Christmas in Connecticut (8pm, TCM) - In this 1945 holiday classic, a columnist for a national housekeeping magazine (Barbara Stanwyck), as part of a promotional stunt, welcomes a returning war hero in to her country estate for an old-fashioned Christmas. The only problem is, her domestic maven persona is a sham. If you’re around a TV today, Turner Classic Movies has lots of great films running: “ Meet Me in St. Louis” (9:15 a.m.), “ A Christmas Carol” (1:15 p.m.), “ The Shop Around the Corner” (2:30 p.m.), “ Holiday Affair” (4:15 p.m.) and “ It Happened on Fifth Avenue” (6 p.m.).
Christmas Story (TBS) - I think this is on pretty much all day, maybe all day tomorrow too. I am sure it’s heresy to say so, but I just don’t get it.
Holiday Handbells: The Raleigh Ringers (8pm, UNC-TV) - A 2013 performance of the Raleigh Ringers handbell ensemble.
It’s a Wonderful Life (8pm, NBC) - Third time’s a charm. If nothing else, it’s great background noise for your Christmas Eve stirring about.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8pm, ABC) - The 1966 Dr. Seuss classic, narrated by Boris Karloff, precedes the 2000 remake starring Jim Carrey (8:30).
The National Christmas Tree Lighting (9pm, UNC-TV) - The 91st annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, featuring performances by Janelle Monae, Prince Royce, Arturo Sandoval and Train.