Legendary crooner Andy Williams may have been rushing it a bit, but for him it seems like the day after Thanksgiving is always Christmas.
In fact, as November fades into December, the smooth voiced vocalist sings, speaks and thinks of nothing but Christmas for an entire month while performing his annual Christmas Tour.
And Williams lighted the first sparks of the holiday season Friday by opening the first leg of his nationwide Seventh Annual Christmas Tour at Oklahoma City's Civic Center Music Hall.
And somehow, despite just recovering from mass overindulgence after the Thanksgiving holiday, the large Oklahoma crowd's appetite didn't seem sedated. They ate up Williams' show with gusto.
Backed by an excellent orchestra, Williams was nothing but charming.
He told jokes, spoke about the "old days" and sang "old chestnuts" in his clear, strong voice for nearly two hours Friday.
"Old chestnuts are songs that have been around a long time that just get better with age," Williams said, after opening the show with "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year."
Williams' show was full of goodies, including a Christmas tree, an appearance by Santa Claus, a medley of Williams' hits and the singer's rendition of traditional Christmas songs backed by the Oklahoma City University Chamber Choir.
Highlights of the show's first half included Williams' performance of such popular Christmas tunes as "Jingle Bells" and the songs from movies including "Days of Wine and Roses," "Charade," "Love Story" and more.
Williams then opened the second half of his show with a "Christmas rap song," before singing "Silver Bells," "Little Drummer Boy" and "White Christmas."
But the best of the night came when Williams performed "Angels Have We Heard on High," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "Silent Night" and "Holy Night" with the OCU Chamber Choir, before wrapping up with "Moon River." BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 408233