It's the most wonderful time of the year, and Taste of Country caught up with Cole Swindell to find out what part of the season brings him the most joy.

"We call it 'Dirty Santa,' where you pass around gifts and get to take them away from family members," the "Middle of a Memory" says of one of his favorite family traditions. "They say you only get to spend so much money on the presents I like to ruin things and put a good gift in there now that I can do that."

If that's the case, we wouldn't mind being a part of that Dirty Santa round.

Swindell has a lot to celebrate this holiday season, including multiple No. 1 singles, the release of two projects, a headlining tour and opening for some of country's biggest acts -- and that's all in just the past year.

It doesn't look like he's slowing down anytime soon, either. The country singer will kick off 2017 by hitting the road alongside Jon Pardi as opening acts on Dierks Bentley's What the Hell Tour

"He’s told me so many times that I’m the reason why he moved to town to write songs, enough to where I semi-believe him," Bentley joked of his buddy Swindell. "I’ve known Cole for a long time, he’s still in my phone as C-O-A-L, and then it says ‘Luke Bryan’ because he was Luke’s guy, selling T-shirts for Luke.”

The What the Hell Tour will kick off in January of 2017.

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