An unexpected week in the hospital with the chronically ill elderchild has temporarily postponed what was intended to be a triumphant return to regular blogging. But last night, she was well enough to come home, and to exclaim sleepily with delight at our neighborhood alight with the trees and pageantry of Christmas as we drove though the darkened streets. And I am delighted, myself, to note that 80 years ago today, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, ending national Prohibition, and paving the way for a return to the Christmas tradition of drinking with good company – a ritual sorely lacking in the sterile halls of even the most friendly in-patient ward.
And so a hastily-constructed thematic feature, previously lost to our server troubles last winter, is reborn.
Join us, as we lift a glass to the season and the day with a decidedly mixed-bar set of songs celebrating home, family, and holiday drinking. We’ll be back next week with some new and classic coverfolk cheer as we continue our celebration of Christmas 2013. May God bless us, every one.
- Lindley Ruth & Her Tipsy String Band: Merry Christmas From The Family (orig. Robert Earl Keen) 
- The Decemberists: Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas) (orig. John Denver) 
- Mikey Chuck Rivers: Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still Silent Night (orig. Scott H. Biram / trad.)