As an adult, Christmas has certainly taken on a new depth of meaning, beyond being an opportunity to train up my materialistic tendencies like a good little capitalist.
Throughout my childhood, my hopes swelled every year that I might finally get the Super Nintendo I'd been begging Santa for. Every year, those hopes were dashed against the cold, rocky shore of reality.
Yes, it's sad -- in a nerdy sort of way -- but I'm way past the disappointment. After all, I'm a grown-up now, so I enjoy grown-up things like paying bills and being overly cautious getting out of the shower.
This year, I've decided to be altruistic and (mostly) selfless with my Christmas wish.
OK, here goes ... "Please Santa, don't let The Lovell Sisters break up."
On Dec. 16, the band announced that Jessica, the eldest Lovell, will be leaving the group to go to university in January.
Some of you have probably interrupted your breakfast at this point to wag a finger since it's common knowledge the Lovells are one of my favorite bands.
Well, you can all go back to your Christmas sausage.
First of all, I said the wish was "mostly selfless."
Secondly, the Lovell Sisters are undeniably one of the finest bands in this area and a tremendous credit to us as musical ambassadors.
They also happen to be at the top of their game this year (see their entry in our annual celebrity update inside this issue).
I don't want them to join The Tennessee Rounders, Infradig and Coral Castles on my list of incredible local bands that split up on my watch.
Besides, who needs higher education?
Keeping them together can only benefit everyone concerned.
With this cogent, four-point argument in mittened hand, I'm hoping Santa will employ his power over time to go back and convince Jessica not to give up on making beautiful bluegrass music.
I know that's a lot to ask, even of someone like Santa, but since my wish is so noble, I'm hoping he'll give it a little extra attention.
In the meantime, if one of you has a spare Super Nintendo lying around ...
Just kidding. Merry Christmas.
Essential Listening Project purchases for week 43 (Dec. 17): Patti Smith's "Horses," Soundgarden's "Superunknown," Willie Nelson's "Red Headed Stranger" and The Ramones' "Rocket to Russia."
E-mail Casey Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.