By Sasha Savitsky, ,
Published January 13, 2017
Country singer Jessie James Decker and her New York Jets wide receiver hubby Eric Decker know the importance of giving back. The couple spoke with FOX411 about how their growing family is helping those in need during the holiday season.
The Deckers also revealed that it's not just Jessie who can sing; Eric joins his singer-songwriter wife on a new Christmas duet but is nervous for what his teammates will think of his newly revealed talent.
FOX411: How important is it to you guys to give back during the holiday season?
Eric Decker: To be able to give back, and especially during the holiday season, we're very fortunate to give to those less fortunate and it's a great thing to be a part of...We partnered with service dogs [through Decker's Dogs] and what we do is we rescue dogs from shelters and we train them specifically for a veteran's needs. So if someone overseas comes back with PTSD or other injuries, the dogs help them to give them some normalcy back in life.
Jessie James Decker: We're trying to break a Guinness World Record...by having the most money donated ever...with Paypal's #GivingTuesday.
FOX411: Being both the holiday and football seasons, you welcomed your second child in September, how are you finding time for date night?
Jessie: We're still trying to figure out that balance ourselves. Our baby is almost 12 weeks old and our daughter is 20 months so it's a lot. We're loving every moment of it, and it's exciting around Christmas time to share our new addition with our family.
FOX411: Does your daughter enjoy watching her dad play football?
Jessie: She knows exactly what's going on. She reminds me of Hayden Panettiere in "Remember the Titans." She's screaming and yelling at the touchdowns. She tells everyone when Eric does something, she points and says, "Dada touchdown!"
FOX411: What are some of your family holiday traditions that you are looking forward to?
Jessie: I love cooking and that's a lot of fun for me. Thanksgiving, I didn't have any help but Christmas time, my mom and sister come in and our tradition is we will have a turkey and ham on Christmas Eve and then on Christmas Day, my mom makes a Sicilian gravy that we've had in our family for many generations.
FOX411: Jessie, you have new Christmas music out and Eric joins you to sing on "Baby It's Cold Outside."
Jessie: Eric is [multi-talented]. We sing "Baby It's Cold Outside" together. I have it on the CD with Joe Nichols, but my producer was over getting my vocals and said let's get Eric on there for fun. My publisher got a hold of it and she said, "This is going on the record." It's something we can relive together now.
Eric: I'm a bit nervous for the reaction in the locker room. I've always enjoyed music...it's fun to be around Jess who sings and plays guitar so I get to learn a little.
FOX411: Speaking of reactions, Jessie, you received a lot of attention for a picture you shared online of your post-baby body.
Jessie: I was surprised because I thought there would be some negativity but I was pleased with how much positivity I got back. The night before, I shared a picture where I looked very thin but it was just a good angle. I was trying to show off my new Kittenesh blazer and I didn't even think about it. I didn't want women to think I jumped the gun and tried to lose a lot of weight after the baby, I wanted women to see what my body looked like under the flattering clothes. Your body takes a beating and I wanted women to see what I was really like.