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Walt's Best Holiday Songs
It's not Christmas unless i hear these songs at least 50 times.  All of these holiday tunes remind me of growing up with a white New England Christmas and hearing these songs, at both my parents house and in my Grandparents basement,where there was a table set up for 25 of us to eat an Italian Christmas eve dinner.  None of these songs, or any other Christmas songs, should be played until the day after Thanksgiving. Please.

"Handel's Messiah"  (1741) George F. Handel.
This opera and chorus is one of the most powerful ever written. If you're not a Christmas church goer before you hear this, you will be after !
 
"Merry Christmas Darling" (1970)
The Carpenters. Okay, so i like the Carpenters. Wanna fight?
 
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" (1963) 
Bing Crosby. Amazing. Pick any song by Bing around Christmas. He's the man.
 
"The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" (1962)
Andy Williams. Loves me some of this sweater-wearing cool guy. If his "Moon River" can be played at Christmas, then spin that too.
 
"I've got some presents for Santa" (1994)
Sarah Taylor. This just joined my list. This song is so hot and sultry it will make you do things to your Mrs Claus that she might actually like! I need a cold shower. Cleverly well written and sung. I don't know how i hadn't heard this before.
 
There are SO MANY OTHERS! What are your favorites?   - Walt
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Walt's Best Holiday Cocktails
In case you find yourself gathered around the family fireplace, and need a beverage...or, you're stuck at a party with the guy that won't stop talking about that one time at band camp, these adult beverages may make your holiday cheer a little more cheery.

Christmas Kiss
Amaretto, Cranberry juice and Peach Shnapps. It's more for the ladies, but if it puts them in the mood to share "holiday cheer", then i'm all in.
 
Poinsettia
Champagne, cranberry juice and Grand Marnier. Mix with crushed ice. Very festive red color. Choose an Christmassy outfit to match the beverage you're enjoying.
 
Santa's Pole
Grenadine, Lemon-Lime soda, Peppermint schnapps and vodka. Whoa..a lot going on here. Sounds like a hangover starter. You can sub Hawaiian punch for the cherry Grenadine if you want.   What ladies wouldn't want their lips on something named "Santa's Pole?" 
 
Egg Nog Captain Morgan
The Captain makes an appearence at Christmas. That damned pirate is everywhere, even at kid's birthday parties in a flask. Anyway, start it with a pinch of nutmeg, get me a shot of the Captain (use the new Captain black spiced rum) and fill the rest with egg nog (use lowfat if you can, the full fat stuff is heinous)
 
Flaming Jesus
Good Lord. This is sure to take your party to the next level. Fill your glass with grain alcohol (Everclear). Layer 151 Rum on the top. Set this bad boy on fire. Drink on fire. Be careful playing with fire. Men and women with moustaches be careful !
 
What are your favorite holiday drinks??


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Walt Gray Show makes it into Sacbee!
All of us on the show are humbled, and excited to make it into the Sacramento Bee, and we didn't have to break any laws to accomplish this goal.  Although, they did mention one of Walt's previous incarcerations.

Read the article, here:
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/11/5044874/walt-gray-trades-in-his-newsman.html
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Walt's Best Christmas Movies
Lots of holiday traditions out there, from gatherings and foods, to caroling and embibing...but to really get in the mood, I roll out a classic seasonal movie.  Here are my choices:
 
5. Miracle on 34th St (1947). the classic black and white Christmas flick. Edmund Gwenn is the Macy's Santa who claims he's the REAL Kris Kringle. Isn't he? Let's go to court to sort it all out.  My God, this movie is 65 years old and just delicious.
 
4. Christmas Story (1983). This is my wife's family's "go to" Christmas movie since it came out in the 80's. It has an instant old-school classic feel since it has a 40's theme. Ralphie wants a Red Rider BB gun. Who doesn't? Darrin McGavin is awesome as the Dad. This movie was key in later sales of women's leg lamps.
 
3. White Christmas (1954). Simply delightful, a great family movie. Reminds me of growing up in New England. It mixes in a WWII story in Vermont with all the great Bing Crosby Christmas songs as Bing and Danny Kaye work two hot blondes on the down low. Bing looks like he needs advice on how to "close the deal" with Rosemary Clooney. Too bad Vince Vaughn wasn't around to tell him he's "money". 

2. It's a Wonderful Life (1946). This was the movie on at my house growing up. George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) loses eight grand and runs around acting like Jimmy Stewart. What the hell, you've seen the movie, let's move along.
 
1. Bad Santa (2003)
Of course this is my fave. Billy Bob Thornton at his twisted best. That's saying alot for a guy who's really twisted. Who wouldn't like a Santa that smokes and drinks and tries to rob a department store on Christmas eve with his little pal? Don't watch it with your younger kids, unless you want to speed up their path to delinquency.
 
Those are my top five. What are your favorite Christmas Movies?
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