Just like practically everyone else on the planet right now, Luke Combs is figuring out what Christmas will look like this year, during the time of COVID-19.

It’s a special one for the North Carolina native, his first since marrying longtime girlfriend Nicole Hocking back in August.

“[We’ll] hopefully have, you know, both sets of our parents in town,” he predicts, “and my wife’s sister, I think. And that’s usually what we do, you know, keep it small.”

“My mom’s side of the family always has a big Christmas party in Charlotte,” he continues, “and me and my wife always go to that every year, too. So, a couple traditions — that’s really it — we like to keep.”

While larger gatherings may not be possible in 2020, Luke has plenty of those that live in his memory.

“We were always very family-oriented in that sense when it came to the holidays,” he recalls, “so I have a lot of fond memories of growing up with my cousins and, you know, hanging out with my grandparents and my aunts and uncles.”

“And that’s the thing I think I look forward to most about the holidays,” he reflects. “It’s not, you know, getting gifts or, you know, getting drunk… which is also cool.”

“But, you know, I think just hanging and seeing people you hadn’t seen in a while and catching up with them, I think, is what I look forward to the most,” he adds. 

It’s a theme Luke continues in “Better Together,” the latest in the string of hits from his sophomore album to be making its way up the chart. 

By Stephen Hubbard
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