Sunday, December 24, 2006

'Twas "the Nth" Before Christmas

A few weeks ago I ran across my old, tattered copy of "The Night Before Christmas". I remember it being my favorite book to read around Christmas time. Back in 2003, Anderson spoofed it AC360 style. Below is the video of that Nth Degree. During the entire clip the bottom of the screen says "Chestnut". Does anybody have a clue why that's there? A nickname or inside joke maybe? In any case, enjoy!

'Twas "The Nth" before Christmas, we finished our jobs. Not a creature was stirring, not even Lou Dobbs.

The Nielsens were tracked by the suits with great care. In hopes the good ratings soon would be there.

The anchors were nestled all snug in their beds while personal assistants brought rugs for their heads.

When outside the set there arose such a clatter, I clapped on my lights and said, "oh, what's the matter?"

Away to the window the camera pans, revealing a gaggle of CNN fans.

"Hey Cooper, where's Gupta, where's Hemmer, that vixen, where's Woodruff, where's Carlson, where's Carville or Blitzer?"

I spoke not a word but went back to my work, and read all the copy then turned with a jerk.

And lifting a finger made clear to the mob, that stalkers are not a fun part of this job.

I sprang to my feet, to my crew gave a whistle. And the fans, they took off like a patriot missile.

But they heard me exclaim, "at least, next time, name me." Happy Christmas to all and to "The Nth Degree."

I would like to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a happy and safe holiday.

Speaking of staying safe, I was driving home tonight and ran across 5 or 6 deer on the side of the road. Thankfully, none of them decided to dart in front of my car. While you are driving to see family and friends over the next few days, keep you eyes out for critters on the side of the road.

If you are interested in reading some Anderfiction, check out Ellee's new Anderchronicle Christmas story HERE.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that close up of his eyes is amazing!

Anonymous said...

thank you quitty this video complete my holidays. Happy Holidays to all!


Anonymous said...

Darn this video won't play for me either! I think it might be on Youtube though so i'll check

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting, I had forgodden all about that. I remember seeing the video clip of it and I loved it. Now, we would surely name Anderson first!

Merry Christmas to all!

sydney said...

That was the bestest Christmas present EVER! I would like to see him reading the real story to some kids, I bet it'd be really cute.

And yes, qagrl, the eyes....THUD!

Happy Holidays, all.

Anonymous said...

oh, i'd forgodden that one, too! what fun :)

perhaps they were snarking the 6th definition of chestnut (from merriam-webster's Collegiate dictionary, 10th ed):

a. an old joke or story b. something (as a musical piece or a saying) repeated to the point of staleness.

ACAnderFan said...

Thanks for posting that. It was great. Anderson has such a wonderful sense of humor.

I bet Anderson would look cute dressed up in a santa suit, and he can come down my chimney any time!!! LOL!!!

QuotidianEditorialist said...

That is just way too precious. He just keeps on endearing himself to me more and more. =)

*Thud*....yeah, those eyes. And I can tell you that they look exactly like that in person. Breathtaking!

Merry Christmas to all and thanks to Quitty for a fabulous present.

Best Wishes Anderson, wherever you are! Peace and Joy to you and yours!

Quitty said...

@Book Fairie...You're so smart. I didn't realize chestnut had so many meanings. I bet you're right.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that was sooo cute!

I just want to wish everybody in Ander World a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays and an awesome New Year! Thank you for ATA, it's a great stress reducer!

Ander Love to everyone,


Cooper1 said...

Happy Holidays everybody! Here is my "Anderwish" for Christmas as told through the lyrics to one of my favorite Christmas songs (I think you know who I'm thinking about):

I don't want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don't care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas
Is you, yeah

I don't want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don't care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I don't need to hang my stocking
There upon the fireplace
Santa Claus won't make me happy
With a toy on Christmas day
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you
You baby

I won't ask for much this Christmas
I won't even wish for snow
I'm just gonna keep on waiting
Underneath the mistletoe
I won't make a list and send it
To the North Pole for Saint Nick
I won't even stay awake to
Hear those magic reindeers click
'Cause I want you here tonight
Holding onto me so tight
What more can I do
Oh baby, all I want for Christmas is you

Oh-ho, all the lights are shining
So brightly everywhere
And the sound of children's laughter
Fills the air
And everyone is singing
I hear those sleigh bells ringing
Santa won't you bring me the one I really need
Won't you please bring my baby to me

Oh, I don't want a lot for Christmas
This is all I'm asking for
I just want to see my baby
Standing right outside my door
Oh, I just want him for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
Oh baby, all I want for Christmas is you

All I want for Christmas is you, baby
All I want for Christmas is you, baby

This is so unlike me, but I just felt a little playful tonight.

Joyeux Noel everyone!

Anonymous said...

Would it be possible to upload this video to YouTube? I'm having problems playing it on this site.