Here at Great Plains Communications, we know that the holidays are upon us. From Santa dropping by, to hanging the garland and filling the sleigh with toys, we have our fair share of holiday traditions. (We want to say thanks to our employees who, once again, reached into their own pockets to donate new toys and clothes for the annual donation drive by the Blair Optimist Club.)
Even if there wasn’t a hint of tinsel around the office, we wouldn’t have to look any further than the nearest i-guide to know what time of year it is. From local to cable to premium networks, holiday programming is on in spades this year. To help narrow down the choices, we’ve picked some of Great Plains Communications’ favorite programs for 2010.
1. A Charlie Brown Christmas – This classic, which has been giving hope to undersized Christmas trees everywhere since 1965, is a perennial favorite for the old and young alike.
Airs on ABC December 16 at 8:00 p.m. EST
2. Elf – In what may be the best name-dropping scene ever, Will Ferrell hits it out of the park in the newest Christmas movie on our list. Having James Caan, Bob Newhart and Zoey Deschanel rounding out the cast doesn’t hurt either.
3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Arguably the funniest of the original National Lampoon films, this new holiday classic reminds us why Chevy Chase was a leading comedic actor and also reminds us that the holidays don’t have to be perfect to be magical.
Airs on TV Land December 20 at 10:30 a.m. EST
4. The Santa Clause – Say what you will about this movie’s sequels, the original 1994 version of Santa Clause became an instant classic.
Airs on ABC Family Channel December 22 at 8:00 pm EST
5. It’s a Wonderful Life – It’s not a Christmas without “It’s a Wonderful Life”. The film, named AFI’s most Inspirational American Movie of All Time, is a wonderful reminder of the power of generosity and the Christmas spirit.
Airs on NBC December 24 at 8:00 pm EST
6. The Christmas Story – playing for a continuous 24 hours, this hysterical Christmas Classic can instantly bring you back to your childhood, desperately hoping for that one ultimate gift.
Airs on TBS from December 24 at 5 pm EST to December 25 at 5 pm EST
Did we leave your favorite off the list? Let us know what holiday program is part of your family’s traditions in the comments section.