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Favorite Family Christmas Shows

Now that we have eaten the big Thanksgiving meal, it’s time to turn our attention to the Christmas season. I’m determined to try and take time and enjoy it this year.

My wife and I were talking today, and it seems the older we get, the faster that time flies. She’s busy with school at Nokomis, and working part-time at L.L. Bean. I have work during the day, and basically once basketball season starts on Dec.7, I’ll be broadcasting games six nights a week.

Today we put up the lights in the windows. We have these battery operated candles that go in the windows, and they are photo sensitive, so we don’t have to turn them on at night, or shut them off in the morning. That makes it easy! One of the great things I love about the Christmas Season is all the Christmas TV Specials!

When our younger son Collin was younger, I remember printing out the ABC Family’s 25 Day of Christmas TV Schedule for him, so he could know what was on every night, and basically all day on the weekends. Christmas through the eyes of a young child is so special.

I love the traditional shows. Give me Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie Brown and The Grinch and a cup of hot chocolate and I’m good! What are your favorite shows? Please comment below and let us know! Happy viewing!

Here’s the ABC Family 25 Day of Christmas TV Schedule from Dec. 1 – 25

Saturday, December 1
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas at 7 a.m/6 (Central)
Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish at 8:30a/7:30c
A Dennis the Menace Christmas at 10:30a/9:30c
Miracle on 34th Street (1994) at 12:30p/11:30c
The Family Man at 3/2c
Jack Frost (1998) at 6/5c
Elf at 8/7c & 10/9c
Snowglobe at 12a/11c

Sunday, December 2
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas at 7a/6c
Miracle on 34th Street (1994) at 8:30a/7:30c
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus at 11a/10c
The Search for Santa Paws at 1/12c
Jack Frost (1998) at 3/2c
Elf at 5/4c
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 7/6c & 9:30/8:30c

Monday, December 3
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at 5/4c
Rudolph’s Shiny New Year at 5:30/4:30c
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys at 6:30/5:30c
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 8/7c & 10/9c
Holiday in Handcuffs at 12a/11c

Tuesday, December 4
Rudolph’s Shiny New Year at 4:30/3:30c
Mickey’s Christmas Carol at 5:30/4:30c
Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too at 6/5c
Jack Frost (1979) at 6:30/5:30c
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland at 7:30/6:30c
Elf at 8/7c
Fred Claus ABC FAMILY PREMIERE at 10/9c
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland at 12:30a/11:30c
Jack Frost (1979) at 1a/12c

Wednesday, December 5
Fred Claus at 2:30/1:30c
Elf at 5/4c
Home Alone at 7/6c
The Polar Express at 9/8c
Home Alone at 12a/11c

Thursday, December 6
Rudolph & Frosty’s Christmas in July at 4/3c
The Polar Express at 6/5c
Disney’s A Christmas Carol NETWORK TELEVISION PREMIERE at 8/7c
Elf at 10/9c & 12a/11c

Friday, December 7
Elf at 3/2c
Disney’s A Christmas Carol at 5/4c
The Santa Clause at 7/6c
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause at 9/8c
12 Dates of Christmas at 12a/11c

Saturday, December 8
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 7a/6c
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at 10a/9c
Fred Claus at 1:30/12:30c
The Santa Clause at 4/3c
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause at 6/5c
Despicable Me NETWORK TELEVISION PREMIERE at 8/7c & 10/9c
Santa Baby at 12a/11c

Sunday, December 9
Rudolph’s Shiny New Year at 7a/6c
Snow at 8a/7c
Snowglobe at 10a/9c
Santa Baby at 12p/11c
Santa Baby 2 Christmas Maybe at 2/1c
12 Dates of Christmas at 4/3c
Holiday in Handcuffs at 6/5c
A NEW ABC Family Original Musical The Mistle-Tones (starring Beverly Hills, 90210′s Tori Spelling) at 8/7c & 10/9c

Monday, December 10
A Miser Brothers’ Christmas at 5/4c
Jack Frost (1979) at 6/5c
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland at 7/6c
Mickey’s Christmas Carol at 7:30/6:30c
The Year Without a Santa Claus at 8/7c
Home Alone at 9/8c
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist at 12a/11c

Tuesday, December 11
Home Alone at 5/4c
The Santa Clause at 7/6c
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause at 9/8c
Chasing Christmas at 12a/11c

Wednesday, December 12
The Santa Clause at 5/4c
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause at 7/6c
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 9/8c
Christmas Do-Over at 12a/11c

Thursday, December 13
A NEW ABC Family Original Musical The Mistle-Tones (starring Beverly Hills, 90210′s Tori Spelling) at 5/4c
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 7/6c
The Polar Express at 9/8c
Christmas Every Day at 12a/11c

Friday, December 14
The Polar Express at 5/4c
The Year Without a Santa Claus at 7/6c
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town at 8/7c
Disney Pixar’s Toy Story at 9/8c
The Christmas List at 12a/11c

Saturday, December 15
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat at 7a/6c
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat at 7:30a/6:30c
The Little Drummer Boy at 8a/7c
The Little Drummer Boy Book II at 8:30a/7:30c
Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey at 9a/8c
Pinocchio’s Christmas at 9:30a/8:30c
A Miser Brothers’ Christmas at 10:30a/9:30c
The Story of the First Christmas Snow at 11:30a/10:30c
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at 12p/11c
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland at 12:30p/11:30c
Jack Frost (1979) at 1/12c
Rudolph & Frosty’s Christmas in July at 2/1c
Disney’s A Christmas Carol at 4/3c
Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story at 6/5c
Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 2 at 8/7c
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town at 10/9c
The Year Without a Santa Claus at 11/10c
Jack Frost (1998) at 12a/1c

Sunday, December 16
Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish at 7a/6c
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist at 9a/8c
Home Alone 4 at 11a/10c
The Year Without a Santa Claus at 1/12c
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town at 2/1c
Disney’s A Christmas Carol at 3/2c
Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 2 at 5/4c
Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3 ABC FAMILY PREMIERE at 7/6c & 9:30/8:30c

Monday, December 17
Sons of Mistletoe at 11a/10c
Christmas Every Day at 1/12c
Christmas Do-Over at 3/2c
Dr. Seuss on the Loose at 5/4c
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax at 5:30/4:30c
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat at 6/5c
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat at 6:30/5:30c
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 7/6c & 9:30/8:30c
A NEW ABC Family Original Musical The Mistle-Tones (starring Beverly Hills, 90210′s Tori Spelling) at 12a/11c

Tuesday, December 18
The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus at 11a/10c
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland at 12p/11c
Santa Who? at 12:30p/11:30c
The Christmas List at 2:30/1:30c
Disney Prep & Landing at 4:30/3:30c
Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice at 5/4c
Miracle on 34th Street (1994) at 5:30/4:30c
Home Alone at 8/7c
The Polar Express at 10/9c
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at 12a/11c

Wednesday, December 19
Christmas in Boston at 8a/7c
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at 10a/9c
Three Days at 12p/11c
The Family Man at 2/1c
Home Alone at 5/4c
The Polar Express at 7/6c
Disney’s A Christmas Carol at 9/8c
Three Days at 12a/11c

Thursday, December 20
Beverly Hills, 90210 holiday marathon at 7a/6c – 11a/10c
Christmas Caper (starring Beverly Hills, 90210′s Shannen Doherty) at 11a/10c
Secret Santa (starring Beverly Hills, 90210′s Jennie Garth) at 1/12c
A NEW ABC Family Original Musical The Mistle-Tones (starring Beverly Hills, 90210′s Tori Spelling) at 3/2c
12 Dates of Christmas at 5/4c
Disney’s A Christmas Carol at 7/6c
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 9/8c
Santa Baby at 12a/11c

Friday, December 21
Christmas Cupid at 9a/8c
Snowglobe at 11a/10c
Santa Baby at 1/12c
Santa Baby 2 Christmas Maybe at 3/2c
Holiday in Handcuffs at 5/4c
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 7/6c
The Santa Clause at 9/8c
Holiday in Handcuffs at 12a/11c

Saturday, December 22
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas at 7a/6c
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas at 8:30a/7:30c
Disney Prep & Landing at 10a/9c
Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice at 10:30a/9:30c
Mickey’s Christmas Carol at 11a/10c
Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too at 11:30a/10:30c
A Chipmunk Christmas at 12p/11c
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys at 12:30p/11:30c
Rudolph’s Shiny New Year at 2/1c
A Miser Brothers’ Christmas at 3/2c
The Year Without a Santa Claus at 4/3c
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town at 5/4c
The Santa Clause at 6/5c
The Santa Clause 2 at 8/7c
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause at 10/9c
The Santa Clause 2 at 12a/11c

Sunday, December 23
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys at 7a/6c
A Dennis the Menace Christmas at 8:30a/7:30c
Unaccompanied Minors at 10:30a/9:30c
Fred Claus at 12:30p/11:30c
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at 3/2c
The Polar Express at 5/4c
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 7/6c & 9:30/8:30c

Monday, December 24
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at 11a/10c
The Polar Express at 1/12c
The Santa Clause at 3/2c
The Santa Clause 2 at 5/4c
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause at 7/6c
Home Alone at 9/8c
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 12a/11c

Tuesday, December 25
Disney’s A Christmas Carol at 7a/6c
A Chipmunk Christmas at 9a/8c
The Santa Clause at 11a/10c
The Santa Clause 2 at 1/12c
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause at 3/2c
Disney’s A Christmas Carol at 5/4c
Home Alone at 7/6c
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 9/8c
The Santa Clause 2 at 12a/11c

And if you can’t wait until December 1st, here are some specials that are running in November according to the Bangor Daily News

November 23

“Frosty the Snowman” (8 p.m., CBS)

“Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” (8 p.m., The CW)

“Frosty Returns” (8:30 p.m., CBS)

“Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas” (9 p.m., CBS)

“The Happy Elf” (9 p.m., The CW)

November  27

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (8 p.m., ABC; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 25)

“Shrek the Halls” (8:30 p.m., ABC)

November 28

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (8 p.m., ABC; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 1

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