Well, things have wound down here at the old lodge.  We hope everyone had a very, merry Christmas and that you have a blessed new year.  We will most definitely see you all in 2012.

So, until then, Merry Christmas! 

Starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh,

Holiday Affair is a romantic comedy about a veteran drifter who is employed as a clerk by a New York dept. store who falls for a war widow and her son, Timmy.

Distributed by RKO pictures.

Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Sydney Greenstreet, this farcical comedy tells the story of one Elizabeth Lane, a writer for Housekeeping magazine who writes about her homestyle life as a cook, expert mother and wife.  The only problem is, she is neither.  The situation is further complicated when the unsuspecting editor of the magazine concocts a scheme to have a Naval hero from the war spend a real, old-fashioned Christmas at the Lane farm in Connecticut with her husband and children.

Stuck in this predicament, Elizabeth spends the movie trying to juggle lie after lie to keep from being exposed and fired, while in the meantime, falling for the Naval hero.

This film was made by Warner Brothers and was released in August of 1945.

Here is the movie in it's entirey (while it lasts, Lol)

Featuring the voice talents of Hal Smith and Jean Van Der Pyl (who was the voice of Wilma Flinstone) and written and directed by Tony Benedict, this production from Modern Sound Film tells the story of a park ranger who shares the story of Christmas with two bear cubs who are determined to stay awake so they can see Santa Claus.

This is a pretty good little film, so here it is

Directed by Henry Edwards, this 1935 British film is the first sound adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Starring Seymour Hicks as the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge, this film differs from all other adaptations in that none of the ghosts of Christmas are ever shown - save The Ghost of Christmas Present.  Marley is only shown super-imposed on a door knocker.

The achievement of special effects was not yet advanced enough to offer film makers a way to believably show the spirits.

Seymour Hicks was a veteran actor who had played Scrooge on stage many times beginning in 1901 and had played him in a 1913 silent film.

Here is the film in its' entirety.

Andy Williams told the audience at his Moon River theater in Branson, MO on Saturday that he has Bladder cancer. Andy, who is 83, vowed to return next year to celebrate his 75th year in show business.

  "I do have cancer of the bladder," Williams said. "But that is no longer a death sentence. People with cancer are getting through this thing. They're kicking it, and they're winning more and more every year. And I'm going to be one of them." 

The Gathering is a made-for-tv movie starring Ed Asner and Maureen Stapleton about a man who learns he is dying and tries to gather his dis-jointed family together for one last Christmas.  The caveat is that none of his children know he is dying.

Rounding out the cast is Gregory Harrison who plays Adam "Bud" Thorton, Jr., a very outspoken critic of the Vietnam War, who after an arguement with his father, moved to Canada under assumed names.

The movie was nominated for five emmy awards and won two including Outstanding special - comedy or drama.

Here is the final scenes from the film.

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Here is another performance by Andy Williams and the Osmond Brothers from one of Andy's earliest Christmas shows.

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Last year, the Bing Crosby estate release a second DVD containing the specials of Bing Crosby.  This time, the  Christmas specials.  A selection of four including The Bing Crosby Show produced in London in 1961, the first color holiday special from 1962 featuring Mary Martin and Andre' Previn, one from 1971 featuring the late Robert Goulet, and the last one from 1977, Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas featuring David Bowie and Twiggy.

This set also features some great bonus material including Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank, from ABC's Frank Sinatra Show.

You can find this on Amazon or your favorite DVD provider.

Below is a sample blend of Bing singing White Christmas on his various specials.

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Here is a vintage commercial from the 1978 Holiday season from Burger King©.

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Offically, Christmas in July isn't until the 25th but I wanted to share this now.

Bing Crosby hosted many radio shows throughout the years and each one had a Christmas show.  Later, Bing would host a Christmas radio broadcast specifically and these are still broadcast every year on Sirius/XM radio during their annual airing of Bing Crosby Christmas Radio.

But, for this year's treat, here is the entire Bing Crosby Christmas show broadcast from 1942.

Part One

Part Two
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A Christmas Portrait was released by A & M records on October 13, 1978 and became an instant classic.

That same year, a television special was produced.  For this year's Christmas in July, here is part one of that special.  Want to send special thanks to Neroli8676 for uploading this special to Youtube.  Go out and give them a shout of thanks.

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Here is a wonderful Christmas medley from The Ray Conniff Singers.

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Well, it's summer.  That means that it's almost time for Christmas in July.

Gonna try and cook up something good for that day so stay tuned...