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Classic Country Christmas Songs

With the holiday season upon us, we also enter the time for everyone’s favorite genre of music: Christmas music. Whether it’s upbeat, happy Christmas songs or tracks that contain the sadness that seems to creep in during the holiday, these classic country Christmas tracks will always get you in the mood.

1. “If We Make It Through December” by Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard’s 1973 track “If We Make It Through December” is arguably one of the saddest Christmas-time tracks of all time. Even though the song is up-tempo with a fast-paced acoustic guitar, the lyrics are the definition of winter melancholy. The second verse is especially sad as Haggard sings with his warm vocals, I don’t mean to hate December / It’s meant to be the happy time of year / And my little girl don’t understand / Why daddy can’t afford no Christmas here.”

2. “Hard Candy Christmas” by Dolly Parton

Superstar Dolly Parton’s 2001 Christmas tune “Hard Candy Christmas” is another sad Christmas song that’s beloved by many due to its incredible songwriting and relatable lyrics. In the chorus she sings, “I’ll be fine and dandy / Lord, it’s like a hard candy Christmas / I’m barely getting through tomorrow / But still, I won’t let sorrow bring me way down.” The track has been covered by Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson, and Cyndi Lauper with Alison Krauss.

3. “Christmas Cookies” by George Strait

Country legend George Strait’s charismatic Christmas track “Christmas Cookies” is bound to get people in the Christmas spirit. The track is fun and flirty and the lyrics about cookies are endearing as he sings, “I sure do like those Christmas cookies, sugar / I sure do like those Christmas cookies, babe / The ones that look like Santa Claus / Christmas trees and bells and stars / I sure do like those Christmas cookies, babe.”