“Mom got drunk and Dad got drunk” is not the typical opening of a Christmas carol. But in this week’s episode of “The Cross and the Jukebox,” we take a look at Montgomery Gentry’s version of the song, ”Merry Christmas from the Family,” a song that explores the darker side of Christmas: gathering with family members who often are less functional than a Currier & Ives Christmas card print. We’ll look at the ways this song explores the not so hidden disappointments about family gatherings and look at how the gospel can inform all of that for those of us who know Christ.

In addition, this will be the last broadcast of “The Cross and the Jukebox” of 2011. But we will be back in early January with more conversation about roots, music, and religion.

Originally published December 19, 2011.