In 2004, shortly after my mother passed away, Chris Isaak released a really wonderful Christmas CD, simply called Chris Isaak Christmas. In addition to his stylishly cool arrangements of Christmas classics, Chris wrote several new tunes for the collection. One of them, Washington Square, has become one of my favorite Christmas songs.
Holidays can be hard when you miss someone you love, and even though this song is written from a somewhat different perspective than my own, it perfectly captures the way I felt that first Christmas without my mom, and how I still feel each year at this time.
Here's a clip of Chris Isaak and his band performing Washington Square. It always chokes me up a bit, but that's okay.