See the entire “The Carpenters at Christmas” TV special from 1977 with guest star Kristy McNichol!
I have not seen this in its entirety since I was a kid and it aired on ABC!
The Carpenters at Christmas (1977) was Richard and Karen Carpenter’s second TV special and first one for Christmas. The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait followed in 1978. Many of the songs were from Spike Jones’ 1956 Xmas Spectacular, which Karen and Richard listened to as children.
The comedy sketches are silly but it’s nice to see Karen and Richard as “themselves.” But the music cannot be beat! I love the duet Karen does with a very young Kristy McNichol who was then appearing on ABC’s Family.
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Ed M says:
Thank you so much. Though it may seem a bit corny today it was nice to see a good old fashioned Xmas special. I love Karen Carpenter. I consider her (and Mama Cass) to have the purest of voices.
And for me, seeing Kukla and Ollie again took me back to when I was just a little kid. Loved the show.
“Christmas Song” is pretty great.
thanks so very much for this wonderful show. Perfect quality. We never got to see these specials in the UK. Very 1970s what else but wonderful to watch. I loved the Carpenters and saw them at the London Palladium in 1976. My Chritsmas Portrait is consatnley plaiyng at the moment. happy Christmas
The Carpenters have the right to be silly? Corney, square, soft; you name it, but they are exceptional talented duo with millions of fans everywhere. The shone and will shine for years ahead. As it was predicted on her obituary,Karen voice quality and beauty hasnt been matched or equalled.