If you're a sucker for holiday classics like "Rudolph," "Frosty" and "National Lampoons," starring those lovable Griswolds, then this truly is the most wonderful time of the year. The networks are running all of your festive faves in the days leading up to Christmas, so you'll be sure to get your holiday fill.
We know you're too busy hitting the malls and the endless parade of holiday parties to scour the TV listings to see when your favourite holiday movies and specials are on, so we've compiled this handy guide for you.
Whether you're partial to "A Christmas Story," "Bad Santa" or anything in between, we've got you covered.
Wednesday, December 12
"Holiday Festival on Ice," CBC, 8 p.m. EST
Thursday, December 13
"Mickey's Christmas Carol," CBC, 8 p.m. EST
"Glee Christmas Special," Global, 9 p.m. EST/ PST
Friday, December 14
"Miracle on 34th Street," CBC, 8 p.m. EST
"Rudolph," CBS, 8 p.m. EST
"Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas," NBC, 8 p.m. EST
Saturday, December 15
"Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," CTV, 7 p.m. EST/ PST
"Elf," CBS, 8 p.m. EST/ PST
Sunday, December 16
"Rudolph," CBC, 7 p.m. EST
"A Michael Bublé Christmas," MuchMore, 7 p.m. EST
"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," CBC, 8 p.m.
"Rita MacNeil's Christmas Special," CTV Two, 8 p.m. EST/ PST
Monday, December 17
"The Santa Clause," CBC, 8 p.m. EST
"Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas," Fox, 8:30 p.m. EST/ PST
"Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown," Fox, 9 p.m. EST/ PST
Tuesday, December 18
"A Charlie Brown Christmas," ABC, 8 p.m. EST
"Snowbound," CTV Two, 8 p.m. EST/ PST
"The Santa Clause 2," CBC, 8 p.m. EST
Wednesday, December 19
"The Polar Express," Global, 8 p.m. EST/ PST
"The Santa Clause 3," CBC, 8 p.m. EST
"A Home for the Holidays With Rascal Flatts," CBS, 8 p.m. EST/ PST
"The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol," Global, 10 p.m. EST/ PST
Thursday, December 20
"Rudolph," CBC, 8 p.m. EST
"Muppets Christmas: Letter to Santa," Global, 8 p.m. EST/ PST
"I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!" ABC, 8 p.m. EST
"CCMA Holiday Special: I'll Be Home," CBC, 9 p.m. EST
"Disney's A Christmas Carol," Global, 9 p.m. EST/ PST
Friday, December 21
"Citytv Carol Sing," Citytv, 7 p.m. EST
"Christmas in Wonderland," Global, 8 p.m. EST/ PST
"A Christmas Story," CBC, 8 p.m. EST
Saturday, December 22
"The Man Who Saved Christmas," CTV Two, 7 p.m. EST/ PST
"Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol," Global, 8 p.m. EST/ PST
"Bad Santa," MuchMore, 8 p.m. EST
"A Chipmunk Christmas," ABC, 7:30 p.m. EST
"CMA Country Christmas," ABC, 9 p.m. EST
Sunday, December 23
"Frosty the Snowman," CBC, 7 p.m. EST
"The Sound of Music," CTV, 7 p.m. EST/ PST
"Deck the Halls," Global, 7 p.m. EST/ PST
"Frosty Returns," CBC, 7:30 p.m. EST
"Elf," CBC, 8 p.m. EST
"Candy Cane Lane," Global, 10 p.m. EST/ PST
"A Christmas Carol," CTV Two, 12 a.m. EST/ PST
Monday, December 24
"Disney's A Christmas Carol," Global, 8 p.m. EST/ PST
"Scrooge," CBC, 8 p.m. EST
Tuesday, December 25
"Frosty the Snowman," CBC, 11 a.m. EST
"Frosty Returns," CBC, 11:30 a.m. EST
"Queen's Message," CBC, 12 p.m. EST
"Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade," CBC, 12:05 p.m. EST
"Heartland Christmas," CBC, 4 p.m. EST
"Letter to Santa," Global, 7 p.m. EST/ PST
"The Polar Express," Global, 8 p.m. EST/ PST
"Miracle on 34th Street," CBC, 8 p.m. EST
Wednesday, December 26
"Christmas on Chestnut Street," Global, 8 p.m. EST/ PST
Friday, December 28
"Home for the Holidays," Global, 8 p.m. EST/ PST
Have a happy holiday, everyone!
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4. "Big Bang Theory": Bazinga! T-Shirt
Now this is a gift that will appeal to TV nerds and, well, regular ol' nerds alike. It immortalizes the <a href="http://www.cbsstore.com/the-big-bang-theory-bazinga-t-shirt/detail.php?p=260041">deliciously geeky catchphrase</a> of "The Big Bang Theory"'s Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), who frequently shouts it out after driving home a point or when someone falls for a practical joke.
5. "Dark Shadows": The Visual Companion
All self-respecting cinephiles are fascinated by Tim Burton, and this <a href="http://titanbooks.com/dark-shadows-the-visual-companion-6469/">visually stunning book</a> gives an inside peek at how he operates. It chronicles how Burton brought the classic Gothic soap opera to life on the big screen, and is packed with concept drawings, production designs, interviews and never-before-seen photos from the set. It has some great shots of Burton, Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter and Michelle Pfeiffer.
6. Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years
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7. "The Walking Dead": Daryl Dixon
If you don't watch "The Walking Dead" but are shopping for a mega-fan, know this: Daryl is the best. That's why <a href="http://www.amazon.com/McFarlane-Toys-Walking-Dead-Series/dp/B004NQZX7W">his action figure</a> appears to be pricier than less-coveted characters like Rick Grimes and Shane Walsh. After Daryl, the Michonne action figures are a pretty safe bet to please "Walking Dead" fans, too -- especially the models that come with her badass sword.
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If you've read "Life of Pi," you're probably wondering how director Ang Lee could possibly bring it to life on the big screen. Well, <a href="http://www.harpercollins.ca/books/Making-Life-Pi-Jean-Christophe-Castelli/?isbn=9780062114136">this book gives readers an inside look</a> at how he went about doing just that. It features over 275 stunning images, including production art, storyboards, sketches, stills and never-before-seen content. It also includes an intro and extensive interviews with Lee, and a ton of fun facts about the film's special effects.
9. "Deadwood": Bella Union Saloon Sign
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10. Coen Brothers Collection Blu-ray Set
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11. "Dr. Who": Limited Edition Gift Set
As if the 70+ hours of "Dr. Who" wasn't enough, <a href="http://www.bbcamericashop.com/dvd/doctor-who-limited-edition-giftset-16924.html">this beautiful set</a> also includes a collectible 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver and the comic book, "Dr. Who At Comic-Con." The collection encompasses Seasons 1 - 6 featuring the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctors, plus hours of cool bonus features like three new "Doctor" specials that haven't been released on DVD before.
12. "TDKR" Bat Cowl Blu-ray Pack
There are a lot of "Dark Knight Rises"-related releases leading up to the holidays this year, but you just need to take a look <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B009K45Y62/panandscathed-20">at this one's packaging</a> to know it will impress your nerd the most. Why? Because it comes with a limited edition broken bat cowl. Look at the picture. See how cool it looks? 'Nuff said.
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