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Christmas on TV

November 24, 2009 - Betsy Bethel
No matter how many Christmas movies I acquire on DVD, there is still nothing like sitting down with a bowl of popcorn and a mug of hot chocolate to watch "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" or "Charlie Brown Christmas" when they air on national television.

We know every year that TBS will have its "A Christmas Story" marathon on Christmas eve and Christmas day. So no matter what time it is, we can be sure to catch Santa telling Ralphie he'll shoot his eye out or the Chinese restaurant staff singing "fa-ra-ra-ra-ra."

But the other Christmas specials are on at different times on different channels every year. At the suggestion of my husband, here is a list of what's on what stations and when, including several new shows.

November 26

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC 9 a.m

"Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" ABC 8 p.m

"Miracle on 34th Street" ABC 8 p.m.

November 27 "Elf" USA 7 p.m.

November 28 "Holly & Hal Moose: Our Uplifting Christmas Adventure" ABC Family 10 a.m.

"Merry Madagascar" NBC 8 p.m.

"The National Tree" Hallmark 8 p.m.

November 30 "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (Dr. Seuss' animated classic) ABC 8 p.m.

National Lampoon’s "Christmas Vacation" AMC 8 p.m.

December 1 "Charlie Brown Christmas" ABC 8 p.m.

December 2 "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" CBS 8 p.m.

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2009 NBC 8 p.m.

December 3 "The Polar Express" ABC Family 6 p.m.

"A Christmas Carol" (1938, Reginald Owen) TCM 8 p.m.

"A Diva’s Christmas Carol" Hallmark 8 p.m.

December 6 "Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure" Nickelodeon 8 p.m.

December 7 "Mickey’s Christmas Carol" ABC Family 7 p.m.

Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special FOX 8 p.m.

December 9 "Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town" ABC Family 8 p.m.

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys" ABC Family 9 p.m.

"'Twas the Night Before Christmas" ABC Family 10:30 a.m.

December 10 "A Flintstone Christmas" ABC Family 10 p.m.

December 11 "A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa" NBC 8 p.m.

December 12 "Pinocchio’s Christmas" ABC Family 8 a.m.

"It’s a Wonderful Life" NBC 8 p.m.

December 13 "A Garfield Christmas" ABC Family 7 a.m.

December 14 "Shrek the Halls" ABC 8 p.m.

December 15 "Gotta Catch Santa Claus " ABC Family 6 p.m.

December 16 "The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas" ABC Family 7 a.m.

"Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too" ABC Family 7:30 p.m.

December 17 "Jack Frost" ABC Family 8 p.m.

"Jingle All the Way" ABC Family 10 a.m.

December 18 "Phineas & Ferb Christmas Vacation" ABC Family 6 p.m.

December 19 "Frosty The Snowman" CBS 8 p.m.

December 22 "A Very Brady Christmas" ABC Family 1p.m.

December 23 Holiday Movie Marathon ABC Family, all day

"The 11th Annual A Home For The Holidays" CBS 8:30 p.m.

December 24 Holiday Classics Marathon ABC Family, all day

"A Christmas Story" 24-hour marathon TBS 8 p.m.

"‘Twas the Night Before Christmas" ABC Family 6:30 p.m.

December 25 "Miracle on 34th Street" ABC Family 3:30 p.m.



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