Matthew Morrison doesn’t have a lot of vivid Christmas memories, but the ones he does have involve a lot of food — and a huge inflatable dinosaur.
“I came into our family room, and ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ was playing, and there was this huge dinosaur that dwarfed the Christmas tree,” Morrison told SheKnows of his most memorable Christmas. “I was so impressed and in awe of this dinosaur.”
Apparently, it wasn’t that memorable, because he didn’t end up playing with it. Don’t assume that Glee‘s Mr. Schue isn’t into the holiday season, though. Morrison is set to release A Classic Christmas, which comes out on Nov. 19 and is an album that he hopes will help families create some memories of their own.
“It kind of came as a surprise to all of us,” Morrison told SheKnows of why he decided to do an album of holiday standards. “We were in the studio doing my last album Where It All Began in March, and we were having so much fun with it that we said, ‘Let’s do some Christmas songs.'”
March might seem a little early for Christmas music, but Morrison said they made it festive.
“We decorated the studio with Christmas lights and made it very festive and got in the holiday spirit, proving that it’s never too early or too late to get into the Christmas spirit,” he continued. “The whole album was done with a 60-piece orchestra. These are a lot of the songs that spoke to me and that I sang as a kid when I went caroling. I wanted that classic feel — Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and stuff like that.”
The album might be called “classic,” but it has a bit of a modern flair.
“As modern as you can do with violins and saxophones,” Morrison said.
Need proof? His favorite song on the album includes a little ukulele.
“It has to be ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas,’ which leads into ‘Mele Kalikimaka,'” Morrison said of his favorite song on the album.
Making the album isn’t the only way Morrison is getting into the Christmas spirit a little early. He also dished a little on the Glee holiday episode.
“We’re actually shooting it right now,” he said. “It’s a great feeling on set. We actually do Secret Santa on set while we’re filming the episode.”ù
Morrison wouldn’t budge on whom he got in the Secret Santa exchange, but he was willing to dish on his holiday plans with fiancée Renee Puente: Christmas in New York City!
“My fiancée has never experienced a New York City Christmas,” he said, adding that he can’t wait to see the city through her eyes. “So we’ll go see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, go ice skating in Central Park and see the windows on Fifth Avenue.”
He wouldn’t reveal what else he’s planning to get her, though.
“I honestly haven’t thought about it. I will get her a great present, but I haven’t thought about exactly what it’s going to be yet,” he said.
As for what he wants?
“Peace and happiness throughout the world,” he joked, doing his best impression of a beauty pageant contestant. “I feel very blessed that I have a very comfortable life. The thing I want for Christmas is to give back. It’s always important.”
Matthew Morrison’s A Classic Christmas will be available on Nov. 19.