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Michael Buble, an old-school Christmas

Michael Buble, left, and Carly Rae Jepsen in

Michael Buble, left, and Carly Rae Jepsen in "Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays." Credit: NBC

Somewhere, someone may love Christmas more than Michael Bublé, but if that person exists, it's Santa.

Bublé listens to Christmas music year-round and talks about the holiday with the sort of sincerity usually reserved for wish lists while perched on Santa's knee. He brings that love of the holiday, his incredible voice and warmth back to NBC for his second Christmas special, "Michael Bublé: Home for the Holidays" (Monday night at 10 on NBC/4).

"It's better than last year," Bublé says. "It's so completely fast, fun and loose."

Bublé grew up watching Andy Williams' Christmas specials, relishing the warmth and ease with which Williams welcomed his guests and audience. Bublé aims to replicate that and understands the importance of being a gracious host.

"The truth is my goal is to have an annual special," he says. "I wanted to make an old-school special."

The special has him singing with fellow British Columbia native Carly Rae Jepsen, Blake Shelton, Rod Stewart and Elmo.

The opening is a montage of Vancouver. Bublé alights from a plane, singing "Let It Snow." He skate-dances wearing a jersey of his favorite hockey team, the Vancouver Canucks, then drives the Zamboni.

Bublé has a duet of "White Christmas" with his beloved Bing Crosby, courtesy of the special-effects people from "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Elmo, wearing a festive green plaid vest, turns down Bublé's offer of cookies and explains, "Elmo likes wasabi. That's why Elmo doesn't have any eyelids." -- Zap2it

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