Holiday TV for Nov. 30: Mickey, Mario, Macaulay

Here’s a look at the holiday specials, reruns, classics and more on TV today!

  • 11:50 a.m. — “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” (1999), Disney
  • Noon – “All I Want for Christmas” (2013), Lifetime
  • 1 p.m. – “Muppet Babies,” Disney
  • 3 p.m. – “Angel of Christmas” (2015, Holly Robinson Peete), Hallmark
  • 4 p.m. – “A Very Merry Mix Up” (2013, Alicia Witt), Hallmark
  • 4:12 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” (1992), Starz Encore Comedy
  • 4:35 p.m. – “Christmas With the Kranks,” Freeform
  • 5 p,m, – “Magic Stocking,” Hallmark M&M
  • 6 p.m. – “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas,” Disney Jr.
    – “Christmas Under Wraps” (Candace Cameron-Bure), Hallmark
  • 6:02 p.m. – “Super Mario World,” Starz Encore Family
  • 8:05 p.m. – “Home Alone,” Starz Encore Family
  • 8:50 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause,” Freeform
  • 9 p.m. – “Jingle All the Way,” AMC

Find more holiday shows tonight and throughout the season at christmastvschedule.com.

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‘The North Pole needs a HR department’: In ‘Rudolph’ special, Santa is a bully

Hold your mittens for this truth bomb …

In the animated classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Santa Claus, Comet and Donner … fit the textbook definition of bullies.

Like so many others, I grew up loving the cute looking cartoon that weaves through the story of Hermie (the elf who wants to be a dentist), the unloved toys and, of course, Rudolph and his dad’s embarrassment of the young deer’s red nose.

At some point in the mid-2000s, I started realizing that the special actually promoted bullying as it forced people who were “normal” to be considered dominant and in control.

Rather than celebrating each character’s uniqueness, this depiction of the North Pole taunts and bullies others who don’t fit their definition of what they should be like.

One Twitter user perfectly describes how I feel about Donner: “Donner just told Rudolph that self respect was more important than his son breathing. Somebody call the cops to their cave immediately.”

Another Twitter user wrote, “The North Pole needs a HR department. All these bosses are horrible.”

And if the horrible storyline wasn’t enough … there’s even an innocent murder:

The Santa I know promotes love and acceptance of all children.

Holiday TV: 30 Rock tree, John & Chrissy, One Tree Hill

Here’s a look at the holiday specials, reruns, classics and more on TV tonight!

8 p.m. — “86th annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” NBC

8:50 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” 2009, Freeform

9:15 p.m. — “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” AMC

10 p.m. — “A Legendary Christmas with John & Chrissy” (John Legend and Chrissy Teigen), NBC

10:03 p.m. – “‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion,” Lifetime

11:30 p.m. – “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” AMC

Find more holiday shows tonight and throughout the season at christmastvschedule.com.

It’s not the holidays until we see the Eat’n Park tree!

The little star that could!

Eat’n Park’s popular Christmas commercial has warmed our hearts since 1982.

And every year, Pittsburghers await the first viewing of the iconic ad.

Usually, the commercial first airs during the live telecast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on WPXI.

Thanks to the internet and social media, we don’t have to wait to watch the spot.

In a 2012 Post-Gazette story celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ad, an Eat’n Park leader said the company receives many emails from people telling them the spot marks the official start of their holiday season.

“When the Eat’n Park commercial comes on the TV and the Horne’s tree goes up, those are the two starting points of Christmas,” Graham Small told the PG.

Read more from Eat’n Park about the story of the popular commercial.

HOLIDAY TV for Dec. 25: Grinch!

Here’s a look at what’s on TV tonight: CHRISTMAS DAY!

It’s the Grinch cartoon and movie tonight on NBC!

  • 7:08 p.m. — “Home Alone,” Starz Encore
  • 8 p.m. — “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” 1966 cartoon, NBC; “The Simpsons,” FXX; “When Calls the Heart,” 2017, Hallmark
  • 8:30 p.m. — “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” 2000, Jim Carrey, NBC; “The Simpsons, FXX
  • 8:50 p.m. — “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Freeform
  • 8:54 p.m. — “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” Starz Encore

Holiday TV for Dec. 15: ‘Wonderful Life,’ ‘Christmas Vacation’

Looking for something on TV to get you into the holiday spirit? This is an incomplete list of shows/movies with holiday themes or special episodes and only offers some of my favorites, some traditional favorites or some new things! As always, as they say, check your local listings.

  • 6 p.m. — “Christmas With the Kranks,” FX; “Nine Lives of Christmas,” Hallmark; “Little House on the Prairie,” INSP
  • 7 p.m. — “The Magical Christmas Ornaments” (2017) with Tim Matheson, Hallmark M&M; “Married by Christmas,” UP; “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (7:10 p.m. start), Freeform
  • 8 p.m. — “The Santa Clause 2,” FX; “The Shop Around the Corner” (1940) with Jimmy Stewart, TCM; “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946) with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed; USA
  • 9 p.m. — “A Bramble House Christmas” (2017), Hallmark Movies
  • 9:20 p.m. — “Elf,” Freeform
  • 10 p.m. — “The Santa Clause 2,” FX; “Coming Home for Christmas” (2017) with Danica McKellar, Hallmark; “Holiday Affair” (1949) with Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh, TCM
  • 11 p.m. — “Christmas Encore” (2017), Hallmark M&M
  • 11:30 p.m. — “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006) with Tim Allen, Freeform
  • 11:45 p.m. — “It Happened on 5th Avenue” (1947), TCM
  • Midnight — “Love You Like Christmas” (2016), Hallmark
  • 1 a.m. — “A Christmas to Remember” (2016) with Mira Sorvino and Cameron Mathison, Hallmark M&M
  • 1:30 a.m. — “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” (1983), Freeform

A peek at what’s on Dec. 16 that’s holiday related:

  • 11 a.m. — “Extreme Christmas Trees,” TLC;
  • 11:24 a.m. — “Roseanne,” TV Land
  • Noon — “Christmas Incorporated,” Hallmark; “My Crazy Obsession,” TLC
  • 12:15 p.m. — “A Christmas Carol” (1938) with Reginald Owen, TCM
  • 1:30 p.m. — “My Music (The Carpenters: Christmas Memories),” PBS (*note: this does not air on all PBS channels — it will not air on WQED, oddly and sadly)
  • 2:30 p.m. — “Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas,” PBS (*note: this does not air on all PBS channels — it will not air on WQED, oddly and sadly)
  • 8 p.m. — “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), AMC; “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown,” ABC
  • 10:15 p.m. — “White Christmas,” AMC