Sure, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” airs at 7 p.m. Thursday on ABC, but with the late holiday, Christmastime has been in full swing for weeks. It’s all Santa from here on out. Here are when some of our favorite holiday films and specials are airing, along with some notes from Santa’s twin lists. And, since homemade presents are the best, we’ve included some gift ideas from Etsy, the weird, online crafting site.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
7 p.m. Friday, ABC; 7 p.m. Dec. 24, ABC
The naughty: Scenes are often cut from the 26-minute animated piece to fit in more advertising, a pretty direct contradiction to the special’s anti-consumerist slant. As if that weren’t bad enough, Ron Howard turned the beloved cartoon into a terrible 2000 live-action film starring Jim Carrey.
The nice: The animated classic maintains a 100-percent fresh rating at RottenTomatoes.com, where a Time magazine critic wrote, “This lusty, garishly colored, good-hearted cartoon was a wonderful, awful idea.”
Choice quote: Narrator: “And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.”
Gift: Grinch Flask, $22, etsy.com/shop/TaylorMadeFlasks. Because stealing Christmas is only one way to get through the holidays.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
7 p.m. Monday, ABC
The naughty: Original airing network CBS wanted Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, director Bill Melendez and producer Lee Mendelson to use a laugh track. They also pushed for adult actors to do the children’s voices and a non-jazz soundtrack.
The nice: An Emmy, a Peabody and 48 years later, the cartoon is widely considered to be the essential Christmas classic.
Choice quote: Lucy: “Look, Charlie, let’s face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.”
Gift: Charlie Brown Christmas tree dress motif crazy lady with blue colored hair novelty pin with glass beads, $5, etsy.com/shop/BePreparedToStop. Because I could find no better product tie-in to demonstrate the rampant consumerism Charlie Brown rails against.
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
9 p.m. Tuesday, ABC Family
The naughty: The movie generated an awful direct-to-video sequel, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure,” and cast members including Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reprised their roles for a series of cheesy television commercials for clothier Old Navy.
The nice: It knocked “Back to the Future Part II” (the worst film in the trilogy) out of the No. 1 box office slot in its third week.
Choice quote: Clark: “Worse? How could things get any worse? Take a look around here, Ellen. We’re at the threshold of hell.”
Gift: Jam of the Month (four months), $95, etsy.com/shop/SouthernJamsandJelly. Because, “Clark, that’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.”
“Frosty the Snowman”
7 p.m. Dec. 6, CBS
The naughty: Legendary voice actor June Foray (“The Flintstones,” “Rocky and Bullwinkle”) was replaced as the speaking voice of schoolgirl Karen, although her singing voice remains. Also, did we really need the sequel, “Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July”?
The nice: Deadpan comic Jackie Vernon is great as Frosty in Rankin/Bass’ first traditionally animated cartoon, and the characters were designed by an artist from “Mad Magazine.”
Choice quote: Frosty: “Happy birthday!”
Gift: Vintage corn cob pipe, $12, etsy.com/shop/CakeBoxVintage. Because you’ve probably already got a button and a couple of lumps of charcoal lying around.
7 p.m. Dec. 8, AMC
The naughty: The film spawned four sub-par sequels.
The nice: “Home Alone” held the No. 1 box office spot for an amazing 12 consecutive weeks.
Choice quote: Kevin: “Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen.”
Gift: I Made My Family Disappear Finished and Framed needlepoint, $50, etsy.com/shop/OhSewNerdy. Because isn’t that what we really all want for Christmas?
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
7 p.m. Dec. 14, CBS
The Naughty: The Associated Press reported in 2007 that the Japanese production company hired by Rankin/Bass to produce the stop-motion animation, with no idea that the thousands of original figures used might become valuable, did not save them (some were probably trashed, others given away).
The Nice: A 2006 New York Times story reported that original Santa and Rudolph puppets taken home by a Rankin/Bass employee, who gave them to her children, were located in an attic. In poor condition, they were restored by puppet maker Robin Walsh, who was initially fearful of working on the delicate figures. “I was holding my childhood in my hands,” Walsh told the newspaper.
Choice quote: Rudolph: “I’m cute! I’m cuuuuuuuute!”
Gift: Crocheted Nose Warmer, $7.99, etsy.com/shop/nutmegnosies. Because they’re cuuuuuuuute!
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
7 p.m. Dec. 14, NBC; 7 p.m. Dec. 24, NBC
The naughty: Modern life is more like Pottersville than Bedford Falls.
The nice: Renowned wit Dorothy Parker did some polishing on the script for the movie, which the American Film Institute named No. 1 on its list of all-time most inspirational American films.
Choice quote: Clarence: “Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel’s just got his wings.”
Gift: 14k gold-filled Lassoed Rope Love Ring, $90, etsy.com/shop/NestedYellow. Because fingers are easier to lasso than the moon.
“A Christmas Story”
7 p.m. Dec. 24, TBS (24-hour marathon)
The naughty: Vincent Canby, reviewing for the New York Times, wrote: “There are a number of small, unexpectedly funny moments in ‘A Christmas Story,’ but you have to possess the stamina of a pearl diver to find them.” A sequel, 2012’s “A Christmas Story 2,” went straight to DVD.
The nice: The leg lamp! Fra-gee-lay! You’ll shoot your eye out! Only I didn’t say fudge … the film is eminently quotable.
Choice quote: Old Ralphie: “My father worked in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. It was his true medium, a master.”
Gift: A Christmas Story Leg Lamp Skirt, $55, etsy.com/shop/TootSweetSkirts. Because it’s a major award!
New this year
“Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular,” 8:30 p.m. Thursday, ABC
“Christmas in Conway,” 8 p.m. Sunday, ABC
“CMA Country Christmas,” 8 p.m. Monday, ABC
“Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, NBC
“The SNL Christmas Special,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, NBC
“The Sound of Music Live!,” 7 p.m. Dec. 5, NBC
“The Great Christmas Light Fight,” 8 p.m. Dec. 9, ABC
“Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale,” 9 p.m. Dec. 11, NBC
“Michael Buble’s 3rd Annual Christmas Special,” 9 p.m. Dec. 18, NBC
“I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” 7 p.m. Dec. 20, CBS
“Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade,” 9 a.m. Dec. 25, ABC
On the web
These cable networks show holiday movies and specials throughout December. Find complete schedules on their websites:
ABC Family: abcfamily.go.com
Turner Classic Movies: tcm.com