This Christmas single by Las Vegas rock band The Killers was released as a digital download on November 30, 2010. All proceeds benefit the Red Hot Organization, an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS.
The song finds front man Brandon Flowers reflecting on the past as he approaches the end of another year, and it continues The Killers' tradition of releasing a holiday single every year. This is their fifth consecutive annual Christmas song since 2006, the others being "A Great Big Sled", "Don't Shoot Me Santa", "Joseph, Better You Than Me" and "Happy Birthday Guadalupe."
The music video was directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite). It starts with footage of the classic Christmas holiday movie, It's A Wonderful Life, which is also name-checked in the song's lyrics. The clip from the movie is used to introduce the song with the famous dialogue, "dear father, I'm not a praying man, but I'm at the end of my rope... show me the way."
This is Brandon Flowers' favorite Killers Christmas single. He explained to NME: "I was born in the desert but I spent my formative years in Utah, where we actually had white Christmases. I got really sentimental and I feel like I was able to look back and tell you about my mother, and that's what makes that my favorite one."