updated 12/04/2012 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/08/2012 AT 6:30 PM ET
After a year of professional highs – and personal lows – Jason Aldean is looking forward to a quiet holiday with family.
“I’m on the road so much during the year, so what I look forward to the most is being home with my family, ” he told PEOPLE at the taping of the CMT Artists of the Year special (airing Saturday at 10/9 CT), where he walked the red carpet hand-in-hand with his wife, Jessica.
Aldean says being with Jessica and their daughters – Keeley, 10, and Kendyl, 5 – and doing “things like taking the girls to the mall to shop or to see Santa Claus” are on his holiday must-do list. “Things that simple to me are really cool.”