Have A Holly Jolly Christmas

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Written by Johnny Marks and later popularized by Burls Ives in the Christmas Movie "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Christmas doesn't have to be all tradition and somber reflection, it's a happy occasion too and while this song's a little on the silly (or should I say Jolly?) side as far as Christmas songs go, I love it. Burl Ives is the man, and his voice and guitar playing and this song in particular are everything that's good about Christmas songs to me. Christmas is a simple holiday, it's about being sincere, joyful, giving, loving, and just plain happy. This is a simple song that says it all. I just love how honest it is, it's exactly what it says on the tin, a holly jolly Christmas carol if ever there was one.

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Have a holly jolly Christmas
It's the best time of the year
I don't know if there'll be snow
But have a cup of cheer

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet

Oh-oh the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And in case you didn't hear
Oh by golly have a holly jolly Christmas
This year!

Have a holly jolly Christmas
It's the best time of the year

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet

Oh-oh the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And in case you didn't hear
Oh by golly have a holly jolly Christmas
This year!

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from Christmas Songs, track released December 1, 2009

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Loren Radis San Luis Obispo, California

Loren Radis is 30-ish and married his best friend in 2010. He's thankful to have the opportunity to make music in his spare time. It's something he's always been passionate about and he tries to be as honest as possible in his songwriting. He hopes you hear something you like and thanks you for listening.

"a gifted and engaging songwriter" - Glen Starkey

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