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December 10, 2017

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Season’s greetings! Christmas with Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Human Nature


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Rene Angelil and Celine Dion arrive at the “Veronic Voices” premiere at Bally’s on Friday, June 28, 2013.

Christmas with Human Nature

Ken Follett’s Christmas

Final rehearsals for the new Britney Spears resident show “Piece of Me” continue right up until Christmas Eve (tomorrow!) and resume Thursday for Friday’s world-premiere opening at Planet Hollywood.

But Christmas Day is an entire family affair here in Las Vegas. Britney says she has the tree and the gifts all prepared, and she’ll help her dad Jamie, mom Lynne and sister Jamie Lynn with the big family dinner for her sons Preston and Jayden.

Celine Dion also will spend Christmas here in Las Vegas preparing for her return to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for a new run of shows next Monday, Dec. 30, through March 19 and resuming June 10.

Celine told Filipino journalist Ruben Nepales that because the family would be in different locales on Christmas Day, they celebrated the festive holiday dinner with her mother Theresa and the entire family back in October.

Said Celine: “That was very memorable. I learned through the years that it doesn’t matter really if you are spending Christmas in July or December as long as you make things happen and it makes you feel wonderful to spend time with the people that you love.”

Venetian headliners Human Nature are wrapping up a national tour of their Australian homeland on Christmas Eve and then head back here to resume their shows on Friday. Down Under, they’ve been celebrating their first-ever, 14-song Christmas CD, which quickly achieved platinum status with its seasonal classics.

“This is really one of the most special records we have made, and we feel it is one of our best,” said Human Nature’s Phil Burton. “It feels like a rite of passage to do a Christmas album, and now we have ours — and it feels great!”

Additionally, Human Nature shared the spirit of the holidays releasing an animated stop-motion short film titled “Dreaming of a White Christmas” as an homage to the enduring production style of classic TV holiday films.

Director Martin Meunier assembled an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated production team of 3D modelers, stop-motion and special-effects animators to bring this film about overcoming adversity and discovering the holiday spirit to life.

I’d also like to share with you the holiday greeting from my British journalist pal turned successful author — and my former neighbor — Ken Follett, who next year will visit Las Vegas on his book tour.

Merry Christmas to everybody from all of us at Vegas DeLuxe. Season’s greetings, and thanks for your support this past year. We’ll be back Friday with the weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview. Don’t overdo the turkey and the trimmings!

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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