‘Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays’:
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.