TODAY | December 25, 2013
>> merry christmas , everybody what a great morning it is outside. i hope it is where you are. i'm willie geist and al reerngd natalie morales on this beautiful special day. how has the morning been so gar?
>> it is great. christmases are always great. i think it's a time for family and friends to get together.
>> theoretically not with them right now.
>> we have abandoned them.
>> we have left the kids to fend for themselves. just big bowls of kibble and eggnog.
>> you can disappear for hours. they don't know where you are. they could care less.
>> unless they need batteries. then they come looking for you.
>> assembly required, mom, dad, legos, mom, help me build this 3,000-piece lego, i got a lot of leg goes this my future.
>> fantastic. it is a fantastic company, but it's a very deceptive thing.
>> because you look at this box, everything is all put together, think is great.
>> so easy. and then it's not.
>> i love it has the specific number of legos, 739.
>> oh, my goodness. last year, santa had the brilliant idea to buy the big r2-d2 lego.
>> how many pieces?
>> got to be over 1,000.
>> like 6,000 pieces it for expert level. need tolls say like 191 to 18-year-old age group .
>> you start at 11, you finish when you're 18.
>> my kids are 10 and 5 or 9 and 4 back then. so we had to put that one in the closet for a while. someday, santa will bring that one back.
>> santa is very busy. doesn't have time to assemble everything.
>> had the kids seen it --
>> they didn't see that one.
>> they didn't see that one because, fortunately, there was some intervention ahead of time, parental interception.
>> got t understood.
>> my goodness. ruining christmas .
>> what are your traditions around the holidays?
>> about family, like you said. i'm very lucky, very blessed, i have my parents in new york city , my in-laws across the river, aunts and uncles in connecticut. we are all able to be in one place. it is great grate. always s
>> i remember as a kid, our tradition always was, waiting to get old enough to go to midnight mass .
>> yes. government to midnight mass and you come home, would you open one present and mom and dad would break out the eggnog.
>> the kids' eggnog. and then the mom and dad eggnog.
>> yes. yes. yes.
>> and then you go to bed, the next morning, get up and finishing opening.
>> we did the midnight mass as well. so important, i think to remind your kids what the holiday is really all about, what it really means.
>> then you move on to the eggnog.
>> then you don't remember what the holiday is.
>> my uncle, hurricane rita who is a wonderful guy.
>> always sounds good.
>> uncle herb make what is we call herb nog. he gets help from uncle bert.
>> were they money sets in
>> real people .
>> like ben and jerry.
>> some people in this room met herb and bert. the nog start office as a pleasant eggnog, the course of the day every ladleful gets stronger and strong, somebody in the back.
>> basically a clear liquid.
>> a clear liquid. christmas gets exciting. put it that way.
>> the kids are really fending for themselves at that point in time.
>> mommy and daddy won't come out of the bathroom.
>> good luck, kids.
>> oh. oh.
>> a lot of people looking things up about christmas day . what do you do after the gift are open, top searches on yahoo!. they put together a list each year, number one is what's open, people want to know about grocery stores , restaurants, last-minute shopping. you ingredients.
>> people about immediately worried about returns though, think there are some of those, too.
>> oh, yeah.
>> what's open.
>> are stores opened today, probably one of the thing?
>> yeah, some r non- christmas food, a big one.
>> remember, in "a christmas story ," they end up at the chinese restaurant because the bumpus hounds eat the turkey. sun's up! bumpuses!
>> chinese food always big. indian food , japanese restaurants, thai restaurants.
>> games and tech, another big one. looking for new computer games , trouble shorting some of the gifts this he go
>> cheats for the computer games .
>> cheats and secret codes.
>> movie times. current movies and movie times.
>> we do that check out movies.
>> do you go to the movies on christmas day ?
>> sometimes we do if there's something we really want to see. so you know, depends. depends. usually, i think we try to stick with family.
>> as public service , eight movies hitting theaters today a few of the highly anticipated releases, "the great holiday movie movie , "the wolf of wall street ," leo dicaprio as a crooked stock broker , finds the truei true meaning of christmas .
>> greed is good.
>> supposed to be a great flick, you don't bring the kids on this one.
>> no. no.
>> here is one the kids will enjoy if they are beliebers, justin bieber has his new believe, a follow-up documentary to the singers a 2011 "never say never" movie. teenaged girls, beliebers, i think, see this. make sure there's no potted plants around.
>> the secret life "the secret life of wal ter mitty." ben stiller , kristen wiig starring in this one.
>> i have always loved the story by james thurl ber.
>> great story.
>> looking forward to that.
>> bring us an opportunity to talk about our own favorite christmas moviesism think mine goes "elf." i love watching with my kids now.
>> a good one.
>> it is just an --
>> ed asner the best santa going.
>> yes. he is the real santa though, right?
>> yes, yes, he is. he is the best santa .
>> and remember, don't eat the gum. it's not free candy.
>> will ferrell in christmas . i still go back to " christmas vacati vacation," never old for me, chevy chase , randy quaid , the they will whole thing.
>> a good one.
>> the classics, can't beat " miracle on 34th street ." and " wonderful life ."
>> i still love "a christmas story ." that is -- the old man, darren mcgavin as the old march you will shoot your eye out.
>> it's fragile. it's fragile.
>> yeah. yeah.
>> i won! i won! i won! a major award.
>> so many classic lines from that film. i double dog dare you.
>> it is a classic.
>> a classic.
>> so my earworm is --
>> santa !
>> said ed asner was the best santa there is only one santa .
>> thank you for making the time for us.
>> i love your stories.
>> well, santa .
>> i'm glad there's some sensitivity and love coming from here, radiating on christmas . this is my last stop.
>> is that right? we are honored.
>> gifts for you. i have a few little things here.
>> i have been very good, santa .
>> i know you have. you have been nice and good. i think this is yours, you got a -- oh. willie gets a big one. let's see.
>> are you gonna open it?
>>> it is the empty bag of the season. the last gifts.
>> can we open it?
>> not opening --
>> opening them now.
>> we are?
>> let's see.
>> thank you.
>> santa , you are too kind.
>> i think that's all i have.
>> how was the run --
>> al doesn't get anything?
>> oh, no, wait a minute.
>> oh, santa ! santa , now he me so well, a hulk hogan action figure. you're the greatest and he really talks.
>> something to play with.
>> santa , what is this about? do you know my whole story about lemonade?
>> santa .
>> one of the best things you can do.
>> wow. google that one, by the way. natalie, lemonade?
>> help you. very good for you.
>> all right, al.
>> you've been naughty? oh, no.
>> who's the real santa ?
>> you're the real santa . of course you're the real santa .
>> well, let's see what you got there.
>> this is fantastic. you know what it is?
>> yes, i know. of course i know what it is.
>> this is actually a make your owner diamonds kit.
>> hold on a second.
>> no. no.
>> apply pressure for about 20,000 years this is gonna be fantastic. santa , thank you so much.
>> just hold onto it.
>> i'm holding on right now.
>> hey, and santa , merry christmas .
>> i know you got to make another stop at radio city before you leave.
>> i sure am, i'm going to be there until december 30th . drop by again. i know i saw you the other night.
>> i don't know how you squeeze it in, dropping presents.
>> i can tell you how you squeeze it n
>> catch santa and the rockettes through december 30 thank the radio city music hall .
>> cubic sir cone ya.
>> worth something one day. merry christmas .
>> the best.
>> anybody want some lemonade?
>> that's right. okay.