Bob Hope is dreaming of a sandy Christmas.

Hope plans to continue his tradition of entertaining American troops abroad by visiting the GIs involved in Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia."I'm going over there about December the 20th," Hope said Sunday while visiting a San Antonio air base. "I want to be there for Christmas. We're going to have a ball over there."

Hope said he plans to spend about a week in Saudi Arabia during the Christmas holidays, performing at desert outposts and on naval aircraft carriers poised in or near the Persian Gulf.