There are hundreds of country Christmas albums, and thousands of “original” country Christmas songs that really are just maudlin, tired treacle. But Haggard’s If We Make It Through December is not one of them. It’s a true workingman’s tune, from his incredibly depressing (but still awesome) record, Merle Haggard’s Christmas Present. As you might guess from the song, it’s about a poor family struggling to get through the holidays. It hit #1 on the Billboard charts.
Hit the tag below labeled, “G.O.A.T.: Greatest of All Christmas Tunes” to see more of my top 20 original Christmas songs!
Further listening: Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas) by The Decemberists.