When I was a kid, and TV was VERY different than it is now, it was absolutely imperative to see all the Christmas specials. If you got to school one morning and everyone was talking about Heat Miser (from The Year Without a Santa Claus), you were so bummed out if you had missed it. You'd have to wait an entire year until it came back on TV. Each show only aired once a year. There were no DVDs, not even VHS.
Now we own DVDs of most of those classic Christmas shows. For the few that we don't own, I just schedule the DVR to record them. Times have really changed. (Yes, I know how old I sound when I say that.)
Here's what we love to watch this time of year:
A Charlie Brown Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the old animated one, not the Jim Carey one)
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
Frosty the Snowman
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Olive the Other Reindeer
A Christmas Story
Scrooged (after Little One goes to bed!)
Sometimes we also watch
Muppets Christmas Carol
(I know people love It's a Wonderful Life, but I find it depressing. I guess I'm weird.)
This list looks long, but you have to realize that most of them (with the commercials edited out) are only about 20 minutes long.
Pour some egg nog or hot chocolate, snuggle up under a fuzzy blanket with your kids (and your sweetie!), and bring on the Christmas movies! The nostalgia is most of the fun!