Is it any surprise that Dolly Parton loves Christmas? She has released several Christmas albums, appeared in several Christmas movies made for television, and she performs an annual “Smoky Mountain Christmas” outing in her Tennessee theme park, Dollywood. But this year, the queen of the country is really going out.
For 2020, Parton has a new Christmas album, And Holly Dolly Christmas; a new Netflix movie, Dolly Parton’s Christmas in the square; and an hour-long vacation that airs on CBS on December 6th. In an interview with Good Housekeeping, she talked about her love of Christmas and how she plans to celebrate this year despite the coronavirus (COVID-1
Dolly Parton says ‘Christmas means everything to me’
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Parton loves to get in the holiday spirit. The “Coat of Many Colors” singer told the magazine that Christmas “has always been my favorite holiday.”
“Christmas means everything to me … I often dress up as Santa Claus and wear red, white and green throughout the Christmas holidays,” she said.
For Parton, Christmas Day parties include getting up early and cooking while she plays Christmas carols. That 9 to 5 star said her husband Carl Dean keeps that in mind when shopping for her gifts.
“Carl often buys things like aprons or oven gloves for me. People laugh when they find out. They ask, ‘What does your husband get you?’ thinking it will be a diamond ring! But he just buys me what he knows I really want, ”she said. Her husband of more than 50 years also keeps love alive by writing his wife poems while she writes songs for him.
How Dolly Parton plans to celebrate Christmas in 2020
The pandemic has forced many Americans to reconsider their vacation plans, and Parton is no exception. She says she will do her best to make the day memorable while also keeping everyone safe. (She told Good Housekeeping that Dean is not in good health.)
“I will still try to make Christmas special this year,” she said. “I have a couple of sisters and several nieces and nephews who live nearby in Nashville, so I hope I can spend Christmas with a limited amount of family.”
Like many others, Parton will also embrace virtual gatherings this year.
“Of course we call all our friends, Zoomin ‘and FaceTimein those we are not allowed to see,” she said. “I just hope we find a way to be safe together. All I want for Christmas this year is joy and peace of mind. ”
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It’s been three decades since Parton last released a Christmas album – the 1990s Home for Christmas. In an interview with Elle, Parton explained why she decided that 2020 was the right year for yet another collection of holiday songs. The new album features performances from Parton’s brother Randy as well as Willie Nelson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Michael Bublé and Jimmy Fallon.
“Well, Lord, you know, it’s been thirty years since I did my last [Christmas album], “she said.” I can not believe the fact myself. But with COVID and all the things going on in our country right now, I felt that we really needed a break, and to do so with a holiday message seemed me perfectly. ”
Dolly Parton’s Christmas in the square streams on Netflix from Sunday, November 22nd. And Holly Dolly Christmas will be sent on Sunday 6 December at 20:30 ET / 20:00 PT on CBS.