THE ANDY WILLIAMS 1968 CHRISTMAS SHOW (NBC 12/19/68)
This annual Christmas special is hosted by singer Andy Williams and features his friends, family and other musical guests.
The program begins as Williams sings "A Gift of Song" and decorates a tree with personalized ornaments. He then sings "In This White World" as he skis down a mountain, crashing in front of his family home. They take him inside, and he sings a bit of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" before segueing into a harmony of "If Love Comes With It" with his brothers as they share a hot drink.
The family then gathers in the kitchen to make "Christmas Eve Supper all together, after which Williams takes a wintry stroll with his wife Claudine Longet, and they sing " For Baby (For Bobbie )" together. They come upon their sons Christian and Bobby making "ice cream snow," using food coloring, and Longet helps them as she sings "Colours." Williams sits at the piano inside and jokes with his father, and the entire family chimes in on a country version of "Deck the Halls."
Carolers soon arrive at the Williams home and sing a harmonized version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Williams and Longet dance to "Love in a Home," joined by daughter Noelle, and Williams briefly engages his children in "Little Sir Echo."
As bedtime approaches, Longet and Williams sing "Little Sack of Sugar" with their children, and Williams tells them a musical story about a prince and his three-legged princess who dance "The Last Great Waltz" together. As he tucks them in, Williams ponders the meaning of childhood and sings "I Believed It All."
Onstage, Williams sings a snippet of "Let Me Entertain You" before introducing his "family show," featuring several of his relatives, including his brother Robert, dressed up in an embarrassing costume. Williams conducts the family in a round version of "To Santa Claus' House We Go," which soon speeds up too much for the cue card-carrying Robert. Longet emerges dressed as an elf and banters with Williams for a bit and two more Williams’ brothers come out with their dog Trixie, although their routine is marred by fraternal bickering.
The Osmond family then takes the stage and plays some tunes, and Williams interviews young Jimmy, who then belts out "I Dig Rock and Roll Music " and "I Got a Woman." The whole family then joins the Osmonds for "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Williams reprises "A Gift of Song,"and then bids the audience good night.
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