By People Staff
December 16, 2009 12:00 PM

6 ON THE SCENE

Brad and Keith jam, Miranda giggles with Merle and more

15 ROUND UP

Martina’s faves, Garth’s return and hot holiday gift ideas

24 NASHVILLE STYLE

Great holiday looks, plus dress your guy like Tim McGraw

29 GRAMMY QUIZ

Test your award-show IQ

32 HOT SONGS FOR FREE

Free music from Sugarland, Gretchen Wilson and more

34 BEHIND THE LYRICS

Dierks Bentley talks about his inspiration for “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes”

36 I COUNT MY BLESSINGS…

Alan Jackson and wife Denise give thanks for the gifts of faith and family, Carrie Underwood pays tribute to an inspiring teacher, Joe Nichols revels in his fresh start, Zac Brown welcomes a new baby, Holly Williams gets hitched, and a host of other stars reveal the things they’re most thankful for this year

54 STARS GIVE BACK

Toby Keith, Emmylou Harris and other celebs reveal the causes close to their hearts

58 CELEB DESSERTS

Stars share their families’ favorite holiday treats

65 MOST WANTED HOLIDAY SIDE DISHES

Top-rated sides for your Thanksgiving table

70 NO-BAKE NOEL

Turn store-bought cookies into treats for Santa

73 GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN

From cranberry liqueur to espresso fudge sauce, make gift-giving personal

78 RESTAURANT RECIPE

Texas Roadhouse’s Rattlesnake Bites

81 FUN WITH HOLIDAY WREATHS

Get creative with items you already have around your home

84 DECORATING LIKE THE STARS

Get the look of Josh Turner’s Christmas tree

86 GAMES!

Test your skills at our puzzles and enter our caption contest

88 10 SONGS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

Keith Urban on the 10 tunes that inspired him

Look for our next issue on stands Feb. 5!

Staff for this Issue

Executive Editor: Maggie Murphy

Editor: Cynthia Sanz

Associate Editors: Danielle Anderson, Anne Marie Cruz, Eileen Finan

Design Director: Sara Williams

Director of Photography: Chris Dougherty

Deputy Art Directors: Nicole Cummo, Heath Brockwell, David Jaenisch

Picture Editor: Christine Ramage

Assistant Photo Editor: Jen Lombardo

Contributing Editors: Susan Nash Gilpin (Food), Bethany Lye

Writers: Moira Bailey, Joey Bartolomeo, Cheryl Brody, Rennie Dyball, Sabrina Ford, Deborah Evans Price, Alex Tresniowski, Kay West, Amy Wilson, Kelsey Witten

Chief of Reporters: Lisa Kay Greissinger

Reporters: Debra Lewis-Boothman, Joyce Chen, Mary Hart, Lesley Messer, Gail Nussbaum, Thailan Pham

Research: Céline Wojtala (Deputy), David Barbee, Jane Bealer, Stacie Fenster, Margery Frohlinger, Ean Sheehy, Patrick Yang

Copy Chief: Aura Davies

Production Artists: Cynthia Miele, Ilsa Enomoto, Denise Doran

Scanners: Brien Foy, Stephen Pabarue

Imaging: Francis Fitzgerald (Director), Rob Roszkowski (Manager), Romeo Cifelli (Asst. Manager), Jeffrey Ingledue

Production: Meghan Milkowski, Amy Taup (Associate Production Directors), Aislinn Fahy (Positioning & Makeup Manager), Tasha Anderson, Don Gordon, Eddy Orellana

Administration: Patricia Hustoo

Style & Entertainment Group: Paul J. Caine (President and Group Publisher), David Geithner (SVP and Group General Manager), Fran Hauser (Group Digital President), Nancy Valentino (VP, Communications & Brand Development), Susan Parkes-Cirignano (VP, Marketing), Lori A. Kyle (Group Production Director), Elissa Fishman (VP, Finance)

Publishing: Jennifer Ogden-Reese (VP, Consumer Marketing, People Group), Karen Kovacs (Associate Publisher, Advertising Sales), Andy Meyerson (Eastern Advertising Director)

ON THE COVER

Photograph by Jeff Lipsky. Hair, makeup & grooming: Melissa Schleicher; Stylist: Kim Pretti. Top insets (from left): Donna Ward/PR Photos; Landov; Evan Agostini/AP; Picture Perfect/Rex USA

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