has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. She recently hosted
the CMA Awards
, released her third CD, Play On
, and just wrapped up her variety special Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special
"It was a lot of fun to tape and I think we ended up with a great show," Underwood says of her very own two-hour special.
The singer, 26, teams up with an impressive list of stars on her show (airing Dec. 7 on FOX at 8 p.m. ET), including her CMA Awards
co-host Brad Paisley
, Kristin Chenoweth, David Cook
and country legend Dolly Parton.
"It was a dream come true," Underwood says of getting to working with Parton. It was "such a special moment for me in the show to be able to
perform with her."
But on Christmas day you won't find this Oklahoma native on any sound stage – she'll be home for the holidays.
"We are together and that's the most important thing," says Underwood of spending time with her family, adding, "My mom always makes a broccoli cheese casserole and potato casserole. I just love food!"