Look at that lovely tree. It’s the National Christmas Tree as part of the Annual Pageant of Peace, featuring 56 smaller trees representing the 50 states and 6 associated territories (including our own District of Columbia). The tree was lit tonight as part of an incredibly shlocky 90 minute program featuring John Conlee, Cathy Rigby, Eartha Kitt, and B.J. Thomas. If you’ve only heard of one of those performers, you’re doing about as well as I am.
Eartha Kitt was the only name I recognized, and her rendition of “Santa Baby” was pretty darn impressive. Her “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” though, wasn’t so good. What John Conlee did to “O Holy Night” is actually a crime in six southern states. And can someone please tell me why Cathy Rigby sang something from Peter Pan on stage?
The whole thing is certainly an American Tradition, but I can’t decide if it’s one that needs some quality time being reformed.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs