With the countdown to the holidays well under way, many television networks have begun to unleash their holiday-themed programming. With the cold weather, it’s a great excuse to gather around the TV with some hot chocolate and share in the festivities with your kids, a time honored tradition for many families.
Nearly hundreds of holiday themed TV episodes and films can be found on almost any night of the week around this time of year, so I’ve scoured the programming lists and come up with my top 5 recommendations of what not to miss.
#5 Shrek the Halls: Hoping to have a nice, quiet holiday with Fiona and the children, Shrek goes in search of advice and buys a book on having a nice holiday. He tries his best to follow the guidelines in the book; however, the book’s list does not allow for the invasion of Donkey and all the rest of Shrek’s swamp pals. Airing on Tues. Nov. 30th at 8:30pm on channel 8 (CFTO) and channel 18 (WKBW)
#4 How the Grinch Stole Christmas: A movie based on the classic children’s animation, with a comedic twist, starring Jim Carrey. The story follows a curmudgeon living atop Mount Crumpet, who sets out to squash the yuletide preparations of the Christmas-loving Whos of Whoville. Narrated by Anthony Hopkins. Airing on Mon.Dec.12 at 8pm on channel 3 (Global)
#3 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: First aired on December 6th, 1964. Sam the Snowman (voiced by Burl Ives) tells the story of a misfit reindeer who goes in search of his destiny, picking up more misfit pals along the way, only to be led back to Santa and the North Pole, where he saves the holiday with his shiny red nose. The beloved Christmas classic is based on the story and song, and done in stop-motion animation by Rankin/Bass. Airing on Tues. Nov. 30th at 8pm on channel 16 (WIVB)
#2 Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: First aired on December 22nd. 1966. Based on the beloved children’s book by Dr. Seuss, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” follows the exploits of the Grinch, who is infuriated by the celebration he sees down in Whoville each year at Christmas. He vows to stop it and, dressed as Santa, drives a sleigh into town on Christmas Eve, removing all traces of the impending celebration. He watches gleefully from his perch on the mountain above, sure that when they awaken and see that their holiday paraphernalia is gone, the Whos will be sad. To his surprise, the Whos celebrate anyway, leading to an unexpected response from the Grinch. Airing on Tues. Nov. 30th at 8pm on channel 18 (WKBW)
#1 A Charlie Brown Christmas: First aired on December 9th, 1965. Linus reminds the Peanuts gang of the true meaning of Christmas in this beloved holiday classic. As Christmas approaches, Charlie Brown is depressed. He confides in Linus, who tries to cheer him. He visits Lucy’s psychiatric booth, but she’s no help. He tries throwing himself into the Christmas pageant, but it only makes him feel worse. Finally, he decides they need a Christmas tree for their play — and his selection leaves the rest of the group laughing. But Linus reads his friends the story of the Nativity, which prompts them to work on decorating the humble tree and exclaim gleefully, “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!” This broadcast includes an addition seven-minute short, “Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa,” in which Lanny and Wayne must find a mystery item hidden in Santa’s office. Airing on Tues. Dec. 7th at 8pm on channel 18 (WKBW)