Santa's Babies: Six Ladies of Christmas

BY Jeremy Kinser

December 24 2011 12:44 PM ET

 "In the pantheon of gay icons, Karen Carpenter may not be seated at Judy’s right hand, but she’s closer than you think," wrote Randy Schmidt, author of the definitive biography Little Girl Blue, making a solid explanation for the late singer's  enduring appeal to the LGBT community. There are legions of people who consider The Carpenters' Christmas Portrait their favorite holiday album. Watch Carpenter sing "Merry Christmas Darling" below.

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