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A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS - When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle; and when an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus' help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is. 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' airs on MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (© 1965 United Feature Syndicate Inc.)

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS - When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle; and when an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus' help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" airs on MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (© 1965 United Feature Syndicate Inc.)

Nov. 27

■ “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”: (1987) A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion. This 1987 film stars Steve Martin and John Candy.8 p.m. on the CW.

■ “SNL Thanksgiving Special”: Thanksgiving sketches from 39 years of SNL including Adam Sandler's Thanksgiving Song, Vincent Price's Thanksgiving Special, and many more. 9 p.m. on NBC

Nov. 28

■ Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: 9 a.m. on NBC

ABC will celebrate the start of the holiday season with “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Photo by ABC/United Feature Syndicate

ABC will celebrate the start of the holiday season with “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” at 8 p.m. Thursday.

■ “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”: Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner. (1973) 8 p.m. on ABC

■ “Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular”: Lady Gaga goes backstage with The Muppets for an avant-garde twist on the classic holiday variety show. 9:30 p.m. on ABC.

Nov. 29

■ “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: (1966 animated) A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. 8 p.m. on ABC

■ “Shrek the Halls”: Shrek characters put their own spin on holiday traditions. 8:30 p.m. on ABC

Dec. 1

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: (2000 live action) The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away from the Whos which he equally abhors. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, decides to try befriend the Grinch. 7 p.m. on ABC Family

Dec. 2

■ “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965) Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. 8 p.m. on ABC (1965)

■ “The Santa Clause”: (1994) When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place. 8 p.m. ABC Family(1994)

Dec. 3

“Scrooged”: (1988) A cynically selfish TV executive gets haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. (1988) 8 p.m. on ABC Family

Dec. 4

■ Christmas in Rockefeller Center: 8 p.m. on NBC

On Thanksgiving night ABC will air a 90-minute special, “Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular,” an avant-garde twist on the classic holiday variety show. The show airs at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.

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On Thanksgiving night ABC will air a 90-minute special, “Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular,” an avant-garde twist on the classic holiday variety show. The show airs at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.

■ “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”: It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark. His continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon. 8 p.m. on ABC Family

■ “SNL Christmas Special”: A collection of Christmas sketches from SNL. 10 p.m. on NBC

Dec. 5

■ “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year”: (1976) The baby new year, Happy, is missing! And without the baby new year, it'll remain the old year forever. But no need to fear Rudolph is on the job. 6 p.m. on ABC Family.

■ “The Polar Express”: (2004) On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus' home. 7 p.m. on ABC Family

■ “Glee” Christmas Special: 9 p.m. on Fox

Dec. 6

■ “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland”: (1976) Frosty's kind of lonely, so the kids think of making him a wife, Crystal. But will Jack Frost let them be happy? 6 p.m. on ABC Family

■ “The Muppet Christmas Carol”: (1992) The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve. 6:30 p.m. on ABC Family

■ “Frosty the Snowman”: (1969) A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat. 8 p.m. on CBS.

Dec. 7

■ “The Santa Clause”: 7 p.m. on ABC Family

■ “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”: (2006) Santa, aka Scott Calvin, is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas. 9 p.m. on ABC Family.

Dec. 9

■ “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (live action) 8 p.m. on ABC Family

■ “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”: (1970) The story of Santa Claus. 8 p.m. on ABC.

Dec. 10

■ “The Year Without a Santa Claus”: (1974) When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind. 9 p.m. on ABC Family.

■ “Santa Claus in Comin’ to Town”: 10 p.m. on ABC Family

The boy meets Santa in this scene from 'The Polar Express.'

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The boy meets Santa in this scene from "The Polar Express."

Dec. 14

■ “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. 8 p.m.on NBC.

Dec. 15

■ “The Simpsons” Christmas Special: 8 p.m.on FOX

■ “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”: 8 p.m. on ABC Family

Dec. 16

■ “The Santa Clause”: 7 p.m. on ABC Family

■ “The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause”: (2002) Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus. 9 p.m. on ABC Family.

■ “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas”: When Sid accidentally destroys Manny's heirloom Christmas rock and ends up on Santa's naughty list, he leads a quest to the North Pole to make things right. 9 p.m. on FOX.

Dec. 17

“The Polar Express”: 9 p.m.on ABC Family

Dec. 18

Henry Travers as Clarence the Angel, left, and James Stewart as George Bailey in a scene from the film 'It's A Wonderful Life,' 1946.

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Henry Travers as Clarence the Angel, left, and James Stewart as George Bailey in a scene from the film "It's A Wonderful Life," 1946.

■ “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”: (1983) The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece. 7:30 p.m. on ABC Family.

■ “A Home For the Holidays With Celine Dion”: 8 p.m. on CBS

■ “Michael Buble’s Third Annual Christmas Special”: 10 p.m. on NBC

Dec. 19

■ “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys”: (2001) When the Evil Toy Taker takes all of Santa's toys, it's up to Rudolph and his friends Hermey, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snowman "Bumbles" to stop him and bring Christmas to the children of the world. 7 p.m. on ABC Family.

■ “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: (live action) 8:30 p.m. on ABC Family

Dec. 20

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”: 9 p.m. on ABC Family

Dec. 21

■ “The Santa Clause” movie trilogy marathon: All three of the “Santa Clause” movies back-to-back 6 p.m.on ABC Family

■ “I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown”: (2003) Linus and Lucy's younger brother Rerun wants a dog for Christmas, and Snoopy's brother Spike may be the answer. 8 p.m. on ABC.

Dec. 22

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: (live action) 7 p.m. on ABC Family

Dec. 23

■ “The Year Without a Santa Clause”: 7 p.m. on ABC Family

■ “The Muppet Christmas Carol”: 8 p.m. on ABC Family

■ “Shrek the Halls”: 8 p.m. on ABC

■ “A Chipmunk Christmas”: (1981) Swept up in a holiday mood, Alvin gives away his cherished harmonica to a sick little boy. Meanwhile, Dave has booked Alvin to perform a harmonica solo at Carnegie Hall! 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

■ “The Polar Express”: 10 p.m. on ABC Family

Dec. 24

■ “The Santa Clause” movie trilogy marathon: 5 p.m. on ABC Family

■ “It’s a Wonderful Life”: 8 p.m. on NBC

■ 24 Hours of “A Christmas Story”: (1983) Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s. 8 p.m. on TBS

■ “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: (animated) 8 p.m. on ABC

■ “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: (live action) 8:30 p.m. on ABC

Dec. 25

■ Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade: 10 a.m. on ABC

■ “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas”: 8 p.m. on FOX

■ “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”: 9 p.m. on ABC Family

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