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The Christmas Spirit is the first Christmas album and seventeenth album by countrysinger Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in November 1963. It contains four original Christmas songs written byCASH and eight tracks originally penned by other artists, including "Blue Christmas" (at this point best known through the version recorded byCASH's former Sun Records labelmate Elvis Presley), "Silent Night" and "Little Drummer Boy".

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No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Christmas Spirit"   Cash(incorporates "O Little Town of Bethlehem") 5:03
2. "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Jean Baptiste Calkin 2:30
3. "Blue Christmas"   Bill Hayes, Jay Johnston 2:25
4. "The Gifts They Gave"   Cash 3:34
5. "Here Was a Man"   Johnny Bond, Tex Ritter 2:44
6. "Christmas As I Knew It"   June CarterJan Howard 3:41
7. "Silent Night"   Franz GruberJosef Mohr 3:29
8. "The Little Drummer Boy"   Katherine Davis, Henri Onerati, Harry Simeone 2:34
9. RINGING the Bells for Jim"   Carter, Howard 2:47
10. "We Are the Shepherds"   CASH 3:13
11. "Who Kept the Sheep"   CASH Carter 1:58
12. "Ballad of the Harp Weaver"   Vincent Millay 4:22
Total length: 38:20

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Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1963 Holiday Albums 7

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1959 "The Little Drummer Boy" Country Singles 24
1959 "The Little Drummer Boy" Country Singles 63
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