A Christmas Story (TBS, Friday-Saturday) -- "Fra-gee-lay." The annual 24-hour marathon kicks off at 8:00 Eastern on Christmas Eve. This is probably the second-greatest Christmas movie ever made. After Die Hard, of course.
It's a Wonderful Life (NBC, Friday) -- Now that my Die Hard joke is out of the way, here's my serious list of favorite Christmas movies: 1. It's a Wonderful Life. 2. A Christmas Story. 3. Miracle on 34th Street (the original -- it also airs Friday, on AMC). The only decent Christmas movie made in the last 15-20 years is Elf (I enjoy Bad Santa, but I don't think of it as a Christmas movie).
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (TV Land, Friday) -- Better than European Vacation? Discuss.
A Boyfriend for Christmas (Lifetime) --- Hahahahahahaha. Oh, Lifetime. You slay me.
Freaks and Geeks (IFC, Saturday through Sunday) -- This Christmas, relieve the pain and awkwardness of high school when IFC runs the entire 18-episode series -- twice -- starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday.
Doctor Who (BBC America) -- A marathon starts Friday night and culminates on Saturday with an episode that uses A Christmas Carol's story line. There's a reason A Christmas Carol is #1 on the list of <a href="http://www.uproxx.com/tv/2010/12/five-christmas-plotlines-that-have-been-beaten-to-death" target="_self">holiday story lines that have been beaten to death</a>.