Christmas Eve is 15 days away. How did this happen?! I’m going to go ahead and say what everyone and their mom says: time goes by faster every year. It’s scary. I don’t even want to think about what a year will feel in 20 years.
Right now I know that Christmas movies should be trumped by studying for finals. But it’s Christmas. And…I have senioritis. So I thought I would give everyone a nice little list of the good stuff coming on. I am annoyed every single year at television’s incapability to play some classics. But, I think I might just be missing them. And sadly, if you miss the animated Grinch the one time they air it, you may be out of luck til next year because Holiday In Handcuffs is being played every other time slot. (Not that I don’t secretly enjoy Holiday in Handcuffs).
Here are my holiday highlights:
Thursday, December 9th (tonight)
Yay for clay! Claymation, that is.
5:00 Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, 7:00 Santa Claus is Coming to Town, 8:00 The Year Without Santa Claus, 9:00 A Miser Brothers’ Christmas (all on ABC Family)
Friday, December 10th
Tim Allen at his best. “…last thing you and Charlie did before bed?” “Shared a bowl a sugar. Some shots of brown liquor. Played with my shotguns. Field dressed a cat. Looked for women.” On ABC family at 7 (don’t waste time on the sequel that follows).
Saturday, December 11th
Great night for classics! It’s A Wonderful Life is at 7 on NBC. White Christmas on AMT at 7. Thankfully White Christmas runs again at 9:45 or things could get dicey. The child in me also suggests good ole Frosty the Snowman at 7 on CBS. (Bonus-TV Land Merrython all night.)
Sunday, December 12th
A day to try something new. Not for everyone, but Holiday in Handcuffs is on ABC Family at 5. It does feature a pretty buff Mario Lopez. Something to think about. Santa Baby is on at 1 in the afternoon…another ABC Fam original. It is equally horrible/awesome with Jenny McCarthy as Santa’s workaholic daughter. And, finally we have Christmas Cupid (on at 7) with Chad Michael Murray… You know you want to check ’em out!
Monday, December 13th Slower day.. a few ABC Fam repeats & A Flinstone Christmas at 5 (also on ABC Family).
Tuesday, December 14th
Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. As much as I love what Jim Carrey did with the character, the animated version is perfect.
“Stink. Stank. Stunk.” On ABC Family at 7 and 9:30.
Wednesday, December 15th
Will Ferrel is hilarious in Elf. If you haven’t seen this, you are seriously missing out. If you have seen this but still can’t quote it in everyday life, you are still missing out. So watch it at 6 on USA.
“Son of a NUTcracker!”
Thursday, December 16th
At 9:30 on ABC Linus “can tell you what Christmas is all about.” A Charlie Brown Christmas also has one of the most toe-tapping Christmas melodies out there, if you ask me. I’ll be sure to see this one! Also, The Gift of the Magi is on Hallmark at 7. I’ve never seen it, but I don’t think it’s a story that can be messed up too badly.
Friday, December 17th Frosty is on CBS again at 7:30. Not too much else going on this Friday night although “Yes, Virginia” comes on CBS at 7 and sounds promising.
Saturday, December 18th
There’s no way I’m going to be up at 6am in time for The Little Drummer Boy. Or 7am for Nestor the Long Eared Christmas Donkey, as tempting as that sounds. But ABC Family is having an all-day marathon of classic animated Christmas movies!
Sunday, December 19th
Okay, don’t shun me for this, but I’ve never been a huge Home Alone person. I’ve only seen it a few times. But, Home Alone 2 and 4 are coming on at 10:30 and 1 on ABC Fam. I’m not sure about this “4” business that doesn’t even have Macaulay Culkin in it. Anyone like it?
Monday, December 20th Nothing worth watching except possibly The Shop Around the Corner. It’s the movie that You’ve Got Mail was based on. You’ve Got Mail is hardly a Christmas movie, although it does have that one Joni Mitchell song… Oh well, The Shop Around the Corner is at 9 on TCM if you want to check it out.
Tuesday, December 21st
One of my all-time favorites, Miracle On 34th Street is on ABC Fam at 5. The Polar Express comes on next at 6:30 and, even though I think it was better left a book, the movie isn’t bad. “The bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe!”
Wednesday, December 22nd – The Santa Clause is on again at 7 on ABC Family. CBS is also doing their annual “Home for the Holidays” special at 7 showcasing families who have adopted. It will have lots of entertainment (Katy Perry and Ricky Martin? yes!).
Thursday, December 23rd Pretty good stuff for Christmas Eve Eve. The Santa Clause and The Polar Express are playing again if you missed them. Also It’s a Wonderful Life is on again at 7 on NBC.
Okay, don’t look at me as if I have “lobsters crawling out of my ears!” or anything, because you all know A Christmas Story starts at 7 on TBS and plays for the next 24 hours.
“Fra-gee-lee. It must be Italian.”
You don’t need me to tell you there are all kinds of Christmas specials all over TV. (Including more of A Christmas Story!) But, Christmas Day is busy. What you really need is something to get you through that depressing feeling that happens the end of the night on Christmas (for me at least). Luckily, Ernest Saves Christmas will be on at 11pm on ABC Family. Perfection.
These could be coming on and I just missed them, so if you don’t catch them on TV, these are some DVD musts.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
Four Christmases with Vince Vaughn and his hilariousness.
Jim Carrey’s version of The Grinch.
The Preacher’s Wife (yes, with Denzel and Whitney, trust me).
The Family Stone.
Christmas With the Kranks.
And finally, The Snowman–that short animated one with no words about the boy who flies around with his snowman during the night? Anyone else know what I’m talking about? Just me?
Anything I missed? I’d love suggestions 🙂