Monday, December 3rd
Charlie Brown Christmas -8pm on ABC
This is my all-time favorite Christmas show and I just love the music too. I’ve added both the Charlie Brown Christmas theme song and the original Charlie Brown music to my holiday iTunes playlist. It makes me smile every time I hear it. Rated for ages 2 and up on Common Sense Media.
Tuesday, December 4th
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -8pm on CBS
This show is a Christmas must. Although the Abominable Snowman scared my girls in their early years. I think they can handle him now at ages 4 & 6. The twins may have to be asleep for this one. Rated for ages 3 and up.
Wednesday, December 5th
‘Twas The Night Before Christmas – 7pm – ABC Family
This is a great program for all ages. The little ones might get bored, depending on their exposure to anything outside of Baby Einstein. But bigger kids will enjoy anything Santa-related. Rated for ages 4 and up.
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – 7pm on ABC Family
Frosty The Snowman – 8pm on CBS
I think these two programs are great for all ages. Christmas classics that will get everyone in the mood. Frosty is rated for ages 3 and up.
Tuesday, December 11th
Shrek The Halls – ABC
Not a Shrek fan for kids. These are hysterical movies for tweens/teens/adults but I think a lot of the material is not age-appropriate for anyone under 5. This actually was on last night (in addition to the upcoming Dec 11th showing) and is brand new for 2007. Even though this is holiday themed, it follows the format of the Shrek films. There are references to gross bodily functions, lots of burping and yelling and a few “stupids” and “shut-ups” in the mix. Tape it for yourself and enjoy after the kids go to bed. It is rated for ages 6 and up, but I am not letting my 6 year old watch it.
Winnie The Pooh & Christmas Too -8:30pm- ABC
Perfect for little, little guys. I think the twins will enjoy this as well as my 4-year-old, but my 6-year-old will probably be looking for a Hannah Montana or High School Musical version. I’m still in the doghouse for not getting tickets to that over-priced show last night at Bobcats Arena. What timing – let’s go spend $500 three weeks before Christmas. No thanks! Plus, she’s only 6 – come on! I think I went to my first concert when I was 12 and I felt like I was ahead of the game back then. This one is not rated by Common Sense Media but the other Pooh shows are rated starting at 3 and up.
Sunday, December 23rd
Elmos Christmas Countdown – 7pm on ABC
Brand new for 2007, this is ideal for toddlers. The twins will definitely watch this one. Great celebrity guest like Ben Stiller, Sheryl Crow and Jennifer Hudson. Not rated but most Elmo is rated for ages 2 and up.
Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade
Who doesn’t love a parade? Especially if Mickey will be there! Hosted by Regis & Kelly, watch out little pre-teens, because Miley Cyrus is a guest star.
I’m sure there are a zillion more holiday classics for older kids and parents like A Christmas Story (Dec 24, rated for ages 8 and up), Elf (Dec 22, rated for ages 7 and up), Miracle on 34th Street (Dec 11, rated for ages 6 and up), etc. You’ll just need to scroll through your guide periodically. Look on the Family Channel, Lifetime Channel and A&E – sometimes they have some incredible oldies but goodies.