Michelle Tauber
November 24, 2015 02:00 PM

Carrie Underwood shares her favorite Christmas traditions and recipes. Subscribe now for an inside look at how Carrie celebrates the holidays, only in PEOPLE!

Carrie Underwood is gearing up to celebrate her first Christmas as a mom, and she’s been busy dreaming up recipes and buying gifts. But she’s also hoping to continue a semi-tradition with her husband Mike Fisher that involves a scattered, smothered and covered holiday.

“Well get up and go to Waffle House,” the Storyteller singer tells PEOPLE Country in the new December issue. “It’s such a hectic time, and I don’t feel like making breakfast on a day that you’re just making so much food anyway. So we order breakfast and leave a ginormous tip.”

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When it comes to Thanksgiving, Underwood – who shares some of her favorite vegan holiday recipes in the new issue – loves to do her own cooking for the “big mish-mash of people” who are drawn to her Tennessee home every year.

“I might tell somebody, ‘Bring a salad!’ But I do a lot of prep work the night before,” she says. “I literally chop all my onions, everything, and I’ll have them in little baggies that are labeled in the fridge. I get a lot ready.”

As for shopping for her 9-month-old son Isaiah, “I feel there’s a lot of Christmas that has kind of gotten lost,” she says. “[Mike and I] have talked about not wanting to spoil our kids. We want it to be more about the family and the fun times.”

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