Gladys Knight’s Christmas: big family gathering, TV movie

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gladys Knight recalls Christmas as more than a family affair when she was growing up in Atlanta. The legendary singer says her parents would “embrace” all the kids in the neighborhood. Knight is looking forward to welcoming extended family to her North Carolina home for the holiday. She’s also celebrating on screen with the TV movie “I’m Glad It’s Christmas,” airing Saturday on the Great American Family channel. Knight plays matchmaker Cora, who wants to bring a salesclerk dreaming of Broadway fame and a songwriter together for a small town’s Christmas concert. Jessica Lowndes and Paul Greene co-star in “I’m Glad It’s Christmas.”