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Merle Haggard Sings Signature Christmas Tune 'If We Make It Through December'

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Merle haggard Songs | Merle Haggard Sings Signature Christmas Tune 'If We Make It Through December' | Country Music Videos
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When Merle Haggard released his Christmas album, Merle Haggard's Christmas Present in 1973, it wasn't his covers of "White Christmas" or "Winter Wonderland" that soared to the top of the charts, but his original single "If We Make It Through December." 

Written by Haggard himself, "If We Make It Through December" was released as the album's first single, and held the top spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart for four weeks.

The song was also a number one hit in Canada, and became a crossover hit in the U.S., peaking at the 28th spot on the  Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song tells the story of a man who is trying his best to make it through the month of December after getting laid off from his factory job. Even though he knows he should be happy since it's Christmas time, he can't help but feel sad knowing that he can't buy his little girl a Christmas gift

Although Haggard released the song on his Christmas album, it was never considered to be a true "Christmas" song, since it also mentions the topic of economic hardship. As a result, Haggard went on to re-release the song on a non-Christmas album named after the song in 1974.

Many others have gone on to record their own versions of "If We Make It Through December," including Joey + Rory, with Haggard singing background vocals and the final chorus.

Today, "If We Make It Through December" is considered to be one of Haggard's signature songs. After you watch his live, 1985 performance of the song in the video below, you'll be able to understand why. 

LYRICS BELOW

If we make it through December
Everything's gonna be all right I know
It's the coldest time of winter
And I shiver when I see the falling snow

If we make it through December
Got plans to be in a warmer town come summer time
Maybe even California
If we make it through December we'll be fine

Got laid off down at the factory
And there time is not the greatest in the world
Heaven knows I been workin' hard
I wanted Christmas to be right for daddy's girl
Now I don't mean to hate December
It's meant to be the happy time of year
And my little girl don't understand
Why daddy can't afford no Christmas gift

If we make it through December
Everything's gonna be alright I know
It's the coldest time of winter
And I shiver when I see the falling snow

If we make it through December
Got plans to be in a warmer town come summer time
Maybe even California
If we make it through December we'll be fine

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