Since 1986, Darlene Love has come on David Letterman’s late night shows every December and sung her ass off doing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” In the above video, CBS jammed all those years into one cool Yule montage.

With Letterman leaving Late Show next May, Love gives her final performance of the song this Friday, Dec. 19–and says she will never sing it again on television. And, yes, Jay Thomas has also been booked for one last football fling at the Christmas tree top, plus one last re-telling of that epic story involving Clayton Moore, TV’s original Lone Ranger.

They’ll be new TV traditions at Christmas, but none will ever mean as much to Boomers who grew up with Dave.

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