The Andy Williams Christmas Show


The Andy Williams Christmas Show

The best moments from a number of snowy Christmases that came to the NBC Studios in California between 1962 and 1974 for Andy Williams's annual yuletide songfest.


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And now, the star of our show,

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Andy Williams!

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# It's the most wonderful time of the year

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# Ding dong, ding dong

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# With the kids jingle-belling

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# And everyone telling you "Be of good cheer"

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# It's the most wonderful time of the year

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# It's the hap-happiest season of all

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# With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings

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# When friends come to call

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# It's the hap-happiest season of all

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# There'll be parties for roasting, marshmallows for toasting

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# And carolling out in the snow

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# There'll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories

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# Of Christmases long, long ago

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# It's the most wonderful time of the year

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# There'll be much mistletoe-ing and hearts will be glowing

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# When loved ones are near

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# It's the most wonderful time

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# Yes, the most wonderful time

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# Oh, the most wonderful time

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# Of the year! #

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APPLAUSE

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Hey, Andy! How terrific.

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-Wow!

-Hey, beautiful! Beautiful, yeah.

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I tell you, that sure beats the 747.

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APPLAUSE

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This being the holiday season,

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we'd like to just take some time...

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I'll set my watch here. We'll sing some pretty Christmas songs.

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If you feel like joining in occasionally, feel free.

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# Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

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# Jack Frost nipping at your nose

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# Yuletide carols

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# Being sung by a choir

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# And folks dressed up like Eskimos

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# Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe

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# Help to make the season bright

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# Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow

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# Will find it hard to sleep tonight

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# They know that Santa's on his way

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# He's loaded lots of toys and goodies in his sleigh

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# And every mother's child is gonna spy

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# To see if reindeer really know how to fly

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# And so I'm offering this simple phrase

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# To kids from one to 92

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# Although it's been said

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# Many times, many ways

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# Merry Christmas

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# To you. #

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APPLAUSE

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This is what December looks like in Southern California, where I live.

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You know, one of the most famous Christmas songs in the whole world is about this place.

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But for some reason, nobody ever sings the first part.

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I'll bet even Bing has forgotten it.

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# The sun is shining, the grass is green

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# The orange and palm trees sway

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# There's never been such a day

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# In Beverly Hills, LA

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# When it's December the 24th

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# I'd like it to look just the way it does

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# Up north

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# Cos

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# I'm dreaming

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# Of a white Christmas...

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APPLAUSE

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Boy, when I dream, I don't kid around!

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# It's the holiday season

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# And Santa Claus is comin' round

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# The Christmas snow is white on the ground

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# When old Santa gets into town

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# He'll be comin' down the chimney, down

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# It's the holiday season

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# And Santa Claus has got a toy

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# For every good girl and good little boy

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# Santa's a great big bundle of joy

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# When he's comin' down the chimney, down

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# He'll have a big fat pack upon his back

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# And lots of goodies for you and for me

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# So leave a peppermint stick for old St Nick

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# Hangin' on the Christmas tree

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# It's the holiday season

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# The holiday season

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# So whoop de do and hickory dock

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# And don't forget to hang up your sock

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# Cos just exactly at 12 o'clock

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# He'll be comin' down the chimney, down

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# He'll be comin' down the chimney, down

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# He's got a big fat pack upon his back

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# With lots of goodies for you and for me

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# So leave a peppermint stick for old St Nick

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# Hangin' on the Christmas tree

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# It's the holiday season

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# So whoop de do and hickory dock

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# Don't you dare forget to hang up your sock

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# Cos just exactly at 12 o'clock

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# He'll be comin' down the chimney, comin' down the chimney

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# Comin' down the chimney, down!

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# Happy holiday

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# Happy holiday

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# Happy holiday

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# Happy holiday

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# While the merry bells keep ringing

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# Happy holiday

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# To you

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# Happy holiday

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# To you! #

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# The first Nowell

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# The angels did say

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# Was to certain poor shepherds

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# In fields as they lay

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# In fields where they

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# Lay keeping their sheep

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# On a cold winter's night

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# That was so deep

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# Nowell, Nowell

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# Nowell, Nowell

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# Born is the King of Israel

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BELL CHIMES

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# O come, all ye faithful

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# Joyful and triumphant

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# O come ye, o come ye

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# To Bethlehem

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# Oh-oh-oh

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# Come and behold Him

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# Born the King of angels

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# O come, let us adore him

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# O come, let us adore him

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# O come, let us adore him

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# Christ

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# Christ the Lord. #

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APPLAUSE

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# It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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# Everywhere you go

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# Take a look in the five and ten

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# Glistenin' once again

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# With candy canes and silver lanes aglow

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# It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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# Toys in every store

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# But the prettiest sight to see

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# Is the holly that will be

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# On your own front door. #

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Hey, everybody. Merry Christmas.

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APPLAUSE

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Hey, fellas, that's the best dressed snowman I've ever seen.

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-Thank you, Mr Williams.

-My golly. Beautiful hat,

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great scarf...

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Cashmere, too!

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Wonderful gloves. Where did you get all that stuff?

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They all belong to our dad.

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Oh, yeah?

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-Does he know you took them?

-No.

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LAUGHTER

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Don't you think you might be in trouble when he finds you?

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Oh, he won't find us. Those are his glasses, too.

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LAUGHTER

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Looks just like him.

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If that WAS him, he could sing along with us.

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He can't sing, Mr Williams, but he can start us off.

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-He can start us off?

-Yes, sir.

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-How does he do that?

-Like this.

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Its magic.

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# Silver bells

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# Silver bells

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# Silver bells

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# Silver bells

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# It's Christmas time in the city

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# Ring a ling

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# Hear them ring

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# Soon it will be Christmas time

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# City sidewalks, busy sidewalks

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# Dressed in holiday style

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# In the air

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# There's a feeling of Christmas

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# Children laughing, people passing

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# Meeting smile after smile

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# And on every street corner

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# You'll hear

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-# Silver bells

-# Silver bells

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-# Silver bells

-# Silver bells

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# It's Christmas time in the city

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# Ring a ling

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# Hear them ring

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# Soon it will be Christmas time

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# Soon it will be

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# Christmas time. #

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APPLAUSE

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# Hear the bells ringing their ting-a-ling sounds

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# See the fresh snow, it's white on the ground

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# Hang up the stockings and let's have a holiday today

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# Bring out the holly, we mustn't delay

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# Because all our friends will drop in today

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# Warm the hot chocolate and bring out the marshmallow tray

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# This year we shall know

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# A wonderful Christmas and the glow of candlelight

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# Let's have a fling, I'll give you my present, a wedding ring

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# Hear me sing

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# Turkeys a-cookin' and candy cane sticks

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# With reindeer and sleigh bells and good old St Nick

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# Two kids sneaking kisses beneath all the mistletoe

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# As if we didn't know

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# This year we shall know

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# A wonderful Christmas and the glow of candlelight

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# Let's have a fling, I'll give you my present, a wedding ring

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# Hear me sing!

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# Yuletide, good cheer

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# Christmas is here

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# This one we'll share, we haven't a care, it's Christmas

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# Such a very merry Christmas

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# Extraordinary Christmas time is here! #

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APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE

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# Over hills and valleys we go

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# In a crystal world aglow with

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# Nature's perfect wonder made of snow

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# Branches drooping, heavy laden

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# Skiing through a setting made in

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# Fairyland where winter breezes blow

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APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE

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# Memories we will always treasure

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# While we live a life of leisure

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# Won't you come along with me where

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# Life is

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# Fancy free? #

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APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE

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# Gliding along

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# Floating through space

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# Come say hello

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# To each smiling face

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# Frost nips your nose

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# Joy fills the air

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# Happiness reigns, there is fun to share

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# Do-be do-be, do-be-do-be-do-be do-be-do-be-do-be

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# Do doo-doo do-doo

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# Do-be-do-be-do-be do-be-do-be-do-be

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# Do doo-doo do-doo

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# Do-be-do-be-do-be do-be-do-be-do-be

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# Do doo-doo do-doo

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# Do-be-do-be-do-be do-be-do-be-do-be

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# Do-be-do-be-do-be do-be-do-be-do

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# Skating, skating, skating, skating

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# Riding along

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# Floating through space

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# Come say hello to each smiling face

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# Frost nips your nose

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# Joy fills the air

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# Happiness reigns, there is fun to share

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# It's such fun

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# To waltz and glide

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# Makes you happy inside, to skate

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# Till the daylight is done! #

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APPLAUSE

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Why don't they write songs like they used to?

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The Christmas Bells of Hoboken? Bah, humbug.

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PHONE RINGS

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Tin Ear Music Incorporated?

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I'm sorry, Mr Mozart cannot be disturbed.

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He's looking for the hit Christmas song of 1919.

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-Miss Schubert, send in the next song plugger.

-Yes, AJ.

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937 Christmas songs I've listened to - all terrible.

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One at a time!

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Wait till you hear this, AJ!

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Just two bars, and my absolutely infallible instinct will tell me whether it's a hit.

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BIG OPENING FLOURISH

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# Sleigh bells ring

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-# Are you listenin'?

-Hold it. Bury it.

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-But AJ...

-Next!

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You lucky, lucky man. Have I got a winner for you!

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OPENING FLOURISH

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# I'm dreaming of a white... #

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No, no, no, no, no! Much too simple, much too simple.

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Listen. Here's a classic -

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a guaranteed classic...

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Stinks! Much too complicated.

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One thing I know is what makes a hit Christmas song.

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# Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way

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# Mmmm... #

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No, no, you numbskulls, that's not today. This is 1919.

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Today, ya gotta have rag!

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RAGTIME INTRO

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# Dashing, dashing over the snow

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# Got myself a horse and a sleigh

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# Me and my gal, ready to go

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# Laughing every mile of the way

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# Hear those bells go jing-a-de-jing

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# Don't they have a raggedy ring?

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# Look at the horse pawin' the ground

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# Pickin' up the rhythm, see him horsin' around

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# Jingle bell rag, j-jingle bell rag

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# Listen to the tingle of the jingle bell rag

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# What fun it is to ride

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# Over the hills and the countryside

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# Jingle bell rag, j-jingle bell rag

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# Lots of syncopation in the sleigh

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# It may be 30 below

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# They keep on meltin' the snow

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# Those jingle bells, jingle bells

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# Ringin' out the jingle bell rag

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# Snowflakes dance around to keep warm

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# Do the turkey trot as they fall

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# Even the wind's blowin' a storm

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# Of raggy music at the snow ball

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# All those bells of silver and brass

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# Give that music plenty of class

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# Flappers are all doin' their thing

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# Tintinnabulatin'

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# With the ring-a-ding-ding

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# Jingle bell rag, j-jingle bell rag

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# Listen to the tingle of the jingle bell rag

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# What fun it is to ride

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# Over the hills and the countryside

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# Jingle bell rag, j-jingle bell rag

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# Lots of syncopation in the sleigh

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# It may be 30 below

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# They keep on meltin' the snow

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# Those jingle bells, jingle bells

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# Ringin' out the jingle bell rag

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# Listen to the tingle of the jingle bell rag

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# Jingle bell rag, j-jingle bell rag

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# You may be out in a storm

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# We guarantee you'll keep warm

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# With jingle bells

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# Jingle bells

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# Jingle bells, jingle bells

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# Do the jingle bell

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# Ra...

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# ..a-aa...

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# ..a-ag

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# Do that jingle bell rag! #

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# O holy night!

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# The stars are brightly shining

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# It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth

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# Long lay the world in sin and error pining

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# Till He appeared

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# And the soul felt its worth

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# A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices

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# For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

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# Fall on your knees!

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# Oh, hear the angel voices!

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# Oh, night divine

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# Oh, night

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# When Christ was born

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# Oh, night divine

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# Oh, night

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# Oh, night divine

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# Fall on your knees!

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# Oh, hear the angel voices!

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# Oh, night divine

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# Oh, night

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# When Christ was born

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# Oh, night divine

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# Oh, night

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# O-o-o-o-oh, night

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# Divine! #

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# So I'm offering this simple phrase

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# To kids from one to 92

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-# Although it's been said

-# Oooh...

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# Many times, many ways

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# Merry Christmas

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-# To...

-# Oooh...

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# Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas

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# Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas

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# Over the meadow and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go

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# The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the drifted snow

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# Over the meadow and through the woods

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# Over the meadow and through the woods

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# O-o-ver the me-a-do-ow, o-o-ver the me-a-do-ow

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# Sleigh bells ring, are you listenin'?

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# In the lane, snow is glistenin'

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# A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight

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# Walkin' in a winter wonderland

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# Deck the halls with boughs of holly

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# Fa-la-la la-la, la-la la-la

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# 'Tis the season to be jolly

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# Fa-la-la la-la, la-la la-la

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# O-o-ver the me-a-do-ow, o-o-ver the me-a-do-ow

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# Just hear those sleigh bells jinglin', a-ring-ting-tinglin' too

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# Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

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# Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling, "Yoo-hoo!"

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# Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

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# The snow is snowing, the wind is blowing

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# I can weather the storm

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# What do I care how much it may storm?

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# I've got my love to keep me warm

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# Winter, winter

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# When the snow is softly falling

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# That's the time to squeeze, when it starts to freeze

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# In October and November and December just remember

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# Winter, winter

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# When your sweetheart comes a-calling

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# By the fireside so bright you'll sit and tease her

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# That's the time to squeeze her, when it's winter

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# Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas

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# Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas

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# Merry Christmas

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# Deck the halls with boughs of holly

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# Fa-la-la la-la, la-la la-la

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# 'Tis the season to be jolly

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# Fa-la-la la-la, la-la la-la

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# Merry Christmas

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# Don we now our gay apparel, fa-la-la la-la-la, la-la-la

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# Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la la-la

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# Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas

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# Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas

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# Over the meadow and through the woods

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# Over the meadow and through the woods

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# Through the woods

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# To wish you

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# A very merry Christmas

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# Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas #

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ALL: Merry Christmas!

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Goodnight, everybody.

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Merry Christmas.

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It being the season of goodwill and bad jumpers, it is time to relive the best moments from a number of snowy Christmases that came to the NBC Studios in California between 1962 and 1974 for Andy Williams's annual yuletide songfest. With guest appearances from the Osmond Brothers and the Williams Family.


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