"K-Love Music City Christmas" airs Monday, Dec. 9 on UP Network.

“K-Love Music City Christmas” airs Monday, Dec. 9 on UP Network.

This Monday, December 9 at 8 PM EST on UP Network (encore airings following, check your local listings), some of our favorite Christian recording artists — TobyMac, Mandisa, Brandon Heath, Newsboys, for King & Country, Big Daddy Weave, Colton Dixon, David Crowder, Kari Jobe, Tenth Avenue North and Matthew West — are getting together for special performances featured on the “K-Love Music City Christmas” hosted by actress Candace Cameron Bure.

From 1987-1995, Candace earned national recognition while starring as D.J. Tanner on the popular TV sitcom “Full House.” As the Lord has worked in Candace’s life and has directed her career choices, she remains focused on keeping the spotlight shining brightly on Christ and seeking roles that will glorify Him. Through the years, she has gained a unique perspective as a wife and mom of three children, which has furthered her desire to provide family-friendly entertainment.
We recently caught up with Candace to discuss the upcoming Christmas special, her love for Christian music (she’s a huge fan!) and how her family stays focused on the reason for the season.
TSO: What did you enjoy most about hosting this special?
Candace: It was so much fun! I love Christian music and it’s what I listen to the most, so to be with all these artists, I was pretty much in Heaven. All the artists were fantastic. Even though I was hosting the show, when I was just standing off to the side, I was enjoying every minute as a fan.
Candace Cameron Bure interviewing Matthew West.

Candace Cameron Bure interviewing Matthew West.

TSO: Did you have a favorite performance?
Candace: I did have a favorite performance, and it was by my friend Matthew West. He sang “The Heart of Christmas,” which was the song that he wrote for the movie that was filmed a few years ago for the UP Network.
TSO: Tell how your faith has impacted the roles you’ve chosen.
Candace: My faith in Christ is everything to me and influences who I am — as a wife, mom, actress and business woman. I want to honor God in the things that I do and want to make the wisest choices that I can. I’m sure that I don’t get it all right, and there will always be some decisions that I can look back on or probably will in the future and say, ‘that probably wasn’t the best decision.’ But my relationship with God comes first, and I want to honor Him in all that I do in my life, whether it’s family or work. Clearly, that flows into the choices that I make as far as the movies and shows that I do and the content that I produce. I’m so thankful that there are some wonderful networks like UP that are dedicated to providing family-friendly programming, and as an actress, those are the networks that I want to be a part of.
Tenth Avenue North

Tenth Avenue North

TSO: What’s your favorite Christmas music?

Candace: I listen to so much Christmas music. I’ve been listening since before Thanksgiving, and now I’m listening to a Christian radio station playing Christmas music non-stop. I just love it! There are so many great artists to choose from, but hands down, my favorite right now is Matthew West’s Christmas album. All the songs are just phenomenal. I love getting new Christmas music every year, but I enjoy the old stuff too. I love Bing Crosby and Gene Autry. They are so great to listen to this season. I love a mix of the traditional and contemporary.
TSO: Share one of your favorite Christmas memories.
Candace: My favorite memory growing up was waking up on Christmas morning, and having the same routine every year to look forward to. We would wake up before my parents, but we couldn’t come out of our rooms until we heard the Christmas music playing — that was always the special cue to get ready.  Then, we would smell the eggs, bacon and coffee, and my mom would tell us that we could come out of our rooms.  We would run around the corner into the living room and see the sea of presents flowing out from under the tree. As a little kid that was so exciting and such a wonderful memory. Today, it’s like I can still smell those foods and hear the Christmas music. It’s just embedded in my mind.
Kari Jobe

Kari Jobe

TSO: In the busyness of this season, how do you stay focused on the real meaning of the season?
Candace: I’ve learned not to get overwhelmed with the Christmas season. We keep it really simple.  I enjoy it for what it is, because it a special time to recognize the greatest gift of all and that is the birth of Jesus Christ.  I love gathering with family and friends and sharing special times with them.
TSO: What are you most looking forward to this Christmas?
Candace: We started a new tradition in our home where we go as a family, along with some other family members and friends, to a shelter and cook breakfast for the people living there. Then, we have a chance to sit down, talk with them, eat breakfast and spend our Christmas morning with them and give them gifts. Last year, we brought everyone at the shelter Bibles, socks and Christmas CDs. Just being able to sit and listen to their stories has really been special for my whole family.
It’s a special moment as a mom to be teaching my children about the real meaning of Christmas and have them be involved in this way. It really puts Christmas into perspective, and for us, what we look forward to the most is going and serving others on Christmas morning.
** Be sure to tune in this Monday night to learn the Christmas traditions and memories of your favorite Christian recording artists during the “K-Love Music City Christmas” on UP Network.