CHRIST­MAS MAY­HEM

Winnipeg Sun - - COMMENT -

Baby, It’s Cold Out­side won’t be played on some ra­dio sta­tions. Well, I just came in and the song’s bang on. It is cold out­side and let me also say, James Caan didn’t slip some­thing in Bette Mi­dler’s drink, Louis Arm­strong didn’t add any­thing to Velma Mid­dle­ton’s and Michael Bu­ble didn’t drop some­thing into Anne Mur­ray’s, ei­ther. Any­way, while I was out­side in the cold, I no­ticed an el­derly woman ly­ing on the street with hoof marks on her fore­head, chat­ted with a lit­tle girl dis­traught be­cause she saw her mother kiss­ing Santa Claus, a young woman cry­ing on the cor­ner be­cause the only way she’ll be home for Christ­mas is in her dreams and an­other woman bawl­ing her eyes out be­cause she and her dar­ling are apart. The el­derly woman died, the lit­tle girl’s par­ents aren’t speak­ing and the two women are still out­side cry­ing in what feels like -17. Baby, it’s cold out­side . ... Who’s to say James, Louis and Michael didn’t sleep on the couch? Have fun with that, and Merry frig­gin’ Christ­mas!

JILL YOUNG

Ev­ery­one is en­ti­tled to their opin­ion — or, at least, we all used to be.

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