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Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors Circle of Love

Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies


The true meaning of the season

If you desire a movie that emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas in a simple and pleasant way, I suggest you watch Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors Circle of Love. This is a heartwarming true tale from the life of the popular entertainer from her childhood.The first time I saw this film televised in 2016 I was awe struck. Dolly Parton produced a masterpiece about faith and family that is not preachy or in your face. As a little girl, Ms. Parton was quoting scripture and sharing the gospel of Jesus to her friends and siblings as she was coming into her own regarding her singing. Dolly was a high spirited little child and often sassy to her parents. She also often demanded her own way. The one constant throughout is faith in Christ in order to see heaven. There is so much commercialism today even in the churches. Christian radio stations that sing the praises of the Lord all year long begin playing more secular holiday tunes that carols that proclaim His gospel. Dolly Parton is not ashamed of her faith and when this movie first aired in November 2016 there were 11.53 million people who were watching. The story of redemption is told as Dolly's father Lee struggles with his lack of faith while having a church going wife and a father in law who is the local pastor. To get the full understanding you might want to first watch Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors. This will give you a true appreciation when Dolly's mom Avie Lee tells her husband that she wants to see him in heaven. Lee Parton gives his life to the Lord and that simple act of faith is why Jesus came to the earth. Although this is a Christmas movie, salvation and heaven are emphasized.

The cast

  • The cast of Christmas of many colors were each impressive and all seemed to flow in and were believable in their roles. I especially enjoyed how Dolly's Parents were always kissing and touching and expressing their love for one another.
  • Alyvia Alyn Lind portrayed Dolly Parton as a young girl. Viewers might recognize her as faith Newman on the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless.
  • Country singer Jennifer Nettles is Avie Lee Parton, the devout Christian matriarch of the family.
  • Ricky Schroder is her husband Robert Lee Parton, who goes by Lee.
  • Gerald McRaney is Avie Lee's father Jake Owens and the town preacher,
  • Kelli Berglund plays Willadeene Parton, the oldest sister who is more like a mother to her siblings.
  • Dolly's sister Stella Parton is Corla Bass, owner of the local market and the town gossip.
  • Dolly Parton portrays the Painted Lady, a prostitute who befriends little Dolly.
  • Hannah Nordberg plays Dolly's schoolmate and lifelong best friend Judy Ogle.
  • Mary Lane Haskell is Miss Moody, the school teacher.
  • Forrest Deal is Rudy Sanders, a reformed school bully.
  • Christopher Ryan Lewis plays Claude Sanders, Rudy's brother.
  • Hannah Goergen is Cassie Parton
  • Farrah Mackenzie is Stella Parton, Dolly's younger sister
  • Parker Sack portrays David Parton, Dolly's oldest brother
  • Dylan Rowen is Denver Parton, Dolly's second-oldest brother
  • Blane Crockarell is Bobby Parton, Dolly's younger brother
  • Jane McNeill is in the role of Aunt Estelle
  • Cameron Jones as Uncle Billy, who is a singer and encourages his niece to explore her gift.
The television version of the Parton family.

The television version of the Parton family.

Family entertainment

Christmas of Many Colors is pure family fun because it is so realistic. There is sibling rivalry, problems between Dolly's parents, poverty and lack and two events that could have turned tragic and taken out the entire family. The Partons forgive and come together in love. Anyone who has ever participated in or produced a play or pageant of the first Christmas will have fond memories flooding back as the town's children act out the Savior's birth. I would go so far as to say that 99.9% of Christmas programming on television has absolutely nothing to do with the miracle in Bethlehem. Dolly Parton's movie is a rare treat for those who spirit s are hungry to see the Savior exalted. I highly recommend this film. I watched the movie last night on CMT but it's not listed to repeat so keep checking your local listings. You an also stream from the Internet or purchase the DVD or BlueRay.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Cheryl E Preston


Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on December 13, 2020:

Yes she does seem like a down to earth individual.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on December 13, 2020:

This seems like such a great film to watch. She always seems like a lovely person. Your review is great.

Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on December 12, 2020:

Thank you, Pamela. I love this movie.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 12, 2020:

I have always liked Dolly Parton and I think this is a wonderful movie. I like such heartwarming tales at Christmas time. You wrote a very good review, Cheryl.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 12, 2020:


I love this series of movies.

I believe there were a total of four. Each one with a valuable lesson.

This movie touches one heart. It is a great one to watch.

Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on December 12, 2020:

I love it.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 11, 2020:

I have enjoyed seeing that movie, and as you mentioned, it is a good one to view, especially at this time of the year.