It’s never too early to start celebrating the winter holidays with Dolly Parton and her rhinestone-studded guitars. After all, the country goddess recently told InStyle that Christmas is her favorite holiday. “I start dressing for it on the day after Thanksgiving and keep it going well until my birthday on January 19,” she admitted. Which means that as of November 26, 2020, red, green, and white is the name of the game. “I’ve got those ugly sweaters that light up. My hairdresser… even puts lights in my wigs. I’ve got a little battery pack for both, so my sweater is flashing and my hair is flashing,” Parton says.
Word is still out as to whether or not Parton’ll dress the part on November 13, 2020, when she performs songs from her newest album, live on Amazon Music. The album in question, A Holly Dolly Christmas, debuted at number one on Billboard’s Country and Holiday Album charts (via Sounds Like Nashville and Elle). “Well, Lord … it’s been thirty years since I did my last [Christmas album],” Parton told Elle, “With COVID and all of the things going on in our country right now, I felt like we really needed a break and to do it with a holiday message seemed perfect to me.” If you haven’t binged on her album yet, please do. It includes a spectacular series of collaborations with the likes of Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, and Michael Bublé.
The details about Dolly Parton's upcoming holiday performance
“I am so excited to announce that I am going to be performing and taking your questions live” Dolly Parton said when she announced her upcoming Amazon Live performance on Instagram. Starting at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 13, Parton will be singing hit songs from her album including, says Elle, her tracks “Circle of Love,” “Comin’ Home For Christmas,” and “Mary, Did You Know?”
Parton is already fielding questions on her social media for the question and answer session. “Lifelong Dolly fan,” wrote one Instagram follower, “in articles and interviews, you get asked the same questions so often, what’s one question you wish someone would ask but never does?” Another asked, “What artists do you wish you’d collaborated with?” And a third: “What was Christmas like with the family growing up in the Smoky Mountains?”
The last question we can answer already. Parton explained her most cherished Christmas memories to InStyle. “My daddy used to cut down our tree, and my mama would help us decorate it with homemade things like popcorn string,” Parton remembered, adding “Mama was big on quilting, so we used to make bows out of her fabric scraps, and we made a big star for the top of the tree out of aluminum foil. We just got so into it. We sang songs. We always went to my grandpa’s church. And Mama and Daddy mostly made our toys, which we would open up on Christmas Eve.”
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