Thursday, December 22, 2011

December 22nd Holiday Recommendations

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

So.Many.Holiday.Specials.!! If you don't want to sift through our entire holiday schedule, we've got another issue of daily recommendations for Thursday, December 22nd below. 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.

5:30am & 4:30pm (PT): Casper's First Christmas (Boomerang)
- I didn't realize that this special was separate from Casper's Haunted Christmas until this year. I set it to DVR because the description mentions that Yogi Bear & the gang celebrate Christmas with Casper, the Friendly Ghost. Sounds kinda wacky... almost like that time the Jetsons met the Flintstones, haha. I'm recommending it based solely on the synopsis, so it might not be any good. But, it might be great...

9am: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air "Deck the Halls" (TBS)
- Can you imagine having your house professionally decorated every holiday season? That's what has been going on for the entirety of Ashley's life. So, Will takes it upon himself to decorate festively, both inside the mansion and out. This backfires when the neighbors complain about the garish look, but at least Ashely gets to see what Christmas can be.

3pm: Little House on the Prairie "Christmas at Plum Creek" (Hallmark)
- You've got to be a bit of a sap to like this episode, as it is more of "love your family" type of message. Each member of the Ingalls household tries to bring in extra money so that they can buy one another gifts. Laura, being too young to work, sells her horse so that she could buy Ma a stove. Touching, selfless, and rather unbelievable.

8pm: Family Guy "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" (TBS)
- While it isn't my cup of tea, this episode, more affectionately known by some as "the Family Guy where Peter wants to watch Kiss Saves Santa," makes a lot of people laugh. Things go wrong pretty much right off the bat, as Peter accidentally gives away the family's presents. It only gets worse from there (including a fire in both the living room AND kitchen), and Lois ends up on a rampage, ruining Christmas by melting a Frosty the Snowman, killing a Goerge Bailey, and wrecking the town Christmas tree. Stewie, in an ironic twist of fate, brings her back to reality in the end.

9pm: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (ABCFamily)
- There's an animated opening. An extended family that arrives WAY TOO EARLY for Christmas. Clark getting locked in the attic while everyone else goes shopping. Cousin Eddie and family showing up unexpectedly. Over-lighting the house. Sledding way too quickly. A cat getting electrocuted. A kidnapping. And more. Go.

9pm: Everybody Loves Raymond "All I Want for Christmas" (TVLand)
- I really enjoy this episode because it's just funny. All Ray wants for Christmas is to have sex with Debra. They try hard to make the time, but of course his family interrupts. Multiple times. Once Frank is hip to what's going on, he tries to help the cause... but you can only imagine how funny that can be.
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