No, the Grinch didn’t do it but the sad thing is that the ‘Christmas In Washington’ event won’t happen this year. It would be great if someone stepped up to host this very charitable event during the Christmas season. Could someone tell Trump to pick up the show and do it? He’s supposed to be bringing back Christmas, isn’t he? 😉
Seriously, this is really strange timing even though it’s the end of an era with the family who put this concert on for 33 years. Considering Christianity is under attack all over the world, we need especially need to keep events like this alive. It’s something that would be great to continue! Americans are all about tradition and this Christmas Concert is a big one. Here’s a clip from 2008…the good ole’ days:
After more than three decades and five administrations, “Christmas in Washington,” the celebrity-packed holiday special attended by the first family, won’t be returning for its 34th holiday season.
No, the Grinch didn’t have anything to do with it — at least we don’t think he did.
After last year’s show, hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, TNT announced that it would no longer broadcast the Christmas special, ending a 15-year partnership with veteran producer George Stevens Jr. and his son, Michael. The Stevenses, who had just been ousted as the producers of the Kennedy Center Honors gala, said they were in search of a new broadcast partner.
But a new network sponsor was never found, and according to the Stevens Co., the 2014 broadcast was the last.
“Christmas in Washington,” which began in 1982, was like a grade-school pageant on steroids. The night was filled with marquee musicals acts such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Tim McGraw, Gloria Estefan, Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey, who crooned Christmas classics on stage while the first family and other Washington VIPs sang along from the audience.
For the big finale everyone, including the first family, headed to the stage for hand-holding, hugging and a big singalong. It was a hot holiday ticket and decades-long tradition.
The special, which benefited the Children’s National Health System, was created by producer-writer George Stevens Jr. His son Michael signed on as a producer in 1993 and went on to direct the show from 2004 to 2014.