Holiday shows to DVR for the kiddies

You won't often hear me suggest that you plop your kids down in front of the television. I generally think that there are too many fun things you could be doing instead of wasting time watching television -- especially cartoons.

However, I am going to make an exception for all of the vintage holiday cartoons that I think are must-sees -- for you and your kids. Plus, the kids are going to be on break from school for a looong time. A little television show here and there probably won't hurt, right?

Here are a few of my favorite holiday cartoons and the times that they are scheduled to run during the month of December. I would DVR a few of these shows in case you need to entertain some restless elves.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 1st
WLS-Channel 7 (7:00 pm)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
December 2nd
WBBM-Channel 2 (7:00 pm)

The Polar Express
December 3rd (5:00 pm); December 23rd (9:00 pm)
ABC Family
December 12th (7:00 pm)
WLS-Channel 7

Jack Frost
December 7th (9:00 pm); December 24th (9:00 pm)
ABC Family
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
December 8th (6:00 pm); December 23rd (7:00 pm)
WLS-Channel 7

Frosty the Snowman

December 18th (7:00 pm)
WBBM-Channel 2

Mickey's Christmas Carol
December 16th (6:00 pm); December 24th (10:00 am)
ABC Family

San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker (not a cartoon, but definitely worth watching -- particularly for aspiring ballerinas)
December 21st (9:00 pm)
WTTW- Channel 11

What am I missing? What other family holiday shows will you be watching this year? And what about all of the great holiday movies? I'll have to make a separate list for that.


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