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Half of this 60-minute episode is a rerun of Red Skelton's pantomime sketch, 'Freddie and the Yuletide Doll', which first aired on December 19, 1961. Newly taped segments feature a classic spoof of Michael Fokine's ballet 'Spectre of the Rose' with Red (imitating Nijinsky) and Roberta Lubell. Musical highlights include a medley of Christmas carols, performed by The Mitchell Boys Choir, who also join Red for 'Joy to the World', 'Deck the Halls', 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen', 'O Little Town of Bethlehem', It Came Upon a Midnight Clear', 'Angels We Have Heard On High', and 'Silent Night.' Roberta Lubell's dance solo 'The Christmas Tree' and 'At Christmas', featuring the Modernaires and The Skelton Dancers. Music and songs heard during the main Yuletide Doll sketch include 'Lovable Clown' (Freddie's introductory theme), 'I Ain't Got Nobody', A Fella Needs a Girl', Paper Doll', "When You Wish Upon a Star' and 'Winter Wonderland.' See more