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Merle Haggard's Christmas Present
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Album: Merle Haggard's Christmas Present
# Song Title   Time
1)    If We Make It Through December
2)    Santa Claus and Popcorn
3)    Bobby Wants a Puppy For Christmas
4)    Daddy Won't Be Home For Christmas
5)    Grandma's Christmas Card
6)    White Christmas
7)    Silver Bells
8)    Winter Wonderland
9)    Silent Night
10)    Jingle Bells
 

Album: Merle Haggard's Christmas Present
# Song Title   Time
1)    If We Make It Through December
2)    Santa Claus and Popcorn
3)    Bobby Wants a Puppy For Christmas
4)    Daddy Won't Be Home For Christmas
5)    Grandma's Christmas Card
6)    White Christmas
7)    Silver Bells
8)    Winter Wonderland
9)    Silent Night
10)    Jingle Bells
 
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  • First released in 1973, this C&W holiday evergreen has not only held up well but also gained stature with time. The Hag's aching, mellifluous baritone is in as fine a form as it was at any point in his long, prolific career, and his grumpy, blue-collar heart betrays the soft and sentimental core he's battled to hide for years.
  • The showpiece, of course, is Haggard's towering, belt-tightening anthem, "If We Make It Through December;" a song that marries familial dedication, Woody Guthrie-esque socio-political relevance, a sublime arrangement, and a crackerjack melody for a rare Christmas song of year-round usefulness. Merle's remaining four originals cite Santa, popcorn, puppy dogs, a missing daddy, and a card from grandma with such unflinching sincerity that only a Grinch could doubt him. The five standards are all first-rate, but Haggard's "Silver Bells" is positively definitive. At just over 25 minutes, A CHRISTMAS PRESENT is a bit brief but perfect from front to back.
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