Thursday, December 15, 2011

December 16th Holiday Recommendations

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Day 4 already! Below are some of our recommendations for holiday programming to watch or DVR. This was a particularly difficult day to pick stuff for, as there is just a barrage of great choices! For a full listing, check out our Holiday Programming Schedule, but here are the highlights for Friday, December 16th! 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.

6:30am (PT): Cabbage Patch Kids' First Christmas (Boomerang)

- This is a bit dated, since it clearly takes place when the Cabbage Patch Kids were popular. It's a cute story about six or seven of the kids going to "the city" (I assume Atlanta. I know that the "patch" is supposed to be in Georgia...) to find "the Christmas spirit." Well, they end up being chased by some pickpockets. Along the way they try to help a disabled orphan girl find a family. I won't give away the ending... but it's a children's special, so do the math.

12:30pm: The Jeffersons "The Christmas Wedding" (TVLand)
- This is one of my very favorite Jeffersons episodes. George and Tom are having a really rough time agreeing on things for Lionel & Jenny's wedding. So, Louise and Helen arrange for a surprise wedding, on Christmas Eve. It's incredibly romantic and very touching. Tune in.

6pm: Mickey's Christmas Special (ABCFamily)

- I can't even tell you how many times I've seen this. well over twenty, that's for sure! This trio of Christmas cartoons was near the top of the list for my brother and I growing up. You get a great Chip & Dale cartoon, then a funny Donald & Huey, Dewey, and Louie comedy fest, and finally a Donald, Chip, and Dale combined piece. They're all great, and Pluto in particular is hilarious.

8pm & 10pm: Christmas with the Kranks (FX)
- I'm not one of those people who falls in love with a "new" Christmas movie every year. In fact, I probably only have three or four "favorites" that have come out in the past ten years. This doesn't top the list, but it's there. Yes, regular readers know that I'm a big fan of Tim Allen, but set that aside if you need to. I like the story. I like the last-minute-changes-in-plans. I like the honey ham gag. And there's a touching moment where we see the true spirit of giving come alive. I get goosebumps just thinking about it, and it's a comedy!

8:30pm: Frasier "A Lilith Thanksgiving" (WE)
- Yes, I realize this is a Thanksgiving special. It doesn't matter. It's amazing. Positively hilarious. Even if you're not a Frasier person, you'll get a nice laugh out of this one. (fair warning: there are several "intellectual jokes" in there anyway.) This is one of those episodes that I keep on my DVR all the time, since it just brings me joy to watch. I even featured it in my first set of Thanksgiving recommendations a couple of years back.

9:30pm: The Simpsons "Holidays of Future Passed" (FOX)
- This is an encore presentation of this year's Christmas Simpsons episode. I really enjoyed it, and it's worth watching if you're a fan of the Simpson family. Even if you're not, it's got some good, old-fashioned family moments, and is a pretty neat look at the way things "could be" in thirty years.
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