Get In The Holiday Spirit By Listening To Rosemary Clooney’s ‘White Christmas’

We’ve been going full-on War on Christmas for a while here with our Christmas wish list, but when it comes to Christmas music, we do not play. We’ll be featuring one classic Christmas song per day until the day of Jesus’ birth AKA day someone buys you a Lexus with a giant bow on top AKA day to see all the big movies AKA drink the family pain away day. Today, Rosemary Clooney’s “White Christmas,” which is the best version ever.

OK, there’s probably room for reasonable disagreement there, but I have mad special love for Clooney, having seen her with a full orchestra several times in the holiday season, and she never failed to deliver, even in the show that I saw only about 6 months before she passed away. She was a true performer up until the very end.

Every show had some of those amazing Nelson Riddle arrangements, every show had Rosemary’s gently self-deprecating jokes about how she now just introduced herself as George Clooney’s aunt, and every show had lovely anecdotes about living next door to Ira Gershwin. And at every Christmas show, there was “White Christmas” as the big finale with a full orchestra and a sea of people, mostly in red sweaters because Christmas, standing and applauding wildly. In fact, it was as wonderful and funny and effortless as this:

Once you’re done watching that, feel free to fall into a YouTube hole all day listening to Rosemary Clooney songs. That’s pretty much what I do every day.

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