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Daughter recalls Christmas with Lucy and Desi

  • This image released by CBS shows Lucille Ball, center, dressed as Santa Claus in a colorized "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" airing on Friday, Dec. 20, on CBS. (AP Photo/CBS)

"My mother loved the East Coast so she tried to bring it to Beverly Hills. We always had a flocked white tree with blue lights. At night, it made it look like wintertime in the snow," Arnaz said.

Her Cuban-born dad added a memorable touch one particular Christmas Eve. Young Lucie awoke to the sound of clattering on the roof, followed by a man in a red suit bringing gifts into her room.

As Arnaz recalls: "He bent over and kissed me and said" — here she adapts a Cuban accent — "'Merry Christmas!' I thought, 'Santa sounds just like daddy.'"

Years later, Ball confirmed the memory.

"Yes, he did that," she told her daughter. "He got all liquored up and banged on the roof and got in his Santa suit with the presents and the whole thing. And then he had to open his mouth."


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