Christmas is right around the corner, which means many families have already put up their tree, lights and other festive décor. Like the sacrifices that touring artists have to make, though, the members of Home Free didn’t take the reigns on decking the halls with their loved ones this season. Instead, they’ve been out on the road playing shows for their highly successful Dive Bar Christmas Tour.
Luckily for the all-vocal entertainers, some of their family members happily took on most of the duties when it came to decorating their homes this Christmas, and some even managed to break out the holiday ornaments a little bit early this year.
“My wife is all about the Christmas decorations. She had the Christmas lights up a week after Halloween,” Home Free’s tenor Rob Lundquist told Country Now exclusively. “To her credit, Minnesota actually had a weekend where it was warmer than 30 degrees, so she thought it would be smart to put them up while it wasn’t freezing.”
Turns out Home Free’s High tenor Austin Brown’s family also got into the Christmas spirit before Thanksgiving festivities even began.
“Christmas decorations go up at the latest Nov 1st, and can stay up well into February,” Brown explained. “And while the tour life keeps me from getting into it, as a kid I put up around 100 thousand lights every Christmas, and will definitely do the same with my kids when I finally have time to enjoy them.”
Home Free will soon break from their current tour schedule to spend time with family. But, they’re well aware the season will be gone before they know it, which means the decorations can only stay up for so long.
“I would leave the decorations up year-round, but my wife won’t allow it,” Tim Foust shared.
Adam Chance, meanwhile, added, “Acceptable times for Christmas decorations are from the day after Thanksgiving until January 1. I think it’s funny that the same people who go all out are sometimes the ones who are too lazy to take them down until February.”
“If it were up to my wife, we’d have Christmas lights on year-round,” Lundquist said. “I just do what she says.”
Even though the members of Home Free didn’t take the reigns on decorating at home, they did get to share in the joys of Christmas not only on tour, but also in the studio. In fact, the band recently teamed with country newcomer Rachel Wammack to release a remake of the Amy Grant classic, “Tennessee Christmas.”
Home Free’s Dive Bar Christmas Tour wraps Dec. 22. When the New Year hits, they’ll continue their massive Dive Bar Saints World Tour, which will take them through 16 countries with over 100 shows in total through October 2020.