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Christmas Movies and Specials on TV for 2011 – dates, times and channels

Christmas movies and specials offered for the December 2011 season, range from some old favorites to new, yet to be classics. You can watch Christmas movies  from your grandparent’s era like “White Christmas” or “Christmas in Connecticut,” right up to some of the newer favorites like “A Christmas Story” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

Here is a list of TV times and channels for Christmas movies and specials for December 2011 from AOL TV:

Dec. 14th:

7 p.m. “White Christmas,” (1954) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye. NR. (HD) AMC

9:45 p.m. “White Christmas,” (1954) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye. NR. (HD) AMC

Dec. 15th:

2:15 p.m. “All I Want for Christmas,” (1991, Comedy) Ethan Randall, Thora Birch. G. (HD) AMC

4:15 p.m. “White Christmas,” (1954) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye. NR. (HD) AMC

11 p.m. “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” (1983, Animated). NR. FAMILY

11:30 p.m. “Holiday Inn,” (1942, Musical) Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire. Set in New England, this is the first movie that Bing sings “White Christmas” in. NR. (HD) AMC

Dec. 16th 2011:

5 p.m. “Deck the Halls,” (2006) Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick. Two neighbors get into a Christmas lights war as they try to make their lights  visible from space turning the neighborhood upside down. PG. (HD) FX

7 p.m. “Christmas with the Kranks,” (2004, Comedy) Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis.  (HD) FX

7 p.m. “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” (2000) Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen. PG. (HD) FAMILY

8 p.m. “Elf,” (2003) Will Ferrell, James Caan. PG. USA

8 p.m. “Fred Claus,” (2007, Comedy) Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti. PG. TNT

9 p.m. “Christmas with the Kranks,” (2004, Comedy) Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis. PG. (HD) FX

9 p.m. “Christmas in Connecticut,” (1945, Comedy) Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan. A chic magazine writer who is supposed to be an expert homemaker pretends she is married with a baby and she must entertain her boss and a war veteran for the holidays, falling in love with the war veteran.  NR. TCM

9:30 p.m. “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” (2000) Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen. PG. (HD) FAMILY

11 p.m. “Deck the Halls,” (2006) Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick. PG. (HD) FX

Dec. 18th, 2011:

12 p.m. “Most Christmasy Places in America.” A cross-country Christmas tour reveals the nation’s most glorious yuletide celebrations, from sleigh rides to nativity scenes. TV G. TRAVEL

1 p.m. “Crazy for Christmas.” A look at a colorful Poinsettia farm, Christmas tree decorating styles, a wrapping paper factory, and a visit to Santa School. TV G. TRAVEL

2 p.m. “Christmas to the Extreme.” A look at Christmas festivities features several individuals who celebrate the holiday season in the most elaborate ways possible. TV G. TRAVEL

11 p.m. “The Family Stone,” (2005, Comedy) Claire Danes, Diane Keaton.Christmas becomes a bit stuffy when a son brings his very uptight girlfriend home to propose to her. PG-13. (HD) FX

 Dec. 19th, 2011:

7 p.m. “Christmas with the Kranks,” (2004, Comedy) Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis. PG. (HD) FX

2:45 p.m. “All I Want for Christmas,” (1991, Comedy) Ethan Randall, Thora Birch. G. (HD) AMC

7 p.m. “Deck the Halls,” (2006) Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick. PG. (HD) FX

9 p.m. “Christmas with the Kranks,” (2004, Comedy) Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis. PG. (HD) FX

 Dec. 21st, 2011:

12 p.m. “Christmas with the Kranks,” (2004, Comedy) Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis. PG. (HD) FX

12:15 p.m. “All I Want for Christmas,” (1991, Comedy) Ethan Randall, Thora Birch. G. (HD) AMC

8 p.m. “Elf,” (2003) Will Ferrell, James Caan. PG. USA

Dec. 22nd, 2011

1:45 p.m. “White Christmas,” (1954) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye. NR. (HD) AMC

Dec. 23th 2011:

1 p.m. “Bad Santa,” (2003, Comedy) Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox. This comedy is rated  R.

7p.m. Shrek the Halls.” Shrek’s plans for a peaceful Christmas holiday with his family get sidetracked when Donkey, Puss-in-Boots and the rest decide to crash the festivities. TVPG. (HD) ABC

7 p.m. “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” (2000) Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen. PG. (HD) FAMILY

8:30 p.m. “Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special.”  TVPG. ABC

Dec. 24th 2011:

4 p.m. “Dazzling Holiday Lights.” A look at holiday lights and how some of the businesses and homes go all out for the holidays. TV G. Travel  Channel

7 p.m. “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” TV G. (HD) ABC

7 p.m. “A Christmas Story,” (1983) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin. A 9-year-old kid in 1940s Indiana tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. You will remember the famous scene where the boy licks the flag pole and the father’s “leg lamp”. PG. TBS

8 p.m. “Christmas to the Extreme.” TV G. TRAVEL

9 p.m. “A Christmas Story,” (1983) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin. PG. TBS

10 p.m. “Crazy for Christmas.” TV G. TRAVEL

11 p.m. “Christmas to the Extreme.” TV G. TRAVEL

Justin Bieber’s Early Christmas Gift: A Holiday Album

‘We are going to try and raise alot of money this year for charity!’ teen pop star tweets about next project.

By Terri Schwartz

Beliebers have more to look forward to this holiday season than just chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Justin Bieber announced Thursday (August 25) on Twitter that he’ll be releasing his first Christmas album later this year.

“So it’s true…been in the studio doing something special for christmas. we are going to try and raise alot of money this year for charity!” the 17-year-old Canadian pop star tweeted.

This will be Bieber’s second studio album, since his first release, My World, was technically an EP. Barring the release of Never Say Never — The Remixes, which featured the new single “Never Say Never,” this will be the first new music Bieber has released in more than a year. He didn’t share whether he will be collaborating with any other artists on his holiday record or when fans can expect it to hit stores.

Bieber is no stranger to using his musical talents for charitable causes. In 2010, he took part in “We Are the World 25″ alongside Miley Cryus, Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Bieber has supported charities like Give Back Hollywood, Jumpstart and Children’s Miracle Network in the past, though he did not specify which charity he would be donating the proceeds of his Christmas album to in his tweet.

The “Baby” crooner isn’t the only artist to announce a Christmas album recently. Zooey Deschanel shared the news over Twitter earlier this month that her band She & Him will be releasing their first holiday album — and third album overall — later this year. In addition, Bieber’s fellow Canadian Michael Bublé has been releasing a series of promos for his holiday album, Christmas, on his official website over the past few weeks.

Drought puts stress on Christmas tree crop

NBC – It’s hard to think about Christmas at this time of year, but some Christmas tree farmers in Texas are doing just that. They’re dealing with extremely hot and dry conditions and hoping it’s not already to late to have a happy holiday season.

Nick Wiggins has been growing Christmas trees at plantation pines in Tyler for over 20 years. But as the oaks, elms, and even the grass around his Christmas trees wither away in the sun, the Christmas trees themselves, so far, are just fine.

Nick says, “They have put out a little tender growth. And if you look at em, they’ve got some nice new tender growth shooting out on them. And that’s what we would normally be trimming, but they just kind of put out and holding on they’re just kind of hanging in there.”

Forester Jason Ellis with the Texas Forest Service says other types of trees aren’t so lucky, many are dying.

Jason Ellis of the Texas Forest Service says, “You’ve seen up in the canopies of these trees, you’ve seen some limbs that are just kind of drying up and breaking off that’s the tree kind of cutting off resources to that limb no longer using it.”

Ellis says Christmas trees are hanging on because they have already made it through their first year.

Jason says, “The first year is critical – bar-none. And this year’s been so bad that a lot of these folks that have spent that money and planted..they’re just gonna have to start over.”

So even though Wiggins Christmas trees are all ready to have gifts underneath them this holiday, one thing is certain.

Nick says, “Yes, we could definitely use some rain it’s just miserable; it’s just miserable.”

Ellis also says that as far as the trees in your backyard go, if they look like they’re struggling, don’t count them dead just yet.

They may just be hibernating early and conserving their resources.