Why Dolly Parton Keeps Her Holiday Decorations Up Until The End Of January

Dolly Parton has always followed the beat of her own drummer. The country music legend is known for her unique sense of style and her strong-willed attitude, so it should come as no surprise that Parton has a Christmas tradition that deviates from the norm.

While some people throw out their Christmas tree as soon as the holiday is over, Parton keeps hers up for weeks after Santa has flown back to the North Pole. Parton made the revelation on a recent episode of the podcast Cody Cast. "I put up my Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving," she said (via BuzzFeed). "I celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving until my birthday on the 19th of January. I always make them leave my decorations up 'till after my birthday, 'cause I am still celebrating."

That means that, in total, Parton's decorations are up for nearly two months. We can't really blame Parton for wanting to keep the festivities going, though. Who wouldn't want to keep the party going? 

Dolly Parton has some unique holiday traditions

Parton revealed earlier this year how she'd like to celebrate her upcoming birthday, which will be her 75th. "I plan to be on the cover of Playboy magazine again," she told 60 Minutes Australia (via E! News). "See, I did Playboy magazine years ago. I thought it'd be such a hoot if they go for it, I don't know if they will... if I could be on the cover again when I'm 75."

Celebrating your birthday with Christmas decorations — or a Playboy shoot — may not be the norm, but Parton said that the rest of her holiday traditions are a bit more, well, traditional. "We do all the traditional stuff, like everybody else," she said on Cody Cast. "The turkey and dressing. Sometimes we just bake big fat chickens instead of turkeys, but we do all the hams and the stuffing, the mashed potatoes, and the pumpkin and sweet potato pies."

She also carries out a family tradition of serving chicken and dumplings. "My family loves that," she said. "Mama used to make dumplings at Christmas, so I still do that, in addition to all the other stuff."