Written by Jeff Kelly © St. Brigid Publishing / BMI

Written and recorded in December 1984. (Note the reference to Kim, the waitress.) Recorded live to stereo cassette with two microphones.

Cover art: “Ravenna Grocery” iPhone photo by Tess Kelly, 2013.


So long ago, we ran and played together in the falling snow
Her pretty face – and her hands in mittens wrapped around my waist
That winter’s night we kissed each other underneath the dim street light
At Christmas time

Black submarines are hiding in the ocean on this Christmas Eve
And our little wars are as damaging as battles fought on distant shores
All I want is to kiss the waitress at the local haunt

Half the world is weeping, half the world is sleeping
What in the world could be more important than love

This winter’s night we’re gathered here together in the fire light
The winter’s chill is gone and for a little while the wind is still
This winter’s night we are free of all the problems of our lives

It’s Christmas time for just a while
Don’t wonder why or wonder how
For Christmas bells are ringing out right now

One day in December, why can’t this Christmas go on forever


released December 1, 2013
Jeff Kelly: lead vocal, 12 string acoustic guitar
Joe Ross: vocal, bass guitar
Karl Wilhelm: drums
Todd Whorley: electric guitar
Dan Ross: toy organ
Julie Lawrence and Colleen Whorley: jingle bells
Chorus: Julie Lawrence, Colleen Whorley, Stephanie Barber, Kirsten Wilhelm, Nancy Thompson, Melody Miller, Karmen Hinds and Barb Skoor


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