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Holiday TV Schedule

Print it out. This should be of help to all you family types and those who just love holiday specials. As long as I see Charlie Brown, Rudolph, the Grinch and some of a Rankin Bass marathon, I’ll be happy.

    ANIMATION:

    * “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, ABC. Charlie Brown returns to uncover the meaning of Christmas with help from Linus in this evergreen 1965 Peanuts special.

    * Rankin Bass marathons, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, to 1 a.m., and 3 p.m. to midnight Sunday, Dec. 21, ABC Family. “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” are included in this gift bag.

    * “Nuttiest Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, ABC Family. In a twist on the nutcracker fable, heroic vegetables must save the star atop the Christmas tree from a real rat. Voices by James Belushi, Phyllis Diller and Cheech Marin.

    * “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, CBS. One memorable song and a socially challenged reindeer add up to a classic special narrated by Burl Ives.

    * “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, WB. Boris Karloff provided the narration and the Grinch’s voice in this 1966 adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ tale about beleaguered Whoville.

    * “A Scooby Doo Christmas,” 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, WB. The Scooby gang discovers Christmas is amiss in Winter Hollow.

    * “Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, CBS. Ben Stiller, Hugh Grant, Britney Spears and Jerry Stiller are among the voices in the tale of an ambitious reindeer.

    MOVIES:

    * “Stealing Christmas,” 8 p.m. [tonight], USA Network. Tony Danza and Lea Thompson star in the tale of a burglar on the run who is mistaken for a rent-a-Santa in a small town.

    * “Comfort and Joy,” 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, Lifetime. Nancy McKeon, Dixie Carter co-star.

    * “Picking Up and Dropping Off,” 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, ABC Family. Scott Wolf is a divorced dad and Amanda Detmer is a recently separated mom destined for an airport meeting while chauffeuring their children.

    * “Undercover Christmas,” 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, CBS. An FBI agent assigned to protect a cocktail waitress brings her home to meet the soon-to-be-aghast folks. Jami Gertz, Shawn Christian and Tyne Daly star.

    STOCKING STUFFERS:

    * “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, NBC.

    * “Holiday Ice Dreams,” 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, A&E. Olympic gold medalist Ekaterina Gordeeva (news) shows off the skills of her daughter, Daria.

    * “Barry Manilow Christmas: Live by Request,” 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, A&E.

    * “Holiday at Pops!” 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, A&E. Joan Lunden is the host of the annual concert with the Boston Pops.

    * “The White House Christmas 2003,” 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, HGTV. An inside look with decorators, staffers and first lady Laura Bush.

    * “A Home for the Holidays,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, CBS. Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige and Vince Gill are among the celebrities presenting inspirational stories about adoption.

    * “Jesus: The Complete Story,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 25, Discovery Channel. A three-part series relying on the latest scientific and historical research.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected], Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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