Dolly Parton Revealed the Name Of Her Christmas Album Months Ago — And No One Realized It

Dolly Parton is gearing up to release A Holly Dolly Christmas, her first holiday album in 30 years, this week. The…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 30, 2020

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Dolly Parton is gearing up to release A Holly Dolly Christmas, her first holiday album in 30 years, this week.

The superstar officially announced the project in early August, but what many fans may not realize is that she actually revealed the album’s title on Instagram several months ago with a tiny Easter egg that no one picked up on.

Remember the viral “Dolly Parton Challenge” that took over Instagram earlier this year? The challenge found people sharing photos of each of their social media personalities online. After Parton shared hers, fans and celebrities everywhere joined in. Well, it turns out, the black turtleneck that Parton was wearing in the photo was actually a clue about her yet-to-be-announced Christmas album.

Now, you can own your very own Holly Dolly Christmas turtleneck, sweater or t-shirt! The entertainment icon now has the items for sale via her official online store.

“I thought, ‘I think I’ll call it A Holly Dolly Christmas because I love the song “A Holly Jolly Christmas” with Burl Ives. 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,’” Parton recently shared with Billboard about the inspiration behind the album title.

Out Friday, Oct. 2, A Holly Dolly Christmas features 12 tracks, including guest appearances from Miley Cyrus, as well as Billy Ray Cyrus, Michael Bublé, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Fallon.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.