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Originally published November 21, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified November 21, 2007 at 1:41 PM

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Cue Burl Ives: Holiday TV specials are here

Attention holiday channel surfers. Your annual avalanche of seasonal eye candy treats is about to be served. From Thanksgiving to Christmas holiday-themed shows are ready to go.

Detroit Free Press

Attention holiday channel surfers.

Your annual avalanche of seasonal eye candy treats is about to be served. From Thanksgiving to Christmas and on through the New Year, holiday-themed shows are ready to go.

For incandescent instance, right jolly old elf Al Roker hosts "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (NBC, 8 p.m. Nov. 28), with Celine Dion, Josh Groban and Carrie Underwood. They'll make music to mark the 75th anniversary of the famous lighting of legendarily humongous Christmas trees.

We also have such beloved animated classics as "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (ABC, 8 p.m. Tuesday), Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (ABC, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 28 plus numerous cable airings) and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (CBS, 8 p.m. Dec. 4), shows that have long been a yearly family viewing tradition.

Plus, there's always the very merry movie marathon of "A Christmas Story" (TBS, 8 p.m. Dec. 24), humorist and narrator Jean Shepherd's screwball family holiday memoir of growing up in the 1940s. The broadcast spreads nutty yuletide cheer from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day.

So here's a happy blizzard of viewing choices. Enjoy!

(Times and dates are subject to change. Numbers at the end are for VCR+ settings.)

Tonight

8 p.m. FX, "Christmas with the Kranks": A couple rushes to make last-minute arrangements to celebrate the holiday. 6599605

Thursday

9 a.m. CBS, NBC: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Friday

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8 p.m. ABC Family, "White Christmas": Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye form a comedy act, singing and dancing their way through a Vermont Christmas at a financially unstable inn. 580052

Saturday

2 p.m. ABC Family, "A Holiday to Remember": A woman returns to her childhood home, where she is reunited with the man she left at the altar. 971499

Sunday

8 p.m. TNT, "A Christmas Story": An Indiana boy schemes to own a Red Ryder BB gun. 3932458

Monday

6 p.m. AMC, "Santa Claus: The Movie": The history of how Santa Claus came to be. 428602

Tuesday

8 p.m. ABC, "A Charlie Brown Christmas": Charlie Brown is discouraged by the materialism he sees at Christmas and sets out to find the true meaning. 18008

Nov. 28

8:30 p.m. ABC, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (animated): A mean-hearted hermit descends into Whoville to steal all of the presents from the children but ends up learning the true meaning of Christmas. 9867

Nov. 30

7 p.m. ABC Family, "Frosty's Winter Wonderland": The lovable living snowman returns to town in search of a snow-bride. 613030.

Dec. 1

9 p.m. Lifetime, "Holiday Switch": A married woman buried in debt and the strain of everyday living ponders her fate had she wed her now wealthy high-school beau. 972642

Dec. 2

8 p.m. Disney, "Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas": Mickey and the gang have an adventure. 713289

Dec. 3

8 p.m. ABC Family, "The Year Without a Santa Claus": Two of Santa's elves find children who can convince the Jolly Old Elf that Christmas is important to everyone. 913593

Dec. 4

7 p.m. Food Network, "Emeril Live -- Emeril's Happy Happy Holidays Recipes." 9545100

Dec. 5

8 p.m. Food Network, "Good Eats School of Hard Nogs": A serious look at the famed holiday drink. 7585698

Dec. 6

9 p.m. TBS, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation": A lovable klutz attempts to execute a grand yuletide celebration. 2870438

Dec. 8

8:15 p.m. HBO, "Deck the Halls": Two neighbors get into a Christmas lights war. 91920595

Dec. 9

5 p.m. Food Network, "An Italian Christmas with Mario & Giada." 7473809

Dec. 10

9 p.m. Lifetime, "The Road to Christmas": A fashion photographer becomes stranded on her way to her dream Christmastime wedding. 699565

Dec. 11

7 p.m. TLC, "Crazy Christmas Lights": An exploration into the homes of decorators who go all out during the holidays. 416237

Dec. 12

9 p.m. HGTV, "Deserving Design Christmas Special": As firefighters cook their annual charity dinner, the show's host renews their firehouse's sleeping quarters and adds a surprise. 2215812

Dec. 13

7:30 p.m., ABC Family, "Little Drummer Boy Book II": The Romans take a bell maker's silver bells for taxes, and the little drummer boy and his animal companions try to get them back. 982058

Dec. 14

8 p.m. WGN, "Blizzard": One of Santa's new reindeers, born with magical powers, senses a young girl's loneliness and travels to her home to help her cope with the outside world. 235375

Dec. 15

1 p.m. Lifetime, "A Fare to Remember": A business executive stranded in Seattle on Christmas Eve befriends the cabbie she hired to drive her home to Los Angeles. 914931

Dec. 16

5 p.m. Lifetime, "Eve's Christmas": Eve, a single and successful professional who traded a simple life with family and loved ones for material gain, wishes upon the Christmas Star for a second chance. 242993

Dec. 17

8 p.m. ABC Family, "Jingle All the Way": A career-driven dad frantically searches the stores for a sold-out toy the day before Christmas. 468291

Dec. 18

8 p.m. ABC Family, "Snowglobe": A young woman discovers a fantasy world inside her grandmother's snow globe. 496876

Dec. 19

8 p.m. Disney, "The Santa Clause": After accidentally killing St. Nick, a divorced dad dons the Jolly Old Elf's suit and begins transforming into Santa. 750628

Dec. 20

9 p.m. Lifetime, "Christmas on Chestnut Street": The profit-hungry owner of a store kicks off a Christmas light showdown in an attempt to sell extra lights. 368643

Dec. 21

7 p.m. Food Network, "Emeril Live Happy Happy Holiday." 9058624

Dec. 22

8 p.m. HBO, "Unaccompanied Minors" : Six teens stuck in the airport are determined to enjoy their holiday. 314551

Dec. 23

8 p.m. TCM, "Christmas in Connecticut": A chic magazine writer who is supposed to be an expert homemaker must entertain her boss and a war veteran for the holidays. 2039675

Dec. 24

6 p.m. Disney, "The Santa Clause." 907540.

Dec. 25

8:15 p.m. Disney, "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas." 48293090

11 p.m. TCM, "The Greatest Story Ever Told": An adaptation of the life of Jesus Christ, from his birth in Bethlehem.

Monday, Dec. 31

10 a.m. HGTV, "Making of the Rose Parade 2008." 9024197

10 p.m. ABC, "Rockin' New Year's Eve," with Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest.

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