“Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues (with Kirsty MacColl) (1988)

25 12 2008

Merry Christmas 2008, sweetheart.  You are six, you are excited, and I’m feeling a little guilty about lying to you about Santa Claus all these years.  Forgive me?

Remember me telling you about your wee bit of Irish blood?  The Pogues were a terrific Irish-punk band back in the day.  Maybe you’ll find some of their music resonates with you, as I have.

I hope all of your Christmases are full of joy and love and compassion.  But I also understand that most people have had rough holidays.  Some people have had nothing BUT rough holidays, or rough days in general.  I’ve been lucky, but still I remember many Christmas days alone and deployed overseas, or working the night shift to earn some extra money, or just being pretty damned depressed about something in my life.

We all have them.  Don’t let the marketing folks convince you that you aren’t “normal” if your holiday isn’t as fabulous as their advertising images.  If you find yourself in a funk, just get through it, and move into the next year resolved to shake things up, to move your life forward.

If you need a buddy to help you through it, to remind you that most of the world is feeling just as crappy as you?  Well, invite The Pogues and their “Fairytale of New York” into your home for a visit.

“It was Christmas Eve, babe, in the drunk tank…”

(Much gratitude and kudos to speedydot001 for the great upload with lyrics!)




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