Set your DVR: ABC Family’s ‘25 Days of Christmas’ schedule!

I have an early present for your family: the full schedule for the ABC Family “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas!”

Running Wednesday, Dec. 1 to Saturday, Dec. 25, ABC Family features all the kids’ favorite Christmas shows that we can record and watch throughout the season, such as “Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Santa Clause,” “Home Alone,” “The Night Before Christmas,” “Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas,” and many of the Harry Potter movies.

I found a copy of the schedule while reading my Entertainment Weekly magazine. I ripped it out, handed it Michael and told him to get busy with that DVR.

So I went searching for a similar copy online that you could have for free. I found the schedule in two different forms:

Form No. 1 – This is an electronic schedule that only presents one day at a time and changes each day.

Form No. 2 – This is a printable PDF that you can use to program your DVR for the rest of the season so you don’t miss any of your family’s favorites. (This worked before on my computer but now it’s giving me trouble. Let me know if for some reason the link isn’t working right. I think it’s just my machine.)

Do you watch the ABC Family “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” each year? Do you DVR them or do you like to only see them one special night like we did in the ’70s and ’80s? What are your favorite holiday specials to watch? What do your kids like?

(I have two blogs up this morning: AP reports the number of shoppers were up this weekend as were online sales but the worry is shoppers are already done and won’t buy anymore this season. Are you already done?)

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November 29th, 2010
5:27 am

As you many of you know…I am not much into TV here. For Christmas, we like to DO things:
my daughter and I catch the Nutcracker, we go to church activities as a family…often visit other churches and then we all love to look at the lights. We even take the dog for a Santa picture, if we can…lots of laughs and memories.

When the kids were little, we had a truck and my husband filled the bed with hay ( something we often saw in Texas but not much in metro Atlanta). He strung lights all around and added the stereo speakers. We drove all around caroling and picked up some of our friends too. They still laugh and talk about it, even though that was 10 or so years ago!

We did watch the dog show last night…the one with the labrador that did not bark and then played some games together afterwards. That is just us. My daughter has been home from UGA and we have enjoyed our time with her!

At least our weather in Atlanta feels a little more like Christmas! I am breaking out my Christmas sweaters….LOL.


November 29th, 2010
9:21 am

We are watching a few of the movies, but won’t be recording any of them..We don’t have a DVR, so…If we see it, that’s fine, if not, no big loss..

Like MJG, we do a lot of crafts, baking and reading, so we don’t have a lot of time to watch TV..The boy loves A Christmas Story, the girl doesn’t have anything special..


November 29th, 2010
10:13 am

Thanks TWG! I am very picky about how much tv my kids watch and what, but I love the idea of TIVO’ing some of these to watch at our leisure! I do love the Christmas classics and I also love snuggling with my oldest and a bowl of popcorn sometime and watching a special movie or show. The youngest is still too young to care much about any of it -although he’ll probably enjoy “Frosty” and maybe “Rudolph” this year. Tonight after we finish decorating our tree and putting the kids in bed, I will kick off my season with MY personal Christmas favorite, “Christmas Vacation”! Not sure why, but I love it and it puts me in the Christmas spirit like nothing else. For years I’ve always watched it to kick off the season -funny, heartwarming -AND the now-fugitive Randy Quaid is perfect in his role!


November 29th, 2010
10:15 am

I will add that I’m excited to see “Miracle of 34th Street” here! My oldest, who is 4.5, LOVES old black and white movies! I love that about him. His grandmother loves it too because she gets to watch a lot of things she loves when he visits on TCM! I think he’ll really enjoy this one.


November 29th, 2010
10:55 am

@ JATL no e-mail info from TWG…just letting you know.


November 29th, 2010
11:18 am

OK -MJG -I’ll email her again!


November 29th, 2010
11:43 am

I’m a DVR junkie. I record almost everything and can zip through the commercials…..

I have most of the holiday movies on DVD, and we love “A Christmas Story.”

My best friend is having “cookies and cocktails” whereby we all make cookies, write the recipe on a nice recipe card, and swap recipes while enjoying cocktails…..

I have an annual cookie party. I buy several rolls of Pillsbury Cookie dough, roll it out, and use all my holiday cookie cutters. There’s plenty of decorations, icing, etc. I have holiday paper plates, with blue plastic wrap for people to take what they decorated. All my daughter’s friends LOVE this, especially the boys….that cracks me up. They guys all want to know when the cookie party is….my nieces come over and so do some of the neighbors.

Another tradition we have is we pile into the back of my friend’s truck, and go through Nights of Lights up at Lanier. The weather doesn’t matter, we usually bundle up in blankets, etc. Then at the end, at Santa Land, we roast marshmallows and get toasty by the nice big bonfire they have up there, and go see Santa.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

November 29th, 2010
12:09 pm

JATL — i will forward – i saw it come in on my phone but didn’t forward — sorry — i will do today -


November 29th, 2010
12:51 pm

I love THE GRINCH! I’ll record it for the 2 year old. I think he will like it. Thanks!
I cannot watch a lot of television. Lots of morbid, dark shows. My job has a dark side and I like to keep my viewing light. That being said, I don’t watch much tv and almost never watch movies.
We tried “Happy Feet” recently and I had to turn it off. It became dark and scary. My two year old said, “Mama, I not watch”. I agreed and we went outside.


November 29th, 2010
1:58 pm

Thank you for this as I was looking for it this weekend. I LOVE the 25 days of Christmas. My grandson and I circle the ones we want to make sure to watch and set the reminder on the DVR. I can also look through to see when they are coming on alternate stations in case of a conflict. Our new favorite is Prep & Landing. His fav is Polar Express.


November 29th, 2010
5:01 pm

@JATL – are you sure the one listed is the old version of Miracle and not the newer ( 90’s) one? Unfortunately, once a remake is made, the remake tends to be the one shown most often.


November 29th, 2010
5:06 pm

We don’t plan to watch most of the new movies listed. However, I do have Holiday Inn, White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life and Santa Claus is Coming to Town/Little Drummer Boy set up in my Netflix queue. Looking forward to sharing some classic movies with the kids.


November 29th, 2010
5:47 pm

Any other ideas for a present TWG? I thought I was the only one who did not watch much TV.
Maybe everyone is ordering gifts online today…I thought a few more folks would be interested in your suggestion…who knew? Since I do not know how to work our DVR…honesty I am not sure we even have one…how ridiculous is that? We might or might not. I know, I am living in the dark ages here.

JATL…no news yet.