WATCH: ‘I Love Lucy’ Stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Wish Everyone a Merry Christmas in Vintage Clip

by Anna Dunn

An old clip shows I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. And it’s an adorable video sure to get any I Love Lucy fan in the Holiday Spirit.

The primetime TV message aired on December 24th, 1956. It shows Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Ethel Mertz actress Vivian Vance, and Fred Mertz actor William Frawley wishing people a Merry Christmas in Santa suits. At the end, animated versions of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz hold a sign that says “From all of us at Desilu, Seasons Greetings to all of You.”

Desilu was the name of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s production company. The two, who co-starred in and co-produced I Love Lucy, owned the production company together. Desi Arnaz sold his portion of the company following the divorce. It made Lucille Ball the first woman to ever own her own production company.

A New Film About ‘I Love Lucy’ Stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Came out This Month

If you’re interested in the I Love Lucy stars, a new film about the two Hollywood icons just came out. Being the Ricardos follows an imagined week behind the scenes of I Love Lucy. It stars Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball, Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz, Nina Arianda as Vivian Vance, and JK Simmons as William Frawley.

The film has so far been met with mixed reviews. But it’s definitely worth the watch if you’re an I Love Lucy fan. A ton of work went into the project, and each actor had a different approach to research.

Javier Bardem, for instance, watched almost every single episode of I Love Lucy. This helped him prepare for the role of Desi.

“I was absolutely obsessed with Ricky Ricardo and trying to get as close as his mannerisms and energy and voice as I could,” Bardem explained in an NPR interview.

But if you’re worried about the film feeling too much like just a copy of the show, don’t. It really focuses on the behind-the-scenes lives of these actors.

In fact, director Aaron Sorkin explained how important it was for him not to make the film feel like an “I Love Lucy” cover band.

“I wanted to make sure that it didn’t feel like we were an I Love Lucy cover band doing the greatest hits,” he explained to Variety. “The movie just isn’t about that.”

If you want to catch the new film, you can check out Being the Ricardos on Amazon Prime.