Ah, the rites of the holiday season: the decorations, the greeting cards, snowflakes in the air, TV specials on the air ...





Yes, the festive television set is almost as much a part of Christmas as mistletoe. And once again, we're here with our annual guide to holiday programming.





There are several new offerings this year, including "The Christmas Blessing," sequel to "The Christmas Shoes." The young boy who wanted to give his dying mother red shoes on Christmas Eve is all grown up and making memories of his own. It stars Neil Patrick Harris, Rebecca Gayheart and Rob Lowe and airs at 9 p.m. Dec. 18 on CBS.





Jane Seymour and James Naughton lend their distinctive voices to "The Littlest Light on the Christmas Tree," which will air at various times around the country. Animated in the style of "The Polar Express," it tells the story of a young boy who befriends a discarded Christmas bulb.





Also animated is "Chanukah on Planet Matzah Ball," which will air on many PBS stations Dec. 25, the first day of the Jewish holiday. This special follows a group of Muppet-style characters as they leave outer space and descend on planet Earth to learn about their Jewish roots.





This year's programming guide includes some select holiday-themed shows from the Food Channel and HGTV that should help you with all of those cooking and decorating chores.





In between your last-minute preparations, grab some hot chocolate and tune into PBS's "Great Performances" for "Renee Fleming: Sacred Songs and Carols," airing in many markets on Dec. 19.





One more note: The Rose Parade will air Jan. 2, in keeping with its "never on a Sunday" tradition that began in 1893.





So fire up those iPods, DVRs, VCRs and HDTV. It's the holiday season.





A day by day look (all times Eastern, and may vary market to market; check local listings):





NOV. 26





"The Night They Saved Christmas," HALL, 9 a.m.





"I Love the Holidays," VH1, 11:30 a.m.





"Timepiece," HALL, 3 p.m.





"The Christmas Box," HALL, 5 p.m.





"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," PAX, 6 p.m.





"A Season for Miracles," HALL, 7 p.m.





"Mary Christmas," PAX, 8 p.m.





NOV. 27





"I Love the Holidays," VH1, 12:30 p.m.





"One Magic Christmas," HALL, 1 p.m.





"Off Season," HALL, 3 p.m.





"The Night They Saved Christmas," HALL, 5 p.m.





"Hollywood Christmas Parade," WGN, 5 p.m.





"Once Upon a Christmas," HALL, 7 p.m.





"Silver Bells," CBS, 9 p.m.





"He Sees You When You're Sleeping," PAX, 9 p.m.





"Twice Upon a Christmas," HALL, 9 p.m.





"Denis Leary's Merry F... Christmas Special," COM, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.





"Gift Show 2005," HGTV, 10 p.m.





"Off Season," HALL, 11 p.m.





NOV. 28





"Ebbie," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"Christmas in My Hometown," LIFE, 7 p.m.





"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," PAX, 8 p.m.





"Blizzard," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"Winter Treats Unwrapped," FOOD, 9 p.m.





"The Christmas Box," HALL, 9 p.m.





"Scrooged," TBS, 11 p.m.





NOV. 29





"Christmas in My Hometown," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"A Different Kind of Christmas," LIFE, 7 p.m.





"Santa Claus: The Movie," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"Stealing Christmas," USA, 8 p.m.





"Timepiece," HALL, 9 p.m.





"Denis Leary's Merry F... Christmas Special," COM, 10 p.m.





"12 Days of Christmas Eve," USA, 10 p.m.





"I Love the Holidays," VH1, 10:30 p.m.





NOV. 30





"I Love the Holidays," VH1, 2:30 p.m.





"Stealing Christmas," USA, 3 p.m.





"A Different Kind of Christmas," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"12 Days of Christmas Eve," USA, 5 p.m.





"Elf," STARZ, 5:05 p.m.





"Secret of Giving," LIFE, 7 p.m.





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





"Christmas in Rockefeller Center," NBC, 8 p.m.





"Richie Rich's Christmas Wish," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"A Christmas Story," TNT, 8 p.m.





"Little House: Bless All the Dear Children," HALL, 9 p.m.





DEC. 1





"Miracle on 34th Street," HBOFAM, 10:45 a.m.





"Frosty's Winter Wonderland," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





"A Song for the Season," LIFE, 7 p.m.





" 'Twas the Night Before Christmas," ABCFAM, 7:30 p.m.





"Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: A Lost Claus," TOON, 7:30 p.m.





"The Year Without a Santa Claus," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"Casper's Haunted Christmas," TOON, 8 p.m.





"Miracle on 34th Street," HBOFAM, 8:45 p.m.





"Rudolph's Shiny New Year," ABCFAM, 9 p.m.





"Rachael Ray's Holiday Entertaining in 60," FOOD, 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.





"The Christmas Wish," LIFE, 9 p.m.





DEC. 2





"I Love the Holidays," VH1, 11 a.m.





"A Song for the Season," LIFE, 2 p.m.





"Christmas Carol: The Movie," BRAVO, 3 p.m.





"The Christmas Wish," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





"A Christmas Romance," LIFE, 7 p.m.





"Story of the First Christmas Snow," ABCFAM, 7:30 p.m.





"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," ABC, 8 p.m.





"The Happy Elf," NBC, 8 p.m.





"Home Alone 2: Lost in New York," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"Comfort and Joy," LIFE, 9 p.m.





DEC. 3





"One Christmas," HALL, 9 a.m.





"One Magic Christmas," HALL, 11 a.m.





"Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July," ABCFAM, noon.





"The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus," ABCFAM, 2 p.m.





"Story of the First Christmas Snow," ABCFAM, 3 p.m.





"Little House: Bless All the Dear Children," HALL, 3 p.m.





"Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey," ABCFAM, 3:30 p.m.





"Pinocchio's Christmas," ABCFAM, 4 p.m.





"Jack Frost," ABCFAM, 5 p.m.





"I Love the Holidays," VH1, 5 p.m.





"Mary Christmas," PAX, 6 p.m.





"Frosty's Winter Wonderland," ABCFAM, 6 p.m.





" 'Twas the Night Before Christmas," ABCFAM, 6:30 p.m.





"Rudolph's Shiny New Year," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"A Very Barry Christmas," ABCFAM, 9 p.m.





"The Year Without a Santa Claus," ABCFAM, 10 p.m.





"An Italian Christmas With Mario and Giada," FOOD, 10 p.m.





"Little Drummer Boy," ABCFAM, 11 p.m.





"Little Drummer Boy: Book II," ABCFAM, 11:30 p.m.





"Stingiest Man in Town," ABCFAM, midnight.





"Soul Train Christmas Starfest," WGN, 12:30 a.m.





"The Cricket on the Hearth," ABCFAM, 1 a.m.





DEC. 4





"Babes in Toyland," SHO, 7:15 a.m.





"Santa and Pete," ABCFAM, noon.





"The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue," HALL, 1 p.m.





"The Christmas List," ABCFAM, 2 p.m.





"Unlikely Angel," HALL, 3 p.m.





"Three Days," ABCFAM, 4 p.m.





"Angel in the Family," HALL, 5 p.m.





"Snow," ABCFAM, 6 p.m.





"A Christmas Carol," AMC, 6:15 p.m.





"The Night They Saved Christmas," HALL, 7 p.m.





"Chasing Christmas," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"Holiday Inn," AMC, 8 p.m.





"A Night of Joy," PAX, 9 p.m.





"A Season for Miracles," HALL, 9 p.m.





"Holiday Windows 2005," HGTV, 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.





"20: Entertainment Weekly's Best Holiday Movies," AMC, 10:15 p.m.





"The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue," HALL, 11 p.m.





"A Christmas Carol," AMC, 11:15 p.m.





"Silent Night," HALL, 1 a.m.





DEC. 5





"Christmas Carol: The Movie," SHO, 8:30 a.m.





"My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas," DSC, 11 a.m.





"A Christmas Romance," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"Jack Frost," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





"On the 2nd Day of Christmas," LIFE, 7 p.m.





"Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas," DSC, 8 p.m.





"A Christmas Visitor," HALL, 9 p.m.





"Recipe for a Perfect Christmas," LIFE, 9 p.m.





DEC. 6





"A Christmas Carol," AMC, 4 p.m.





"Comfort and Joy," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"Frosty's Winter Wonderland," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





" 'Twas the Night Before Christmas," ABCFAM, 7:30 p.m.





"A Charlie Brown Christmas," ABC, 8 p.m.





"Chasing Christmas," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"One Christmas," HALL, 9 p.m.





"Like Father, Like Santa," LIFE, 9 p.m.





"A Christmas Carol," AMC, 10:45 p.m.





DEC. 7





"Miracle on 34th Street," HBOFAM, 9 a.m.





"Holiday Inn," AMC, 1:45 p.m.





"Like Father, Like Santa," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"The Year Without a Santa Claus," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





"Miracle on 34th Street," HBOFAM, 7 p.m.





"Johnny Bravo Christmas," TOON, 7:30 p.m.





"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"The Night B4 Christmas," TOON, 8 p.m.





"The White House Christmas 2005," HGTV, 8 p.m.





"An Italian Christmas With Mario and Giada," FOOD, 9 p.m.





"The Christmas Gift," HALL, 9 p.m.





"A Town Without Christmas," LIFE, 9 p.m.





DEC. 8





"The White House Christmas 2005," HGTV, 6 p.m.





"Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy's Jingle, Jingle Jangle," TOON, 7:30 p.m.





"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"Walt Disney World Holidays," TRAV, 8 and 11 p.m.





"Scrooged," TBS, 9 p.m.





DEC. 9





"Stealing Christmas," USA, 8 a.m.





"Little Drummer Boy," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





"Celebrate! Christmas With Maya Angelou," HALL, 7 p.m.





"I'll Be Home for Christmas," LIFE, 7 p.m.





"Little Drummer Boy: Book II," ABCFAM, 7:30 p.m.





"Prancer," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer," TOON, 8 p.m.





"Dear Santa," FOX, 8 p.m.





"Angel in the Family," HALL, 9 p.m.





"Eve's Christmas," LIFE, 9 p.m.





DEC. 10





"The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue," HALL, 9 a.m.





"Miracle on 34th Street," HBOFAM, 9 a.m.





"A Christmas Carol," TCM, 10 a.m.





"Angel in the Family," HALL, 11 a.m.





"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," ABCFAM, noon.





"The Christmas Gift," HALL, 1 p.m.





"Decorating Cents: Deck the Halls," HGTV, 1 p.m.





"Once Upon a Christmas," HALL, 3 p.m.





"Twice Upon a Christmas," HALL, 5 p.m.





"The White House Christmas 2005," HGTV, 5 p.m.





"The Santa Trap," PAX, 6 p.m.





"Ice Wars: Battle of the Sexes," CBS, 8 p.m.





"It's a Wonderful Life," NBC, 8 p.m.





"The Santa Trap," PAX, 8 p.m.





"The Ultimate Christmas Present," DSC, 8 p.m.





"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," ABC, 8:30 p.m.





Rachael Ray's Holiday Entertaining in 60, FOOD, 9 p.m.





"Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus," HALL, 9 p.m.





"Three Wise Guys," USA, 9 p.m.





"Gaither Christmas: A Time for Joy," PAX, 10 p.m.





"A Barefoot Contessa Holiday," FOOD, 10 p.m.





"The Christmas Gift," HALL, 11 p.m.





"Christmas Every Day," ABCFAM, midnight.





"Once Upon a Christmas," HALL, 1 a.m.





DEC. 11





"Outer Spaces for the Holidays," HGTV, noon.





"Kaufmann's/WPXI Celebrate the Season Parade," WPXI, noon.





"Richie Rich's Christmas Wish," ABCFAM, 1 p.m.





"The Christmas Box," HALL, 1 p.m.





"Christmas in Connecticut," TCM, 2 p.m.





"Timepiece," HALL, 3 p.m.





"A Christmas Story," TCM, 4 p.m.





"Three Wise Guys," USA, 5 p.m.





"A Carol Christmas," HALL, 7 p.m.





"Santa Jr.," HALL, 9 p.m.





"The White House Christmas 2005," HGTV, 10 p.m.





"The Christmas Box," HALL, 11 p.m.





DEC. 12





"The Christmas Truce," HIST, 6 a.m.





"Vegas Christmas," TRAV, 10 a.m.





"Eve's Christmas," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"Pinocchio's Christmas," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





"The White House Christmas 2005," HGTV, 7 p.m.





"Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas," TOON, 8 p.m.





"He Sees You When You're Sleeping," PAX, 9 p.m.





"Off Season," HALL, 9 p.m.





"Deck the Halls," LIFE, 9 p.m.





DEC. 13





"Christmas Carol: The Movie," SHO, 6:30 a.m.





"Three Wise Guys," USA, 8 a.m.





"Christmas in New York," TRAV, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.





"Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





"A Town Without Christmas," LIFE, 7 p.m.





"Walt Disney World Holidays," TRAV, 7 p.m. and 2 a.m.





"The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold," ABCFAM, 7:30 p.m.





"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"The Year Without a Santa Claus," ABCFAM, 9 p.m.





"Noel," LIFE, 9 p.m.





DEC. 14





"Christmas in London," TRAV, 10 a.m.





"Noel," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"Rudolph's Shiny New Year," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





"Eve's Christmas," LIFE, 7 p.m.





"Christmas in Boston," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"Christmas in Washington 2005," TNT, 8 and 11 p.m.





"One Magic Christmas," HALL, 9 p.m.





"Recipe for a Perfect Christmas," LIFE, 9 p.m.





"A Christmas Carol," TNT, 9 p.m.





"Scrooged," TNT, midnight and 3 a.m.





DEC. 15





"Babes in Toyland," SHO, 7 a.m.





"Where Christmas Began," TRAV, 10 a.m.





"Papa's Angels," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"The Year Without a Santa Claus," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





"Snow," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"Christmas Child," LIFE, 9 p.m.





"Gaither Christmas: A Time for Joy," PAX, 10 p.m.





"A Barefoot Contessa Holiday," FOOD, 10 p.m.





DEC. 16





"Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas," HIST, 6 a.m.





"Miracle on 34th Street," HBO, 6 a.m.





"Winning Holiday Cookies," FOOD, 10 a.m.





"Christmas Child," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"Recipe for a Perfect Christmas," LIFE, 7 p.m.





"Jingle All the Way," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"A Chance of Snow," WGN, 8 p.m.





"A Carol Christmas," HALL, 9 p.m.





"On the 2nd Day of Christmas," LIFE, 9 p.m.





"Karroll's Christmas," A--E, 10 p.m.





"Deck the Halls," LIFE, 12:30 a.m.





DEC. 17





"Ernest Saves Christmas," HALL, 11 a.m.





"Prancer," ABCFAM, noon.





"The Wild Thornberrys Christmas," NICK, noon.





"Off Season," HALL, 1 p.m.





"Santa Who?," USA, 1 p.m.





"The Night Before Christmas: A Mouse Tale," TOON, 2 p.m.





"Mr. St. Nick," ABCFAM, 2 p.m.





"Christmas at Water's Edge," WGN, 2 p.m.





"Rugrats Chanukah Special," NICK, 2 p.m.





"The Night They Saved Christmas," HALL, 3 p.m.





"12 Days of Christmas Eve," USA, 3 p.m.





"An Even Steven Holiday Special," NICK, 3:30 p.m.





"A Holiday to Remember," ABCFAM, 4 p.m.





"Rugrats Santa Experience," NICK, 4:30 p.m.





"The Fairly OddParents," NICK, 5 p.m.





"Three Wise Guys," USA, 5 p.m.





"Three Days," ABCFAM, 6 p.m.





"Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus," HALL, 7 p.m.





"Frosty the Snowman," CBS, 8 p.m.





"Christmas in Boston," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus," DSC, 8 p.m.





"Home Alone," TBS, 8 p.m.





"Frosty Returns," CBS, 8:30 p.m.





"Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire," CBS, 9 p.m.





"Holidays at Walt Disney World," FOOD, 9 p.m.





"Meet the Santas," HALL, 9 p.m.





"Christmas in Boston," ABCFAM, 10 p.m.





"Meet the Santas," HALL, 11 p.m.





DEC. 18





"Three Wise Guys," USA, 9 a.m.





"Home Alone," TBS, 1 p.m.





"To Grandmother's House We Go," ABCFAM, 1:30 p.m.





"Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July," ABCFAM, 3:30 p.m.





"One Magic Christmas," HALL, 5 p.m.





"How the Grinch Stole Christmas," ABCFAM, 5:30 and 8 p.m.





"Silent Night," HALL, 7 p.m.





"Miracle on 34th Street," HBOFAM, 7 p.m.





"The Christmas Blessing," CBS, 9 p.m.





"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," NBC, 9 p.m.





"The Santa Trap," PAX, 9 p.m.





"Unlikely Angel," HALL, 9 p.m.





"One Magic Christmas," HALL, 1 a.m.





DEC. 19





"Miss Lettie and Me," LIFE, 2 p.m.





"On the 2nd Day of Christmas," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





"Comfort and Joy," LIFE, 7 p.m.





"A Night of Joy," PAX, 8 p.m.





"Home Alone 2: Lost in New York," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"Once Upon a Christmas," HALL, 9 p.m.





"His and Her Christmas," LIFE, 9 p.m.





DEC. 20





"We Wish You a Merry Christmas," TOON, 7 a.m.





"I'll Be Home for Christmas," LIFE, 2 p.m.





"The Man Who Saved Christmas," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"A Very Barry Christmas," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





"Eloise at Christmastime," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"Holiday Inn," AMC, 8 p.m.





"The Ultimate Christmas Present," DSC, 8 p.m.





"Twice Upon a Christmas," HALL, 9 p.m.





"Miracle on the 17th Green," LIFE, 9 p.m.





"A Christmas Carol," AMC, 10:15 p.m.





"Holiday Inn," AMC, midnight.





DEC. 21





"Karroll's Christmas," A--E, 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.





"Christmas Carol: The Movie," SHO, 10:05 a.m.





"Miracle on 34th Street," HBO, 3:30 p.m.





"A Christmas Carol," AMC, 4 p.m.





"Miracle on the 17th Green," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"Holiday Inn," AMC, 5:45 p.m.





"Where Christmas Began," TRAV, 6 p.m.





"Jack Frost," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





"Deck the Halls," LIFE, 7 p.m.





"The 7th Annual A Home for the Holidays," CBS, 8 p.m.





"The Perfect Gift," WPCB, 8 p.m.





"A Very Brady Christmas," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus," HALL, 9 p.m.





"Holiday Affair," LIFE, 9 p.m.





DEC. 22





"My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas," DSC, 11 a.m.





"The Christmas Truce," HIST, 11 a.m.





"Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas," HIST, noon.





"Holiday Affair," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas," HIST, 6 p.m.





"Rudolph's Shiny New Year," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





"His and Her Christmas," LIFE, 7 p.m.





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





"How the Grinch Stole Christmas," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"Full-Court Miracle," DSC, 8 p.m.





"A Christmas Story," TCM, 8 p.m.





"Meet the Santas," HALL, 9 p.m.





"Holiday Affair," TCM, 10 p.m.





DEC. 23





"12 Days of Christmas Eve," USA, 11 a.m.





"Olive, The Other Reindeer," TOON, noon.





"Stealing Christmas," USA, 1 p.m.





"Santa Who?" USA, 3 p.m.





"Three Wise Guys," USA, 5 p.m.





"Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas," DSC, 8 p.m.





"He Sees You When You're Sleeping," PAX, 9 p.m.





"Santa Jr.," HALL, 9 p.m.





"If You Believe," LIFE, 9 p.m.





"A Christmas Carol," TCM, 10 p.m.





"Denis Leary's Merry F... Christmas Special," COM, 12:30 a.m.





"His and Her Christmas," LIFE, 12:30 a.m.





"Santa Who?" USA, 4 a.m.





"Beyond Tomorrow," TCM, 4:30 a.m.





DEC. 24





"Miracle on 34th Street," HBO, 6 a.m.





"Christmas Carol: The Movie," SHO, 6:35 a.m.





"A Christmas Visitor," HALL, 9 a.m.





"Holiday Affair," TCM, 10 a.m.





"The Night They Saved Christmas," HALL, 11 a.m.





"Jingle All the Way," ABCFAM, noon.





"Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol," TOON, noon and 5:30 p.m.





"The Santa Claus Brothers," DSC, noon.





"Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas," DSC, 1 p.m.





"Unlikely Angel," HALL, 1 p.m.





"Like Father, Like Santa," LIFE, 1 p.m.





"A Very Brady Christmas," ABCFAM, 2 p.m.





"The Ultimate Christmas Present," DSC, 2:30 p.m.





"Once Upon a Christmas," HALL, 3 p.m.





"Deck the Halls," LIFE, 3 p.m.





"Holidays at Walt Disney World," FOOD, 4 p.m.





"Great Things About the Holidays," BRAVO, 5 p.m.





"Twice Upon a Christmas," HALL, 5 p.m.





"His and Her Christmas," LIFE, 5 p.m.





"Jack Frost," ABCFAM, 6 p.m.





"Hollywood Christmas Parade," WGN, 6 p.m.





Christmas Carol: The Movie," SHO, 6:30 p.m.





"Frosty's Winter Wonderland," ABCFAM, 7 p.m.





"A Carol Christmas," HALL, 7 p.m.





"Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas," HIST, 7 p.m.





"Noel," LIFE, 7 p.m.





" 'Twas the Night Before Christmas," ABCFAM, 7:30 p.m.





"It's a Wonderful Life," NBC, 8 p.m.





"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





" 'Twas the Night," DSC, 8 p.m.





"Christmas," EWTN, 8 p.m.





"The White House Christmas 2005," HGTV, 8 p.m.





"A Christmas Story," TBS, 8 p.m.





"I'll Be Home for Christmas," ABC, 9 p.m.





"The Year Without a Santa Claus," ABCFAM, 9 p.m.





"Rudolph's Shiny New Year," ABCFAM, 10 p.m.





"A Christmas Story," TBS, 10 p.m.





"Christmas in Connecticut," TCM, 10 p.m.





"Once Upon a Christmas," HALL, 11 p.m.





"Christmas Eve at St. Peter's Basilica," NBC, 11:30 p.m.





"No Room in the Inn," CBS, 11:35 p.m.





"A Christmas Story," TBS, midnight.





"Twice Upon a Christmas," HALL, 1 a.m.





"Midnight Mass," WGN, 1 a.m.





"A Christmas Story," TBS, 2 a.m.





"Yule Log," WGN, 2:30 a.m.





"A Christmas Story," TBS, 4 a.m.





"Stealing Christmas," USA, 4 a.m.





DEC. 25





"A Christmas Story," TBS, 6 a.m., repeats until midnight.





"Three Wise Guys," USA, 6 a.m.





"The Christmas Box," HALL, 8 a.m.





"The Koala Brothers Outback Christmas," DSC, 9 a.m.





"Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade," ABC, 10 a.m.





"A Very Brady Christmas," ABCFAM, noon.





"Celebrate! Christmas With Maya Angelou," HALL, 1 p.m.





"An All Dogs Christmas Carol," WGN, 1 p.m.





"King of Kings," TCM, 1:30 p.m.





"A Mom for Christmas," ABCFAM, 2 p.m.





"Christmas Snow," HALL, 2 p.m.





"Christmas Carol: The Movie," SHO, 2 p.m.





"Great Things About the Holidays," BRAVO, 3 p.m.





"The Santa Claus Brothers," DSC, 3 p.m.





"Santa Jr.," HALL, 3 p.m.





"Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol," TOON, 3:30 p.m.





"Mr. St. Nick," ABCFAM, 4 p.m.





"The Greatest Story Ever Told," TCM, 4:30 p.m.





"Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus," HALL, 5 p.m.





"The Christmas Secret," ABCFAM, 6 p.m.





"Meet the Santas," HALL, 7 p.m.





"Borrowed Hearts," ABCFAM, 8 p.m.





"Home Alone," TBS, 8 p.m.





"Finding John Christmas," CBS, 9 p.m.





"Mary Christmas," PAX, 9 p.m.





"Great Things About the Holidays," BRAVO, 9 p.m.





"A Season for Miracles," HALL, 9 p.m.





"Denis Leary's Merry F... Christmas Special," COM, 11 p.m.





"The Night They Saved Christmas," HALL, 11 p.m.





"Scrooged," TBS, midnight.





"Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus," HALL, 1 a.m.





"Three Wise Guys," USA, 1:30 a.m.





DEC. 26





"Babes in Toyland," SHO, 6:45 a.m.





"Miracle on 34th Street," HBOFAM, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.





"Home for the Holidays," LIFE, 9 p.m.





DEC. 27





"Miracle on 34th Street," HBO, 6:30 a.m.





"Home for the Holidays," LIFE, 4 p.m.





"The 28th Annual Kennedy Center Honors," CBS, 9 p.m.





DEC. 29





"Miracle on 34th Street," HBOFAM, 10:45 a.m.





"Home for the Holidays," LIFE, 7 p.m.





"Great Things About the Holidays," BRAVO, 9 p.m.





DEC. 30





"Miracle on 34th Street," HBOFAM, 1 a.m.





"Great Things About the Holidays," BRAVO, 4 p.m.





"Home for the Holidays," LIFE, 12:30 a.m.





DEC. 31





"Great Things About the Holidays," BRAVO, 4 and 5 p.m.





"Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006," ABC, 10 p.m.





"New Year's Eve Special," FOX, 11 p.m.





"New Year's Eve With Carson Daly," NBC, 11:30 p.m.





"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006," ABC, 11:35 p.m.





JAN. 1





"The Making of Rose Parade 2006," HGTV, 11 a.m.





"Great Things About the Holidays," BRAVO, 2, 3,4,5 and 9 p.m.





(Rosa Colucci can be reached at colucci@post-gazette.com)



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