Thursday, December 15, 2011

December 15th Holiday Recommendations

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Welcome to our third set of recommendations for our 12 Days of Christmas programming! Again, for a full listing, check out our Holiday Programming Schedule, but here are the highlights for Thursday, December 15th! As always, times are Eastern and Pacific to the best of our knowledge (except when noted otherwise), but it's always good to double-check with your own provider.

5am & 4pm (PT): A Flintstones Christmas Carol (Boomerang)
- Fred Flintstone has portrayed many personalities through the years, and his role as Scrooge is one of the better ones. (he's both playing Scrooge in a community theatre show AND being a Scrooge.) It's a bit different from the earlier Flintstones Christmas specials (this one was made in the 90s), but it really is heart-wrenching when you see Wilma get upset at Fred and he realizes that it's more than just acting. (she "fills in" for ill actresses.)

6:30am & 5:30pm (PT): Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (Boomerang)

- This one I've got set to record because it sounds good, though I've never seen it. However, the other Yogi Christmas Special is one of my all-time favorites, so I've got my hopes up on this one. The idea is that Yogi and BooBoo escape Jellystone and wind up in the city. Yogi dresses as Santa to blend in, and he ends up showing a little girl the true spirit of Christmas.

6pm (PT): The Wonder Years "Christmas" (HUB)
- This is an early episode in The Wonder Years, and, as you might imagine, partially centers around Kevin searching for the perfect gift for Winnie. Well, it starts with her unexpectedly getting him a present, and it just starts snowballing from there. The other big part to the episode is Wayne and Kevin hinting at and pestering their father for a color television. Well, Kevin manages to screw things up a bit with Winnie, and the family doesn't upgrade their entertainment center, but it's a good, nostalgic program.

8pm: Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC)
- It's a shame that the majority of airings for this special are heavily edited. However, it's still a wonderful special that really puts me in the holiday spirit. I'm not sure if it's Linus' speech or Charlie Brown's open-minded and childlike innocence, but it's just beautiful. The scheduling actually looks like this will be the one airing of this special this year that is full-length, so if you want to give it a try, now's the time!

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