Carrie Underwood: Holiday Variety Special a Dream Come True!

12/07/2009 at 10:20 AM EST

Carrie Underwood: Holiday Variety Special a Dream Come True!
Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood 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!"

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