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7:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town 8:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. CMA Country Christmas

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8:00 p.m. CBC-E Elf 9:00 p.m. W Moonlight and Mistletoe 11:00 p.m. W November Christmas

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7:00 p.m. PBS DET. Rick Steves’ European Christmas 8:00 p.m. CBC-E Home Alone 9:00 p.m. W Snowglobe

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8:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 9:00 p.m. W On Strike for Christmas

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7:00 p.m. PCH The Nativity Story 8:00 p.m. OWN Miracle on 34th Street 9:30 p.m. WGN Chicago’s Very Own Holidays

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7:00 p.m. GLOBAL The Grinch 7:30 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice 8:00 p.m. VISION Call Me Claus

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7:00 p.m. CTV Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town 9:30 p.m. TELETOON Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show 9:45 p.m. AMC White Christmas

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7:00 p.m. TELETOON Bah-Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas 7:30 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. A Chipmunk Christmas 9:15 p.m. TCM Scrooge

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7:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. Rudolph’s Shiny New Year

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7:00 p.m. CTV NBC BOST. NBC DET. A Michael Bublé Christmas 8:00 p.m. VISION A Christmas Without Snow TCM A Christmas Story

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8:00 p.m. VISION Booky and the Secret Santa 9:45 p.m. AMC White Christmas 10:00 p.m. VISION Santa Who?

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7:40 p.m. TELETOON Merry Madagascar 8:00 p.m. NBC BOST. NBC DET. Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas

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8:00 p.m. VISION Blizzard 9:30 p.m. AMC A Christmas Carol 10:00 p.m. VISION The Gathering

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8:00 p.m. VISION The Nativity Story 9:30 p.m. CMT Larry the Cable Guy’s Star Studded Christmas Extravaganza 10:00 p.m. VISION One Christmas

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7:00 p.m. CTV NBC BOST. NBC DET. It’s a Wonderful Life 8:00 p.m. BRAVO The Man Who Saved Christmas 9:00 p.m. TLC More Crazy Christmas Lights

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8:00 p.m. VISION The Homecoming: A Christmas Story 8:30 p.m. MC1 The Night Before the Night Before Christmas 10:00 p.m. VISION The Christmas Box

7:00 p.m. GLOBAL CBS Frosty the Snowman 7:30 p.m. GLOBAL CBS Frosty Returns CTV Shrek the Halls 8:00 p.m. CBS Yes, Virginia

7:00 p.m. CBS Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 8:00 p.m. CBS The Flight Before Christmas 9:00 p.m. W Santa Baby

7:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. A Charlie Brown Christmas 8:00 p.m. VISION Miracle of the Heart 9:30 p.m. AMC All I Want for Christmas

7:00 p.m. TCM The Bishop’s Wife 8:00 p.m. FOX Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 9:00 p.m. TCM Christmas in Connecticut

8:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. CMA Country Christmas 8:30 p.m. W Fred Claus 9:05 p.m. TELETOON A Dennis the Menace Christmas

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7:00 p.m. CBS The 13th Annual A Home for the Holidays TELETOON The Year Without a Santa Claus 10:00 p.m. GLOBAL EDM. The 13th Annual A Home for the Holidays

7:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. Disney Prep & Landing 10:00 p.m. PBS.SEAT Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York

7:00 a.m. MC1 The Night Before the Night Before Christmas

7:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. Happy New Year, Charlie Brown

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7:00 p.m. WPIX WGN Olive, the Other Reindeer 8:00 p.m. WPIX WGN CHCH Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer EA2 I’ll Be Home for Christmas

7:00 p.m. CTV NBC BOST. NBC DET. It’s a Wonderful Life 8:00 p.m. PBS.SEAT L.A. Holiday Celebration 10:29 p.m. NBC BOST. NBC DET. Christmas Eve Mass

7:00 a.m. MC3 Christmas Comes Home to Canaan

10:30 p.m. NBC BOST. NBC DET. NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly ABC BOST. ABC DET. Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2012

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The Flight Before Christmas 12/10 CBS

A flying squirrel shows a young reindeer, who believes his longlost father was part of Santa’s airborne sleigh team, how to soar into the sky in this surprisingly dark and emotionally complex onehour animated tale from Finland. The voice cast includes Emma Roberts (“Nancy Drew”) and Norm MacDonald (“Saturday Night Live”).

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The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story 12/9 CBS So how does Santa know who’s naughty and nice anyway? According to this animated special, he uses spies -- er, scouts. They’re elves whose duty is to keep tabs on children’s behavior and let the big guy know which list to put them on. Based on a popular children’s book, this is the story of one such elf, Chippey, and his mission to help a troubled boy learn to believe in Christmas magic.

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Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice 12/5 ABC

Lanny and Wayne, the elves introduced in the 2009 special “Disney Prep & Landing” who oversee Santa’s arrivals at children’s houses, return in this new tale with a new mission: recovering some classified North Pole technology that a naughty youngster has gotten hold of. Dave Foley, Derek Richardson and Sarah Chalke lead the voice cast.

The 13th Annual A Home for the Holidays 12/21 CBS Let’s hope the number 13 proves lucky for the children featured in this year’s edition of the heartwarming holiday special, in which celebrities share inspirational stories of adoption and profile children looking for homes as well as those who have found forever families. Performers include Martina McBride, Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, One Republic and Christina Perri.


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8:00 p.m. FOOD Guy’s Disney Holiday Guy explores the holiday-themed meals and treats at Disneyland. 9:00 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy heads to North Pole, Alaska, to visit local establishments.

Dec. 17 Dec. 5 4:00 p.m. FOOD Oliver’s Twist Jamie treats his office staff to a Christmas dinner.

Dec. 6 7:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped The chefs prepare holiday-themed dishes. 9:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped Gingerbread houses in the appetizer round; prized meat and vegetable in the entree dish.

Dec. 10

8:00 p.m. FOOD Iron Chef America Holiday battle with chef Morimoto vs chef Symon. 10:30 p.m. FOOD Iron Chef America Four Iron Chefs in a Thanksgiving showdown.

Dec. 14 2:00 p.m. FOOD Cupcake Wars Cupcakes presented at the Hollywood Christmas Parade. 9:00 p.m. FOOD Cupcake Wars Bakers compete to have their treats displayed at the New York City Ballet’s opening night party.

3:00 p.m. FOOD The Best Thing I Ever Ate Coconut gold bars; traditional fruit cake. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Guy’s Disney Holiday Guy explores the holiday-themed meals and treats at Disneyland. 5:00 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy heads to North Pole, Alaska, to visit local establishments. 7:00 p.m. FOOD Iron Chef America Four Iron Chefs in a Thanksgiving showdown. 8:00 p.m. FOOD Iron Chef America Holiday battle with chef Morimoto vs chef Symon.

9:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped Gingerbread houses in the appetizer round; prized meat and vegetable in the entree dish.

Dec. 11 8:00 a.m. FOOD The Ricardo Christmas Special Ricardo prepares a holiday feast using tradition and innovation.

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Dec. 20 11:00 a.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas, complete with fool-proof recipes. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas, complete with fool-proof recipes.

Dec. 21 10:00 a.m. FOOD Giada’s Family Christmas Giada and her family have good cheer with amazing food; Italian struffoli, Italian pot roast. 11:00 a.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas, complete with fool-proof recipes. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas, complete with fool-proof recipes. 4:30 p.m. FOOD Giada’s Family Christmas Giada and her family have good cheer with amazing food; Italian struffoli, Italian pot roast.

Dec. 22 11:00 a.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas, complete with fool-proof recipes. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas, complete with fool-proof recipes.

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Dec. 19 11:00 a.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas, complete with fool-proof recipes. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas, complete with fool-proof recipes.

Dec. 23 11:00 a.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas, complete with fool-proof recipes. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas, complete with fool-proof recipes.

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10:00 p.m. FOOD Cupcake Wars Cupcakes presented at the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

Dec. 15 7:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie Cooks Christmas The chef cooks an amazing Christmas meal on a tight budget. 8:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas Classic Christmas recipes. 9:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas Classic Christmas recipes. 10:00 p.m. FOOD The Best Thing I Ever Ate Coconut gold bars; traditional fruit cake.

Dec. 16 1:00 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy heads to North Pole, Alaska, to visit local establishments. 7:00 p.m. FOOD The Best Thing I Ever Ate Coconut gold bars; traditional fruit cake.

10:00 p.m. FOOD Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy heads to North Pole, Alaska, to visit local establishments.

Dec. 18 8:00 a.m. FOOD Jamie Cooks Christmas The chef cooks an amazing Christmas meal on a tight budget. 9:00 a.m. FOOD Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas Classic Christmas recipes. 10:00 a.m. FOOD Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas Classic Christmas recipes. 1:00 p.m. FOOD Cupcake Wars Bakers compete to have their treats displayed at the New York City Ballet’s opening night party. 2:00 p.m. FOOD Cupcake Wars Cupcakes presented at the Hollywood Christmas Parade. 5:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped The chefs prepare holiday-themed dishes. 6:00 p.m. FOOD Chopped Holiday Special Untraditional holiday recipes.

8:00 a.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas, complete with fool-proof recipes. 9:00 a.m. FOOD Jamie Cooks Christmas The chef cooks an amazing Christmas meal on a tight budget. 10:00 a.m. FOOD Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas Classic Christmas recipes. 11:00 a.m. FOOD Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas Classic Christmas recipes. 2:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas, complete with fool-proof recipes. 3:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas, complete with fool-proof recipes. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie Cooks Christmas The chef cooks an amazing Christmas meal on a tight budget. 5:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas Classic Christmas recipes. 6:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas Classic Christmas recipes. 7:00 p.m. PBS.SEAT Lidia Celebrates America Italian Christmas Eve; Mexican-American Christmas; Chinese New Year; Jewish-American Passover. 9:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas Classic Christmas recipes. 10:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas Classic Christmas recipes.

Dec. 25 12:30 p.m. PBS BOST. Lidia Celebrates America Italian Christmas Eve; Mexican-American Christmas; Chinese New Year; Jewish-American Passover.


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Dec. 1 7:00 p.m. COMM Rotary Carol Festival 8:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. CMT CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts.

Dec. 2 5:00 p.m. CMT CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts.

Dec. 3 2:00 p.m. CMT CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts.

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The Canadian-born singer performs selections from his new holiday album, appropriately titled “Christmas,” in this new hourlong variety special, which is also slated to include comedy sketches and visits from special guests.

Dec. 17 8:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts.

Dec. 18 12:30 p.m. PBS BOST. Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York A holiday program combines dancing, musical performances and storytelling. 1:30 p.m. PBS BOST. L.A. Holiday Celebration 2010 Highlights of the 50th-annual festivities feature performers representing the county’s cultures.

Dec. 4

10:00 p.m. PBS.SEAT Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York A holiday program combines dancing, musical performances and storytelling.

12:00 p.m. CMT CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts.

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5:00 p.m. CMT Faith Hill, Joy to the World Faith Hill performs holiday favorites from her Christmas album, “Joy to the World.”

9:00 p.m. VISION Let’s Sing Again! A Christmas celebration in music and song. 10:00 p.m. COMM Juventus Christmas Concert 2007

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8:00 p.m. BRAVO Christmas at the Concert Hall Holly Cole; Ed Robertson from the Barenaked Ladies; Hawksley Workman; Mary Margaret O’Hara; Serena Ryder.

1:00 p.m. CMT Christmas in Lake Louise One More Girl and the Stellas join Terri Clark to perform songs of the season in Alberta. 2:00 p.m. CMT CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts. 5:00 p.m. PBS DET. The Lawrence Welk Show Christmas with Lawrence includes “Jingle Bells,” “Doll Dance” and “Star Carol.” 7:30 p.m. COMM Prairie Gold Chorus: Christmas With a Twist ’07 8:00 p.m. COMM Queen City Brass Band PBS DET. Christmas With the Celts The Celts perform modern seasonal classics and ancient carols. With Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh and Altan. 9:00 p.m. PBS BOST. Christmas at Belmont 2011 The annual holiday concert of traditional carols, world music and seasonal favorites. 9:30 p.m. PBS DET. Straight No Chaser — Songs of the Decades: Holiday Edition The group journeys through the pop songbook, covering doo wop to contemporary pop. 10:00 p.m. PBS.SEAT Christmas at Belmont 2011 The annual holiday concert of traditional carols, world music and seasonal favorites.

Dec. 11 3:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts. 5:00 p.m. CMT CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts.

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Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland returns as host of this tuneful two-hour tribute to the holiday season, taped at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., in November. Country stars share their favorite holiday traditions, memories and, of course, songs.

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4:30 p.m. TREE The Fresh Beat Band Shout, Marina and Kiki must help Dancing Robot Twist get his moves back. 6:00 p.m. CMT Jason McCoy: Christmas at the Grand McCoy performs songs of the season, accompanied by Colin James, P.R.O. and Belle Starr at the Calgary Grand. 10:00 p.m. COMM Queen City Brass Band CMT Jason McCoy: Christmas at the Grand McCoy performs songs of the season, accompanied by Colin James, P.R.O. and Belle Starr at the Calgary Grand.

2:00 p.m. CMT CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts. 6:00 p.m. CMT Christmas in Lake Louise One More Girl and the Stellas join Terri Clark to perform songs of the season in Alberta. 7:00 p.m. CBS The 13th Annual A Home for the Holidays Inspirational stories of adoption; musical performers include Justin Bieber and Mary J. Blige.

Dec. 22 5:00 p.m. CMT CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts.

8:00 a.m. KTLA WPIX Yule Log Seasonal music. 1:30 p.m. PBS BOST. Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing The annual Christmas Festival from St. Olaf College.

Dec. 26 4:00 p.m. COMM Juventus Christmas Concert 2007

Dec. 31 5:00 p.m. PBS DET. The Lawrence Welk Show Holiday nostalgia includes a salute to the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade. 9:00 p.m. NBC BOST. NBC DET. NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly The countdown to 2012 begins in Times Square. 10:30 p.m. NBC BOST. NBC DET. NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly The countdown to 2012 continues in Times Square.


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Lidia Celebrates America 12/25 PBS BOST.

Dec. 3 3:00 p.m. HGTV Holiday, Inc. New York City landmarks are transformed overnight for the holidays. 4:00 p.m. HGTV The Party Visiting with designers for holiday inspiration; an eclectic mix of holiday decorating. 7:00 p.m. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2 Elaborate home displays of holiday lights and decorations. 8:00 p.m. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights 3: Europe Extreme Christmas lights across Europe. 9:00 p.m. TLC More Crazy Christmas Lights Christmas-light displays across the country. 10:00 p.m. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2 Elaborate home displays of holiday lights and decorations.

Dec. 6 10:00 a.m. HGTV The Party Visiting with designers for holiday inspiration; an eclectic mix of holiday decorating. 7:00 p.m. HGTV Holiday, Inc. New York City landmarks are transformed overnight for the holidays. 8:00 p.m. HGTV The Party Visiting with designers for holiday inspiration; an eclectic mix of holiday decorating.

TV chef Lidia Bastianich kicks off her new series with “Holiday Tables & Traditions,” an armchair tour of special occasion celebrations around the country, with the focus – of course – on the food. They include an Italian-American Christmas Eve and a Mexican-American Christmas celebration. It’s not all about Christmas, however; she also attends a Chinese New Year celebration and a Passover seder.

9:00 p.m. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Interior designers create a holiday decor for celebrities; Eva La Rue’s “Santa’s Workshop.” TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2 Elaborate home displays of holiday lights and decorations. 10:00 p.m. TLC Extreme Christmas Trees Christmas trees that are over the top. 11:00 p.m. HGTV Holiday Block Party 2011 Designers transform three homes on a cul-de-sac; a bold and shimmering design.

Dec. 18 4:00 p.m. HGTV Sarah’s Holiday Party Timetested methods for hosting a grand holiday party.

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Dec. 11 4:00 p.m. HGTV The Party Visiting with designers for holiday inspiration; an eclectic mix of holiday decorating.

Dec. 13 10:00 a.m. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Brooke Burke; Sherri Shepherd; Trisha Yearwood. 7:00 p.m. HGTV Sarah’s Holiday Party Timetested methods for hosting a grand holiday party. 8:00 p.m. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Brooke Burke; Sherri Shepherd; Trisha Yearwood.

Dec. 17 3:00 p.m. HGTV Holiday Block Party 2011 Designers transform three homes on a cul-de-sac; a bold and shimmering design. 4:00 p.m. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Interior designers create a holiday decor for celebrities; Eva La Rue’s “Santa’s Workshop.” 6:00 p.m. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights Elaborate Christmas displays of lights and decorations. 7:00 p.m. TLC Extreme Christmas Trees Christmas trees that are over the top.

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10:00 a.m. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Interior designers create a holiday decor for celebrities; Eva La Rue’s “Santa’s Workshop.” 7:00 p.m. HGTV Holiday Block Party 2011 Designers transform three homes on a cul-de-sac; a bold and shimmering design. 8:00 p.m. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Interior designers create a holiday decor for celebrities; Eva La Rue’s “Santa’s Workshop.” 11:00 p.m. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Interior designers create a holiday decor for celebrities; Eva La Rue’s “Santa’s Workshop.”

6:00 p.m. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights Elaborate Christmas displays of lights and decorations. 7:00 p.m. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2 Elaborate home displays of holiday lights and decorations. 8:00 p.m. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights 3: Europe Extreme Christmas lights across Europe. 9:00 p.m. TLC Extreme Christmas Trees Christmas trees that are over the top. 10:00 p.m. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights 3: Europe Extreme Christmas lights across Europe.

7:00 p.m. HGTV Holmes for the Holidays Renovating expert Mike Holmes comes to the rescue of a young couple just before the holidays.

Dec. 24 11:00 a.m. HGTV Holiday, Inc. New York City landmarks are transformed overnight for the holidays. 12:00 p.m. HGTV The Party Visiting with designers for holiday inspiration; an eclectic mix of holiday decorating. 1:00 p.m. HGTV Sarah’s Holiday Party Timetested methods for hosting a grand holiday party. 2:00 p.m. HGTV Holiday Block Party 2011 Designers transform three homes on a cul-de-sac; a bold and shimmering design. 3:00 p.m. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Brooke Burke; Sherri Shepherd; Trisha Yearwood. 4:00 p.m. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Interior designers create a holiday decor for celebrities; Eva La Rue’s “Santa’s Workshop.” 5:00 p.m. HGTV Holiday, Inc. New York City landmarks are transformed overnight for the holidays. 6:00 p.m. HGTV The Party Visiting with designers for holiday inspiration; an eclectic mix of holiday decorating. TLC More Crazy Christmas Lights Christmaslight displays across the country. 7:00 p.m. HGTV Sarah’s Holiday Party Timetested methods for hosting a grand holiday party. 8:00 p.m. HGTV Holiday Block Party 2011 Designers transform three homes on a cul-de-sac; a bold and shimmering design. 9:00 p.m. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Brooke Burke; Sherri Shepherd; Trisha Yearwood. 10:00 p.m. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Interior designers create a holiday decor for celebrities; Eva La Rue’s “Santa’s Workshop.”

Dec. 25 8:00 a.m. HGTV Holmes for the Holidays Renovating expert Mike Holmes comes to the rescue of a young couple just before the holidays. 3:00 p.m. HGTV Holmes for the Holidays Renovating expert Mike Holmes comes to the rescue of a young couple just before the holidays. 10:00 p.m. HGTV Holmes for the Holidays Renovating expert Mike Holmes comes to the rescue of a young couple just before the holidays.


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From the moment the Peanuts gang skates, and Pigpen manages to raise a cloud of dust on ice in the opening of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” a feeling of all is right with the world washes over viewers. Charlie Brown could well be a barometer for judging character: If people don’t like him, are they worth knowing? It’s not easy being honorable when your mom sounds like a trombone and even your dog doesn’t respect you. Yet Charlie Brown, he with the yellow sweater and dubious athletic abilities, is one of the most honorable characters ever drawn. For this we have the late great Charles M. Schulz to thank. Two new CD collections – “The Charlie Brown Collection” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are out, featuring the tree even more famous than the one at Rockefeller Center. Since 1965, the Christmas cartoon has become the standard for which all should be compared. There’s a solid plot, character development and lessons. When the story begins, Charlie Brown (he’s never just Charlie) explains to Linus that he’s sad. “I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel,” he says.

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DECEMBER 1 7:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town A mailman (the voice of Fred Astaire) explains why Santa has whiskers, lives at the North Pole and brings presents once a year. Animated. 8:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. CMT CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts; performances include Lauren Alaina, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Braid Paisley and Kellie Pickler. 9:00 p.m. W Lucky Christmas A woman must retrieve her winning lottery ticket from the glove compartment of her stolen car.

DECEMBER 2 6:20 p.m. FAMILY Phineas and Ferb The boys work on turning the city of Danville into a giant thank you card for Santa Claus. 9:00 p.m. W Home by Christmas A housewife must learn to make it on her own after her husband divorces her and she loses everything. 10:00 p.m. YTV Unaccompanied Minors After a Christmas Eve blizzard shuts down the airport, stranded youths create holiday pandemonium for an uptight airport official and his assistant. FAMILY Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! Chaos strikes when a woman and her daughter get separated from their family during the holidays.

DECEMBER 3 12:00 p.m. TELETOON Gotta Catch Santa Claus A boy tries to prove to his friends that Santa is real. W Meet the Santas A man, his fiancee and her mother plan a wedding for Christmas Eve. WSBK The Spirit of Christmas Natalie Cole, James Ingram, Al Jarreau, Lakisha Jones, Christopher and Kyle Massey, Brian McKnight, Jeffrey Osborne, and the Greater Los Angeles Gospel Choir perform. 2:00 p.m. CMT CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts; performances include Lauren Alaina, Amy Grant,

Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Braid Paisley and Kellie Pickler. FAMILY Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! Chaos strikes when a woman and her daughter get separated from their family during the holidays. 3:00 p.m. HGTV Holiday, Inc. New York City landmarks, including the Time Warner Center, Lord & Taylor, and Macy’s on 34th Street, are transformed overnight for the holidays. 4:00 p.m. HGTV The Party Samantha Pynn visits with her favorite designers for holiday inspiration; an eclectic mix of holiday decorating. 6:00 p.m. TLC Crazy Christmas Lights Holiday decorating taken to the next level. W The Night Before the Night Before Christmas A family must save Christmas when Santa Claus lands on the roof and loses his magic bundle. 6:30 p.m. COMM Polkarama Walter Ostanek and the Western Senators. 7:00 p.m. CTV NBC BOST. NBC DET. It’s a Wonderful Life Ruined by a miser on Christmas Eve, a suicidal family man sees life anew thanks to his guardian angel. COMM Polkarama Walter Ostanek and the Western Senators. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2 A crisscrossing of America chronicles elaborate home displays of holiday lights and decorations. 8:00 p.m. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights 3: Europe Extreme Christmas lights across Europe. BRAVO The Man Who Saved Christmas Inventor and toy manufacturer A.C. Gilbert rediscovers his holiday spirit during World War I. 9:00 p.m. TLC More Crazy Christmas Lights A search for the best Christmas-light displays spans the country. 10:00 p.m. YTV National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure A bumbling man and his family must survive the elements after becoming shipwrecked on an island. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2 A crisscrossing of America chronicles elaborate home displays of holiday lights and decorations.

Surprisingly sweeter than you might expect from the premise and the casting, this 2003 comedy stars Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human who was adopted by elves as an infant and grows up thinking he’s just a large version of his adoptive father (Bob Newhart). When Buddy finds out the truth about his parentage, he is crushed and goes out into the real world to find his birth father (James Caan), who has his own family and isn’t interested in rehashing the past. DECEMBER 4 12:00 p.m. CMT CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts; performances include Lauren Alaina, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Braid Paisley and Kellie Pickler. W The Night Before the Night Before Christmas A family must save Christmas when Santa Claus lands on the roof and loses his magic bundle. 2:00 p.m. FAMILY ’Twas the Night A 14-yearold boy and his uncle jeopardize Christmas when they take Santa’s sleigh for a joy ride. W A Family Thanksgiving An ambitious attorney awakes in an alternate reality as a wife and mother of two. 4:00 p.m. YTV Casper’s Haunted Christmas Animated. Cousin Spooky comes to the aid of Casper when the friendly ghost must scare someone or face banishment. W Lucky Christmas A woman must retrieve her winning lottery ticket from the glove compartment of her stolen car. 6:00 p.m. YTV Yogi’s First Christmas Animated. Hoping to ensure a happy Christmas for Mrs. Trockmorton, Huck and the gang awaken Yogi

Bear out of his winter sleep to help in their preparations. 8:00 p.m. CBC-E Elf Adopted as a baby by one of Santa’s elves, a man leaves the workshop to search for his family in New York. 9:00 p.m. W Moonlight and Mistletoe Nick and his daughter Holly fight a real-estate developer to keep their Christmas theme park open. SHOWCASE Chasing Christmas Holiday spirits visit a single father who has boycotted Christmas since his wife left him.

DECEMBER 5 2:00 p.m. VISION Booky and the Secret Santa The owner of a department store helps a 10-yearold and her unemployed father during Christmastime. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Oliver’s Twist Jamie treats his office staff to a Christmas dinner. 5:00 p.m. CMT Faith Hill, Joy to the World Faith Hill performs holiday favorites from her Christmas album, “Joy to the World.” SHOWCASE Christmas Caper While baby-sitting her niece and nephew, a professional thief hatches a new scheme to steal. 7:00 p.m. GLOBAL How the Grinch Stole Christmas A curmudgeon living atop Mount Crumpit sets out to quash the yuletide prepara-

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tions of the Christmas-loving Whos of Whoville. Anthony Hopkins narrates. CTV Disney Prep & Landing An elite unit of elves, Prep & Landing, ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared to be visited by Santa Claus each Christmas Eve. ABC BOST. ABC DET. A Charlie Brown Christmas The award-winning “Peanuts” special returns with Charlie Brown and Linus searching for the meaning of Christmas. AMC A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. 7:30 p.m. CTV ABC BOST. ABC DET. Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Lanny and Wayne race to recover classified North Pole technology that falls into the hands of a naughty kid. 8:00 p.m. VISION Call Me Claus Facing mandatory retirement after 200 years, Santa Claus asks a television producer to replace him. 8:45 p.m. TCM A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. 9:00 p.m. W Eve’s Christmas A lonely career woman gets a second chance to rethink a fateful decision after she makes a wish upon a Christmas Eve star. 9:30 p.m. AMC A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. 10:00 p.m. VISION Trapped in Paradise Overly kind townspeople prevent bank robbers from escaping. GLOBAL EDM. How the Grinch Stole Christmas A curmudgeon living atop Mount Crumpit sets out to quash the yuletide preparations of the Christmas-loving Whos of Whoville. Anthony Hopkins narrates.

DECEMBER 6 12:45 p.m. EA2 The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas Herman, Lily and the others try to re-create a Transylvanian holiday for homesick Eddie. 1:00 p.m. AMC All I Want for Christmas A boy and his little sister cook up a holiday scheme to get their divorced parents back together. 2:00 p.m. VISION Call Me Claus Facing mandatory retirement after 200 years, Santa Claus asks a television producer to replace him. 3:35 p.m. YTV Almost Naked Animals Underwear-clad misfits at a beachfront hotel offer guests mayhem, destruction and debauchery. 6:40 p.m. MC3 Disney’s A Christmas Carol Animated. Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge must face uncomfortable truths when three Christmas spirits take him on a journey through his past, present and future. 7:00 p.m. CTV NBC BOST. NBC DET. A Michael Bublé Christmas The singer/songwriter performs songs from his latest holiday album; comedy sketches; features appearances by Justin Bieber, Kellie Pickler, Thalia, Oscar the Grouch, The Puppini Sisters, Naturally 7, Tracy Morgan and Ed Helms. HGTV Holiday, Inc. New York City landmarks, including the Time Warner Center, Lord & Taylor, and Macy’s on 34th Street, are transformed overnight for the holidays. AMC A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. 8:00 p.m. VISION Santa Who? Thinking him to be a homeless man, a news reporter gets amnesiac

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Santa settles into an armchair. Mrs. Claus reminds him of his tight schedule, including that extra stop in Florida for the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade Sunday, Dec. 25, on ABC. Santa just laughs. And yes, he really does laugh, “Ho, ho, ho!” Mrs. Claus shuts the doors to the elves’ workshop, muffling the din. The big night is a few weeks off, but he’s unfazed. “Well, I have been doing this for an awful long time,” he says. It may seem surprising that Santa would sit for an interview during his busiest season, but he says, “With the economy in a tailspin, I felt I needed to reassure children that Christmas will come this year.” Rudolph pokes his head through a window, and Santa tells him to return to the stable. “Now where was I?” Santa says. “Oh yes, many parents worry they can’t keep their houses, never mind buy expensive toys. I want to tell everyone Christmas never goes away, though it may be a little different.” Santa leans forward, no mean feat considering that belly, and the twinkle Santa Claus a job as a department store Santa and tries to find his family. HGTV The Party Samantha Pynn visits with her favorite designers for holiday inspiration; an eclectic mix of holiday decorating. TCM A Christmas Story In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd. 9:00 p.m. W The Good Witch’s Gift A criminal threatens the Christmas Eve wedding of an enchanting witch and a police chief. 9:30 p.m. AMC A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. 11:00 p.m. TCM Miracle on 34th Street An adwoman’s lawyer boyfriend tries to prove that Macy’s Santa Claus is the real thing.

DECEMBER 7 2:00 p.m. VISION A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. 3:00 p.m. SHOWCASE The Christmas Choir A homeless man inspires a workaholic accountant to start a choir at a shelter. 3:15 p.m. MC3 Christmas in Canaan A white boy and a black schoolmate become friends when their respective father and grandmother force them to spend time together. 5:00 p.m. SHOWCASE Cancel Christmas Telling Santa that children have become too selfish and greedy, the board of directors gives him a month to teach two boys the meaning of giving, or else the holiday will be canceled.

leaves those blue eyes. This is the year to remember the holiday’s true meaning, he stresses. He extracts a letter from a pile. The boy asks for so many pricey video games, it reads like a store inventory. “This is what I mean,” he says. “No one needs this much. I may bring him a game, but 37? No way!” “Now this letter,” he says, pulling a crumpled piece of paper from a pile, “this is what I’m talking about.” This little girl wants boxes of crayons for the hospital, where she does art projects with sick children. “She has the true spirit,” Santa says. “I’m hoping more people this year can ask just a little for themselves and more for others.” Also known as: St. Nicholas Birthplace: Asia Minor When: Fourth century Known for: Kindness to children; helping the sick How stockings by fireplace came about: Nicholas helped a man who had no dowries for his three daughters. Before each girl’s wedding, he tossed a bag of gold into the house. The third bag fell into a stocking hanging over the fire to dry, and the tradition began. Favorite food: Home-baked cookies Credits: “Miracle on 34th Street” and scores of other movies. Santa allows doubles to fill in for him because even he can’t be at every mall every day.

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6:00 p.m. FAMILY Phineas and Ferb The boys work on turning the city of Danville into a giant thank you card for Santa Claus. 7:00 p.m. AMC A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. 8:00 p.m. VISION Blizzard A youngster learns about true friendship with the help of a magically gifted reindeer from the North Pole. 9:00 p.m. W A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride A scheming wedding planner disapproves of her mother’s upcoming marriage. 9:30 p.m. AMC A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. 10:00 p.m. VISION The Gathering A businessman tries to reunite with his wife and family for what may be his last Christmas. SHOWCASE The Christmas Choir A homeless man inspires a workaholic accountant to start a choir at a shelter.

DECEMBER 8 8:00 p.m. VISION The Homecoming: A Christmas Story Olivia, John-Boy and the rest of the Waltons spend Christmas Eve 1933 anxiously awaiting the safe return of dad. 8:30 p.m. MC1 The Night Before the Night Before Christmas A family must save Christmas when Santa Claus lands on the roof and loses his magic bundle. 9:00 p.m. W The Last Christmas A mystery writer must solve a puzzle that may explain the sudden death of her grandfather. 10:00 p.m. VISION The Christmas Box Recurring dreams and a discovery follow when a businessman, his wife and daughter move in with an elderly widow who needs help. FOOD Unwrapped: Turkey and Trimmings Lunch box treats, pop, movie candy and more.

DECEMBER 9 2:00 p.m. VISION Miracle of the Heart A medical resident falls in love with a young teacher and develops a special bond with one of her students. 3:00 p.m. SHOWCASE Chasing Christmas Holiday spirits visit a single father who has boycotted Christmas since his wife left him.

5:00 p.m. TREE Team Umizoomi The team must help a little ghost solve riddles while on his way to a costume party. SHOWCASE Home for the Holidays Fights and reconciliations mark a single mom’s Thanksgiving with her dysfunctional Baltimore clan. 7:00 p.m. CTV Disney Prep & Landing An elite unit of elves, Prep & Landing, ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared to be visited by Santa Claus each Christmas Eve. CBS Frosty the Snowman An animated adaptation of Romeo Muller’s story. Narrated by Jimmy Durante. 7:30 p.m. CTV Shrek the Halls The ogre’s plans for a cozy family Christmas go awry when Donkey, Puss in Boots and the rest of the fairy-tale gang try to join in the fun. CBS Frosty Returns A snow-removal spray threatens magic Frosty (voice of John Goodman); narrator Jonathan Winters. 8:00 p.m. CBS Yes, Virginia After being told by friends that Santa Claus does not exist, 8-year-old Virginia writes a letter to the editor of The New York Sun asking if the jolly man is real. YTV iCarly When Carly, angry with Spencer, wishes she had a normal brother, a Christmas angel named Mitch helps her see how her life would be. TREE Team Umizoomi The team must help a little ghost solve riddles while on his way to a costume party. BRAVO Christmas at the Concert Hall Holly Cole; Ed Robertson from the Barenaked Ladies; Hawksley Workman; Mary Margaret O’Hara; Serena Ryder. 8:30 p.m. CBS The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story An elf named Chippey tries to help a young boy who is struggling to believe in the magic of Christmas. 9:00 p.m. YTV Big Time Rush The boys must finish recording a Christmas EP before they are able to return to Minnesota for the holidays; Gustavo plans a new Yardsquirrels album. W The Most Wonderful Time of the Year A snowbound stranger brightens the holidays for a retired police officer and his niece. 10:00 p.m. VISION Let’s Sing Again! A Christmas celebration in music and song. Host: Louise Rose.

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DECEMBER 10 12:00 p.m. W Christmas With the Kranks A Chicago couple scramble to put together a holiday celebration after their daughter decides to come home for Christmas. 2:00 p.m. FAMILY The Ultimate Christmas Present Two girls’ plan to close school by making it snow in Los Angeles jeopardizes Christmas. 3:00 p.m. HGTV Sarah’s Holiday Party Timetested methods for hosting a grand holiday party for family and friends. 3:25 p.m. FAMILY Phineas and Ferb The boys work on turning the city of Danville into a giant thank you card for Santa Claus. 4:00 p.m. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Celebrities share their homes during the holidays; Brooke Burke; Sherri Shepherd; Trisha Yearwood. W On Strike for Christmas Neighborhood women band together when their families take them for granted during the holidays.

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On Christmas Eve, NBC offers its second airing of the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” this holiday season (the first was Dec. 3). This year also marks the 1946 film’s 65th anniversary. “It has a life of its own,” says Jimmy Hawkins, who played Tommy Bailey, the youngest son of the film’s hero, George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart). “It’s part of the tradition. While people are making eggnog or trimming the tree or having people in, it’s always playing.” “It’s a Wonderful Life” took a circuitous path to its beloved status. It began as “The Greatest Gift,” an unsold short story by Civil War historian Philip Van Doren Stern – which he selfpublished as a Christmas card for friends and family – that was bought by Republic Pictures for $10,000. After three unsuccessful attempts to craft a screenplay, it landed with Capra, whom some critics had derided for relying on a particular brand of sentimentality, dubbed “Capra-corn.” However this epithet may be applied to Capra’s other films, it’s an unfair label to put on “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The film starts with many glowing scenes of yesteryear as George grows up in the idyllic small town of Bedford Falls. But the misuse of power by town boss Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore) overshadows the Bailey family and its building-and-loan business.

11 George longs to see the world, but Potter’s machinations and other circumstances thwart his dreams, trapping him in Bedford Falls. Outwardly he does the right things, but inwardly he nurses a deep well of frustration, anger and bitterness. On one fateful Christmas Eve, it all boils over. George contemplates suicide, until an angel (Henry Travers) shows him that he is not a failure after all. While the movie ends on a hopeful note, its unflinching look at the triumphs and heartaches of real life allows the film to be taken seriously and not just considered heartwarming holiday fluff. “He gets to see what life would have been like had he not been born,” Hawkins says. “He sees that family, friends and belief in miracles is what it’s all about. He’s just grateful to be back. But yeah, it was very dark.” While not a box-office flop, the movie was hardly a hit, and it probably would have faded into obscurity had not a clerical error caused the copyright to expire in the early 1970s. Freed from paying royalties for the film, TV stations played it wall to wall between Thanksgiving and Christmas. “In Los Angeles, one time,” Hawkins says, “between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it played 11 times.”

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CBS The Flight Before Christmas Animated. A flying squirrel shows a young reindeer how to soar into the sky. YTV The Legend of Frosty the Snowman Animated. The enchanted snowman brings magical fun to the children of a town. TLC Extreme Christmas Trees Christmas trees that are over the top. 9:00 p.m. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Celebrities share their homes during the holidays; Brooke Burke; Sherri Shepherd; Trisha Yearwood. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2 A crisscrossing of America chronicles elaborate home displays of holiday lights and decorations. W Santa Baby A business executive returns to the North Pole to help her father, Santa Claus, prepare for Christmas. 9:30 p.m. YTV This Christmas A matriarch assembles her brood for their first holiday reunion in four years, but secrets come to light and family ties become strained. 10:00 p.m. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights 3: Europe Extreme Christmas lights across Europe.

DECEMBER 11 12:00 p.m. W Santa Baby A business executive returns to the North Pole to help her father, Santa Claus, prepare for Christmas. 12:30 p.m. WGN Chicago’s Very Own Holidays Snapshots of past Chicago holidays include the city’s official Christmas tree. 1:00 p.m. FAMILY Pair of Kings The kings promise a Super Christmas. 2:00 p.m. FAMILY The Perfect Holiday Romance blooms when a little girl asks a department-store Santa to fulfill her divorced mother’s fondest wish for Christmas. SLCE Elf Adopted as a baby by one of Santa’s elves, a man leaves the workshop to search for his family in New York. W The Good Witch’s Gift A criminal threatens the Christmas Eve wedding of an enchanting witch and a police chief. 3:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jen-

nifer Nettles hosts; performances include Lauren Alaina, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Braid Paisley and Kellie Pickler. 3:30 p.m. GLOBAL How the Grinch Stole Christmas A curmudgeon living atop Mount Crumpit sets out to quash the yuletide preparations of the Christmas-loving Whos of Whoville. Anthony Hopkins narrates. 4:00 p.m. YTV The Dog Who Saved Christmas A crafty canine jumps to the rescue when two bumbling thieves target his master’s home during the holidays. HGTV The Party Samantha Pynn visits with her favorite designers for holiday inspiration; an eclectic mix of holiday decorating. 4:30 p.m. GLOBAL EDM. How the Grinch Stole Christmas A curmudgeon living atop Mount Crumpit sets out to quash the yuletide preparations of the Christmas-loving Whos of Whoville. Anthony Hopkins narrates. 5:00 p.m. CBC-E Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Animated. A pipe organ hatches an evil plan as Belle attempts to fill the Beast’s gloomy castle with holiday cheer. CMT CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts; performances include Lauren Alaina, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Braid Paisley and Kellie Pickler. 6:00 p.m. VISION Day of Discovery Christmas in the land where Jesus was born. YTV The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation A French poodle must save the day when inept thieves strike during the holidays. SLCE Elf Adopted as a baby by one of Santa’s elves, a man leaves the workshop to search for his family in New York. W Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe When Santa Claus decides to retire, his daughter must choose between taking over the reindeer reins or continuing with her fast-paced life in the outside world. 7:00 p.m. CBC-E Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas Boris Karloff narrates an animated tale about a curmudgeon and merry Whoville.

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In this 1947 classic, Edmund Gwenn stars as a Macy’s Santa who gets into trouble when he claims he’s the real Kriss Kringle. In a city full of imposters, he finds no one – not even a little girl (Natalie Wood) -- willing to believe in him. With skeptics ridiculing him at every turn, Kringle has no choice but to take his case to court. Only one young lawyer has enough faith to defend him. Maureen O’Hara and John Payne also star in the Academy Award winner. PBS DET. Rick Steves’ European Christmas Rick Steves visits seven European cultures at Christmastime. 7:30 p.m. CBC-E Frosty the Snowman An animated adaptation of Romeo Muller’s story. Narrated by Jimmy Durante. 8:00 p.m. CBC-E Home Alone Accidentally left by his Paris-bound family, an 8-year-old makes mincemeat of two burglars in the house. CTV Christmas Magic To gain entry to heaven, a woman must help a man and his young daughter. YTV Fred Claus The yuletide season brings headaches for Santa Claus, who bails his ne’er-dowell brother Fred out of trouble and puts him to work in his factory. MMM A Michael Bublé Christmas The singer/ songwriter performs songs from his latest holiday album; comedy sketches; features appearances by Justin Bieber, Kellie Pickler, Thalia, Oscar the Grouch, The Puppini Sisters, Naturally 7, Tracy Morgan and Ed Helms. 9:00 p.m. W Snowglobe A snow globe transports a woman into a holiday winter wonderland. SHOWCASE The Man Who Saved Christmas Inventor and toy manufacturer A.C. Gilbert rediscovers his holiday spirit during World War I.

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Found in: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Created by: Dr. Seuss Voice of: Boris Karloff Color: Green Pet: Max, unknown breed of dog Favorite food: Roast beast Lives in: A cave on Mount Crumpit, near Whoville Dislikes: Christmas, happiness, little children, anything warm and fuzzy

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2:00 p.m. VISION A Hobo’s Christmas A hobo hops a freight to Salt Lake City to be with his estranged son and grandchildren. 4:00 p.m. W The Good Witch’s Gift A criminal threatens the Christmas Eve wedding of an enchanting witch and a police chief. 6:00 p.m. FAMILY Phineas and Ferb The boys work on turning the city of Danville into a giant thank you card for Santa Claus. 7:00 p.m. FAMILY Pair of Kings The kings promise a Super Christmas. TCM The Bishop’s Wife A suave angel saves a woman and her Episcopal husband from spiritual doubt and marital woe. 8:00 p.m. CBC-E The Polar Express Animated. The conductor of a train to the North Pole guides a boy who questions the existence of Santa Claus. YTV The Dog Who Saved Christmas A crafty canine jumps to the rescue when two bumbling thieves target his master’s home during the holidays. FOOD Guy’s Disney Holiday Guy explores the holiday-themed meals and treats at Disneyland. FOX Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas When Manny convinces Sid that he is on the naughty list, Sid, Crash, Eddie and Peaches head to the North Pole to explain themselves to Santa Claus. FAMILY Shake It Up! CeCe buys a purse for herself instead of a Christmas gift for her mom. 9:00 p.m. GLOBAL Mall Santa The real men behind the real beards and the lives they lead during the hectic Christmas months. TCM Christmas in Connecticut The publisher of a women’s magazine has his best columnist play holiday host to a Navy hero. W Christmas Angel A woman assists a man who secretly helps others during the holidays. 10:00 p.m. YTV National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure A

12:00 p.m. W Snow 2 Brain Freeze When Santa lands in the hospital with amnesia, his wife must find a way to save Christmas. WSBK Happy Holidays America Stars share holiday memories and showcase traditions and celebrations around the country. 1:00 p.m. FAMILY Pair of Kings The kings promise a Super Christmas. 2:00 p.m. FAMILY ’Twas the Night A 14-yearold boy and his uncle jeopardize Christmas when they take Santa’s sleigh for a joy ride. W The Town Christmas Forgot A stranded family helps residents of a small town organize a Christmas pageant. 3:00 p.m. HGTV Holiday Block Party 2011 Designers transform three homes on a cul-de-sac; a bold and shimmering design; a Hanukkah/Christmas hybrid design; a South American-inspired transformation. 3:30 p.m. GLOBAL Deck the Halls Neighbors in a New England town go to war after one adorns his house with enough Christmas lights to make it visible from space. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Guy’s Disney Holiday Guy explores the holiday-themed meals and treats at Disneyland. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Interior designers create a holiday decor for celebrities; Eva La Rue’s “Santa’s Workshop”; Kurt Warner; Jordin Sparks. W Under the Mistletoe A woman becomes the center of attention after she unwittingly enters a dating contest on a radio station. 4:30 p.m. TELETOON ’Tis the Season to Be Smurfy The Smurfs bring holiday cheer into the lives of an old toy merchant and his gravely ill wife. GLOBAL EDM. Deck the Halls Neighbors in a New England town go to war after one adorns his

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Things learned from ‘A Christmas Story’ BY JAY BOBBIN Lessons can be taught anytime, anywhere ... and it’s quite possible Jean Shepherd had that in mind with “A Christmas Story.” The humorist devised “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash,” the novel behind the 1983 movie classic that begins its now-traditional 24-hour-marathon workout Saturday, Dec. 24, on TBS. Also the screenplay’s co-writer, Shepherd narrates the misadventures of wide-eyed young Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) and his family during a 1940s holiday season in Indiana. Those who never miss a December viewing of “A Christmas Story” know its wisdom already, but here are some of the pearls we’ve gleaned: 1. Be careful with a Red Ryder air rifle, or “you’ll shoot your eye out.”

DECEMBER 18 12:00 p.m. W Fred Claus The yuletide season brings headaches for Santa Claus, who bails his ne’er-do-well brother Fred out of trouble and puts him to work in his factory. 12:30 p.m. PBS BOST. Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s holiday program combines dancing, musical performances and storytelling. With David Archuleta and Michael York. 1:30 p.m. PBS BOST. L.A. Holiday Celebration 2010 Highlights of the 50th-annual festivities feature performers representing many of the various cultures of Los Angeles County. FAMILY Shake It Up! CeCe buys a purse for herself instead of a Christmas gift for her mom. 2:00 p.m. FAMILY Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! Chaos strikes when a woman and her daughter get separated from their family during the holidays. 4:00 p.m. YTV Unaccompanied Minors After a Christmas Eve blizzard shuts down the airport, stranded youths create holiday pandemonium for an uptight airport official and his assistant. HGTV Sarah’s Holiday Party Time-tested methods for hosting a grand holiday party for family and friends. TELETOON A Dennis the Menace Christmas A mischievous boy tries to show his neighbor the holiday spirit while hoping Santa Claus grants his wish for a bicycle. 6:00 p.m. VISION Day of Discovery Christmas in the land where Jesus was born. YTV Call Me Claus Facing mandatory retirement after 200 years, Santa Claus asks a television producer to replace him. FOOD Chopped Holiday Special Untraditional holiday recipes. MMM Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas Holiday sketches from past years include appearances by Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and Justin Timberlake; Gilly (Kristen Wiig) appears in new sketches. W Four Christmases When their plans for a holiday getaway fall apart, a couple must spend Christmas Day trudging to a quartet of family get-togethers. 7:00 p.m. CBC-E Mickey’s Christmas Carol Mickey Mouse in a Disney version of Dickens. CTV Disney Prep & Landing An elite unit of elves, Prep & Landing, ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared to be visited by Santa Claus each Christmas Eve. TCM It Happened on 5th Avenue A hobo shares a New York mansion with a veteran and others who need a wintertime place to stay. TLC My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas Travelers celebrate Christmas, extravagant weddings and First Communions.

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2. Don’t stick your face in your mashed potatoes, then snort like a pig.

3. Don’t let your mother bundle you up so tightly you can’t get up if you fall down.

4. A lamp resembling a woman’s leg works as well as any other lamp.

5. Don’t rule out Chinese food for Christmas dinner. 6. Make sure your home heater is in working order before winter comes.

7. If you sit on the lap of a mean store Santa, have an exit plan. (And try not to make it a slide.)

8. Don’t put your tongue on a metal pole in freezing temperatures. 7:30 p.m. CBC-E Frosty Returns A snow-removal spray threatens magic Frosty (voice of John Goodman); narrator Jonathan Winters. CTV Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Lanny and Wayne race to recover classified North Pole technology that falls into the hands of a naughty kid. 7:45 p.m. MC3 The Good Witch’s Gift A criminal threatens the Christmas Eve wedding of an enchanting witch and a police chief. 8:00 p.m. CBC-E National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation The Griswolds spend the holiday in a garish way, especially when a country cousin pulls up in an RV. CTV A Michael Bublé Christmas The singer/ songwriter performs songs from his latest holiday album; comedy sketches; features appearances by Justin Bieber, Kellie Pickler, Thalia, Oscar the Grouch, The Puppini Sisters, Naturally 7, Tracy Morgan and Ed Helms. ABC BOST. ABC DET. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Scott Calvin, aka Santa, contends with visiting in-laws and a scheme by mischievous Jack Frost to freeze him out of Christmas. YTV Christmas With the Kranks A Chicago couple scramble to put together a holiday celebration after their daughter decides to come home for Christmas. KTLA The Hollywood Christmas Parade The holiday parade features marching bands, live performances, character balloons and Hollywood celebrities.

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9:00 p.m. CTV The Case for Christmas Santa Claus must hire a lawyer when a man sues him for emotional distress. W On Strike for Christmas Neighborhood women band together when their families take them for granted during the holidays. 10:30 p.m. YTV Blizzard A youngster learns about true friendship with the help of a magically gifted reindeer from the North Pole. 11:00 p.m. MMM Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas Holiday sketches from past years include appearances by Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and Justin Timberlake; Gilly (Kristen Wiig) appears in new sketches.

DECEMBER 19 2:00 p.m. VISION The Homecoming: A Christmas Story Olivia, John-Boy and the rest of the Waltons spend Christmas Eve 1933 anxiously awaiting the safe return of dad. 3:00 p.m. YTV The Legend of Frosty the Snowman Animated. The enchanted snowman brings magical fun to the children of a town. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas involve fool-proof recipes that usher in a merry yuletide for all ... even the host. 5:58 p.m. FAMILY Phineas and Ferb The boys work on turning the city of Danville into a giant thank you card for Santa Claus. 6:00 p.m. CMT The Wilsons Family Christmas A trip to Northern Ontario brings a sharing of the holiday with the Wilsons’ friends and kin. 7:00 p.m. CMT Snow 2 Brain Freeze When Santa lands in the hospital with amnesia, his wife must find a way to save Christmas. AMC A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. 7:25 p.m. MC3 Christmas in Canaan A white boy and a black schoolmate become friends when their respective father and grandmother force them to spend time together. 7:30 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. A Chipmunk Christmas Alvin and the Chipmunks are asked to perform at Carnegie Hall on Christmas.

8:00 p.m. CBC-E The Santa Clause An adman takes over for the bearded, big-bellied fellow after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve. VISION The Man Who Saved Christmas Inventor and toy manufacturer A.C. Gilbert rediscovers his holiday spirit during World War I. YTV A Flintstone Christmas Fred and Barney deliver toys after Santa sprains his ankle in Bedrock. 9:00 p.m. YTV The Year Without a Santa Claus Feeling sad and unwanted, Santa takes the day off before Christmas; voices: Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth; animated. W Christmas in Canaan A white boy and a black schoolmate become friends when their respective father and grandmother force them to spend time together. 9:15 p.m. TCM Scrooge Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. 9:30 p.m. AMC A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. 10:00 p.m. VISION Call Me Claus Facing mandatory retirement after 200 years, Santa Claus asks a television producer to replace him. CMT The Wilsons Family Christmas A trip to Northern Ontario brings a sharing of the holiday with the Wilsons’ friends and kin.

DECEMBER 20 11:00 a.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas involve fool-proof recipes that usher in a merry yuletide for all ... even the host. 2:00 p.m. VISION The Man Who Saved Christmas Inventor and toy manufacturer A.C. Gilbert rediscovers his holiday spirit during World War I. 2:45 p.m. AMC All I Want for Christmas A boy and his little sister cook up a holiday scheme to get their divorced parents back together. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas involve fool-proof recipes that usher in a merry yuletide for all ... even the host. 4:30 p.m. TREE The Fresh Beat Band When the Fresh Beats are living toys in a magical holi-

Toy company executive Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) makes a drastic career change in this heartwarming 1994 Disney comedy. After killing the real Kriss Kringle by mistake, Scott tries on the red suit and is transformed into Santa, complete with white beard and round belly. In addition to the traditional duties, this Santa must convince his skeptical son (Eric Lloyd) that he’s the real thing. Wendy Crewson and Judge Reinhold also star. day toyland, Shout, Marina and Kiki must help Dancing Robot Twist get his moves back. 4:45 p.m. AMC Holiday Inn A singer and a dancer flirt with women at the singer’s New England inn, which opens for holidays. 6:00 p.m. CMT Jason McCoy: Christmas at the Grand McCoy performs songs of the season, accompanied by Colin James, P.R.O. and Belle Starr at the Calgary Grand. 7:00 p.m. HGTV Holiday Block Party 2011 Designers transform three homes on a cul-de-sac; a bold and shimmering design; a Hanukkah/Christmas hybrid design; a South American-inspired transformation. CMT The Dog Who Saved Christmas A crafty canine jumps to the rescue when two bumbling thieves target his master’s home during the holidays. AMC A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. 7:40 p.m. TELETOON Merry Madagascar Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria must deliver the presents to save Christmas when Santa gets amnesia following an accident on his sleigh. 8:00 p.m. CBC-E The Santa Clause 2 Santa must get married by Christmas Eve in order to save the holiday and keep his job.

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9:30 p.m. AMC A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. 10:00 p.m. VISION The Nativity Story King Herod’s obsession with an ancient prophecy threatens Mary and Joseph as they await the birth of Jesus. CMT Jason McCoy: Christmas at the Grand McCoy performs songs of the season, accompanied by Colin James, P.R.O. and Belle Starr at the Calgary Grand. TCM Holiday Affair A war widow has a 6-yearold son, and two men who want to marry her for Christmas. GLOBAL EDM. Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas Holiday sketches from past years include appearances by Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and Justin Timberlake; Gilly (Kristen Wiig) appears in new sketches. 10:30 p.m. FAMILY Pair of Kings The kings promise a Super Christmas.

DECEMBER 21 12:15 p.m. AMC All I Want for Christmas A boy and his little sister cook up a holiday scheme to get their divorced parents back together. 2:00 p.m. VISION The Christmas Wife A lonely widower’s idea to hire a companion for the holidays yields heartwarming results. CMT CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts; performances include Lauren Alaina, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Braid Paisley and Kellie Pickler. 2:15 p.m. AMC Holiday Inn A singer and a dancer flirt with women at the singer’s New England inn, which opens for holidays. 3:00 p.m. YTV Casper’s Haunted Christmas Animated. Cousin Spooky comes to the aid of Casper when the friendly ghost must scare someone or face banishment. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas involve fool-proof recipes that usher in a merry yuletide for all ... even the host. 4:30 p.m. FOOD Giada’s Family Christmas Giada and her family have good cheer with amazing food; Italian struffoli, Italian pot roast, and french toast. 6:00 p.m. CMT Christmas in Lake Louise One More Girl and the Stellas join Terri Clark to perform songs of the season in Alberta. 7:00 p.m. CBS The 13th Annual A Home for the Holidays Celebrities present inspirational stories of adoption; musical performers include Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Gavin DeGraw, OneRepublic and Christina Perri. CMT The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation A French poodle must save the day when inept thieves strike during the holidays. AMC A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. TELETOON The Year Without a Santa Claus Feeling sad and unwanted, Santa takes the day off before Christmas; voices: Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth; animated. 8:00 p.m. CBC-E The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Scott Calvin, aka Santa, contends with visiting in-laws and a scheme by mischievous Jack Frost to freeze him out of Christmas. GLOBAL Deck the Halls Neighbors in a New England town go to war after one adorns his

Time again for the corn-cob pipe and button nose:

‘Frosty the Snowman’ is back

Just as everyone knows winter will come again, so will a snowman named Frosty. Since 1969, there hasn’t been a year when television has missed out on showing the animated special “Frosty the Snowman,” based on one of the holiday season’s most popular songs. This year is no different: It’s set to “thumpety-thumpthump” its way to CBS again Friday, Dec. 9, but “Frosty” fans don’t even have to wait that long. A Blu-ray edition of the show was released recently. “Frosty” also has been available on DVD for some time, both by itself and in combination packs that also include some of the other seasonal specials produced by genre titans Arthur Rankin Jr,. and Jules Bass, very notably “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The legend of “Frosty” actually owes a lot to “Rudolph,” which “singing cowboy” Gene Autry recorded in 1949. In a bid to replicate that success – surprise! – Autry released “Frosty,” created by songwriters Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson, the next year. And, indeed. lightning struck twice. In fact, it struck many more times, considering the range of performers who put their own musical spins on “Frosty” … everyone from Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald to the Beach Boys and the Jackson 5. Oh, and the Partridge Family and Alvin and the Chipmunks, too. Other than Autry’s version, though, the definitive “Frosty” arguably was recorded by comedian Jimmy Durante. It’s no surprise, then, that Rankin and Bass signed him up to participate in their cartoon representation of the tale that the tune tells. Like Autry, though, they needed “Rudolph” first.

house with enough Christmas lights to make it visible from space. VISION One Christmas An Alabama boy meets a noblewoman and other characters on a visit to his father in 1930 New Orleans. YTV A Garfield Christmas Special The lasagnaloving feline and Odie the dog travel with Jon to his family’s farm for a down-home holiday. 8:30 p.m. YTV ’Tis the Season to Be Smurfy The Smurfs bring holiday cheer into the lives of an old toy merchant and his gravely ill wife. 9:00 p.m. YTV Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The reindeer with the incandescent nose guides Santa’s sleigh through a bad storm on Christmas Eve. Based on the song by Johnny Marks. 9:30 p.m. AMC A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. PBS.SEAT European Christmas Markets Shops in Germany, France and Switzerland offer holiday treats and crafts. 10:00 p.m. VISION Blizzard A youngster learns about true friendship with the help of a magically gifted reindeer from the North Pole. CMT Christmas in Lake Louise One More Girl and the Stellas join Terri Clark to perform songs of the season in Alberta. GLOBAL EDM. Deck the Halls Neighbors in a New England town go to war after one adorns his house with enough Christmas lights to make it visible from space.

17 BY JAY BOBBIN The television producers sold their vision of the reindeer story to NBC in 1964, and it was such an immediate success – with its ending even being revised after its first telecast, since so many viewers demanded to know what became of the Misfit Toys – other Rankin/Bass productions were inevitable. “Frosty” was among the first of the follow-ups, but instead of using the company’s “Animagic” stop-motion-puppet process, it went for a more traditional style of animation. CBS has had “Frosty” from the beginning. In the story narrated by Durante, youngster Karen (voice of cartoon veteran June Foray, who also spoke for several other characters in the show) foregoes the proposed name Oatmeal for the snowman that she and several friends build. What ultimately brings Frosty to life (with the voice of comic Jackie Vernon) is the special hat tossed aside by a magician (voice of Billy De Wolfe). The illusionist becomes the villain of the piece, trying to get his hat back as Frosty and Karen go on the run. The outcome leaves Karen in a puddle of tears and Frosty in … well, just a puddle, until help arrives in the form on someone by the name of Santa Claus. All ends happily, as it has each 12/9 7pm Christmas season for more than 40 CBS years. “Frosty Returns” and “The Legend of Frosty the Snowman” were done by different producers, but Rankin/Bass also turned out “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” and “Rudolph and Frosty‘s Christmas in July.” Still, for the vast majority of “Frosty” followers, there’s nothing like the original. And as Frosty himself promises, “I’ll be back again some day.” In roughly 12 months, we predict.

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their Christmas decorations; Manny installs a special light at the mini golf course to help a hearing-impaired friend. 1:45 p.m. AMC White Christmas Former Army buddies put on a show with a sister act to save their general’s hotel in Vermont. 2:00 p.m. VISION One Christmas An Alabama boy meets a noblewoman and other characters on a visit to his father in 1930 New Orleans. 3:00 p.m. YTV Yogi’s First Christmas Animated. Hoping to ensure a happy Christmas for Mrs. Trockmorton, Huck and the gang awaken Yogi Bear out of his winter sleep to help in their preparations. 4:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas involve fool-proof recipes that usher in a merry yuletide for all ... even the host. 4:30 p.m. PBS DET. European Christmas Markets Shops in Germany, France and Switzerland offer holiday treats and crafts. AMC A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. 5:00 p.m. CMT CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts; performances include Lauren Alaina, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Braid Paisley and Kellie Pickler. 6:00 p.m. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights A crisscrossing of America chronicles elaborate home Christmas displays of lights and decorations. 6:30 p.m. PBS DET. Travelscope: Christmas in Switzerland A Swiss-style Christmas includes a scenic train ride to Rochers-de-Naye, a ferris wheel ride in Montreux, hand-blown glass ornaments and a 600-year-old clock tower tradition in Lausanne. 7:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. Disney Prep & Landing An elite unit of elves, Prep & Landing, ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared to be visited by Santa Claus each Christmas Eve. CMT Christmas in Canaan A white boy and a black schoolmate become friends when their

respective father and grandmother force them to spend time together. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2 A crisscrossing of America chronicles elaborate home displays of holiday lights and decorations. 7:30 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Lanny and Wayne race to recover classified North Pole technology that falls into the hands of a naughty kid. 8:00 p.m. CBC-E A Christmas Story In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd. GLOBAL Christmas in Wonderland Crooks and cops pursue a brother and sister who found a bag of counterfeit cash while shopping in a Canadian mall. ABC BOST. ABC DET. YTV I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown! Lucy and Linus’ little brother, ReRun, turns to Snoopy and Spike for holiday cheer. VISION Miracle on 34th Street A departmentstore Santa goes to court with a lawyer to prove he is the real thing. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights 3: Europe Extreme Christmas lights across Europe. TELETOON A Dennis the Menace Christmas A mischievous boy tries to show his neighbor the holiday spirit while hoping Santa Claus grants his wish for a bicycle. 9:00 p.m. YTV A Charlie Brown Christmas The award-winning “Peanuts” special returns with Charlie Brown and Linus searching for the meaning of Christmas. TLC Extreme Christmas Trees Christmas trees that are over the top. 9:30 p.m. YTV It’s Christmas Time Again, Charlie Brown! The “Peanuts” gang copes with holiday pressures as Charlie Brown tries to raise Christmas money and Sally rehearses for a play. 10:00 p.m. VISION A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. PBS DET. The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2011 A holiday concert culminates with the lighting of the national Christmas tree in President’s Park in Washington, D.C.; host Car-

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A lanky mailman with the voice of Fred Astaire explains Santa’s origins in this 1970 animated special, which sidesteps the St. Nicholas part. In this version, the future jolly old elf is a foundling adopted by the Kringles, a family of toymakers. He grows up with toys in his blood, so to speak, and feels called to give them away to the local youngsters, but mean old Burgermeister Meisterburger will have none of that. son Daly. With performances by One Republic, Rodney Atkins and Marsha Ambrosius. TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights 3: Europe Extreme Christmas lights across Europe. PBS.SEAT Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s holiday program combines dancing, musical performances and storytelling. With David Archuleta and Michael York. GLOBAL EDM. Christmas in Wonderland Crooks and cops pursue a brother and sister who found a bag of counterfeit cash while shopping in a Canadian mall.

DECEMBER 23 12:30 p.m. FAMILY Handy Manny Manny and the tools have emergency repairs to make all over town before they can attend a holiday party. 2:00 p.m. VISION Miracle on 34th Street A department-store Santa goes to court with a lawyer to prove he is the real thing. 2:19 p.m. TELETOON Little Spirit: Christmas in New York Two sisters listen to the story of a magic creature who helps a boy find his lost dog and introduces him to new friends and places in the city. 3:05 p.m. TELETOON Wayside Todd creates an after-school science club; Myron believes that

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Q: Have you always liked the song named after you? A: I’ll admit it took some getting used to. I love the way it ends, since I guess I did “go down in history.” But I’m not too fond of being reminded how other reindeer “used to laugh and call (me) names.” Hey, how would YOU like hearing that year after year? I mean, it’s been more than 40 years. Can’t we all just move on? Don’t get me wrong, though: I’m not bitter about the tune. Despite never having seen a single penny of the residuals. Q: Did you always have faith in Hermey’s dental potential? A: Listen. Anyone who’s that convinced he can do what he really wants to is going to be a success, whatever he sets his heart on. I haven’t seen him in awhile. I wonder if he still has that over-gelled flip in his hair. Always envied that. Q: How uncomfortable was that fake black nose you had to wear? A: Don’t get me started! As far as others were concerned, it got the job done for a while, but me? In my mind, I could still see it blinking. It’s like many people who have just lost a lot of weight; others may say you look slim, but in the mirror, you see the same old you. Q: What attracted you to Clarice? A: Have you ever seen the special? Sweet, pretty, compassionate, nonjudgmental – what wasn’t to like? I don’t mean to boast, but I think this reindeer got much luckier than a lot of humans do.

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presence. And the way he sang “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Silver and Gold”? Why, the great Burl Ives couldn’t have done better! Q: Are things still the way they used to be in Santa’s Workshop? A: Toys have gotten unbelievably advanced. I mean, Barbie has a working cell phone now! Some of the elves had to take a computer-training course a few years back. They got strange looks from the other students – I guess it was like “Amish in the City” – but they came back ready to handle anything that came up. They do seem to play around with Xboxes way too much. That’s just my opinion, but I’m sticking to it. Q: What did you think when Santa finally asked you to guide his sleigh that foggy Christmas Eve? A: Are you kidding? It was like a minor-league ballplayer being called up to the majors. Or an understudy being given the lead in the play. As I told Kriss Kringle at the time, “It will be an honor, sir.” And it was! It was! Q: How did Santa’s sleigh manage to fly in the special without any evidence of wind shear? A: Oh, you are getting way too analytical. It’s magic! Or should I say “Animagic”? Q: What will you be doing this Christmas Eve? A: All you need to do is walk outside and look up. I wouldn’t miss it.

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Santa’s reindeer is injured, a determined dog tries to save Christmas. Voices of Drew Barrymore, Dan Castellaneta, Peter MacNicol, Joe Pantoliano, Jay Mohr, Ed Asner, Tim Meadows and Michael Stipe. 7:30 p.m. CTV Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Lanny and Wayne race to recover classified North Pole technology that falls into the hands of a naughty kid. ABC BOST. ABC DET. Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation The boys must save Christmas when the holiday is canceled after Dr. Doofenshmirtz covers Danville in a cloud of naughtiness; including an additional wintertheme episode. 8:00 p.m. CTV A Christmas Carol Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. ABC BOST. ABC DET. Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Lanny and Wayne race to recover classified North Pole technology that falls into the hands of a naughty kid. YTV Home Alone Accidentally left by his Parisbound family, an 8-year-old makes mincemeat of two burglars in the house. WPIX WGN CHCH Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer A youth embarks on a journey to find his missing grandmother and prove that Santa Claus is real. EA2 I’ll Be Home for Christmas Members of a New England family reunite for the holiday, hoping one will return from World War II. 9:00 p.m. VISION Let’s Sing Again! A Christmas celebration in music and song. Host: Louise Rose. W Holiday in Handcuffs To fool her parents, a waitress kidnaps a customer and forces him to pretend to be her beau. 9:30 p.m. MC3 The Night Before the Night Before Christmas A family must save Christmas when Santa Claus lands on the roof and loses his magic bundle. 9:40 p.m. EA2 Scrooged A ruthless TV-network chief meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. 10:00 p.m. YTV Home Alone 4 Kevin tries to reunite his separated parents while dealing with an old nemesis.

TELETOON The Year Without a Santa Claus Feeling sad and unwanted, Santa takes the day off before Christmas; voices: Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth; animated. KTLA Olive, the Other Reindeer Based on the children’s book. Learning that one of Santa’s reindeer is injured, a determined dog tries to save Christmas. Voices of Drew Barrymore, Dan Castellaneta, Peter MacNicol, Joe Pantoliano, Jay Mohr, Ed Asner, Tim Meadows and Michael Stipe.

DECEMBER 24 12:00 p.m. YTV A Flintstones Christmas Carol Fred assumes the character of Scrooge and Bamm-Bamm plays Tiny Tim in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens story. HGTV The Party Samantha Pynn visits with her favorite designers for holiday inspiration; an eclectic mix of holiday decorating. CMT Tara Oram’s Christmas Carol The Higgins, Jaydee Bixbyand Chris Thorsteinson. W Snowglobe A snow globe transports a woman into a holiday winter wonderland. WSBK Holiday Festival on Ice Skaters Kurt Browning, Jamie Salé, David Pelletier, Jeffrey Buttle and others perform. 1:00 p.m. CBC-E Olive, the Other Reindeer Based on the children’s book. Learning that one of Santa’s reindeer is injured, a determined dog tries to save Christmas. Voices of Drew Barrymore, Dan Castellaneta, Peter MacNicol, Joe Pantoliano, Jay Mohr, Ed Asner, Tim Meadows and Michael Stipe. HGTV Sarah’s Holiday Party Time-tested methods for hosting a grand holiday party for family and friends. CMT Christmas in Lake Louise One More Girl and the Stellas join Terri Clark to perform songs of the season in Alberta. FAMILY Pair of Kings The kings promise a Super Christmas. 1:30 p.m. FAMILY Shake It Up! CeCe buys a purse for herself instead of a Christmas gift for her mom. TCM Holiday Affair A war widow has a 6-yearold son, and two men who want to marry her for Christmas.

Some purists may sniff that 1942’s ‘‘Holiday Inn,’’ of which this 1954 musical is a partial remake, is a superior piece of work. The fact remains that this latter vehicle for Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen has become a compulsory part of the yuletide celebration for millions around the world. The classic title tune is just one of several memorable Irving Berlin melodies performed here with style, heart and panache. 2:00 p.m. ABC BOST. Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade Floats, giant balloons, costumed characters and celebrities fill the Dallas streets during the annual parade. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas involve fool-proof recipes that usher in a merry yuletide for all ... even the host. HGTV Holiday Block Party 2011 Designers transform three homes on a cul-de-sac; a bold and shimmering design; a Hanukkah/Christmas hybrid design; a South American-inspired transformation. CMT CMA Country Christmas Country music stars share their favorite holiday traditions and memories; Jennifer Nettles hosts; performances include Lauren Alaina, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Braid Paisley and Kellie Pickler. FAMILY The Perfect Holiday Romance blooms when a little girl asks a department-store Santa to fulfill her divorced mother’s fondest wish for Christmas. 3:00 p.m. FOOD Jamie’s Family Christmas Jamie Oliver’s secrets for a stress-free family Christmas involve fool-proof recipes that usher in a merry yuletide for all ... even the host. Book your Christmas and New Years gatherings NOW!

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“Ocean’s Eleven” (1960): The lights go out throughout Las Vegas when midnight hits on New Year’s Eve, thanks to the ex-military buddies led by suave Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) in the ultimate “Rat Pack” movie. Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford play some of the other pals who are in on the simultaneous robbery of several casinos.

“About Last Night ... ” (1986): As evidence that almost anyone’s New Year’s Eve has to go better, take Danny and Debbie (Rob Lowe, Demi Moore), whose live-in relationship hits the skids amid a huge holiday crowd at a favorite Chicago bar. While she wants to comfort a girlfriend who’s just suffered a trauma in love, he wants to party, and the rest pretty much spells itself out.

“Peter’s Friends” (1992): Along the lines of “The Big Chill,” this engaging Britishmade comedy reunites a group of college chums at one’s (Stephen Fry) English estate on New Year’s Eve. A couple of the film’s other actors directed (Kenneth Branagh) and co-wrote (Rita Rudner) the picture, which also features Hugh Laurie, well before he became an American television star in “House.”

“The Poseidon Adventure” (1972): Not only does an enormous tidal wave overturn the S.S. Poseidon on New Year’s Eve, the cruise ship’s passengers are merrily crooning “Auld Lang Syne” at the moment the vessel begins to capsize. Like many other sites, the Poseidon hasn’t yet gotten rid of its Christmas tree, which comes in lucky for the survivors who have to climb it to survive.

“When Harry Met Sally ... ” (1989): Although the picture has a postscript beyond it, this comedy’s pivotal scene is set at a New Year’s Eve party where hopeless – and hapless – romantic Sally (Meg Ryan) isn’t feeling very celebratory, until longtime confidant Harry (Billy Crystal) shows up and finally professes the feelings for her that took so long to develop.

“Entrapment” (1999): The dawn of the millennium is a big factor in this heist caper, as a master thief (Sean Connery) and the insurance investigator (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who’s after him scheme to swipe billions of dollars while just about everyone else is cheering the arrival of the 21st century.

GLOBAL EDM. Deck the Halls Neighbors in a New England town go to war after one adorns his house with enough Christmas lights to make it visible from space. 8:15 p.m. MC1 Disney’s A Christmas Carol Animated. Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge must face uncomfortable truths when three Christmas spirits take him on a journey through his past, present and future. 9:00 p.m. CBC-E Scrooge Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come. GLOBAL Christmas Caper While baby-sitting her niece and nephew, a professional thief hatches a new scheme to steal. PBS BOST. Christmas at Belmont 2011 The annual holiday concert of traditional carols, world music and seasonal favorites features students from Belmont University’s music program. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Celebrities share their homes during the holidays; Brooke Burke; Sherri Shepherd; Trisha Yearwood. PBS.SEAT The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2011 A holiday concert culminates with the lighting of the national Christmas tree in President’s Park in Washington, D.C.; host Carson Daly. With performances by One Republic, Rodney Atkins and Marsha Ambrosius. TELETOON The Legend of Frosty the Snowman Animated. The enchanted snowman brings magical fun to the children of a town. W Miracle of the Heart A medical resident falls in love with a young teacher and develops a special bond with one of her students.

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9:30 p.m. PBS DET. Straight No Chaser — Songs of the Decades: Holiday Edition The group journeys through the pop songbook, covering doo wop to contemporary pop. From Atlantic City, N.J. 10:00 p.m. YTV Blizzard A youngster learns about true friendship with the help of a magically gifted reindeer from the North Pole. HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes Interior designers create a holiday decor for celebrities; Eva La Rue’s “Santa’s Workshop”; Kurt Warner; Jordin Sparks. CMT Call Me Claus Facing mandatory retirement after 200 years, Santa Claus asks a television producer to replace him. TLC My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas Travelers celebrate Christmas, extravagant weddings and First Communions. PBS.SEAT Christmas at Belmont 2011 The annual holiday concert of traditional carols, world music and seasonal favorites features students from Belmont University’s music program. GLOBAL EDM. Christmas Caper While babysitting her niece and nephew, a professional thief hatches a new scheme to steal. 10:29 p.m. NBC BOST. NBC DET. Christmas Eve Mass At St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. 10:50 p.m. EA2 Christmas Eve As a rich eccentric tries to reunite her family, her son tries to oust her from the family business. 11:00 p.m. PBS DET. PBS.SEAT Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s holiday program combines dancing, musical performances and storytelling. With David Archuleta and Michael York.

DECEMBER 25 12:00 p.m. CBC-E Queen’s Message The annual Christmas message from Queen Elizabeth II. SLCE The Christmas Choir A homeless man inspires a workaholic accountant to start a choir at a shelter. WPIX March of the Wooden Soldiers Stan and Ollie rescue Bo-Peep, Tom-Tom and other Mother Goose characters from Toyland miser Barnaby. 12:10 p.m. CBC-E Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Disney characters on parade celebrate the holiday. 12:20 p.m. EA2 The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas Herman, Lily and the others try to re-create a Transylvanian holiday for homesick Eddie. 12:30 p.m. TCM The Greatest Story Ever Told The life of Jesus unfolds according to the Bible, from birth to the Resurrection, on an epic scale. WGN Chicago’s Very Own Holidays Mark Suppelsa hosts. 1:00 p.m. CBC-E The Forgotten Toys A teddy bear and a rag doll look for new owners after being discarded for brand-new toys. Featuring the voice of Bob Hoskins.

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FAMILY Pair of Kings The kings promise a Super Christmas. 1:30 p.m. PBS BOST. Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing The annual Christmas Festival from St. Olaf College in Minnesota marks its 100th anniversary. FAMILY Shake It Up! CeCe buys a purse for herself instead of a Christmas gift for her mom. WGN Chicago’s Very Own Holidays Snapshots of past Chicago holidays include the city’s official Christmas tree. 2:00 p.m. FAMILY Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! Chaos strikes when a woman and her daughter get separated from their family during the holidays. WSBK A Hobo’s Christmas A hobo hops a freight to Salt Lake City to be with his estranged son and grandchildren. 2:30 p.m. TELETOON Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas When Manny convinces Sid that he is on the naughty list, Sid, Crash, Eddie and Peaches head to the North Pole to explain themselves to Santa Claus. 3:00 p.m. CBC-E Booky and the Secret Santa The owner of a department store helps a 10-yearold and her unemployed father during Christmastime. HGTV Holmes for the Holidays Renovating expert Mike Holmes comes to the rescue of a young couple just before the holidays. 3:30 p.m. FAMILY Phineas and Ferb The boys work on turning the city of Danville into a giant thank you card for Santa Claus. 4:00 p.m. TCM King of Kings Orson Welles narrates the story of Jesus including the Sermon on the Mount, the Last Supper, the Passion and the Resurrection. 5:00 p.m. TELETOON The Legend of Frosty the Snowman Animated. The enchanted snowman brings magical fun to the children of a town. 5:30 p.m. MC3 Disney’s A Christmas Carol Animated. Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge must face uncomfortable truths when three Christmas spirits take him on a journey through his past, present and future. 6:00 p.m. VISION Day of Discovery Christmas in the land where Jesus was born. YTV Blizzard A youngster learns about true friendship with the help of a magically gifted reindeer from the North Pole. 6:30 p.m. CBC-E Miracle on 34th Street An adwoman’s lawyer boyfriend tries to prove that Macy’s Santa Claus is the real thing. GLOBAL Eighteenth-Century Christmas A Christmas observance of old in Louisbourg, N.S. 7:00 p.m. FAMILY Shake It Up! CeCe buys a purse for herself instead of a Christmas gift for her mom. PCH The Nativity Story King Herod’s obsession with an ancient prophecy threatens Mary and Joseph as they await the birth of Jesus. 8:00 p.m. CBC-E Queen’s Message The annual Christmas message from Queen Elizabeth II.


GLOBAL Christmas on Chestnut Street A materialistic storekeeper learns the true meaning of Christmas after her employee starts a holiday competition. OWN Miracle on 34th Street A retail-war lawyer goes to court to prove a department-store Santa Claus is for real. YTV Home Alone Accidentally left by his Parisbound family, an 8-year-old makes mincemeat of two burglars in the house. 8:10 p.m. CBC-E Frosty Returns A snow-removal spray threatens magic Frosty (voice of John Goodman); narrator Jonathan Winters. 8:30 p.m. CBC-E A Heartland Christmas An illness and a mission to rescue horses permeates a family’s Christmas in the Canadian Rockies. EA2 The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas Herman, Lily and the others try to re-create a Transylvanian holiday for homesick Eddie. 9:00 p.m. PCH The Nativity Story King Herod’s obsession with an ancient prophecy threatens Mary and Joseph as they await the birth of Jesus. 9:30 p.m. WGN Chicago’s Very Own Holidays Mark Suppelsa hosts. 10:00 p.m. HGTV Holmes for the Holidays Renovating expert Mike Holmes comes to the rescue of a young couple just before the holidays. GLOBAL EDM. Christmas on Chestnut Street A materialistic storekeeper learns the true meaning of Christmas after her employee starts a holiday competition. 10:30 p.m. FAMILY Pair of Kings The kings promise a Super Christmas. 10:55 p.m. FAMILY Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! Chaos strikes when a woman and her daughter get separated from their family during the holidays.

DECEMBER 26 3:25 p.m. TELETOON Wayside Todd creates an after-school science club; Myron believes that he is stuck in his own version of “The Christmas Carol.” 7:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. Rudolph’s Shiny New Year Rudolph the reindeer comes to the rescue when an evil bird kidnaps the New Year baby. Voices of Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, Morey Amsterdam.

DECEMBER 28 7:00 a.m. MC1 The Night Before the Night Before Christmas A family must save Christmas when Santa Claus lands on the roof and loses his magic bundle.

DECEMBER 29 12:26 p.m. TELETOON Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas When Manny convinces Sid that he is on the naughty list, Sid, Crash, Eddie and Peaches head to the North Pole to explain themselves to Santa Claus. 7:00 p.m. ABC BOST. ABC DET. Happy New Year, Charlie Brown While other members of the Peanuts gang plan a holiday celebration, Charlie Brown struggles with “War and Peace”; a bonus cartoon is “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown.”

DECEMBER 30 7:00 a.m. MC3 Christmas Comes Home to Canaan A man bonds with a woman who helps his son recover from surgery.

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Questions: 1) What Oscar-winning actor played Ebenezer Scrooge in a powerful 1984 CBS adaptation of “A Christmas Carol”? 2) Who provided the voice of the title character in the 1962 animated special “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol”? 3) What beloved TV mom played Belinda Cratchit in the 1938 movie adaptation of “A Christmas Carol”? (Hint: Her real-life parents, Gene and Kathleen Lockhart, played her on-screen mom and dad as well.) 4) What “Ugly Betty” cast member starred as high-maintenance pop singer Ebony Scrooge in the TV movie “A Diva’s Christmas Carol”? 5) Also in that “Diva” remake, what red-haired “D-List” comic played the Ghost of Christmas Past? 6) Bill Murray played cynical TV executive Frank Cross in what 1988 “Carol” remake? 7) What former cast member of “Happy Days” starred as Scrooge-like Benedict Slade in 1979’s “An American Christmas Carol”? 8) “Roseanne” did its own parody of “A Christmas Carol,” but this episode was set around what other holiday? 9) What Emmy-winning CBS comedy series featured an episode in which its main character is visited by the Ghosts of Yom Kippur Past, Present and Future? 10) In a second season episode of “Family Ties,” what cranky character is visited by three Christmas Eve spirits?

he is stuck in his own version of “The Christmas Carol.” 4:00 p.m. TELETOON Wayside Todd creates an after-school science club; Myron believes that he is stuck in his own version of “The Christmas Carol.” 5:00 p.m. PBS DET. The Lawrence Welk Show Holiday nostalgia includes a salute to the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade. Songs include “Moonlight and Roses,” “Before the Parade Passes By” and “I Could Have Danced All Night.” 6:30 p.m. COMM Polkarama Walter Ostanek and the Western Senators. 7:00 p.m. COMM Polkarama Walter Ostanek and the Western Senators. ABC BOST. ABC DET. New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party A look back at memorable moments from past New Year’s Eve celebrations; popular artists perform. 9:00 p.m. NBC BOST. NBC DET. NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly The countdown to 2012 begins in Times Square. ABC BOST. ABC DET. Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2012 A bicoastal celebration counts down to midnight and features special performances. 10:30 p.m. NBC BOST. NBC DET. NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly The countdown to 2012 continues in Times Square. ABC BOST. ABC DET. Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2012 A bicoastal celebration counts down to midnight and features performances by Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.

Answers: 1) George C. Scott 2) Jim Backus 3) June Lockhart 4) Vanessa Williams 5) Kathy Griffin 6) “Scrooged” 7) Henry Winkler 8) Halloween 9) “Northern Exposure.” (Dr. Joel Fleischman’s Rabbi Schulman stepped in as all three ghosts). 10) Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox)

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