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We all have our favorite Christmas holiday movie – we established that last week.  But when are they playing on TV and on what station?  This is as much a mystery as how do reindeer fly? In hopes of finding The Bishop’s Wife or Bells of  St Mary, I thought I would try to check the TV listings for the next couple of days and look at channels I don’t ordinarily watch – but then again we already know I am not in control of the remote so if it isn’t on TCM or MSNBC chances are I won’t see it.

An hour or so on the web and I’m not sure that A Christmas Story is showing on any channel other than TBS! Well for sure I didn’t find either of the two I mentioned above.  I do love It’s A Wonderful Life and if I don’t set an alarm on my blackberry for 8pm on Christmas Eve, I won’t get to see that also 😦

T’is the season for sharing so I’m posting your all-in-one-place Christmas movie TV guide – right here in my blog.


12:00 AM – Holiday in Your Heart – Lifetime

8:00 AM –  Once Upon A Christmas – ABCFH

9:15AM – Holiday Inn – AMC

10:00AM – Twice Upon A Christmas – ABCFH

1:51PM – The Night Before Christmas – ABCFH

4:30PM – Polar Express – ABCFH

6:00PM – Deck the Halls – Lifetime

6:30PM – The Santa Claus – ABCFH

8:00PM – Holiday Switch – Lifetime/Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas – ABC

10:00PM – An Accidental Christmas – Lifetime


12:00AM – Santa Jr. – Hallmark/Remember the Night – TCM

2:00AM – The Santa Suit – Hallmark/Meet Me in St. Louis – TCM

4:00AM –  Mrs. Scrooge – Hallmark/Bell, Book & Candle – TCM

6:00AM – Moonlight and Mistletoe – Hallmark

8:00AM – Santa Jr. – Hallmark/An Accidental Christmas – Lifetime

10:00AM – Miracle on 34th St. – AMC/A Christmas Proposal – Lifetime

11:00AM – Marry Me – Lifetime/The Flintstone’s Christmas – ACFH

12:00PM – Recipe for a Perfect Christmas -Lifetime/Pinnochio’s Christmas – ABCFH/Where God Left His Shoes -IFC

12:15PM – White Christmas – AMC

1:00PM – T’was the Night Before Christmas – ABCFH

1:30PM – Rudolph’s and Frosty’s Christmas in July – ABCFH

2:00PM – Holiday Switch – Lifetime

3:00PM – Miracle on 34th St – AMC

3:31PM – Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer + The Island of Misfit Toys – ABCFH

4:00Pm – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Hallmark/The Road to Christmas –  Lifetime

5:00PM – A Christmas Wedding – Lifetime/

5:15PM – White Christmas – AMC

5:30Pm – T’was the Night Before Christmas – ABCFH

6:00PM – A Secret Santa – Lifetime/Jack Frost – ABCFH/Scrooge – TCM

7:00PM – Eve’s Christmas – Lifetime/Frosty’s Winter Wonderland – ABCFH

7:30PM – T’was the Night Before Christmas – ABCFH

8:00PM – Miracle on 34th St – AMC/Disney Prep & Landing – ABC/Battle of the Bulbs – Hallmark/It’s A Wonderful Life – NBC/The Bishop’s Wife – TCM

8:30PM – Phineas and Ferb’s Christmas Vacation – ABC

9:00PM – A Boyfriend for Christmas – Liftetime/The Year Without A Santa Claus – ABCFH/The Santa Claus – ABC

10:00PM – Eloise at Christmastime – Hallmark/Rudolph’s Shiny New Year – ABCFH/On Strike For Christmas – Lifetime

10:15Pm – White Christmas – AMC


12:00AM – Ernest Saves Christmas – ABCFH/ **

7:00AM – A Flintstone Christmas – ABCFH

8:00AM – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – ABCFH

9:00AM – A Christmas Carol (1938) – TMC/The Year Without A Santa Claus – ABCFH

10:00AM – Miracle on 34th St – ABCFH/Susan Slept Here – TCM

12:30PM – Santa Buddies – ABCFH

4:30PM –Home Alone 2 – ABCFH

7:00PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch Who Stole Christmas – ABCFH

8:00PM – A Christmas Carol (1984) – Fox/Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas – NBC

8:30Pm – Christmas Attack Zone – NBC

10:15Pm – Surviving Christmas – TBS

** Midnight till 8pm – A Christmas Story –  TBS/Scrooged – AMC

Since posting this blog I’ve found TCM’s Christmas schedule and Yay The Bishop’s Wife and others are now in the schedule.

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Cover of "The Bells of St. Mary's"

Cover of The Bells of St. Mary's

It was two days before Thanksgiving and the Christmas decorations were out in K-Mart and from that point on it’s been Christmas season unplugged!  I can remember when holiday music was played on the radio every day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, but I think it got out of control when The Chipmunk Song was on the air every 30 minutes.  I don’t think I’ve heard any holiday songs on the radio BUT every store and shop has either music or muzak playing  so we are not entirely bereft of the sounds of the season!  Not so in the movie department.  Where are all the old Christmas movies?  Even TCM, the guardian of the classics hasn’t been featuring any oldies.   Perhaps next week during the countdown till Christmas.

Well, all this chatter has been leading to the question: What is your favorite holiday movie?  I can’t wait to hear from you  – is Charlie Brown’s Christmas or The Christmas Story?  Are you partial to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or does Frosty the Snowman warm your heart?  The Little Drummer Boy?

I love the old classics and could and do watch Miracle on 34th Street and It’s A Wonderful Life whenever they are being shown.  I like these movies because they are full of the emotions and feelings we all hope and believe are part of this season.  These movies make me cry… I used to wait every year for Christmas Eve because that’s when I would be able to watch The Bells of St. Mary’s, now there’s a tear-jerker and plus you get to hear Bing Crosby croon!!!

But my favorite?  Ahhhh,  I’ve saved the best for last – The Bishop’s Wife!  NOT the new version (which I never saw), I’m talking about the original version with the fabulous trio of Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven.  Omg this movie is the BEST Christmas movie!  First of all you get Cary Grant as an angel!! Can you stand it? He’s so gorgeous to begin with and now he plays the role of an angel, dear lord, it’s great.  And you have the angelic face of Loretta Young as the wife of the beleaguered bishop who is played by David Niven.  Perfect casting in a perfect story.  I don’t want to give away the plot or the story line because IF you can find it on TV or rent it from NetFlix, you should.   Such a sweet treat for Christmas!

Ok, so what’s yours? Please share your favorite holiday movie with us and tell us why (or not).


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