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Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular

I was worried that it would be taken over by political correctness and become more of a “holidays” spectacular instead of a Christmas spectacular, with Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and weird Islamic holidays getting equal billing with Christmas. But I was pleasantly surprised that it was 100% unapologetically a Christmas spectacular: probably not a whole lot different than the original Christmas Spectacular in 1933, except with more pizzazz. A guy dressed as Santa Claus reminded us that the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (shown in the video above) dates back to the original 1933 show. My mother says that in the 1970s or 1980s they did include a Hanukkah dance, but that has been removed. I guess the people who are paying to see the show want to see a Christmas show.

Even though the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers has a long tradition, my two favorite scenes were stuffed animals dancing to a medley of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and a Strauss waltz, and the Living Nativity which has real live sheep and a camel and they sang Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. (Like the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, the Living Nativity also dates back to the original 1933 show.) Thankfully, there were no Mariah Carey songs.

Now, I imagine some readers want to know the answer to the most important question. Is it prole? I think it’s definitely more prole, than say, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. In front of me was a prole Hispanic family. I imagine they were city workers. It’s also very touristy, which is a mark of proleness. Nevertheless, the Christmas Spectacular is probably classless like the NFL. Proles can enjoy it (if they can afford the tickets), but so can the upper classes. I suspect that some SWPLs pretend that they are only enjoying it ironically but secretly they are enjoying it unironically.

The only part of the show which was especially prole was a brief 3D movie of Santa Claus flying around New York City on his sleigh. Was that really necessary?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 15, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Posted in New York City

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  1. Those fit fillies put the SS to shame.


    December 15, 2015 at 8:15 pm

  2. you liveblogging the debate or what?


    December 15, 2015 at 8:31 pm

  3. Wow, those are some seriously good-looking women!


    December 15, 2015 at 10:03 pm

  4. BTW, I’m watching “Captain from Castile” (1947) with Tyrone Powers and Jean Peters. I don’t recall ever seeing Jean Peters in anything before and am really impressed with her beauty. (She went on to marry Howard Hughes and retired from acting.)


    December 15, 2015 at 10:06 pm

  5. I used to work in that area, and one day as I was going to work earlier than usual I was astonished to see a live camel right in the middle of Rockefeller Center. They were taking him out for some fresh air. It was really incredible!

    Glad you had a good time, I have always loved the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Another Christmas tradition is to see The Nutcracker ballet at the New York City Ballet. It is completely and totally Christmas with a gigantic Christmas tree. They do some nifty stage work. it just grows and grows and grows and at the end of act 1 there’s this gigantic enormous Christmas tree filling up the whole stage.


    December 15, 2015 at 10:21 pm

  6. ‘My mother says that in the 1970s or 1980s they did include a Hanukkah dance, but that has been removed. ‘

    My butt naked Puerto Rican told me with full confidence that Jews celebrate Christmas on Hanukkah. I thought he was crazy, but apparently not necessarily so. The craziness of the whole thing of mixing Hanukkah and Christmas is amazing. I’m sure it was a secular Jewish idea.

    The clip was very boring. Why don’t you watch a good Mexican movie ‘Sin Nombre’ instead?


    December 15, 2015 at 11:47 pm

  7. I find this interesting because it shows that such traditional “prole” entertainment clearly strives to emulate more highbrow stuff, like classical ballett. So the superiority of traditional highbrow culture is recognized, even though many find it boring and actually prefer lighter versions. But the aspiration is there. It’s also not afraid of apolitical fun.

    Compare this to e.g. SWPL types fascination with Rap and similar stuff that stems from sub-prole thuggish ghetto culture.


    December 16, 2015 at 3:15 am

  8. I’m very glad that our new Secretary of the Army is not going to let such martial talent go to waste.
    It’s good to know that these leggy gals will at last be able to serve their country in the front lines
    along with our Special Forces. Uuh-Rah!

    All Combat Roles Now Open to Women, Defense Secretary Says
    “There will be no exceptions,” Mr. Carter said at a news conference. He added, “They’ll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They’ll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers and everything else that was previously open only to men.”

    Nedd Ludd

    December 16, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    • Yeah, yeah, you are in the army now.


      December 18, 2015 at 7:23 am

      • I knew a girl who served in the Army, she was a very nice girl. Bisexual too.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 18, 2015 at 8:33 am

      • A soldier is required to be competent, not nice and get the whole platoon killed.


        December 18, 2015 at 9:22 am

    • In their own words:


      December 18, 2015 at 7:30 am

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