Alcoholism. Prison. Class warfare. Death. Bing Crosby. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Music Playlist at

  1. Drive-By Truckers – Thanksgiving Filter (acoustic pre-release version)
  2. Merle Haggard – If We Make It Through December
  3. Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time Is Here
  4. The Everly Brothers – Christmas Eve Can Kill You
  5. Low – Just Like Christmas
  6. Rilo Kiley – Xmas Cake
  7. Frightened Rabbit – It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop
  8. Prince & the Revolution – Another Lonely Christmas
  9. Johnny & Jon – Christmas in Vietnam
  10. The Kinks – Father Christmas
  11. The Mr. T Experience – Merry Fucking Christmas
  12. Blink-182 – I Won’t Be Home for Christmas
  13. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
  14. The Decemberists – Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)
  15. Judy Garland – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  16. Bing Crosby – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  17. Fats Domino – Please Come Home for Christmas
  18. Otis Redding – White Christmas
  19. Trombone Shorty – O Holy Night

At eleven a.m. on November 11, 1918, an armistice went into effect. Fighting on the western front of World War I officially ceased. In commemoration of this, the first Armistice Day was celebrated on November 11, 1919.

Armistice Day is one of those rare civic holidays that’s celebrated in many countries, in some form or another. The French and Belgians call it Armistice Day; the Poles call it Polish Independence Day; the Italians celebrate it on November 4. The UK and Commonwealth countries call it Remembrance Day and have expanded it to include all veterans, although special emphasis is still placed on WWI.

In the United States, November 11 was originally called Armistice Day. It became Veteran’s Day in 1954, expanded to include all American veterans, and from 1971 to 1977 it was actually celebrated in October. I would argue (although I could be wrong) that most Americans no longer associate the day with World War I, and the fact that we now call it Veteran’s Day and place only incidental emphasis on the day’s connection to World War I reveals the great discrepancies between how the U.S. and Europe experienced and remember that war.