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Dolly Parton Shares Her 2020 Letter to Santa Claus

When she's not helping fund doctors and scientists at Vanderbilt's work on the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Dolly Parton writes letters to another world-renown bringer of peace and joy, Santa Claus.

"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," begins Parton's letter (as published by 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. I never did get the things on my list, but it didn't stop me from believing in you. I still believe in you and 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, not only for myself but for everyone for Christmas this year."

Parton's "Dear Santa Letter" went on to request "joy to those who have lost the ability to laugh and enjoy life because of this critical time,"  "hope for a better and brighter tomorrow," "hope for the poor and downtrodden" and "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."

She also hoped for peace on Earth for all, not just everyone who looks, thinks and prays like most of her fellow country music superstars.

In the letter's sweetest moment, the "Jolene" songwriter reminds Santa to wear his mask "because you're going to be going in and out of a lot of houses."

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It's not the first or last holiday season statement from Parton. There's also her first Christmas album in 30 years, A Holly Dolly Christmas, which features guests ranging from The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to Parton's goddaughter, Miley Cyrus.

Parton's also part of at least two TV specials: CBS' A Holly Dolly Christmas (debuting Dec. 6) and the Netflix film Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square.

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