Country music artist Jon Pardi‘s Christmas film picks are Bad Santa, starring Billy Bob Thornton, and Elf for the younger crowd.
“Bad Santa’s pretty good,” he shares via his label, UMG Nashville. “But I have to say if you’re gonna watch it with little cousins, I would have to say Elf is pretty much probably one of the funniest Christmas movies to ever be that new and beat out all of the old Christmas movies. It is definitely up there.”
This year, he’s taking his fiancée Summer, his mother, sister, and Summer’s parents to Hawaii to celebrate the holidays before Christmas. “Me and Summer came up with the idea that well if we just invited the family, no gifts, just get your way to Hawaii, there’s no gifts, we’re just gonna go and help celebrate as a family and everybody and Christmas in Maui. So, my mom, my sister’s coming, Summer’s parents are coming, so we kinda turned it into this nice family vacation that’s over Christmas, and then we’ll fly back to Nashville and have Christmas there. So, it’s cool.”
One of his favorite memories is of his grandmother’s Christmas tree, and he attributes that to his love for Elvis and the song, “Blue Christmas.”
“One of my favorite memories of my grandmother’s tree, and I think …why I love Elvis so much, and she loved Elvis. She had an ornament and it was Elvis, and it was always on her tree. You’d go and you’d hit a button, and it’d sing ‘Blue Christmas.’ And it just went, ‘I’ll have a Blue Christmas without you.’ And I’d just always hit it, and he’d be doing like his pose with a microphone, so yeah, ‘Blue Christmas’ and that ornament, I think that’s probably why I like Elvis so much. Hey man, I’ll have a Blue Christmas…”