Three Wishes

Things come in threes at Christmas: Three ships, three kings from the orient. Even the lyricist to “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” repeats the line three times before adding “and a Happy New Year.”

And so here are triple Christmas wishes from FineArtsLA. They are drawn from our childhood, and correspond, for convenience’s sake, to high, middle and lowbrow.

We spent our first few Christmases in Germany, where our parents acquired a record called “Helige Nacht” with poetry recited between traditional carols sung by a choir. Our parents got the brilliant idea of preserving this for all time on reel-to-reel tape.

So our first Christmas greeting is appropriately auf Deutsch, and is our favorite classic carol:

When it comes to popular vocalists, Jack Jones is the one we grew up on.

Finally, anyone who grew up in the ’70s knows that no Christmas is complete without claymation. And so we present our favorite number, from “The Year Without a Santa Claus”:

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