Oprah backstage

 

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The big day arrives and Oprah can't wait to surprise her unsuspecting audiences. "I can't sleep at night," Oprah says. "It's like Christmas, birthday, biggest celebration, graduation, biggest moment, all rolled into one for me. Giving is the most fun you can ever have. I highly recommend it."

Two hours before taping, the first audience arrives. "There is nothing like 'Favorite Things.' The big part of the fun with 'Favorite Things' is that nobody knows it's going to happen," Sheri says. "It's like a rocket ride to joy."

As the audience is seated, Oprah puts on the fake dress she and her stylist designed to hide Oprah's holiday attire. When Oprah announces Favorite Things, she will rip off the subdued black dress to reveal a sparkly red outfit. "The whole ripping off the dress was Oprah's idea," Sheri says. "She and Kelly, her stylist, were kind of in cahoots on that."
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