As Christmas day is quickly approaching, I had to dust off another Christmas album. I needed some classic country mixed with a little grit to get me in the spirit. Naturally, I chose Loretta Lynn‘s Christmas album, Country Christmas.
This album has everything one would want from a Lynn album — an equal amount of down-home charm and that fierce spunk. Side A opens with the Lynn penned, “Country Christmas.” This song takes me back to the years I spent Christmas at my grandparents’ house. This song is all about the “Christmas feel,” which is the epitome of your childhood at Christmas. She captures these moments perfectly through the song’s well-crafted lyrics.
This album contains many of the great classics like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Silver Bells” and “White Christmas.” Lynn’s gentle approach to “Away in a Manger” is a definite standout. It’s meek with a powerful conviction.
Side B is where Lynn’s writing and spunk really take shape. It opens with “To Heck With Ole Santa Claus.” It seems Santa skipped Lynn’s home. She states her feelings rather bluntly singing, “When he goes dashin’ through the snow I hope he falls.” She gave Santa Claus the same sympathy she gave her husband, Doolittle Lynn, in “Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).” She has the same attitude in “I Won’t Decorate Your Christmas Tree.”
It wouldn’t be a Lynn record without heartbreak, though. Lynn touches on a family loss with “Christmas Without Daddy,” a song that her brother wrote. This song comes from the viewpoint of a mother but I believe the emotion comes from the love Lynn has for her own father.
Lastly, Lynn covers the Hal Cochran penned, “Gift of The Blues.” This song is classic country heartbreak. Lynn traveled “miles and miles” to see her man only to find him in another’s arms. For some reason, this lady got a pass, even though Lynn released “You Ain’t Woman Enough” earlier in the year. You’d think that would have been a warning!
Country Christmas was released three years into Lynn’s career. She was already an established country queen. She had made a name for herself as the brash, yet humble country girl. It turns out she looks at Christmas through the same lens. Santa better make Lynn happy this year unless he plans on making a stop in “Fist City.”
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Want more classic Christmas music? Check out our review of this record from The Judds.