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Dierks Bentley never got over being a kid, and Christmastime brings it out in him. Dierks is the father of three children (Evie, Jordan, Knox) and says you revert to your childhood at Christmas when you start having a family of your own.

Bentley told us, “Christmas didn’t lose any of its real meaning, as far as its religious meaning with Jesus’ birthday. But as far as the whole tree and all of the Christmas spirit stuff, the secular stuff, it just kind of goes away, to be honest. But then you have a family, and all of a sudden, it’s like I’m all Clark Griswold out there decorating the tree, putting lights up around the house, you know. So, all of those things that you did as a kid and appreciated as a kid, you get a chance to do over again when you have kids because you kinda become one again.”

Dierks and his family are going West this holiday season to Arizona to see his mom, who is turning 80 this year, and his in-laws. He said, “I am so looking forward to getting back home to Arizona. I love having Christmas out there in the desert, love seeing all the cactus that have the lights wrapped around them and the luminaires, and just seeing my mom, who’s turning 80, and my in-laws, and just having a desert Christmas. It’s gonna be so great.”

Bentley’s middle child Jordan gets a little more celebrating on Christmas day as it is also her birthday. He knows that she sometimes gets a raw deal, “It’s tough kind of for Jordan because her birthday is on Christmas, so it’s kind of one of those things where we try to give her an extra present or two. It’s kind of tough to share your birthday with Jesus. You can get a little overshadowed on that one, but she’s good about it, but we just tell her, ‘All these Christmas trees and lights, these are all for you.'”

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