Nothing says Christmas like family feuds. And no one battles better than Sonny and Cher — whether they’re happily married (as in their ‘72 and ‘73 holiday variety specials) or happily divorced (as in ‘76, when their traditional ”Jingle Bells” opening is interrupted by a bartender asking two patrons, played by the duo, what gift Cher will be getting Sonny and she says, ”Last year she gave him the shaft!”). Along with more self-referential quips and saucy ”Sonny’s Pizza” sketches, there’s also surprising depth. Watch for animated anti-racism and antiwar cover songs, and for four lonely strangers to share a Christmas Eve meal courtesy of a magical maître d’(Captain Kangaroo Bob Keeshan!).
EXTRAS Even the ”Christmas Video Jukebox,” which cuts straight to the musical numbers, won’t get you to Cher’s lip-licking rendition of ”O Holy Night” fast enough.