On “Snow Globe”, the trio captures the magic of a white Christmas to be kept all year round, supported by electric guitars, a saxophone solo and handclaps. On “Harlan County Coal,” Presley sings about lazy husbands, shotgun shells as adornments, and scratching for both gifts and a light bill.
âIt’s just like a really hardcore hillbilly Christmas song,â Presley said.
While they wanted to incorporate a classic Christmas production, with bells, saxophones and organs, they still wanted the songs to sound like their other albums.
âA few songs on the record, I mean, technically if you take them off a Christmas album you wouldn’t even know it’s a Christmas song, which in my opinion includes added a little Annies. “said Presley.
In addition to the originals, they also covered Christmas classics, like “If We Make It Through December” by Merle Haggard and a tender version of “Auld Lang Syne”.
By the time they finished the record in June, the trio had been making the most of the holidays, with Lambert buying ugly Christmas sweaters to wear in the studio.
âThey were really ugly,â Lambert said with a laugh. âAmazon Prime cheap. Like, what can happen tomorrow is a Christmas sweater? “