Jennifer Nettles’ Son Is Ready for the Season

“He Understands Excitement,” She Says of Her Little Boy

Jennifer Nettles’ son, Magnus Hamilton Miller, may only be 2 years old. But Christmas is something he’s almost ready to understand.

Well, the thrills of it anyway.

“Magnus is just now going to be 2, so he still doesn’t understand the whole concept. He understands excitement and having people around and celebrating,” Nettles told me when we caught up recently in Nashville. “But he doesn’t understand the concept of Santa or anything from the sacred standpoint of the season just yet.

“But as he gets older, I’m really excited to start traditions with Magnus,” she added.

Nettles, who will host the CMA Country Christmas special airing Monday night (Dec. 1) on ABC, said she grew up with some traditional Christmases and some not-so-traditional Christmases. Yet she treasures the spirit of the season no matter how she’s celebrating.

And when it comes to gift-giving, Nettles tries very hard to make the thought really, really count.

“There’s a charity here in Nashville called Thistle Farms that makes really great gift baskets. The women there have been rehabilitated after having lived lives on the streets,” she said of the community of women who have overcome problems with prostitution, alcohol and drugs. “And now these women make all kinds of natural lotions and balms and things, so those are special gifts I can give, because then I’m giving in two different ways.”

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