‘Michael Bu­ble: Home for the Hol­i­days’:

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Some­where, some­one may love Christ­mas more than Michael Bu­ble, but if that per­son ex­ists, it’s Santa.

Bu­ble lis­tens to Christ­mas mu­sic year­round and talks about the hol­i­day with the sort of sin­cer­ity usu­ally re­served for wish lists while perched on Santa’s knee. He brings that love of the hol­i­day, his in­cred­i­ble voice and warmth back to NBC for his sec­ond Christ­mas spe­cial.

“It’s bet­ter than last year,” Bu­ble says. “It’s so com­pletely fast, fun and loose.”

Bu­ble grew up watch­ing “The Andy Wil­liams Christ­mas Spe­cial,” rel­ish­ing the warmth and ease with which Wil­liams wel­comed his guests and au­di­ence. Bu­ble aims to repli­cate that and un­der­stands the im­por­tance of be­ing a gra­cious host.

“The truth is my goal is to have an an­nual spe­cial,” he says. “I wanted to make an old-school spe­cial.”

Re­lax­ing in a Man­hat­tan ho­tel over­look­ing Cen­tral Park, Bu­ble is so guile­less and en­thu­si­as­tic that the in­ter­view is less pro­mo­tional and more in­spi­ra­tional as he tells why he adores Christ­mas.

“The Christ­mas of my youth was full of love,” Bu­ble says of grow­ing up in a Van­cou­ver, B.C., home where his mom put up the tree in late Oc­to­ber, and he lis­tened to Bing Crosby’s “White Christ­mas” all year.

Now his fam­ily and friends de­scend on his Van­cou­ver house, where, he says, “we all eat too much and drink too much and laugh.” Last year’s party went un­til 4 a.m., when po­lice ar­rived. They told Bu­ble the party must be qui­eter, then the po­lice wound up stay­ing for drinks.

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