessed from their 2016 duets album, “Christmas Together.” That project features Trisha’s cover of the Dolly Parton song, “Hard Candy Christmas.” Trisha performed that song on “CMA Country Christmas” this year, and Dolly even tweeted Trisha to tell her what a good job she did.
Trisha admits she got really excited when she saw that tweet from Dolly.
“I’ve … pretended we have a relationship and a friendship, ’cause it’s Dolly Parton,” Trisha says with a laugh. “I couldn’t believe that happened. I think she’s the ultimate performer.”
Since she has now successfully covered a Dolly song, Trisha has a few tips on how to follow in Dolly’s musical footsteps. This might be helpful to you if you’re hitting the karaoke bar this Christmas season.
“You can’t copy her,” Trisha says. “There’s no way to do what she does, so your job, if you’re going to record a song that she’s recorded, if you’re dumb enough to do that, then what you better do is pay tribute to it without trying to replicate it. That’s what I did. I love that song, and I wanted to sing it. I’m so flattered that she didn’t hate it!”
The “CMA Country Christmas” special re-airs on ABC Thursday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. ET.
Also, check out Trisha’s recent trip through downtown Franklin, Tennessee, with the “Today” show’s Jenna Bush Hager. The two pals chatted about Trisha and Garth’s Christmas plans before popping into a few stores in the town’s historic district for some Christmas shopping.