Show Segment December 24, 2012
Dolly Parton On Her Family Christmas Traditions Growing Up Poor In Tennessee

When Dolly was young, her family didn't have much money. In fact, they couldn't afford electricity. She talks about how they made Christmas special every year, money troubles aside. For our special Holiday edition of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, George takes his red chairs to New York City for an intimate sit down with Dolly Parton.

Catch the full interview tonight on George Tonight at 7 pm on CBC.

Dolly's new book is called 'Dream More', and it's in stores now. And her Imagination Library benefits children of her home county in East Tennessee by mailing high quality, age appropriate-books directly to their homes.

In this clip, Dolly talks about...

What Christmas was like when she was a kid

In the early days we didn't have electricity so we used to go out I the woods with my Dad in the afternoon, find the best tree that we could and we'd take it back in the house and decorate it with whatever Mamma could (find), buttons and popcorn, anything that we could have which was great, those days were great.

Mamma would always tell Christmas stories, read the bible then we'd go out to the barn and they would tell us that at midnight the cattle would kneel, like in honour, but we never could stay awake long enough to see it, we could never see that happen. But we always had a little something.... It didn't matter what we got... it was great for us.

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