It’s another holiday edition of Take Aim. Today’s opponent? Matthew Morrison aka Mr. Schuester of Glee, who has quite a successful solo career as a singer. He released his holiday collection A Classic Christmas [iTunes link] via Adam Levine‘s label and we invited him to Take Aim about all things Christmas! 

What is your favorite holiday tradition? 

Growing up as an only child, our family traditions were very minimal. As I entered adulthood, I rarely had the opportunity to spend the holidays at home with my family due to my show schedule. I was fortunate enough to have been cast in some great productions whose schedules often clashed with the holiday. However, I was able to pick up some traditions from my friends along the way. What I’m looking forward to most is creating my own family traditions over the years ahead. 

Least favorite Christmas song and why? What holiday song needs to GO away? 

I’m not sure there is a bad Christmas song. But if I have to choose one it would be ‘Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.’ I never really got into that tune. 

Best Christmas gift you’ve ever received? 

One Christmas morning when I was young, I remember walking into my living room and being dwarfed by a six-foot blow up T-rex dinosaur. It was bigger than the tree and I was in awe of the size alone. To be honest, I’m not sure I even played with the gift once, but I vividly remember that morning. What kid doesn’t like big presents? 

PICK ONE song on your holiday record and share a recording story. Something intimate that you haven’t told anyone else (or at least a bunch of writers or journalists) and that puts us in the moment with you. Let’s get intimate, shall we? 

Every song on this EP was chosen for a reason. One song in particular that is very special to me is the ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas/Mele Kalikimaka’ mashup. I wanted to include one island-themed holiday song on the EP because Hawaii has a special place in my heart. My fiancé is from Hawaii and I wanted a recording to be able to share with our family in the years ahead. 

What’s on your holiday wish list this year? 

This Christmas, I feel very fortunate to be in such a good place in my life. With that being said, I personally don’t have a wish list. Every year, I try to do my part in giving back to those who may not be able to sit and have a good meal or open gifts. Sometimes people get lost in the idea of consumerism around the holidays and dismiss the importance of good-will. 

Favorite Christmas dessert? 

Pies of all kinds!

Favorite holiday beverage?

Depends on the occasion, but I love a nice hot chocolate by the fire.

Will you check out Matthew Morrison’s holiday release? 

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