Dreaming of a Green Christmas

I was going to wait for another week to put up the Christmas decorations, but a story caught my eye that completely filled me with the spirit of Christmas. You may remember that 77-year-old Willie Nelson was caught with 170g of cannabis a couple of weeks ago. Well, another old-timer in Germany has gone one better than Willie. Earlier this week, police searched the home of a man they referred to as an “old hippie” and an “old 68er”. They found 150g of marijuana, but that wasn’t all they discovered. A closer inspection of the man’s six foot Christmas tree revealed that it was, in fact, a marijuana plant! The man with the green fingers informed the police that he had planned to add more decorations to the tree and put presents beneath it, as was his custom. The incident occurred in the small town of Montabaur near Koblenz and he’s not the only German pot-lover who’s in trouble this Yuletide. A 21-year-old man was also arrested in Munich this week when police took an interest in his Advent calendar. Rather than containing the customary chocolates behind each door, the tabs on his calendar opened to reveal, you guessed it, marijuana. He claimed that it was given to him as a present, but it looks like he could be facing the same fate as the man in Koblenz

I’m sure that when Kay Starr’s (Everybody’s Waiting For) The Man With The Bag was released in 1950 that she was referring to Santa and not her local drug dealer. Santa Doesn’t Cop Out on Dope was written by Martin Mull and released in 1973 and Sonic Youth covered it for a 1994 compilation entitled Just Say Noël. You should check out a great song by John Prine called Illegal Smile that doesn’t “cost very much, but it lasts a long while”. However, I’ve chosen his Christmas in Prison instead as I feel it may be even more appropriate for the guys from Montabaur and Munich. I’m fortunate enough to count a number of Germans amongst my friends and I know that they’ll all be celebrating a more traditional Christmas this year. I’d like to wish them and all the German visitors to the site a Frohe Weihnachten and hope that they’ll enjoy a white Christmas this year and not a green one

(Everybody’s Waiting’ For) The Man With The Bag – Kay Starr

Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope (Martin Mull cover)

Christmas In Prison – John Prine