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Bing Crosby, David Bowie teamed up 40 years ago for a strange, enduring Christmas medley

The sweater-clad septuagenarian joined with the rocker known to the world as Ziggy Stardust for a collaboration in 1977. Five weeks later, Crosby was dead of a heart attack, and the single “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” wasn’t released for another five years, a bigger hit in Bowie’s England than the United States. But the duet persists on the radio, YouTube and in various parodies over the years.

‘Carol Sing-Along’ aims to spread cheer in downtown Spokane

There’s a 100 percent chance of snow Saturday on Wall Street. The Downtown Spokane Partnership is hosting caroling on the freshly revamped street between River Park Square and the old Macy’s building. And organizers aren’t leaving conditions up to Mother Nature: They’ll have a snow machine on standby.

Christmas Carol Stroll

Christmas lasted for one more day Saturday as people filled the pews of three downtown churches to sing Christmas hymns. The second annual “Christmas Carol Walk” hosted by the Spokane Chapter of the American Guild of Organists attracted more than 100 people. What's your favorite Christmas Carol/hymn/song?

Churches hosting holiday events

As the second Sunday of Advent approaches, Valley churches are beginning to host holiday events. Many are also preparing for youth Christmas pageants. •The Veradale United Church of Christ will host its 34th annual Plum Pudding Festival on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the church, 611 N. Progress Road. The holiday celebration includes Christmas carols, candles, poems, stories and, of course, plum pudding. All are welcome to attend.