10 country Christmas songs that are mostly not terrible

Country music singers sure do love their Christmas songs. Now why is that? I reckon it has a little bit to do with the holiday's celebration of all things traditional, and down home-y, and old-time religion-y and whatnot. But I'll bet it has a lot more to do with, well, Google with me won't you?

Maybe Kinky Friedman? Or if you believe Yahoo! expert "davie j," Charlie (sic) Pride.

Hm, maybe Hank III? Or if you believe Yahoo! expert "daisymae," Charlie (sic) Pride, "...a country singer who was black." (To be fair, daisymae was responding to an earlier assertion that there were no black country musicians. Funnier, though, to imagine she was responding to the initial question, so go with it.)

In case your Googling doesn't take you to the experts, I offer you the Yahoo! Guide to Jewish and Atheist Country Singers.

In other words, the more obvious explanation is that the genre's earliest form was influenced by Christian gospel music, and it seems country folks are every bit as churchy now as they were then. Phew - glad we cleared up this burning question. Now, 10 Country Christmas songs, many of which are not all that terrible, to get you fired (though not brimstoned) up for the upcoming holiday.

Homer & Jethro - All I Want for Christmas is my Upper Plate

Lynn Anderson - Ding-A-Ling

John Denver - Please, Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)

Ernest Tubb - Blue Christmas

Brenda Lee - I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus

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A coupla my faves are: "Old Toy Trains" by Roger Miller, "Out On The Road For Christmas" by Red Simpson, "Merry Christmas From The Family" by Robert Earl Keen, "Christmas Past" by Mike Ireland, oh so many... so many....

Nikki Miller
Nikki Miller

You're right, there are so many. I'm going to be sad when the holiday's over and the country Christmas ends, an assertion that would likely confound many.

But it's just so, so good.

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