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Christmas Videos - These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

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First, the Hello! Morning Christmas Special from 2005:
This episode of “Hello! Morning” aired in Japan on Christmas, December 25, 2005. This is Part 1 of 2. It begins at the bus station, site of numerous skits in the show, where Kaori plays a teacher trying to lead her charges, six adorable schoolchildren (all played by then-current members of Morning Musume), in different Christmas songs, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” but they keep getting interrupted by various eccentric characters, including a rapping granny played by Kei Yasuda. Meanwhile, in a studio portion, all current members of MM and all then-still-active past members of MM gather under the guidance of Yuko and interact with a comedian named Shingo Yanagisawa in short improvised skits.




And Part 2:
This episode of “Hello! Morning” aired in Japan on Christmas, December 25, 2005. Part 1, also up on this channel, was followed in its original broadcast by commercials and non-holiday segments, which I've left out of this edit. Here, the show returns to the bus station, where the schoolgirls’ attempt to sing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is interrupted by the antics of three monks (played by Maki, Nono and Aibon). Santa and one of his reindeer show up, too, played by Erika and Yui from Viyuden, and they get a little too affectionate with each other. All the characters assemble to sing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Meanwhile, back in the studio portion, where all the girls have gathered with Yuko and comedian Shingo, Christmas cake is served and they all partake. I love it when the girls eat.


And the complete Hello! Morning 2006 Christmas Special:
For some reason the girls go to an amusement park for this Christmas episode of “Hello! Morning” from December 24, 2006 and go on rides and such, with a pink bunny in a Santa outfit giving them their marching orders. It doesn’t look too cold out. There are two groups: Ai, Risa, Eri and Sayumi in one, and Yossi, Miki, Nono and Reina in the other. Meanwhile, Koharu is in a room somewhere preparing a party with lots of food and Christmas decorations for when they return. Later, we see one of those “CM” segments, where Risa in orange and Eri in green (short-sleeved outfits) climb the steps of the Tokyo Tower, on a distinctly un-wintry day. This is the whole episode, complete with commercials. The 2005 Christmas special, which is also on this channel, was much more Christmas-themed.


And one of my favorite things EVER! — Morning Musume - 1960's American Pop Music Medley
Morning Musume recreates a 1960s Ed Sullivan Show by impersonating various American girl groups of the time, e.g. the Supremes, the Marvelettes and the Ronettes, and also singing Christmas songs. The audio’s a little low, but the image is high-def, the first time I’ve seen it look this good:


Morning Musume Christmas Medley 2000
From my entry of December 25, 2011:
While waiting for Christmas dinner to begin at my brother's house, I managed to get control of the computer in order to play various Christmas-themed Hello! Project songs and videos, including Buono's "Winter Story" and C-ute's "Aitai Lonely Christmas," all with the goal of livening things up, although with the predictable result of achieving the exact opposite, i.e. the wholesale alienation of assorted nephews, cousins, in-laws, etc. No surprises there. In any event, after going through the usual repertoire, I discovered this delightful dance number of Morning Musume doing Christmas songs with various Disney characters at Tokyo Disneyland from Christmas 2000, a few months after 4th Gen joined up. In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I'd share it with you:


Morning Musume dressed in bulky reindeer costumes to sing “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer":


Something a little more serious: C-ute: “Aitai Lonely Christmas”:



And some non-H!P videos:

Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank
This half-hour 1957 TV special showcases Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra singing 15 Christmas songs in a relaxed manner and casual setting. These two old pros do what they do best—treat great songs with love and respect. One of the best programs of its type I’ve ever seen and another way we can celebrate the Frank Sinatra Centennial, which we marked on December 12:


The Ray Milland Show: Christmas Story
In "Christmas Story," a half-hour episode of the sitcom, "The Ray Milland Show," Beverly Washburn plays Susie, an unruly orphan who is entrusted to Professor McNulty (Ray Milland) and his wife (Phyllis Avery) on Christmas Eve so she can experience Christmas with a family (never mind that the McNultys have no children). Susie is quite devious and, when she's alone with her doll, Amy, she reveals a plan to fool everybody into thinking she's changed, all so she can ruin Christmas at the orphanage by proving to the other kids that Santa Claus is a fake. Without giving anything away, something unexpected happens and leads to a very different, heartwarming outcome.


A Japanese animated version of "Little Women" #1: "Christmas Eve":


And some favorite Christmas cartoons:

Max Fleischer’s 1948 version of “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer” (erroneously listed as 1944 on the YouTube page):


And an earlier Fleischer cartoon, “Christmas Comes but Once a Year” (1936), featuring the ingenious inventor, Gramps:


And a classic Disney Silly Symphony in Technicolor: “Santa’s Workshop” (1932):


Enjoy!

And...Merry Christmas!
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