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Kodi Lee Did Some Next-Level Belts Covering "This Christmas" by Donny Hathaway

We've never seen Kodi so festive!

By Elizabeth Logan

Who better to bring holiday cheer than Kodi Lee, the ever-upbeat America's Got Talent winner who loves to cover our favorite tunes? In December 2020, Lee released a much-needed dose of Christmas pep in the form of his rendition of "This Christmas" by Donny Hathaway.

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In the video, Lee accompanies himself on keyboard and goes all-out with his ensemble: a red onesie, Santa hat, and even fingerless gloves that allow him to play his instrument while still achieving maximum levels of holly jolly. Behind him is a slideshow of towns around the world lit up for the yuletide.

Turn up the volume and check it out:

What to know about "This Christmas" by Donny Hathaway

The song was written by Nadine McKinnor in 1968; McKinnor was a Chicago postal worker who made up lyrics to keep herself entertained, and thought "This Christmas" might be a good fit for Andy Williams. However, her boyfriend at the time had a connection to Donny Hathaway, and they were able to get the song to him. Read this Chicago Tribune article for more information. 

Released in 1970, the song has since entered the Billboard charts and been covered by Artists like Diana Ross, Chris Brown, and Patti LaBelle.

"This Christmas" by Donny Hathaway lyrics

Hang all the mistletoe
I'm gonna get to know you better
This Christmas
And as we trim the tree
How much fun it's gonna be together
This Christmas

Fireside is blazing bright
We're caroling through the night
And this Christmas will be
A very special Christmas for me

Presents and cards are here
My world is filled with cheer and you
This Christmas
And as I look around
Your eyes outshine the town they do
This Christmas

Fireside is blazing bright
We're caroling through the night
And this Christmas will be
A very special Christmas for me, yeah

Shake a hand, shake a hand now

Emm, fireside is blazing bright
We're caroling through the night
And this Christmas will be
A very special Christmas for me, yeah

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Merry Christmas
Shake a hand, shake a hand now
Wish your brother merry christmas
All over the land, yeah
Merry Christmas
Merry, merry Christmas
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Merry, merry, merry, merry
Emm, em