“I'm out of the backwoods now, so I'm gonna take another chance on writing to you to ask you for some special things.”
Dolly Parton
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If there’s anybody who deserves to be on Santa’s Nice List, it’s Dolly Parton. From putting books in the hands of millions of children to partially funding a lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine, there’s a reason we named her our Southerner of the Year!

It would seem reasonable to assume that the country music icon has a direct line to Old Saint Nick. So, as an unprecedented year comes to an end, Parton is cashing in on her connection to Santa to ask for some important things—not for herself, but for all of us.  

“I haven't written to you since I was a little girl living in a rundown shack at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains,” Parton begins her letter, which appears in December issue of Good Housekeeping. “My daddy said there was no need for me to write you since we lived so far back in the woods that you'd never find us anyway. And I think he was probably right about that.”

The singer goes on to explain that even though she never got all the things on her list as a young girl, she never stopped believing in the magic of Santa Claus. A magic that’s sorely needed right now.

“Santa, please bring joy to those who have lost the ability to laugh and enjoy life because of this critical time,” Parton pleads.

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“Santa, please bring lots of love, enough to heal this wounded world, enough to help mend our differences, enough to open our eyes to the fact that we're all God's children and we all have an equal right to live in this world together in peace.”

Parton ends the letter by encouraging Santa to be safe and wear a mask as he goes in and out of homes, adding that maybe he can assist in the world’s quest for a coronavirus vaccine.

“Well, Santa, I've taken up enough of your time,” she concludes. “Thank you for everything you do.”