It’s Thanksgiving week, and that can only mean one thing: Christmas merchandise has been in stores for weeks already!
As for Christmas, we were musing to friends the other day that this will be the first one without Andy Williams in about half a century.
We’ll miss him.
Williams, who died in September at 84, arguably had the most pleasant voice of the crooner era, and maybe ever. But, as The Washington Post’s Jen Chaney notes, “When some hear the name Andy Williams, the first thing they immediately think is: Christmas.”
Few American traditions are as timeless as those surrounding the Yuletide, and Williams’ iconic renditions of carols such as It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – as well as his Christmas specials starting in the 1960s and his long-running live show in Branson, Mo. – led many to call him “Mr. Christmas.”
It’s true. No other American entertainer has put his or her stamp on the holiday season quite like Andy Williams did. Two of his children are even named “Noelle” and “Christian.”
Branson’s “Moon River Theater” will still produce Andy Williams Christmas shows. It’s just that now, he will appear only on screen.
His voice, though, so identified with the most wonderful time of the year, will live on.