For as long as I can remember I have been a Dolly Parton fan.
As a child I thought she was completely magical with her sweet Southern twang and perfectly over-the-top outfits. I would watch 9 to 5 and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas on repeat while putting on full performances of the music from each on my parent fireplace (it was like a stage). No matter where my musical tastes landed throughout the years- from new wave to punk to SKA and even beach goth- Dolly was always there singing her sweet songs and words of encouragement about “being myself”.
This year has been a big one for Dolly. She released a new holiday album “Holly Dolly Christmas” (her first in 30 years!), a new cookware collection at Williams-Sonoma, a NETFLIX musical “Christmas on the Square”, a CBS Christmas special, an epic DVD collection, a biopic hardcover coffee table book AND helping to fund a COVID vaccine. It’s like the universe knew we’d all need a little more Dolly Parton light in the darkness that has been 2020.
The pop culture icon has been dishing out much needed warm-and-fuzzy holiday feelings in a year where everyone seems to need an extra helping of holiday cheer.
If you are on the hunt for the perfect mood-boosting holiday gift, chances are a Dolly-themed present is just the ticket when it comes to a smile-inducing, 100-percent-appreciated Christmas present. (Click to SHOP my favorites at the end of this post).
While you’re spreading the joy, consider making a donation to the Dolly’s Imagination Library, the country queen’s nonprofit that has gifted more than 150 million free books to children around the globe.
Let’s turn up the light, crank up the sound and have a Holly Dolly Christmas.