Elmwood @Home Pack: “We Need a Little Elmwood Holiday Special”

We need a little Elmwood Holiday Special

Round out your Holiday TV show theatre experience with our Home for the Holiday Theatre Pack. Enjoy articles, recipes, playlists and more, all around the vintage TV holiday theme.

Listen, watch, or read before or after the “We Need a Little Elmwood Holiday Special!”

Some of Our Inspiration to Enhance the Special – Read, Watch, Listen and More:


READ About One of Our Inspirations:

Andy William Christmas TV – Williams starred on TV in his own variety TV series, The Andy Williams Show from 1962 through 1971.

This series was so well-known for its annual Christmas show that Williams returned to TV for several additional Christmas specials in the 1970s, a couple more in the ’80s and ’90s, and two retrospectives in 2001.


WATCH the Real Thing:

The Andy Williams Christmas Show (1966) Beloved crooner Andy Williams sings his way through a Winter Wonderland of cherished Christmas classics, including “Carol Of The Bells,” and his trademark rendition of “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,” with the help of his wife, French songstress Claudine Longet; his singing siblings the Williams Brothers; and showbiz legends the Osmond Brothers.


Or Something More Recent:

The Glee Holiday Spectacular Season 3, Episode 9, 2011.

Even Glee borrowed the idea in their Holiday Spectacular.

holiday playlist

For Your LISTENING or SING-ALONG Pleasure:

Settle in with the playlist of the songs we sing or that inspired us:
Spotify: We Need a Little Elmwood

Lyrics may be found here:
“We Need a Little Elmwood” (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

What to DRINK and EAT:


Holiday Special Drinks:

The “Elmwoodian”

  •  2 oz. Bourbon
  • ½ oz. Lime Juice
  • ½ oz, Allspice Dram
  • ½ oz. Simple Syrup
  • 4 dashes of Angostura Bitters


  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake for 10 to 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass.

The “Need-a-Little”

  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • ½ oz. Peach Schnapps
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • splash of soda water (to taste)
  • lime wedge for garnish (optional)


  1. Mix all ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice.
  2. Garnish with lime wedge (optional).

Holiday Special Dishes:

Not thirsty? No problem!

We also have great ideas for your dining pleasure as well.

As you get your TV tray ready, you can enjoy the 1970s classic: FONDUE

Or Be a True Elmwoodian with Selma’s Meatloaf:

Lifetime member Selma Sorkin died earlier this year 96 years young. Before she moved to Washington, at every event or cast party there was Selma with the meatloaf!

After she moved, Kathy Gnazzo promised that she would keep Selma’s spirit at Elmwood by making her meatloaf and sharing it with future casts and crews. The savory taste of Selma’s Meatloaf has been sampled now by generations of Elmwood members who never met her but who know it is her recipe – discovered on the inside of a matchbook cover when she was a young bride!

You might ask why Kathy goes on and on about meatloaf. “Well,” she said, “that’s because cooking and sharing a meal is an act of love.”


Selma’s Meatloaf

Category: Main Dish

Ingredients: Meat Mixture

  • 2 lbs. of ground beef
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1   15 ounce can of tomato sauce (use 6 oz. for the meat mixture and rest for the sauce)
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ cup of bread crumbs
  • 1 beaten egg

Ingredients: Sauce Mixture

  • Remaining tomato sauce (about 9 oz)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp. of Dijon mustard (or brown mustard)
  • 2 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. of white vinegar

Combine the meat mixture ingredients and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Pour sauce mixture over meatloaf (it should come halfway up the meatloaf) and bake for an additional 1 and ¼ hours.  During this time baste occasionally (about 4 times).

OPTIONAL: add an extra tbsp of brown sugar so the sauce is a little sweeter.

Happy Viewing!