Advent song for December 4: Merry Christmas Darling

All Carpenters songs are sad, and by their standards this is actually quite cheery, but it is still about being away from the one you love at Christmas, which is one of the staple themes of Sad Christmas. It’s tricky working out how best to balance songs like this, and yesterday’s, with the genuinely traumatising stuff that’s yet to come. What I’m banking on is that the song I have in mind for Christmas Eve will make it all ok again. Fingers crossed.