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The highlight of the year was always the Christmas show. When most people think of The Andy Williams Show, these specials are what come to mind.

As a child and young adult, Andy performed with his brothers, Bob, Dick and Don. In 1951, they disbanded and went their separate ways. After Andy got his own show, he convinced them to come back once a year to appear on his Christmas specials. The brothers brought their families, and two of Andy's nephews, Andy and David, became teen idols in their own right.

The Williams Brothers appear
on a Christmas special

Andy and family:
Noelle, Claudine, Christian, Andy and Bobby

The show was a technicolor whirlwind of ski sweaters, fake snow and beautifully decorated sets. The brothers sang, the Osmonds sang and the backup singers strolled around in Victorian garb.

Andy's parents were also on the show, and so was Andy's own family.

"These are the best home movies
anyone can have."

--Bobby Williams

------------- My YouTube Playlist

------------- Andy Williams Christmas Specials

Andy & The Osmond Brothers

"O Holy Night"

"Mary's Boy Child"
with Claudine, Noelle
and Christian

One episode even featured Andy
and some young skaters doing
an elaborate production number on ice.

Andy made a point of including one or two religious carols in each show, as well.

Above all, it was warm family fun, and audiences loved it. Nearly 40 years later, Donny Osmond remarked that people still come up to him and tell him they wish there were Andy Williams Christmas Specials on TV. Although Andy's weekly show left the air in 1971, the Christmas specials carried on for a few years afterwards.

Later Christmas Specials

12/14/71--The Lennon Sisters, Claudine Longet, The Williams Brothers, Andy's family, Andy's sister Janie, Andy's parents

12/13/73--The Williams Brothers, Andy's family

12/11/74--Claudine Longet, Danielle Longet, Andy's family

12/7/82--"Andy Williams' Early New England Christmas" (CBS)
James Galway, Dorothy Hamill, Aileen Quinn, Dick Van Patten

12/20/85--"Andy Williams & The NBC Kids Search For Santa"
Tempestt Bledsoe, Lisa Bonet, Mindy Cohn, Casey Ellison, Ami Foster, Cherie Johnson, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Joey Lawrence, Matthew Lawrence, Soleil Moon Frye, Alfonso Riberio, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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