The Story Behind The Song: “If We Make It Through December”

Merle Haggard “If We Make It Through December”
Merle Haggard

The Christmas season has yielded a plethora of country classics that get dusted off once a year at radio stations all around the nation. Alabama’s “Christmas In Dixie,” Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas,” Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper” and Buck Owens’ “Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy” represent only a handful of the dozens of special yuletide country recordings. There are literally hundreds more pop ones! Because these records get radio airplay only from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day (although some stations are now serving up Christmas music as early as Halloween!), they obviously have a rather short lifespan in a given year. Yet three holiday singles were strong enough to reach number one on the charts in their limited period.

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