By Esther Zuckerman
December 22, 2014 at 02:44 PM EST
Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS

On Friday night, Darlene Love brought her tradition of singing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on David Letterman’s show to an end—in spectacular fashion. Members of the band were outfitted in white jackets; the men wearing black bow ties, while Love donned a sparkling red gown. She concluded the number standing on top of Paul Shaffer’s piano as (fake) snow fell.

Love first sang the song for Letterman back when he was hosting Late Night in 1986, and told EW that the tradition “has become really, really special.” Friday marked Letterman’s last holiday broadcast at The Late Show before he cedes hosting duties to Stephen Colbert in 2015.

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