Merry Christmas from Donny and Marie Osmond

By Celeste


So, on Thanksgiving day, Rich and I received an email asking if we would be willing to participate in a Christmas lip sync contest for our church Christmas party the next week.


Would we?!???

We would.

Our friends, the McAllisters (with whom we were staying over Thanksgiving break) nicely let us waste their entire evening browsing YouTube trying to decide which song to do.  We were leaning heavily toward this 1986 Fresh-Prince-of-Bel-Air-ish Christmas rap called “Chillin’ With Santa” that Rich had unearthed.  The Muppets’ Ringing of Bells also crossed our minds (we’re such big fans of the recent Mormon/Muppet alliance).

But in the end, The 1976 Osmond family Christmas special came across the sidebar of my YouTube page and we just knew.  We knew we’d arrived.  (Although we were SORELY tempted by the 1977 opening number as well.  It’s pretty awesome. And by awesome I mean painfully awful).

Let it be known that these are just two of many, many Osmond family Christmas specials.  Now, if you ever find yourself thinking, “Hmm, I think I’d like to watch a decade’s worth or so of these Osmond Family Christmas specials on YouTube today.”


It almost killed me.  I almost died from the pain of cheesy puns and cornball dialogue that is Donny and Marie’s banter (spoiler alert:  the punchline of EVERY joke is how big the Osmond family is.  And if you’re thinking, “But Celeste, the Osmond family is SO big, it will never not be funny!!”  It will my friends, somewhere after the eleventh . . . or first joke . . . it will.)

Ok, enough yacking, here’s our video:  (Rich even added a text introduction like some sort of wizard)

But wait, I’m not done yacking about this yet!  Rich has told me I “owe him big” for this.  With every layer I would add to our performance (the choreography, the turtlenecks, the wig), Rich would audibly groan.  He couldn’t stand the cheese.  But, clearly, CLEARLY I was doing the world a favor, because I mean look at the guy- he was BORN to impersonate Donny Osmond.  And I kept telling him he should not bury his talent, or it might be taken away even that Osmond-impersonating talent which he hath.  Isn’t that how it works?

Also, if you ever find yourself in charge of a Christmas church party, I HIGHLY recommend implementing a Jimmy Fallon style lip sync battle.  This was the best Christmas church party I’ve ever been to.

Anyway, I’ll leave you with this picture someone snapped of us.  We can’t figure out where in our performance this moment was, but doesn’t it look like a shot from the MOST white rap EVER??


I so wish we were rapping here.

5 thoughts on “Merry Christmas from Donny and Marie Osmond

    1. This is the perfect response Josalyn 🙂 I was so hoping you’d see this. I feel like you deserve some sort of credit for this performance after having suffered through watching those Osmond videos with us 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you asked Elisa! I meant to write that up in the post, but forgot! We had a “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with a very impressive Grinch costume. We had some version of “jingle bells” with a slow beginning, then a pick up where the family actually all rode their bikes on stage. And then “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays” by N’Sync complete with choreography. Some worthy competitors for sure!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *