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Holiday TV: Dec. 19-21: Last weekend before Christmas!

Lots of stuff in the final weekend before Christmas!

Friday, Dec. 19

8 p.m. — “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol,” CW

8 p.m. — “Elf,” ABC Family

9 p.m. — “A Home for the Holidays,” CBS

9 p.m. — “Full House,” Nickelodeon

10 p.m. — “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” ABC Family

10:30 p.m. — “Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas,” AMC

Saturday, Dec. 20

11 a.m. — “The Year Without a Santa Claus” (1974, Rankin-Bass), ABC Family

11 a.m. — “The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol,” Cartoon Network

11 a.m. — “My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas,” Discovery Family

12 p.m. — “Arthur Christmas,” ABC Family

2 p.m. — “Home Alone,” ABC Family

3 p.m. — “A Flintstones Christmas Carol,” Boomerang

4:30 p.m. — “Roseanne,” TV Land

5 p.m. — “It’s A Wonderful Life,” USA

6 p.m. — “Elf,” ABC Family

7:30 p.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

8 p.m. — “The Sound of Music Live!” (2013), NBC

8 p.m. — “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown” (2003), ABC

8 p.m. — “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000, Jim Carrey), ABC Family

9 p.m. — “CMA Country Christmas,” ABC

9 p.m. — “The Christmas Blessing,” Hallmark Movies & Mystery

9:30 p.m. — “Everybody Loves Raymond,” TV Land

10:30 p.m. — “Home Alone,” ABC Family

10:30 p.m. — “White Christmas,” AMC

11 p.m. — “The Night Before the Night Before Christmas,” Hallmark Movies & Mystery

11 p.m. — “A Perfect Christmas List,” ION

Sunday, Dec. 21

12 a.m. — “One Starry Christmas,” Hallmark

1 a.m. — “It’s A Wonderful Life,” USA

1:15 a.m. — “Holiday Inn,” AMC

3 a.m. — “Secret of Giving” (1999, Reba McEntire), Hallmark Movies & Mystery

3 a.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

3:16 a.m. — “The Brady Bunch,” TV Land

3:30 a.m. — “The Smurfs,” Boomerang

3:30 a.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

3:45 a.m. — “A Visit to Santa” (1963), TCM

4 a.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

4:30 a.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

6 a.m. — “The Golden Girls,” TV Land

7 a.m. — “Ellen” (sitcom), FX

8:30 a.m. — “The Looney Tunes Show: A Christmas Carol,” Cartoon Network

9 a.m. — “Arthur Christmas,” ABC Family

9 a.m. — “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966), Cartoon Network

9:30 a.m. — “Tom & Jerry: Santa’s Little Helpers,” Cartoon Network

10 a.m. — “Holiday Inn,” AMC

10 a.m. — “A Johnny Bravo Christmas,” Boomerang

10 a.m. — “Giada’s Family Christmas,” Food Network

10 a.m. — “Christmas Under Wraps,” Hallmark

10:12 a.m. — “The Nanny,” TV Land

10:30 a.m. — “Christmas With the Kranks,” FX

12 p.m. — “The Christmas Parade,” Hallmark

12 p.m. — “Will & Grace,” WE

12:15 p.m. — “White Christmas,” AMC

1 p.m. — “The Little Drummer Boy” (1968, Rankin-Bass), ABC Family

2 p.m. — “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” (1976, Rankin-Bass), ABC Family

3 p.m. — “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (1970, Rankin-Bass), ABC Family

4 p.m. — “The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974, Rankin-Bass), ABC Family

7:30 p.m. — “Home Alone,” ABC Family

8 p.m. — “A Saturday Night Live Christmas,” NBC

8 p.m. — “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966), Boomerang

8 p.m. — “Toy Story That Time Forgot,” Disney

9:12 p.m. — “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992, Frank Oz), WGN

10 p.m. — “The Polar Express,” ABC Family

Find even more Christmas shows here.


31things: Favorite seasonal story or book

Inspired by my attempt last December and from my friend Stephanie, I’m going to try blogging each day in December — holiday themes, of course! I’m calling it “31things.” Click here for more details. Read below for today’s post.


Two stories come to mind for the Christmas season: “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Polar Express.”

Each of these stories exudes the spirit of what Christmas and the holiday season is supposed to be.

In “Grinch,” we follow the story of the Grinch who tries stealing Christmas from others only because he does not have Christmas. But as we come to learn, even the Grinch understands the true meaning of Christmas — family, friends, love and togetherness. Such a truly simplistic story that so many people should really take to heart.

“The Polar Express” has been a favorite of mine long before it became a movie. The story, as you might know, follows one central theme — believe.

It’s the idea of believing in Santa and that there is good in us all. I wish more people could hear that bell ring. But the true reality is that so many people get caught up in what they think life is meant to be and eventually lose out on hearing the bell.

The book ends with one of the most powerful thoughts:

At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.

I still hear the bell ring. Do you?