OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley Share Sandy Christmas Memories

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There were no white Christmases for Dierks Bentley. As a kid in Arizona, his were more like dirty, dusty, sandy Christmases. “I grew up in the desert, so we would always have Christmas out in the middle of the desert. We’d go out and take four wheelers and horses and motorcycles, dirt bikes and stuff and just have Christmas in the desert,” he said in a recent radio interview. “You know, wrap tin foil around the cactus and … have Christmas in the middle of the desert.” Keith Urban also has some fond memories of doing Christmas in the sand — at the beach. “The four of us — my brother and me and Mom and Dad — would all go the beach, and there would be families everywhere. And we’d take lunch with us, and a lot of the times we’d take all our presents with us, and we’d open them up, either on the beach or the backseat of the car. Usually in the car because we couldn’t wait till we got to the beach,” he admitted. I’m not sure if Bentley and Urban will be in Nashville for the holidays, but wherever they are, I hope their Christmases this year are white.