Kenny and Dolly and Christmas reminiscences

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I dedicate this to my mother, who has for nigh on a quarter of a century nursed my unhealthy fixation on a particular Christmas album.

The holidays are a time for reminiscing. I remember the time Santa Claus ran into my dad outside our house on Christmas Eve and passed along a gift for me and my sister: Talking Big Bird, who read us books when we'd stick a tape up his ass. I remember hiding when Santa would stop by our house in the flesh, and screaming bloody murder when placed on his lap. I remember Kenny Rogers made a less intimidating version of Santa Claus for his 1984 Christmas album and CBS special with Dolly Parton, Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember. I remember a time when my family and I would listen to this album every year while decorating our tree with unattractive little trinkets my talentless ass made in grade school.

I remember a time when Kenny and Dolly still looked like human beings.

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I can't locate the CBS special anywhere though clips are available on YouTube, including a beautiful scene set to "Christmas Without You" featuring Dolly as a busty, down-home chanteuse in a USO club and Kenny as a serviceman in need of a little cheerin' up. Reminisce with me, then go pick up the album, darn it! Check the country and holiday sections at Cheapo. It'll be there, and only set you back a few bucks. Trust me, it's a real gem.

Track 1: "I Believe in Santa Claus"

Track 2: "Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride"

Track 3: "Christmas Without You"

Track 5: "A Christmas to Remember"

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