Idina Menzel

O holy night? 'CMA Country Christmas' finally gets it right

O holy night? 'CMA Country Christmas' finally gets it right

Did you hear what I heard?

On Monday night, ABC broadcast this year’s edition of “CMA Country Christmas,” its annual holiday special featuring Nashville’s best, brightest and most eager to promote a new Christmas album. Historically, this thing has been a reliable horror show: two hours of forced jollity and embarrassing production design that makes the Rockefeller Center tree-lighting debacle look like a model of daring and taste.

So, of course, I tuned in Monday in fear — OK, in hopes — of witnessing another car crash.

But as sure as Rudolph’s nose is red, “CMA Country Christmas” was nowhere near as bad as I’d...

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