Christmas Song of the Day: “Merry Christmas from the Family” by Robert Earl Keen
Robert Earl Keen might not be a household name in most parts of the country, but he is an icon down here in Texas. “Merry Christmas from the Family” is his hilarious take on a redneck Christmas. Keen describes the song this way:
“Merry Christmas from the Family” describes the Christmas gathering of a fairly dysfunctional Texas family whose merrymaking, which includes drinking alcohol carving a turkey, watching a televised ball game and smoking cigarettes, seems to be punctuated with Christmas music and the need to run to convenience stores for additional supplies such as fake snow.
The popularity of the tune spawned a book by the same name that was published in 2001, and a sequel, “Happy Holidays Y’all.”