Why Garth Brooks Has Three Christmas Trees

How many Christmas trees does one man need? If you’re Garth Brooks, it turns out you actually need three.

Well, maybe “need” is the wrong word. But nonetheless, that is how many he has decorating his Oklahoma home this holiday season.

First, there is the little Charlie Brown one. Brooks told Chicago’s WUSN radio station in a recent interview that that one is sitting on the kitchen table with one little ornament and a little Linus blanket around it.

“I know it’s crazy, but that’s my favorite one,” Brooks admitted.

Then there’s the biggie. Big enough to see from the street, if the street was just a little closer.

“We have one in the entryway of the house, so people driving up can see it,” Brooks said. “And I tell Miss Yearwood, ’Honey, our driveway’s a half-mile from the two-lane out there, so nobody’s gonna see it anyway.'”

Then there’s the tree that, come Christmas morning, will be surrounded with gifts.

“We have the Christmas tree — the one that we put the presents under,” he said.

All of this makes me want to dig my copy of Brooks’ Beyond the Season album out of my holiday closet. It was released in 1992, but I’ve yet to find a newer Christmas album I love more. I think my kids learned Brooks’ “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Go Tell It on The Mountain” before they ever heard them in church. But the absolute best tunes on this one to get you in the spirit are his covers of Buck Owens’ “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy” and the traditional folk song, “The Friendly Beasts.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.