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Travel back with us, if you will, to the year 2002.

Alan Jackson was riding the high of his hit studio album “Drive,” which debuted earlier that year at No. 1 on both the “Billboard” 200 and Country Albums charts. He’d won the ACM Awards for “Single” and “Song of the Year” for his heartfelt, powerful 9/11 anthem “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”

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There was no better way to conclude the year than with his very own holiday special.

“Alan Jackson: Let It Be Christmas” premiered in November of 2002 on CMT, and featured interviews with Alan and his wife Denise, as well as a sneak peek into their personal life.

Accompanied by Nashville’s Belmont University Choir and the W.O. Smith Children’s Choir, Jackson performed a host of Christmas classics that night, including “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “The Christmas Song” and more.

But perhaps the standout performance of the evening was Jackson’s original Christmas tune, “Let it Be Christmas.”

For this number, Alan was joined by the two choirs, his wife Denise and his three daughters, Ali, Dani and Mattie.

Look how young and adorable these now-grown girls were!

This is absolutely perfect, and you know it was such a memorable moment for Alan, who loves Christmas and all the joy it brings, especially for his family.

But when it comes to gifts for Alan—at least back then, he said he didn’t need a thing.

“I have more than I ever deserved, and I’d hate to even think about wanting anything,” he said during the special. “I tell people not to get me anything. You know, just peace on earth and good will toward men.”

And something tells us that statement rings true for Alan even today.

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He sure is blessed, and always grateful, humble and ready to give back.

Enjoy this trip down memory lane with Alan, Denise and their gorgeous girls and help us wish them a Merry Christmas this year!

Samantha Stephens absolutely lives for music. When she's not making it, she's talking or writing about it. She's worked in all arenas of the country music world for nearly a decade, from syndicated radio and television to print journalism. She's even been known to crash a red carpet or two, true story.
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