Liza Minnelli Sings “Ding-A-Ling, I Feel So Christmas-sy!”

"Just don't KNOW where THIS will GO?!?"

Maybe it’s because it’s 70 degrees in New York and I have the air conditioner on, but I’m finding it a little tough to get into the Christmas spirit today.

But if there’s anyone who can ram the holiday spirit down our throats until we’re just gagging with cheer, its a young Liza Minnelli.

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In this rare clip, Liza is so perky she’s practically manic, singing and flailing too “Ding-A-Ling, I Feel So Christmas-sy!” with Cyril Ritchard.

The bizarre number is actually from the 1965 broadcast of Dangerous Christmas of Little Red Riding Hood, with 19-year-old Liza as Red and Ritchard as the Wolf (in grandma drag).

“Christmas-y” has some pretty strong musical pedigree, too— it was written by Jule “Funny Girl” Styne and Bob “(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?” Merrill.

Should we make it a new gay holiday carol? Yes, I think we should.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.