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Captain Obvious Runs… and I mean RUNS… for President

No matter what your political ideology, I think we can all agree that this has been a tumultuous election season. That’s why there’s someone who’s keeping it simple:

Captain Obvious is running for President the only way he knows how….by actually physically running. And running. And running.

He’ll be providing satirical commentary on what has already proven to be an “interesting” election year. Sometimes you’ve gotta laugh so you don’t cry, amiright?

You can follow Captain Obvious’ run on the “Captain Obvious Runs For President” microsite where you can watch what states he’s run through. You can also grab some merchandise, and share content.

Hotels.com is supporting Captain Obvious during his race because they believe in simplicity as much as he does – and he’ll need a place to sleep at night. They’ll be providing him with running shoes, socks, shorts and everything else he needs for his run.

So, this political season, let’s follow the KISS adage – keep it simple… err… smartypants! Follow Captain Obvious as he runs for president, one step at a time. Find out more about his campaign, and follow him on Twitter, too!

Memories Lost: Avoiding a Wedding Photo Disaster

You and your beloved are planning the celebration of your lifetime together, a day that will provide amazing memories for years to come. After the ceremony, dancing, wonderful food, and time with friends and loved ones, the most lasting part of the day (aside from the marriage!) will be the wedding photos.

Choose Wisely

Expect to pay at least $1,400 for photography services for the day. A reputable wedding photographer knows their craft, but you’re also paying for their limited number of work days available in a year. Cutting the budget too much can bring low-quality results, or even worse, an con artist who will give you horror stories instead of the stunning photos you want. Wedding photographers with a strong track record of professionalism and high quality results are in demand; fees might be $2,100 and up.

Ask about their camera and lenses, plus backup plans in case of equipment malfunction. How do they handle low-light or bad weather situations? Is there an assistant to help capture all the festivities?

Other questions to ask: What are their scheduled hours, and are they available for additional time? Do they carry liability and indemnity insurance? What’s the number of weddings they have photographed? Can you view results from at least three of the weddings they’ve shot?

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7 Beauty Essentials that Make a Relaxing Wedding Week

This post is brought to you by beautyencounter.com.

7 Beauty Essentials that Make a Relaxing Wedding Week

Planning and actual preparation for a wedding can actually bring the bride (and groom) to tons of stress and anxiety attacks. It’s only normal to feel overwhelmed with so much planning to do. But during your wedding week, relax and prepare your beauty regimen as you indulge in finding bridal cologne or pampering yourself with the most luscious hand and foot cream.

Check out these 7 beauty essentials for a stress-free and beauty-infused wedding week.

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1. Clarins Cleansing Milk With Alpine Herbs. Wedding week prompts you to meet suppliers and friends for final checking and last minute bridal showers. While you look stunning in your hair and makeup everytime you go out, you also have to take care of your skin as soon as you go home. Remove excess makeup and dirt in the gentlest way by using Clarins Cleansing Milk.

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2. Clarins Toning Lotion Alcohol Free with Camomile. Cleanser alone cannot give your skin the freshness it deserves after a long day. To remove excess facial wash and impurities, and to bring back normal moisture levels to your skin, apply this toning lotion from Clarins. Use a cotton ball to apply.

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3. L’Occitane Shea Butter 2 Piece Hand and Foot Cream Set. Dry hands and feet? No problem! L’Occitane has something to get you moisturized in this creamy set. Filled with shea butter, these tubes are meant to nourish your hands and feet. Bring them wherever you go for any emergency situations.

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4. L’Occitane Angelica Glowing Eyes Eye Roll-On. A problem for any soon-to-be-bride (and basically any woman), the eyes should be the most important aspect that needs to be revitalized. If your current eye cream isn’t working for you, switch to L’Occitane Angelica Glowing Eyes Eye Roll-On. This produces the right amount of gel to massage the eye area reducing eye puffiness, dark circles and tired eyes.

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5. Cool Water by Davidoff for Women Eau de Toilette Spray. Looking for the perfect bridal fragrance on your big day? Why not spray a bit of Cool Water for Women on your wrist and neck. Perfect for your beach wedding, this scent captures the freshness of the ocean combined with pineapple, citrus and white flowers.

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6. L’Occitane Aromachologie Volumizing Conditioner. Lifeless and limp hair is one of the big problems when it comes to wedding week (unless you want flat hair captured in photos and memories). Use L’Occitane Aromachologie Volumizing Conditioner to give your tresses vitality. This conditioner leaves you with nourished and subtle scented hair which is also easy to style. It’s made with essential oils and natural ingredients from Provence, France.

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7. Clarins Total Body Lift Stubborn Cellulite Control. A lot of women complain about their cellulite but they’ve got no time in the world to devote in keeping themselves fit and healthy. If you’re too busy to hit the gym 24/7, help yourself out with this cellulite control product from Clarins. Stubborn cellulite will be reduced, your hips will be refined, and your skin will be smoother and more elastic just in time for your wedding.


Wedding week is a busy week for brides, but you can still enjoy shopping at your own pace and time by visiting www.beautyencounter.com. Join this month’s contest too for a chance to win a $100 amazing prize. Click here for more details.

SIMPLE Service with Champions for Kids

Note:  I am participating in campaign brought to you by Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are honest and are my own.

Did you know that 9.8 million kids – more than ever before – get free or reduced price school breakfast on an average day, but 10.6 million eligible kids go without? Hunger has a huge effect on how a child performs at school. In fact, 9 out of 10 teachers say having a healthy breakfast is a key to academic achievement.

I know I can tell a huge difference in my kids’ behavior and attitudes when they’re hungry, so it makes me especially empathetic toward kids who aren’t starting their day off nourished. I was really excited, then, when I learned about the Champions for Kids partnering with Kellogg Company and Diamond Foods for SIMPLE Service projects. The idea is to host or organize an event to collect breakfast foods to then donate to a local organization that serves children in need.

In the stage of life my friends and I are at, we are all incredibly busy all the time. We have kids, we’re working full time, we have baseball practices to go to and Bible school classes to teach. I thought the easiest way to organize an event to help kids would be to put out a call with friends and family for donations. I wasn’t sure how much we’d raise, but I should’ve known that the amazing people in my life would do amazing things. In just a few days we raised $200! Thank you so much to Michelle, Amanda, Jennifer, Chandra, Chemese, and Charla for your donations.

I decided to partner with the Child Advocacy Center for our donation. One of my best friends works for the center (which is a part of our police department). The Child Advocacy Center is a safe place for kids to be interviewed about severe crimes that they either witnessed or were victim of. These kids have been through nightmares, and I love the idea of providing them breakfast items and snacks that can nourish them and maybe make them feel a tiny bit better in a scary time of their lives.

I had a blast shopping for the kids. I bought granola bars, cereal bars, raisins, cranberries, squeezable fruit, applesauce, juice, shelf-stable milk, cereal, crackers, and animal crackers. While I was shopping at Walmart I even saw a Champions for Kids display:

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Here’s all the food we were able to provide for the center:

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And here’s my friend Kristi – so proud of the great work she does with kids each and every day!

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Champions for Kids has 4 easy steps for organizing your own SIMPLE Service Project at http://championsforkids.org/simple/.  And, if you share your project at championsforkids.org/share by May 15, 2014, Kellogg’s will even make a matching donation of up to 1000 breakfast items through Champions for Kids to help children in need! Even if you do something just with your family, or with a small group of friends, you can make a difference in kids’ lives. I loved the experience of our service project and am inspired to do more soon!

Start the New Year Off Right With Healthy Essentials

Note: This post is part of the Healthy Essentials 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

The new year always feels like a fresh start, and it’s a great time to get your family on track with healthy habits & routines. I was thrilled to receive a box filled with great healthy essential items from The Motherhood and Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies. You know it’s going to be a fun box to open when it looks like this:

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The soccer ball is a nod to Johnson & Johnson’s sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup Brazil, and speaking of that…Want to go to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™? Visit HealthyEssentials.com and see if your wish could come true. Plus, get tips and coupons to save on your favorite products for the New Year. All you have to do is share a picture or story of a moment of caring in your life and you could scream “GOAL!” from Brazil. Visit www.healthyessentials.com for more information on this amazing opportunity!

Anyway, back to the box above…the red ribbon is a sign that there are good things inside this box, don’t you think?

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Well, there were. LOTS of great things. Seriously, every single item in the box is one that we either already use and love, or is one I’ve mentioned wanting to try (so excited to use the Rembrandt stain whitening strips on my teeth!). It’s a treasure trove of things our family can use to stay healthy – Neosporin & band-aids are pretty much a necessity when you have two boys around the house, and with E still being in the midst of diapers (LOTS of diapers) Desitin is a must-have for us, too.

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To help families usher in a healthy New Year, HEALTHY ESSENTIALS is offering some pretty amazing printable coupons. Just hope over to HealthyEssentials.com this month and you can save over $45 on items you need for every member of the family!

Over at HealthyEssentials.com you can also find great tips & tools to help you get through your day. Here’s my favorite tip I found:

  • Moisturizers don’t clog your pores, if you look for non-comedogenic ones. If you don’t moisturize, your skin can dry out, which can cause more oil to be produced.

I am also really excited to let y’all know about a Twitter party coming up on Tuesday (January 14) at 1 p.m. ET, or noon Central.  There will be 15 amazing prizes awarded, each with an estimated retail value of $50! I’ll be there too and we’ll be talking about resolutions, family wellness, how to score great deals on health & hygiene products, and more. Here are the details:

When: Tuesday, January 14, 1 p.m. ET

Hashtag: #Moms4JNJConsumer (plus #ad or #sponsored for co-hosts)

Prizes: We will randomly award 15 prizes throughout the party, from all eligible correct responses to trivia questions. Each prize includes an assortment of Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® products with an estimated retail value of $50.

Prize Eligibility: No purchase necessary. Entrants must be legal residents of the 50 United States + D.C. 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited.

Hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann, @TheMotherhood25

I hope to see you Tuesday at the Twitter party – I’m @FrugalNovice!

Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2013 – Shop Locally & Support Your Community!

Note: We received toys that you can find at a local toy store to help get us excited about Neighborhood Toy Store Day! We were not compensated monetarily, and all opinions are honest and are our own.

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We love shopping locally and supporting our community, and this Saturday – November 9th – is the 4th annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day! Be sure and visit your local toy store and get a head start on your holiday shopping. You’ll find unique items and personalized customer service that you just can’t get in the big-box stores. Our local toy store is awesome and has fun events, like free photos with a real bunny for Easter. They have high-quality items and our kids can actually play with things to see if they really like them (and we can test the toys for durability – something you can’t do when the toy is still in the box!).

For Neighborhood Toy Store Day, participating local stores will host in-store events for families (such as activities, craft projects, live performances and/or special discounts) to help kick off the holiday shopping season. This event is coordinated by the non-profit organization ASTRA, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association. To find a local Neighborhood Toy Store Day event near you, visit the website yourneighborhoodtoystore.org. Be sure and keep up with them on Facebook, too!

To celebrate the fun of shopping for toys at the local toy store, ASTRA has launched the first ever “I Heart My Neighborhood Toy Store” sweepstakes!  Through November 8, 2013 log onto www.yourneighborhoodtoystore.org and enter to win the following:

  • A grand prize vacation package to select all inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and the Dominican Republic courtesy of Thomas & Friends™
  • Featured prizes including gift baskets or gift certificates from Kidoozie, earlyyears, Calico Critters and Playmobil (retail value: $250 per prize)
  • A gift basket of assorted Best Toys for Kids winning products from ASTRA (retail value: $250)

 

 

LISTERINE 21 Day Challenge Follow-Up

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Well, we finished up the 21-day challenge, and our mouths are feeling “nice and shiny” as our three-year-old would put it! We’ve welcomed this opportunity to discuss oral hygiene with the kids and why it’s so important, and we are glad to be building great habits with them early on.

It was easy for Brian and me to incorporate using mouthwash into our routines, but we knew we wanted to make things fun for the kids so that they wanted to participate! Our three-year-old is still a little young for the mouthwash, but he is becoming a pro at brushing his teeth and getting all the nooks and crannies. We have a song that we sing throughout the two minutes of brushing – here’s a little peek of that song, & of C showing off his toothbrushing skills:

J – our 5-year-old – has been great about brushing for a while, but using mouthwash was new for him when we started this 21-day challenge. Here’s a video of him trying it out for the first time, and a little song we made up to go along with our toothbrushing song… we figured it was only fitting for the challenge!

Our mouths definitely feel cleaner after participating in the challenge – it’s hard to explain, but there’s just a freshness you get from using Listerine that covers every inch of your mouth, and it makes you realize how much you’ve been missing by just brushing. We’ll definitely be sticking with the challenge well beyond the 21 days, and we know our mouths will the better for it!

Don’t forget, you can participate in the challenge too. Be sure and pop over to Listerine’s Facebook page and sign up!

Note: I received products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE 21 Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are honest and are my own.

World Book Day

We’re huge fans of books in our house. Brian and I both grew up loving to read, and we’ve virtually run out of space for books on our shelves. It was important to us to instill a love of books in our children, and it’s always one of my favorite times of the day when we’re all four settled in to hear a good story.

It makes sense, then, that I was really excited when I heard about World Book Day. World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. It’s most dominant in the UK and Ireland, and is not currently in the US.

How fun does that sound, though?! Kids can wear World Book Day fancy dress up clothes like the Very Hungry Caterpillar (from Fancy Dress Ball) to participate, and can get free books. I love this, and hope one day it comes to the US too! For one thing, it promotes books, and for another, it gives kids another excuse for dressing up (my boys have been ready for Halloween since, well, November 1).

I do know some schools have celebrations – for instance, my boys’ day care is celebrating Dr. Seuss week and is having parents come in and read. Have you or your kids participated in any sort of book events? I’d love to hear about them!

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Ten {Oh-So-Fun} Creative & Easy Christmas Desserts

I love Christmas. I love baking. And I sure do love dessert. So this post just called to me, really. I’ve gathered 10 of the most creative Christmas dessert ideas I’ve come across to share with you. They all look pretty easy, too, which is a plus during the busy holidays. Enjoy!

Photo credit: Pizzazzerie

1 . Donut Snowmen. I had to list this one first, because it knocked my socks off with how simple {and adorable} it is! I was sure this was some complicated cookie recipe when I first saw the photo. Nope… three ingredients, people! Powdered donuts, candy corn, and melted chocolate. Love it! This recipe, and several other cute ideas, can be found at Pizzazzerie.

Photo credit: Taste of Home

2. Christmas Tree Cheesecake Pops. Another easy idea. Either make your favorite cheesecake, or buy one from the store. Cut slices and freeze them until they’re firm, stick in a popsicle stick, then dip in either chocolate or white chocolate, and drizzle with green-tinted almond bark. You could use mini M&M’s as lights, or dot dabs of icing as seen in the photo above. Either way, cute and delicious. Seen at Taste of Home.

Photo credit: Betty Crocker

3. Cookie Cutter Fudge. I am seriously considering making this for my coworkers, if I can find inexpensive cookie cutters. Just make your fudge and pour it into cookie cutters (this 18-piece cookie cutter set at Amazon is a great deal) on wax paper to set, then place candies as desired to decorate. The recipients get a treat and can use the cookie cutters for years to come! A friend also told me she did brownies this way, and baked them in the cookie cutters. The fudge idea was found from Betty Crocker – they’ve got a ton of other fun holiday dessert ideas, too.

Photo credit: Bakergirl

4. Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies. You can go homemade or semi-homemade {hi, Sandra Lee!} with these, but either way they’re adorable and a crowd-pleaser. I had some at my office party today that used regular pretzels, and they were still really good. The recipe can be found at Bakergirl.

Photo credit: Martha Stewart

5. Coconut Snowman. I have to admit that a Martha Stewart recipe seems inherently complicated, but this is really cute and can easily be modified for normal people like us. Martha makes hers with ice cream rolled in coconut, but you could also do cake balls. You can be creative with how to make the nose and eyes (I know I, for one, don’t have marzipan easily accessible), and I think it’d be just as cute with an un-toasted marshmallow hat. Love the overall idea, though! Details are on the Martha Stewart site.

Photo Credit: Ginger and Garlic

6. Fruit Tree. Yes, this is basically an edible arrangement. But still, it’s creative, cute, easy, and is a healthy alternative to all the heavy desserts in abundance. A foam cone, fruit, toothpicks and a star-cookie cutter are all you need. Find out all the how-to info at Ginger & Garlic.


Photo credit: Better Homes & Gardens

7. Christmas Tree Cookies. I found this at Better Homes & Gardens, and love the monkey-bread-esque design – you could totally pull these cookies apart to snack on them. And you could definitely make these with pre-made cookie dough if you don’t have the time to work from scratch, although you’d have to use a mix to do the green color. I think this would be a big hit with kids!

Photo credit: Sweet Tooth

8. Santa Hat Brownie Bites. How cute are these? I first saw them at my office party. You can bake your brownies in a mini-muffin tin, or bake a pan and then cut out circles with a cookie cutter, then add strawberries and use melted white chocolate or cream cheese frosting to decorate/bind. I had them with cream cheese frosting, but this recipe at Sweet Tooth suggests the white chocolate. Either way, sure to be delicious – and a huge hit at parties. I’m totally making some to send up to my husband’s office!

Photo credit: House on Hilltop

9. Reindeer Noses. That is, if you stick with red M&M’s. :) Regardless, I love the way these treats look! We make a very similar treat with pretzels, Rolo caramel candies and pecans, but I really like the graphic punch the design of these provide. Find out more at House on Hilltop.

Photo credit: Bakers Royale

10. Three-Ingredient Peppermint Truffles. Yep, that’s right. Three ingredients! I love the way the red/white looks against the dark chocolate, and of course chocolate and peppermint are always a perfect pairing! These would make a great gift or perfect party fare. You can get the ingredient list at Bakers Royale. And if you want cute boxes to deliver your goodies in, here’s a link with some great options.

Happy holiday baking – and gifting!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe, and a Baby Shower Recap

 

Two wonderful friends of mine are both pregnant, and are both due in early 2012; and I got to help celebrate both of them this weekend with baby showers! (That’s Amanda from Mom on Review in the photo on the right!)

I decided pretty early on that I wanted to make them diaper cakes. My friend Stephanie made one for me when I was pregnant with C and I loved it!

The cake I received consisted of diapers each individually rolled and secured with a rubber band. It was gorgeous, but it looked like it took a LOT of time. Instead, I took a different approach when I made these:

  1. Gather your ingredients – diapers (I used about 75 size 1 Pampers diapers for mine), three different sized cake pans for molds, two cake dowels, a cake board, a bottle, ribbon, and any other little extras (toys, socks, stickers for decoration, etc.).
  2. Using packing tape, secure the bottle to the middle of the cake board.
  3. Grab your largest cake pan – mine was 10″, I think – and start layering diapers around the perimeter of the pan – white side OUT to keep it nice and clean. I just kept doing this, going around and around, packing the diapers tightly to make sure the layer is secure. Just allow enough space for the bottle to fit in the middle. Once you’re happy with the amount of diapers, tie a thin ribbon snugly around the diapers to secure it, then flip the cake pan over onto the cake board, sliding the layer over the bottle.
  4. Repeat this step with the medium cake layer. The second layer should cover the bottle, so this is where the dowels come in. Once you’ve placed the second layer, stick a cake dowel into each side. Once you create your top layer, slide it on top of the dowels to secure it to the cake.
  5. Decorate! I tied a thick ribbon around the middle of each layer and then topped it with another thinner, contrasting ribbon. Then I tucked socks and mittens under the thinner ribbon, tied rolled up blankets to the top layer, and added other fun little things – including the babies’ names to personalize it. You can see the finished products above!

Of course, you’ve got to have actual cake at showers, too. Amanda’s shower was in the morning, so I made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins with cream cheese frosting (recipe is shared at the end of this post). It was a bug theme, so I baked the muffins in flower-themed cups, tinted the frosting yellow to look like the center of the flower, and added butterflies. I just bought cardboard stickers from Michaels, and a friend helped me hot-glue lollipop sticks to them so we could stick them in the muffins and make them look like they’d landed on the flowers.

For Jen’s shower, the napkins and plates had polka dots so I used that as reference. I just recently got a topsy turvy cake pan set, so I used two pans from it to make the cake – I think it turned out really fun! I used both chocolate and white cake mixes for this. I put a ladle of chocolate batter in the center of the pan, then white, and alternated this until it created rings of batter. The end result was a sort of marbled effect that looked nice and tasted great! I just made a standard buttercream for the icing.

It was a crazy, but fun weekend! Oh, and before I forget – here’s the recipe for the muffins (yields 24). I just used a standard cream cheese frosting (cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla).

CHOCOLATE CHIP PUMPKIN SPICE MUFFINS

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1  1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. You can bake these directly in your muffin tin, but I always use paper liners for easier clean up!
  2. Mix the sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs together until well-blended. Add the canned pumpkin and water. Add in the baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt individually, mixing well after each addition. Then add the flour a little at a time, again mixing well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick can be removed cleanly from the center of one.

25 Days of Christmas Entertainment with ABC Family

Thanksgiving is almost here, and December is right behind! I am already feeling in the Christmas spirit, and ABC Family is helping celebrate by providing 25 days of Christmas programming. December 1-25!

Thursday, December 1

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL

Charles Dickens’s famous story is retold with Mickey as Bob Cratchit, Uncle Scrooge as Ebenezer Scrooge, Goofy as Jacob Marley’s ghost, and Donald as nephew Fred. (Animated)

(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) WINNIE THE POOH AND CHRISTMAS TOO

In this Christmas classic, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet rush to get Christopher Robin’s letter to Santa before it’s too late. With many obstacles before them, they learn the true meaning of Christmas. (Animated)

(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE

Tim Allen stars as Scott Calvin, a divorced father whose strained relationship with his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) begins to mend only after a bizarre twist of fate transforms him into the new Santa. (Live Action)

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – Encore Presentation (Live Action)

 

Friday, December 2 

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS ON THE LOOSE

This half-hour special is hosted by The Cat in the Hat, who introduces three of Dr. Seuss’ popular stories: “The Sneetches,” “The Zax” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” (Animated)

(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX

In this Seuss tale, The Lorax “speaks for the trees” in a desperate effort to save his beloved “Truffula” forest from extinction. (Animated)

(7:00–7:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE CAT IN THE HAT

“Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” tells the story of the adventure of two youngsters, housebound on a rainy day, whose boredom is shattered by a visit from the magical, mischievous Cat and his helpmates, Thing One and Thing Two. (Animated)

(7:30–8:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH GRINCHES THE CAT IN THE HAT

The Cat in the Hat must find a way to get to Grinch’s soft spot in order to save the world from the clutches of the Grinch! (Animated)

(8:00–10:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

Jim Carrey stars as the title character in this live-action adaptation of the classic children’s story by Dr. Seuss. (Live Action)

(10:30 PM–1:00 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – Encore Presentation (Live Action)

 

Saturday, December 3

(7:00-10:30 AM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE

Based on the first of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s novels, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” tells the story of a boy who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. (Live Action)

(10:30–2:30 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

In the second installment of the “Harry Potter” film series, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to discover a long-buried secret threatens the school and all its students. (Live Action)

(2:30–5:30 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN

The magic and excitement are back with Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends as they prepare for their third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! But danger lurks in the form of Sirius Black – a convict from the Prison of Azkaban – who is on the loose and after Harry. (Live Action)

(5:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE

It’s Harry Potter’s fourth term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and, for the first time in hundreds of years, a competition will be held between three schools of wizardry, with contestants magically chosen by the Goblet of Fire for the very dangerous event. (Live Action)

(9:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) – HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

A summer has passed since Harry’s (Daniel Radcliffe) encounter with Lord Voldemort, and now, with the entire wizard community in peril, the future of magic may depend on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. (Live Action)

(12:00–1:30 AM ET/PT) THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” follows the misguided passion of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved Pumpkin King, who becomes obsessed with bringing Christmas under his control and enlists his loyal townspeople to help him become a substitute Santa and create a “new and improved” version of the holiday. (Animated)

 

Sunday, December 4

(7:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS – (*See Saturday, December 3, for description.) (Live Action)

(11:00 AM–2:00 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN – (*See Saturday, December 3, for description.) (Live Action)

(2:00–5:30 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE – (*See Saturday, December 3, for description.) (Live Action)

(5:30–8:30 PM ET/PT) – HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX – (*See Saturday, December 3, for description.) (Live Action)

(8:30 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) – HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE – Basic Cable Premiere of the Never-Before-Seen-on-Television Special Edition

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to Hogwarts for his sixth year to face a growing danger as he, Ron and Hermione explore the origins of Lord Voldemort in search of a way to combat his evil power. This ABC Family airing features deleted scenes not seen in the original film version. (Live Action)

 

Monday, December 5

(2:30–6:00 PM ET/PT) – HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE – (*See Sunday, December 4, for description.) (Live Action)

(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR

Santa sends Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to find Baby New Year, who has run away from Father Time. (Animated)

(7:00–8:30 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER AND THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS

When the Evil Toy Taker steals all of Santa’s toys, Rudolph and his friends – the misfit toys – set out to get them back before the world’s children wake up to empty stockings on Christmas morning! (Animated)

(8:30–10:30 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS

The Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for an inspiring adventure based on the beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. (Animated)

(10:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Animated)

 

Tuesday, December 6

(6:00– 6:30 PM ET/PT) ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Actor Joel Grey narrates this animated holiday special adapted from the famous poem by Clement Moore. (Animated)

(6:30–8:30 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(8:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK

Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is back, and this time his playground is New York City until he discovers that the robbers he foiled once before are out of prison, in New York, and planning a huge toy store heist. (Live Action)

 

Wednesday, December 7

(6:00– 6:30 PM ET/PT) A VERY PINK CHRISTMAS – Television Premiere

“A Very Pink Christmas” tells the story of the iconic and cool Pink Panther as he discovers the true meaning of the holiday season during a heated Christmas tree sale competition with his arch nemesis, Big Nose. Pink and Big Nose face off, tree for tree and trick for trick, to see who can make enough money to purchase the world’s most extravagant sports car.  The classic animated characters clash, each trying to claim the highly coveted car for himself, as mayhem and hilarity ensue. That is until Pink encounters a young boy who gets caught up in the frenzy, but only wants to buy a small tree for his family. Pink pushes greed aside, and ultimately discovers what it means to truly celebrate “A Very Pink Christmas.” “A Very Pink Christmas” is presented by MGM Television in association with RGH Entertainment and Mirisch-Geoffrey-DePatie Freleng. (Animated)

(6:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK – (*See Tuesday, December 6 for description.) (Live Action)

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION – ABC Family Premiere

The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family continue as America’s most dedicated dad (Chevy Chase) is determined to stay at home to create “the most fun-filled old fashioned family Christmas ever” — but life has a particular way of throwing wet logs on Clark Griswold’s fire. (Live Action)

 

Thursday, December 8

(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST

The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human, and helped a knight win his lady love. (Animated)

(7:00–7:30 PM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND

Everyone’s favorite snowman, Frosty, plans to marry, but not if the evil Jack Frost can help it. Can the children save Frosty from being frozen lifeless and get him to the church on time? (Animated)

(7:30–8:00 PM ET/PT) CRANBERRY CHRISTMAS

Based on the popular children’s book series, “Cranberry Christmas” tells the story of a New England stalwart, Mr. Whiskers, and his efforts to keep the local skating bog from the evil clutches of his notoriously mean neighbor Cyrus Grape. (Animated)

(8:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN

Fred Astaire narrates this tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young man who starts a gift factory where he builds toys and gives them to all the local children, earning him the name Santa Claus. (Animated)

(9:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS

Based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Phyllis McGinley’s children’s book, Mrs. Claus narrates this memorable children’s classic about the time she almost donned her husband’s famous red suit. (Animated)

(10:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) A MISER BROTHERS’ CHRISTMAS

Starring Mickey Rooney, “A Miser Brothers’ Christmas” tells the story of how Santa throws out his back, potentially spoiling Christmas for boys and girls all over the world. (Animated)

 

Friday, December 9

(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(7:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Live Action)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE

Holiday magic mixes with comical chaos as Tim Allen reprises his role of Scott Calvin, aka Santa, as he juggles a full house of family and the mischievous Jack Frost (Martin Short)–whose chilling Santa envy has him trying to take over the “big guy’s” holiday. (Live Action)

 

Saturday, December 10

(7:30–9:30 AM ET/PT) SNOW

In a reinvention of the Santa Claus myth, this original ABC Family holiday movie finds Nick (Tom Cavanagh) reluctantly taking over the family business at the North Pole and, in the process of trying to bring back the spirit of Christmas they lost long ago, finds his true love. (Live Action)

(9:30–11:30 AM ET/PT) SNOW 2: BRAIN FREEZE

In this sequel, Nick Snowden (Tom Cavanagh), aka “Santa,” loses his memory and forgets who he is just days before Christmas. (Live Action)

(11:30 AM–2:00 PM ET/PT) HAPPY FEET

In the great nation of Emperor Penguins you’re nobody unless you can sing – which is unfortunate for Mumble (Elijah Wood), who can’t sing a note. (Animated)

(2:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) UNACCOMPANIED MINORS

Wilmer Valderrama stars in this holiday romp set in the Unaccompanied Minors Room, an airport holding cell for dozens of stranded, parent-free kids from all over the country. (Live Action)

(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST

Jack Frost (Michael Keaton) was always too busy to spend time with his son Charlie. But when he dies in a car accident, Jack finds himself back to life in the form of a Snowman!  (Live Action)

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Live Action)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE – (*See Friday, December 9, for description.) (Live Action)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION – (*See Wednesday, December 7, for description.) (Live Action)

(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) JACK FROST – Encore Presentation (Live Action)

 

Sunday, December 11

(7:30–8:00 AM ET/PT) A VERY PINK CHRISTMAS – (*See Wednesday, December 7, for description.) (Animated)

(8:00–10:00 AM ET/PT) ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS

Disillusioned with all the selfishness and greed in the world, Santa’s ready to throw in the towel, but his daughter Kristin Claus (Kathy Ireland) persuades him to give the mortals one last chance if she can prove that even one family can change and become giving and caring again. (Live Action)

(10:00 AM– 12:00 PM ET/PT) TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS

Kristin Claus (Kathy Ireland) is suffering from acute memory loss but when a bizarre coincidence helps everything to click into place, Kristin realizes that she must again save Christmas or see Santa forced into early retirement! (Live Action)

(12:00–2:00 PM ET/PT) SNOW GLOBE

In the ABC Family original movie, a mystical snow globe transports Angela (Christina Milian), who longs for the perfect Christmas away from her boisterous family, into an idyllic Christmas winter wonderland. (Live Action)

(2:00–4:00 PM ET/PT)  SANTA BABY

Mary Class (Jenny McCarthy) is a highly driven business executive whose great success is acknowledged by everyone but her father, who just happens to be Santa Claus (George Wendt), in the ABC Family original holiday movie. (Live Action)

(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE – (*See Friday, December 9 for description.) (Live Action)

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS

Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez star in ABC Family’s amusing holiday tale about a modern young woman who has a breakdown at Christmas and desperately kidnaps a handsome guy to take home to her parents. (Live Action)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS – WORLD PREMIERE OF THE ABC FAMILY ORIGINAL MOVIE

Starring Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, the ABC Family original holiday movie follows a young woman who re-lives the same first date on Christmas Eve over and over again until she learns to open up her world to new things and stop living in the past. (Live Action)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS – Encore Presentation (Live Action)

 

Monday, December 12

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) SANTA WHO?

Santa Claus (Leslie Nielsen) develops amnesia after accidentally falling out of his sleigh and only the innocence of a small child can save him. (Live Action)

(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) A FLINTSTONE CHRISTMAS

Fred Flintstone finds out there really is a Santa Claus when the old gentleman falls off his roof and sprains his ankle, leaving Fred to substitute for Santa. (Animated)

(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS – (*See Sunday, December 11, for description.) (Live Action)

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION – (*See Wednesday, December 7, for description.) (Live Action)

 

Tuesday, December 13

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) MEET THE SANTAS

As a requirement for recently inheriting his father’s North Pole throne, Nick Claus must have a wife, and he’s found her in single-mom Beth Marshall. With Christmas only four days away, the countdown to the wedding of the year is here. But trouble brews when Beth’s mother, a class-conscious non-believer, casts doubts on her future son-in-law’s sanity. And when in-laws collide it’s going to take some holiday magic to make wishes come true. (Live Action)

(6:00-6:30 PM ET/PT) MERRY MADAGASCAR – ABC Family Premiere

When Santa and his reindeer crash onto the island of Madagascar, it’s up to Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman and those wacky penguins to save Christmas. (Animated)

(6:30-7:00 PM ET/PT) KUNG FU PANDA HOLIDAY SPECIAL – ABC Family Premiere

Po’s favorite holiday is the Winter Feast. Every year he and his father hang decorations, cook together all day, and serve noodle soup to a happy crowd of villagers. But this year, Shifu informs Po that as Dragon Warrior, it is his duty to host the highly formal Winter Feast at the Jade Palace. Po is caught between his obligations as the Dragon Warrior and his family traditions, between Shifu and Mr. Ping. As the holiday preparations escalate, Po finds it impossible to please both of them. In the end, Po follows his heart, showing both Shifu and Mr. Ping the true meaning of tradition, community and family. (Animated)

(7:00–7:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE CAT IN THE HAT – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Animated)

(7:30–8:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH GRINCHES THE CAT IN THE HAT – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Animated)

(8:00–10:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Live Action)

(10:30 PM–1:00 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – Encore Presentation (Live Action)

 

Wednesday, December 14

(7:00–9:30 AM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE

Starring Dudley Moore and John Lithgow, “Santa Claus: The Movie” tells the story of the legend of Santa Claus and brings it to life. (Live Action)

(5:00-5:30 PM ET/PT) MERRY MADAGASCAR – (*See Tuesday, December 13, for description.) (Animated)

(5:30-6:00 PM ET/PT) KUNG FU PANDA HOLIDAY SPECIAL – (*See Tuesday, December 13, for description.) (Animated)

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(6:30–8:30 PM ET/PT) PIXAR SHORT FILMS

Get ready for a fun-filled night of Walt Disney Pictures Presents “Pixar Short Films” that will include the following film shorts: “Presto,” “Lifted,” “Jack-Jack Attack,” “BURN-E,” “Adventures of Andre and Wally B.,” “Boundin,” “For the Birds,” “Geri’s Game,” “Knick Knack,” “Luxo Jr.,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Mike’s New Car,” “One Man Band,” “Red’s Dream,” “Tin Toy,” and “Your Friend the Rat.” New additions to the line-up include “Partly Cloudy,” “Dug’s Special Mission” as well as several vignettes featuring characters from the “Toy Story” movies, “WALL•E” and “Up.” (Animated)

(8:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY?PIXAR’S FINDING NEMO

This comedic and eventful tale follows the journeys of two fish – the overly cautious Marlin and his curious son Nemo – who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory, a friendly-but-forgetful fish, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son – who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home. (Animated)

 

Thursday, December 15

(7:00-9:00 AM ET/PT) CHASING CHRISTMAS

In this ABC Family original holiday movie, single father Jack (Tom Arnold) is visited by his old business partner and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in an attempt to change Jack’s perspective on the holiday. (Live Action)

(9:00-11:00 AM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS DO-OVER

This ABC Family original movie tells the story of Kevin (Jay Mohr), who unwittingly gets a chance to go back and do things differently when he is forced to relive one terrible Christmas over and over again. (Live Action)

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) A CHIPMUNK CHRISTMAS – ABC Family Premiere (Animated)

Swept up in a holiday mood, Alvin gives away his cherished harmonica to a sick little boy.  Meanwhile, Dave has booked Alvin to perform a harmonica solo at Carnegie Hall!

(6:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY?PIXAR’S FINDING NEMO – (*See Wednesday, December 14, for description.) (Animated)

(9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Acclaimed and treasured like no other, Disney’s beloved modern classic will sweep you off your feet. Be our guest and join the beloved, independent Belle and the Beast with the soul of a prince as they cast an enchanting spell.  (Animated)

 

Friday, December 16

(7:00-9:00 AM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS IN BOSTON

Childhood pen-pals Gina (Marla Sokoloff) and Seth have created a lifelong friendship based solely on letters and snapshots they’ve sent to each other.  Afraid to face the truth, each sends their best friend to pose as them in person, but when the friends start falling for each another, Gina and Seth discover much more than they ever expected in this ABC Family original holiday movie. (Live Action)

(9:00-11:00 AM ET/PT) THREE DAYS

In this ABC Family original movie starring Kristin Davis, an angel interrupts destiny to give love 72 hours for a second chance. (Live Action)

(6:00-6:30 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Mickey’s Christmas Special is a collection of Disney shorts that tell fun holiday tales with some of Disney’s most popular characters.  The shorts include “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “The Night Before Christmas,” “Toy Tinkers” and “Donald’s Snow Fight.”

(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Animated)

(7:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – (*See Thursday, December 15, for description.) (Animated)

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY?PIXAR’S UP – ABC FAMILY PREMIERE

Retired balloon salesman Carl Fredrickson, part rascal and part dreamer, takes to the sky by tying thousands of balloons to his house. Unbeknownst to Carl, a young Wilderness Explorer named Russell becomes an unexpected stowaway for the journey. (Animated)

 

Saturday, December 17

(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) NESTOR, THE LONG-EARED CHRISTMAS DONKEY

“Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey” tells the story of the donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem. (Animated)

(7:30–8:00 AM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

Based on the Christmas song, the “Little Drummer Boy” tells the story of Aaron, a poor boy who cannot afford to buy a present for baby Jesus and instead plays a special song for him on his drums. (Animated)

(8:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) PINOCCHIO’S CHRISTMAS

Carlo Collodi’s most famous puppet creation stars in a musical tale that finds the poor lad Pinocchio conned out of money intended for Papa Geppetto’s Christmas gift. (Animated)

(9:00–10:00 AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(10:00–10:30 AM ET/PT) ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – (*See Tuesday, December 6, for description) (Animated)

(10:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) CRANBERRY CHRISTMAS – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(11:00 AM –12:00 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(12:00–1:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(1:00–2:00 PM ET/PT) A MISER BROTHERS’ CHRISTMAS – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(2:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(3:00–3:30 PM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(3:30–6:00 PM ET/PT) HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK – (*See Tuesday, December 6, for description.) (Live Action)

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY?PIXAR’S UP – (*See Friday, December 16, for description.) (Animated)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY?PIXAR’S TOY STORY

Disney?Pixar’s “Toy Story” tells the story of a fantastic, fun-filled journey, viewed mostly through the eyes of two rival toys— Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), the lanky, likable cowboy, and Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen), the fearless space ranger. (Animated)

(10:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN – Encore Presentation (Animated)

(11:00 PM–1:30 AM ET/PT) WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

The holder of a Golden Ticket wins a trip to where the world’s most wonderful sweets are made, in the mysterious chocolate factory of Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder). (Live Action)

 

Sunday, December 18

(7:30–9:30 AM ET/PT) SANTA BUDDIES: THE LEGEND OF SANTA PAWS

When Puppy Paws, the feisty son of Santa Paws, forgets the true meaning of the season, it’s up to the Buddies to remind him that Christmas is not about what you get; it’s about what you give. (Live Action)

(9:30–11:30 AM ET/PT) THE SEARCH FOR SANTA PAWS

Meet Santa’s BFF in this holiday movie for the whole family. (Live Action)

(11:30 AM–1:30 PM ET/PT) RICHIE RICH’S CHRISTMAS WISH

Richie Rich gets more than he bargained for when Professor Keanbean (Eugene Levy) invents a wishing machine that magically transports Richie to an alternate universe where his nasty cousin Reggie Van Dough rules with an iron fist. (Live Action)

(1:30–4:00 PM ET/PT) HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK – (*See Tuesday, December 6, for description.) (Live Action)

(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) TOY STORY – (*See Saturday, December 17, for description.) (Animated)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) TOY STORY 2

When an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin (voice of Wayne Knight), kidnaps Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), the toys get into one predicament after another in their daring race to get Woody back before Andy returns. (Animated)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) TOY STORY 2 – Encore Presentation (Animated)

 

Monday, December 19

(7:00-11:00 AM ET/PT) PICKING UP & DROPPING OFF

In this ABC Family original movie, Scott Wolf stars as a single father who finds himself running into the same woman on his many visits to the airport to pick up and drop off his son. (Live Action)

(11:00-11:30 AM ET/PT) KUNG FU PANDA HOLIDAY SPECIAL – (*See Monday, December 12, for description.) (Animated)

(11:30 AM–1:30 PM ET/PT) I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS

After learning that his best friend’s parents are getting a divorce, Justin (Dylan and Cole Sprouse) fears the worst when he sees his mother kissing Santa Claus. (Live Action)

(1:30-3:30 PM ET/PT) I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – ABC FAMILY PREMIERE

If a college jokester (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) makes it home for the holidays by a certain time, his dad’s Porsche is his.  But, after one prank too many, he’s left stranded wearing nothing but a Santa Claus suit with no option except to hitchhike cross country. (Live Action)

(3:30–6:00 PM ET/PT) WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – (*See Saturday, December 17, for description.) (Live Action)

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) PHINEAS AND FERB CHRISTMAS VACATION

Phineas and Ferb want to show Santa how grateful they are for the work that he does every year at Christmas time by transforming the city of Danville into a giant shimmering thank you card and building a rest stop for Santa to relax in between delivering presents. (Animated)

(6:30-8:30 PM ET/PT) ALADDIN

In the heart of an enchanted city, a commoner named Aladdin and his mischievous monkey, Abu, battle to save the free-spirited Princess Jasmine. (Animated)

(8:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY?PIXAR’S THE INCREDIBLES

Disney?Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning “The Incredibles” is an action-packed animated adventure about the mundane and incredible lives of a house full of superheroes. (Animated)

12:00-12:30 AM ET/PT) KUNG FU PANDA HOLIDAY SPECIAL – (*See Tuesday, December 13, for description.) (Animated)

(12:30-1:00 AM ET/PT) MERRY MADAGASCAR – (*See Tuesday, December 13, for description.) (Animated)

 

Tuesday, December 20

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS

Ernest P. Worell, a sweet but silly taxi driver who at times suffers delusions of grandeur, has just chauffeured a rather extraordinary fare: Santa Claus. (Live Action)

(11:00–11:30 AM ET/PT) MERRY MADAGASCAR – (*See Tuesday, December 13, for description.) (Animated)

(11:30 AM–1:30 PM ET/PT) UNACCOMPANIED MINORS – (*See Saturday, December 10, for description.) (Live Action)

(1:30–4:00 PM ET/PT) WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – (*See Saturday, December 17, for description.) (Live Action)

(4:00-6:00 PM ET/PT) ALADDIN – (*See Monday, December 19, for description.) (Animated)

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL – (*See Friday, December 16, for description.) (Animated)

(6:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY?PIXAR’S THE INCREDIBLES – (*See Monday, December 19, for description.) (Animated)

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(12:00–1:00 AM ET/PT) A FLINTSTONE CHRISTMAS – (*See Monday, December 12, for description.) (Animated)

 

Wednesday, December 21

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY

In the ABC Family original movie, a 12-year-old boy who is forced to relive his least favorite holiday over and over again until he has learned to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas. (Live Action)

(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) SONS OF MISTLETOE

An heiress, Helen Radke (Roma Downey), returns home during the holidays following her father’s death to settle his estate, which includes a boys’ home established by him over sixty years ago in this ABC Family original movie.   (Live Action)

(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) THE DOG WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS

Christmas chaos ensues in the ABC Family original movie “The Dog Who Saved Christmas,” when the Bannister family adopts a misguided guard dog, Zeus (voiced by Mario Lopez), to try and keep their home safe from neighborhood prowlers. (Live Action)

(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BUDDIES: THE LEGEND OF SANTA PAWS – (*See Sunday, December 18, for description.) (Live Action)

(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) THE SEARCH FOR SANTA PAWS – (*See Sunday, December 18, for description.) (Live Action)

(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(7:00–7:30 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S PREP & LANDING

The half-hour holiday special reveals the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. (Animated)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Live Action)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE – (*See Friday, December 9, for description.) (Live Action)

(12:00–1:00 AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

 

Thursday, December 22

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) THE CHRISTMAS LIST

In this ABC Family original movie, perfume saleslady Melody Parris (Mimi Rogers) feels like her life is stuck in neutral so she decides to make a Christmas list. After it’s deposited in Santa’s mailbox at the store, she starts getting everything she wanted, but it doesn’t always turn out as she expected. (Live Action)

(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS CAPER

Cate Dove (Shannen Doherty) is forced into hiding after a jewel heist gone awry so she jumps at the chance to get out of the city and babysit for her niece and nephew. Ever the opportunist, Cate makes the most of her suburban prison by using her distain for sentimentality to plot a Grinch-like heist of the entire town’s Christmas loot in the ABC Family original movie “Christmas Caper.” (Live Action)

(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) SECRET SANTA – ABC FAMILY PREMIERE

Eager journalist Rebecca (Jennie Garth) has been assigned to uncover the true identity of her town’s legendary Secret Santa. But will she publish the scoop, or decide that the spirit of Christmas is something worth saving? (Live Action)

(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS – (*See Sunday, December 11, for description.) (Live Action)

(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS – (*See Sunday, December 11, for description.) (Live Action)

(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Live Action)

(7:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE – (*See Friday, December 9, for description.) (Live Action)

(9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION – (*See Wednesday, December 7, for description.) (Live Action)

(12:00–12:30 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH GRINCHES THE CAT IN THE HAT – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Animated)

(12:30–1:00 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE CAT IN THE HAT – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Animated)

 

Friday, December 23

(8:00–10:00 AM ET/PT) SNOWGLOBE – (*See Sunday, December 11, for description.) (Live Action)

(10:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS CUPID

In this ABC Family original movie, Christina Milian stars as high powered Hollywood publicist, Sloane, who finds herself haunted by the ghost of her recently departed infamous client, Caitlin (Ashley Benson), in a modern day take on Charles Dickens’ holiday classic story of A Christmas Carol. (Live Action)

(12:00–2:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BABY – (*See Sunday, December 11, for description.) (Live Action)

(2:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BABY 2: CHRISTMAS MAYBE

Jenny McCarthy reprises her role as Mary Class, Santa’s business minded daughter, starring alongside Paul Sorvino and Dean McDermott. (Live Action)

(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS – (*See Sunday, December 11, for description) (Live Action)

(6:00-8:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION – (*See Wednesday, December 7, for description.) (Live Action)

(8:00–10:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Live Action)

(10:30 PM–1:00 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – Encore Presentation (Live Action)

 

Saturday, December 24

(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY – (*See Saturday, December 17, for description.) (Animated)

(7:30–8:00 AM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY BOOK II

In this sequel to the famous Christmas tale, the drummer boy and a wise man set out in search of a set of pure silver bells to present to the baby Jesus. (Animated)

(8:00–8:30 AM ET/PT) CRANBERRY CHRISTMAS – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(8:30–9:00 AM ET/PT) PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON

Based on the hit song by Peter, Paul, and Mary, a shy boy learns the value of courage from his friend, Puff. (Burgess Meredith). (Animated)

(9:00–9:30 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE CAT IN THE HAT – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Animated)

(9:30–10:00 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Animated)

(10:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) PINOCCHIO’S CHRISTMAS – (*See Saturday, December 17, for description.) (Animated)

(11:00–11:30 AM ET/PT) ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – (*See Tuesday, December 6, for description.) (Animated)

(11:30 AM–1:30 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH & FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Rudolph’s magical glowing nose is not only helpful at Christmas but also in the heat of summer when Rudolph and his friend, Frosty the Snowman, are called in to rescue a struggling circus at a special July 4th benefit.  (Animated)

(1:30–3:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER AND THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(3:00–3:30 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Animated)

(3:30–4:00 PM ET/PT) WINNIE THE POOH AND CHRISTMAS TOO – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Animated)

(4:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST – (*See Thursday, December 8 for description.) (Animated)

(5:00–5:30 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S PREP & LANDING – (*Wednesday, December 21, for description.) (Animated)

(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(7:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(8:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(9:00–11:30 PM ET/PT) HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK – (*See Tuesday, December 6, for description.) (Live Action)

(11:30 PM–1:30 AM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Live Action)

 

Sunday, December 25

(7:30–8:30 AM ET/PT) JACK FROST – (*See Thursday, December 8 for description.) (Animated)

(8:30–9:30 AM ET/PT) PINOCCHIO’S CHRISTMAS – (*See Saturday, December 17, for description) (Animated)

(9:30–10:00 AM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND – (*Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(10:00–10:30 AM ET/PT) ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – (*See Tuesday, December 6, for description) (Animated)

(10:30–11:30 AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(11:30 AM–12:30 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(12:30–1:30 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(1:30 PM–3:30 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Live Action)

(3:30-5:30 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE – (*See Friday, December 9, for description.) (Live Action)

(5:30–8:00 PM ET/PT) HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK – (*See Tuesday, December 6, for description.) (Live Action)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(10:00 PM-12:00 AM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION – (*See Wednesday, December 7, for description.) (Live Action)

Fans can get more information online at:

http://abcfamily.com/25days

Facebook.com/25DaysofChristmas

Twitter.com/ABCF25Days

Twitter hashtag: #25DaysofChristmas

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Kmart Family and Friends Event – Sunday, November 6

  

Why wait until Black Friday to find deals? On Sunday, November 6 you’ll find discounted prices both online and instore from Kmart! I am a huge fan of saving money wherever possible. With this event, you’ll get 10-20% off items AND earn fifty reward points for every dollar you spend on apparel, footwear, jewelry and infant furniture, plus other great deals! This is a perfect time to start your holiday shopping – I know I like to split it up between November and December so that the spending isn’t all coming out of one month’s budget!

Shop the Family and Friends Event online at Kmart.com, no coupon code or invite necessary, or instore at the Kmart nearest you. To get the deals instore, print out this invitiation and bring it with you.

Don’t forget to show your Shop Your Way Rewards Member card and use your Sears card to complete your purchase. Because, in addition to these offers, purchases of all regular, sale and clearance-priced apparel (Women’s, Men’s, Kids’ and Infants), footwear, jewelry and infant furniture will qualify for 5X the rewards points during this event. That means you will get 50 points for every dollar spent! Look for these and many more in-store specials during your visit.

If you decide to shop online at www.Kmart.com, use promo code HOLIDAY to receive free standard shipping on qualifying orders of $49 or more. Read details for exclusions on this offer.

Visit www.Kmart.com on Sunday for the full details of the Family and Friends Event and don’t forget to follow them on Twitter @Kmart and “Like” them on Facebook!

Note: I received a promotional item to thank me for this post.