Dolly Parton's holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, arrives on Oct. 2, and the country icon has given fans a few sneak peeks at the project ahead of its release. On Tuesday, she shared her version of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," the classic tale of a child who sees their mother kissing someone dressed as the man with the bag and imagines their father's reaction.
"You're not going to believe what I saw!" Parton exclaims at the beginning of the track, an upbeat country-tinged version of the classic song featuring slide guitar and sleigh bells. "I have always loved 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' because it’s a song I heard growing up," Parton said in a statement. "I wanted to do something for the kids and I think it's a real cute little song. I have a child-like spirit and I love everything about Christmas!"
Last month, Parton released her version of "Mary, Did You Know?" and tweeted that she "got very emotional" while recording the song. "It’s about beautiful things being born out of unexpected situations," she wrote at the time. "I hope it touches you the same way it did me."
A Holly Dolly Christmas was produced by Kent Wells and will feature holiday standards and new materials as well as duets between Parton and Michael Bublé, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson and Parton's brother Randy Parton.
"I thought, 'I think I'll call it A Holly Dolly Christmas because I love the song 'A Holly Jolly Christmas' with Burl Ives," Parton told Billboard of her inspiration for the album's title. "He used to be on all of my Christmas specials all through the years. I think of him as Mr. Christmas. I thought, 'Why don't do I call it something cute and clever, like that or Deck the Halls with Boughs of Dolly, something corny like that.'"
See the album's full track listing below and pre-order A Holly Dolly Christmas here.
- "Holly Jolly Christmas" - Dolly Parton
- "Christmas Is (feat. Miley Cyrus)" - Dolly Parton
- "Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas" - Dolly Parton, Michael Bublé
- "Christmas On The Square" - Dolly Parton
- "Circle Of Love" - Dolly Parton
- "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - Dolly Parton, Jimmy Fallon
- "Comin’ Home For Christmas" - Dolly Parton
- "Christmas Where We Are (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)" - Dolly Parton
- "Pretty Paper" - Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson
- "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" - Dolly Parton
- "You Are My Christmas (feat. Randy Parton)" - Dolly Parton
- "Mary, Did You Know?" - Dolly Parton