The holiday season is a time of thankfulness for Thomas Rhett, and as his family continues to evolve, so do the ways they celebrate this special time of year.

According to Rhett, the holidays are “gigantic” in his house, thanks to the handiwork of his wife Lauren, who decorates two months ahead of time. That is one of the family’s standing traditions, along with their yearly excursion around the neighborhood to look at all the lights and Christmas displays.

While they have these tried and true rituals, the Rhett family has started to create new ones. Last year saw the launch of the Country Carolers, composed of Rhett and Lauren, along with Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and wife Hayley, and Russell Dickerson and his wife Kailey, who dress in colonial garb and appear on the doorsteps of their friends’ houses singing classic holiday songs.

In 2015, the family began their annual ski trip to Colorado. “It was kind of cool to start something brand-new for our family," Rhett tells Taste of Country. "I think we're going to continue those little unique things that I didn't really do growing up, but now I'm doing them with my own family.”

Another new dynamic they’ve added to the household is daughters Willa and Ada. For  Rhett, their presence makes the holidays even more special. As he watches them experience the holidays for the first time—from the food, to the traditions from his own upbringing, he treasures the experience just as much as they do. “It's really cool to see it through the eyes of the kid that you used to be that you may have taken for granted as you got older,” he explains. “But then when you have kids, you get to see that excitement all over again. It's really special.”

The end of 2018 will be a relatively quiet time of year for the singer, who spent most of the year on the road on his Life Changes Tour and opening for Kenny Chesney. He'll kick off the New Year as part of Luke Bryan's 2019 Crash My Playa. On the home front, The Akins family recently celebrated Willa’s third birthday with a carnival-themed party. The country superstar has shared that he and his wife will expand their family and are planning to adopt another child when the time is right.

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