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December 20, 2020

Dolly Parton's Unique Christmas Tradition Has Much to Do with Santa — What Is It?

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In a recent interview, country music superstar Dolly Parton opened up about her Christmas traditions, including dressing up as "Granny Claus" for her family.

Since childhood, Dolly Parton has held on to traditions, like a big meal on Christmas Eve. She likewise reprises her yearly part of "Granny Claus" during the family's cookie night.

"I dress up like Santa, I've got my elevator decorated like a chimney," the 74-year-old told The Tennessean. "I come down in my Santa suit with my bag of toys."

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"They're sittin' at the bottom, waiting for the elevator to come down. That's been going on for years and years," added Parton, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

In December 2016, the star also shared on TODAY about her Christmas traditions. According to Parton, she dresses up as "Granny Claus" when her nieces and nephews come over for the holidays.

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In an interview with ET Canada, Parton discussed her new album called "A Holly Dolly Christmas." She also shares her holiday traditions, which include cooking her late mother's preferred dish. 

Parton hoped that her Christmas special brought her fans together through music.

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On December 6, CBS aired Parton's hourlong entertainment special titled "A Holly Dolly Christmas." The star performed her singles from her new album, like "Holly Jolly Christmas."

In the teaser video of her Christmas special, Parton said that she thinks music is a great connector. She also said that it is crucial to put as much love during this time.

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Many fans will be unable to spend Christmas with their loved ones during the pandemic. However, Parton hoped that her Christmas special brought her fans together through music.

For her album "A Holly Dolly Christmas," Parton enlisted some of her brilliant friends to collaborate. She worked with Billy Ray Cyrus, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Fallon, and Miley Cyrus.

Meanwhile, in a recent interview, Parton recalled her friendship with Kenny Rogers. The singer said she will always hold a piece of the late singer close to her heart.

Parton said that she loved Rogers to death. She first met the legendary songwriter in the 1970s. In March 2020, Rogers died from natural causes. He was 81.

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