Country Throwback: Watch Dolly Parton Sing ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ with Family in 1990

by Josh Lanier

Christmas is obviously very important to Dolly Parton. And in a 1990 special she showed why that is by inviting cameras in to meet her family and watch them celebrate the holiday.

The ABC special is called Home for Christmas, and in it Parton invites fans into her home and her church.

“I used my mom and dad, my brothers and sisters, my aunts and uncles, and my nieces and nephews,” she said at the time, according to her website. “We have things like cookie baking, and a hayride, and we just have some wonderful times that I really think people are going to enjoy.”

In one clip she teases her nieces and nephews as they prep cookies for baking, joking about the microwave over her great grandmother brought with her from England. But one of the most endearing moments from the special is Parton singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with the young children. Parton giggles through most of the performance with the kids and shows up in antlers at one point.

It’s a cute look insider her family and their traditions. For instance, Parton’s dad gave her mom a box of chocolate-covered cherries each year. That was all he could afford the year they were married. But it kept up the adorable tradition for the remainder of their lives together.

Dolly Parton Has Christmas Trees In Every Room of Home

Dolly Parton admitted recently that she likes to go all out when decorating for Christmas. In fact, she said during an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show that she has a Christmas tree in every room of her home.

“I have a lot of rooms in my house, and I have a Christmas tree in every one of them,” she says. “They’re all different sizes. I have different houses. I have a lake house and we decorate it with the theme of that, with water. Christmas is all about the kids.”

Parton has returned to form this holiday season. She released a new Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, her first one in 30 years. And she also has a new Netflix Christmas special called Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square.