added: 16 Dec 2013 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
The Backstreet Boys can't wait to spend the holidays with family.
The boyband, made up of A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell, was part of a star-studded line-up at Sunday evening's Christmas in Washington holiday special.
The singers opened the show with a medley of festive songs, but while rehearsing for the show, the men admitted they were eager to work a little less and focus on their loved ones.
"We're all with our families [during the holidays]. That's our holiday gift to each other: peace of mind and separation for a second because we're always together," A.J. told USA Today.
"This will be my daughter's second Christmas... now she's all about opening up presents, so that's really cool," he gushed of his own plans.
Nick will meanwhile be celebrating with fiancée Lauren Kitt. The couple became engaged in February ans she's already taught him some new holiday traditions.
"We've taken some [past] traditions and we're also starting new ones," he said.
"She's half Mexican, so we'll be eating tamales on Christmas. She introduced that to me, and then I introduced her to Charlie Brown Christmas, which I love watching."
Howie said he plans to attend midnight mass with his family.
"Then we come back and my mom makes a bunch of Spanish traditional foods... then the adults actually open gifts the night before, and then we get things ready at my mom's house for the kids the next morning," he shared.
Christmas in Washington, hosted by Hugh Jackman, also featured performances from Sheryl Crow, Anna Kendrick, Janelle Monáe and Train's Pat Monahan.
The holiday special is scheduled to air on US TV network TNT on Friday.