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Throwback Thursday: Remember Taylor Swift's 2007 Christmas Album?

Taylor Swift the Holiday Collection
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Cover art for Taylor Swift's 2007 album The Holiday Collection.

Here's a fun fact for the non-Taylor Swift superfans out there: In 2007, fresh off her success with her 2006 debut country album Taylor Swift, Swift released a six-song Christmas album exclusively through Target. (It was later re-released wide in Dec. 2008.) In honor of Christmas and Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at Swift's Christmas EP The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection. 

In addition to Swift putting a country (and particularly youthful) spin on classics like "Last Christmas," the release is most notable as another early example of Swift's songwriting abilities. The album features two original songs: "Christmases When You Were Mine," where she is credited as a co-writer for a contemplative tune about missing an ex-boyfriend at Christmas, and "Christmas Must Be Something More," a Swift original about the meaning of the holiday. 

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"Christmas Must Be Something More" is a slightly more religious song than is typical of Swift. "You'd see that today holds something special/ Something holy, not superficial/ So here's to the birthday boy who saved our lives/ It's something we all try to ignore/ And put a wreath up on your door/ So here's something you should know that is for sure/ Christmas must be something more," Swift croons on the chorus. 

Listen to "Christmas Must Be Something More" below.