Today I’m cheating, since this is a really long clip. It’s mostly traditional carols, but they are blended in a way that is unique to the 1980s, which is about as contemporary as I usually want to get this time of year.
When I first learned of this TV special from 1987, “The Sound of Christmas,” my first thought was, “Wow, someone was feeling random!” I mean, seriously, Julie Andrews, John Denver, and Placido Domingo in one show together? You would be hard pressed to come up with three more diverse singers…yet it’s magic. Pure Christmas magic. The finale of their show is a medley of Christmas carols that showcases each singer and, somehow, makes them sound lovely as an unlikely trio. Unroll your eyes and enjoy: