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I'm getting ready for some "Jingle Bells."

ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas” 2008

I come here and I tell you a lot of bad things.  I talk about what's wrong on a ton of different TV shows. I tell you just a couple of days before it happens for real that Pushing Daisies cancellation is a virtual certainty.  I point out plot flaws, bad acting, ridiculous storylines, and dissect reality-TV contestants whom we never want to see again.

Now, that's all good.  I wouldn't change a thing about that.  I'm here to tell the truth, whether it's My Name is Earl managing to be funny after an entire season where it wasn't, or that The Amazing Race needs to add a literacy test to their contestant-selection process.  The unfortunate side of my truth-telling is that as much as I love television, the negative aspects tend to stand out and I tend to discuss them. 

Well, not today.  Today we are all sweetness and light (and completely ignoring Pushing Daisies actual, official, cancellation).

You see, I have in my grubby little hands the ABC Family "25 Days of Christmas" schedule.  For those of you out there who seem to think that it's simply too early to start thinking about Christmas, you're wrong… wrong, wrong, wrong.  Thanksgiving is a week away and the Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving, so it's totally time to prepare. 

My perusing of the ABC Family schedule seems to indicate that there are three new specials this year and a ton of other good stuff.  Specials-wise we're getting A Miser Brothers' Christmas, Snow 2 Brain Freeze, and Christmas in Wonderland.  The first two of these are sequels… sort of.  Well, the first sort of and the second definitely. 

Let me clarify here – Snow 2 Brain Freeze is a sequel, the sequel to the ABC Family original film Snow from a couple years back.  Ashley Williams (she grew up right near me and I've liked her ever since I saw her on How I Met Your Mother) and Tom Cavanagh are both returning

Then, A Miser Brothers' Christmas.  That features Snow Miser and Heat Miser from the truly classic Christmas special – The Year Without a Santa Claus, one of those great Rankin/Bass Christmas specials.  They did stuff like 'Twas the Night Before Christmas; Santa Claus is Coming to Town; Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph; the Red-Nosed Reindeer (all of which, save Frosty seem to be airing on ABC Family this year).   They even have some of the original cast coming back for the new Miser Brothers' (Mickey Rooney and George S. Irving to be specific).

There's also a Patrick Swayze/Carmen Electra pic (that would be the non-sequel), Christmas in Wonderland.  That one features a down-on-their-luck family finding a big bag o' cash which turns out to belong to a couple of crooks who are less than amused by the loss of the bag.  Of course, the movie also features Chris Kattan and Tim Curry, so while the crooks may not be amused, the thing may be amusing (no promises though, I haven't seen it).

So, on ABC Family from December 1st to 25th there will be three new things, a bunch of new-to-ABC-Family things, lots of Dr. Seuss, and some classic Christmas specials.

It's okay, you can admit you're ready for Christmas.  I won't tell anyone.

About Josh Lasser

Josh has deftly segued from a life of being pre-med to film school to television production to writing about the media in general. And by 'deftly' he means with agonizing second thoughts and the formation of an ulcer.

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