Shows that make the Christmas list

  • Article by: NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 16, 2012 - 12:28 PM

Christmas is the gift that just keeps on giving, which may explain why holiday specials are popular even in repeats. Here are upcoming showings of some reliable oldies and promising newcomers.

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Emily Hampshire and Joey Lawrence in "Hitched for the Holidays" on the Hallmark Channel.

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"Holiday Spin." Ralph Macchio tries to win a Christmas Eve dance contest without relying on the "wax on, wax off" technique. (8 p.m. & midnight Sun.; 9 p.m. Nov. 24, Lifetime)

"Home Alone: The Holiday Heist." The fifth installment in the franchise doesn't have Macaulay Culkin, but we're pretty certain it features a holiday and a heist. (7 & 9 p.m. Nov. 25; 11 p.m. Dec. 10, ABC Family)

"Hitched for the Holidays." Catholics and Jews come together in the forms of Joey Lawrence and Emily Hampshire, a couple who take time out from fooling their families to peck under the mistletoe. (7 p.m. Nov. 25 & 30; 1 p.m. Dec. 1, Hallmark)

"It's a Wonderful Life." Another angel gets her wings. (7 p.m. Dec. 1 & 24, KARE, Ch. 11)

"The Christmas Consultant." A specialist (David Hasselhoff) tries to convince a suburban mom that hanging wreaths is more important than landing a big client or, for that matter, owning a talking car. (6 p.m. Dec. 2, Lifetime)

"The Mistle-Tones." All Tia Mowry wants for Christmas is to make the cut in a local musical group. Where's Santa Cowell when you need him? (4 p.m. Dec. 13; 11 p.m. Dec. 17; 2 p.m. Dec. 20, ABC Family)

"A Charlie Brown Christmas." The "Peanuts" gang learns that the holidays are about more than material things -- like Christmas specials that will air until they're all in a nursing home. (7 p.m. Dec. 20, KSTP, Ch. 5)

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