- The Washington Times - Friday, December 25, 2009

G2 caught up with a few folks around town to see what they have in store for the holidays.

Up-and-coming pundit and frequent Fox News contributor Alicia Menendez told us, “I’m headed to New Jersey, where my three little cousins will school me in the art of Wii Karaoke Revolution. Also crossing my fingers that Dad [Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat] will be done with votes in time for noche buena so we won’t need to bring him in via C-SPAN-2 satellite.”

Meanwhile, Jim Newell, an editor of the political humor blog Wonkette, says, “I will be avoiding the Internet as much as possible, to spend more time doing… wait, what do humans do outside of the Internet?”

Good luck with that, Mr. Newell!

Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud Inc., says, “I’m planning a nice staycation here in our nation’s capital. I’m going to take advantage of light crowds and hit some museums and restaurants.”

Tops in pop

Because nearly everyone is in a festive mood, the Web site popculturemadness.com is out with its roster of the most popular Christmas songs.

Here’s the catch, though: The songs are divided into two lists - one for contemporary tunes and another for traditional standards.

How did the songs fare?

“Jingle Bells” (performed by numerous artists) tops the traditional list, followed by - Perry Como’s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” (No. 2); “The Christmas Song” by Nat “King” Cole (No. 3); “The Little Drummer Boy” - no artist was named here, so we’re guessing it’s the 1958 version by the Harry Simeone Chorale - (No. 4); and “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby (No. 5). Rounding out the top 10 are “Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy” by Bing Crosby and David Bowie; “Sleigh Ride” by the Carpenters; “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland; “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Johnny Mathis; and “Silver Bells,” again by Mr. Mathis.

On the contemporary list, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is No. 1; Wham!’s “Last Christmas” is No. 2; the Carpenters’ “Merry Christmas Darling” is No. 3; Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” is No. 4; and the Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping” is No. 5.

Also turning up among the contemporary favorites: “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” (From Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”) by Thurl Ravenscroft; “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” by Elmo and Patsy; “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” by Bruce Springsteen; “The Chipmunk Song” by the Chipmunks (Ross Bagdasarian Sr. as David Seville); “Please Come Home for Christmas” (the original 1960 version by Charles Brown and the more recent covers by Aaron Neville or the Eagles); “This Christmas” (the 1970 original by Donny Hathaway or the 2007 cover by Chris Brown); and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by the Barenaked Ladies.

Seasons beating?

Did Mary J. Blige throw a punch at her hubby at a fancy New York City club earlier this week?

Her representatives say no, but witnesses say otherwise.

According to nbclosangeles.com, the “No More Drama” hip-hop maven reportedly struck her husband, Kendu Issacs, at the M2 Ultralounge in Chelsea on Tuesday. She then warned him not even to think about “going Chris Brown on me” - a reference to the February altercation between Brown and his former girlfriend, Rihanna - witnesses told the New York Post and the New York Daily News.

Sources say Miss Blige was fuming because her husband apparently had been stealing a few too many looks at, or had been flirting with, their waitress.

“They got up in each other’s faces before someone tried to separate them, at which point she shoved the guy aside, pulled back and popped [Issacs] in the face,” one unnamed witness told the New York Post.

A representative for the Grammy-winning artist says the claims are baseless.

“They’re as happy as can be,” spokeswoman Karynne Tencer told the Daily News. “They’re spending the holidays together with their three children. Everything’s great.”

Miss Blige is promoting her new album, “Stronger With Each Tear,” which was released on Tuesday. She wed Mr. Issacs in 2003.

To contact Stephanie Green or Elizabeth Glover, e-mail undercover@washingtontimes.com.

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