The gorgeous Darlene Love had a wonderful Christmas tradition, singing (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home at the Late Show with David Letterman.
The gorgeous Darlene Love had a wonderful Christmas tradition, singing (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home at the Late Show with David Letterman. ED BETZ

Sad that fine Christmas tradition has come to an end

A CHRISTMAS tradition that I have loved for years has come to an end and I have to admit, I feel quite sad about it.

Every year, on the last episode before Christmas of the Late Show with David Letterman, he would have the amazing Darlene Love on his program and she would sing the most magical Christmas song on the planet (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home.

Last year marked the 28th anniversary of the first time she performed on the Late Show.

It was also the last time, as Letterman retired halfway through this year.

Sure I can go to YouTube and relive the glory of that first performance in 1986.

I can see her powerhouse effort in 1995 and relive the majesty of the 25th anniversary in 2011.

Last year's effort proved that even at 73 Darlene Love's voice was every bit as incredible as ever.

When you get older, for many of us Christmas loses a little bit of its sparkle.

We stop believing in Santa Claus and start believing in bills, and trying to find a carpark and attempting to find enough funds for both presents and food over the festive period.

If you're lucky, you might have some kids of your own who will reignite the true spirit of the season.

But for now, it's the little things that remind me that it's Christmas - colourful lights around town, bustling crowds, holiday movies and stories of kindness that perhaps shouldn't be limited to the season of giving.

And Darlene Love.

I'm so sad that one of those traditions is now gone.



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