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"Nothing says Christmas more than big hairy men in Santa hats," says Willie Robertson. And while that may be the most ridiculous statement he's uttered -- this week, at least -- there's no blaming the producers of A&E's Duck Dynasty for wanting to cash in on their show's popularity with, yes, a Christmas album. So here comes Duck the Halls, A Robertson Family Christmas, released on Tuesday for your listening… pleasure. (The show will also air a Christmas special on Dec. 11 at 10 p.m. ET.)
The fact that these people are not singers, and that their show has nothing to do with music, hasn't impeded them in the least. When you're this popular, you can recruit actual country stars to sing on your record -- and the Robertsons got George Strait, Luke Bryan, Alison Krauss and Josh Turner for theirs! They also hired songwriters to pen (or help pen) four original songs, including ones called "Ragin' Cajun Redneck Christmas" and "Hairy Christmas." Watch the promo below:
Duck Dynasty isn't the first unlikely source for a Christmas album, and no doubt the Robertson clan won't be the last. Here are some other albums from Christmases past that might make you scratch your head:
Christmas In The Stars: The Star Wars Christmas Album, 1980
C-3PO croons the title song, with R2D2 singing backup. And the utter silliness continues from there. Despite featuring a song with the greatest title ever -- "What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)" -- critics didn't much care for it. Go figure.
Christmas with Colonel Sanders, 1968
Sadly, this is not a bunch of holiday tunes sung by the KFC spokesman. Rather, it's a wide-ranging collection of Christmas songs sung by an extremely random group of singers, including The Boston Pops, Harry Belafonte, Chet Atkins and Henry Mancini. What do they all have in common? A love for fried chicken and an extra big serving of Christmas spirit?
ABC Daytime Presents A Holiday Affair, 2006
Have you ever wanted to hear your favorite soap opera actors sing holiday music? No? What if All My Children's Susan Lucci was one of them? Or One Life to Live's Kristen Alderson? They got some big stars for this one, people. Big TV stars who occasionally sing on the side.
NBC Celebrity Christmas, 2001
If you played a role on an NBC show in 2001, you got to be on a holiday album! Who jumped at the chance? Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally from Will & Grace. Stockard Channing and Martin Sheen from The West Wing. Jane Leeves from Fraisier. And even Jay Leno!
Granted, most of those NBC stars had singing experience. But the Duck Dynasty folks have heart (and 12 million weekly viewers), which is all you need to have your Christmas album dreams come true!
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.