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Okay, it’s finally December, so it’s finally socially acceptable to blast Christmas music like there’s no tomorrow.
Now, I’ll be the first to say, at my steep age of 23, I’m 1,000% burnt out on Christmas music.
I mean c’mon, your average Christmas music radio station plays the same 10 songs on repeat for three straight months…
I can only handle so much of “White Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Frosty the Snowman,” especially when they’re replayed every fifth song.
I’ll stick to my sad country songs to cure the seasonal depression from daylight savings time (as ironic as that is).
Okay, enough of my rant, let’s get down to business.
Although my Christmas music burn out runs pretty deep, there’s one classic country Christmas song that I can’t get enough of…
And that’s Alabama’s hit, “Christmas in Dixie.”
The song is off of one of the best Christmas albums to ever exist, Alabama Christmas, which dropped back in 1985.
However, “Christmas in Dixie” just hits different.
Kicking off with that gorgeous steel guitar, lead singer Randy Owen takes you through the spirit of Christmas in each and every big city and corner across the U.S….
However, he can’t hide his roots, and admits that “Christmas in Dixie” (or the southeast, to be clear) just hits different.
Tell me you haven’t heard this chorus and screamed it at the top of your lungs at least once or twice:
“Christmas in Dixie, it’s snowin’ in the pines
Merry Christmas from Dixie, to everyone tonight.”
And we can’t forget that killer last night, with the whole band joining in to say:
MERRY CHRISTMAS… MERRY CHRISTMAS TONIGHT
Short and sweet, yet it’ll still make you wish you were propped up in a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains, watching the snow cover the pines.
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