Ultimate Christmas Countdown: The 24 Days Before Christmas (Plus Christmas Day)

Starting on December 1, our daily Quick Thought will be a collection of holiday favorites, including music, movies, TV shows, food and a daily reflection. This page will be updated each day to include the entire list of links up to the current day. Bookmark this page so you can return to it when you want to get to a previous day’s link, or to have the complete listing at the end of the Christmas season. Merry Christmas!


Songs
December 1: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Casting Crowns
December 2: “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by Needtobreathe
December 3: “Who Would Imagine a King,” by Whitney Houston (from “The Preacher’s Wife”)
December 4: “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” By Nat King Cole
December 5: “Deck the Halls” by Mannheim Steamroller
December 6: “Good King Wenceslas,” by Bing Crosby
December 7: “Do You Hear What I Hear?” by Steven Curtis Chapman
December 8: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Hillsong
December 9: “Silver Bells,” by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell
December 10: “Mary, Did You Know?” by Pentatonix
December 11: “Christmastime Is Here,” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio
December 12: “White Christmas,” by Bing Crosby
December 13: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” by Sam Smith
December 14: “Little Drummer Boy,” by the Harry Simeone Chorale
December 15: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” by Glen Campbell
December 16: “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” by Kutless
December 17: “Ave Maria,” by Rachel Lampa
December 18: “Joy to the World,” by Whitney Houston
December 19: “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
December 20: “The First Noel,” by Bryan Duncan
December 21: “Away in a Manger,” by Nat King Cole
December 22: “Welcome to Our World,” by Chris Rice
December 23: “O Holy Night,” by Andy Williams
December 24: “Silent Night,” by Mahalia Jackson
December 25: “All Is Well,” by Michael W. Smith and Carrie Underwood

Albums
December 1: “A Christmas Together” by John Denver and the Muppets
December 2: “Christmas Treasures” by Various Artists
December 3: “Adore,” by Chris Tomlin
December 4: “Elvis’ Christmas Album” by Elvis Presley
December 5: “Heavenly Christmas” by Jackie Evancho
December 6: “Home for Christmas,” by Susan Boyle
December 7: “Vince Gill: A Christmas Collection” by Vince Gill
December 8: “Merry Christmas,” by Johnny Mathis
December 9: “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio
December 10: “These Are Special Times,” by Celine Dion
December 11: “Christmas Portrait,” by the Carpenters
December 12: “When My Heart Finds Christmas,” by Harry Connick Jr.
December 13: “Following Yonder Star,” by Skip Ewing
December 14: “Noel,” by Josh Groban
December 15: “The Christmas Shoes,” by NewSong
December 16: “Christmas: The Gift,” by Colin Raye
December 17: “Peace on Earth,” by Casting Crowns
December 18: “Christmas Album,” by Amy Grant
December 19: “Living Room Sessions: Christmas,” by Chris Rice
December 20: “Stars of Christmas,” by Various Artists
December 21: “The Spirit of Christmas,” by Michael W. Smith and Friends
December 22: “Christmas,” by Mannheim Steamroller
December 23: “WOW Christmas (Blue),” by Various Artists
December 24: “New Young Messiah,” by Various Artists
December 25: “The Music of Christmas,” by Steven Curtis Chapman; “All I Want,” by Steven Curtis Chapman; “Joy,” by Steven Curtis Chapman

DVDs
December 1: “Christmas in Connecticut”
December 2: “We’re No Angels”
December 3: “The Shop Around the Corner”
December 4: “Arthur Christmas”
December 5: “Four Christmases”
December 6: “Jingle All the Way”
December 7: “The Bishop’s Wife”
December 8: “Joyeux Noel”
December 9: “You’ve Got Mail”
December 10: “The Muppet Christmas Carol”
December 11: “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”
December 12: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
December 13: “The Santa Clause” (trilogy)
December 14: “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”
December 15: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
December 16: “The Polar Express”
December 17: “Elf”
December 18: “Scrooge,” (AKA “A Christmas Carol”)
December 19: “Home Alone”
December 20: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966, animated)
December 21: A Charlie Brown Christmas”
December 22: “A Christmas Story”
December 23: “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
December 24: “The Nativity Story”
December 25: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Netflix Movies
December 1: “Journey to the Christmas Star” (2012)
December 2: “All I Want for Christmas” (2007)
December 3: “The Nightmare Before Christmas
December 4: “The Mistle-tones!”
December 5: “Dear Santa”
December 6: “The Fitzgerald Family Christmas”
December 7: “Switchmas”
December 8: “Holidaze”
December 9: “Coming Home for Christmas”
December 10: “Bad Santa”
December 11: “The Heart of Christmas”
December 12: “Christmas Angel”
December 13: “Christmas with the Kranks”
December 14: “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular”
December 15: “Trading Places”
December 16: “The 12 Dates of Christmas”
December 17: “One Magic Christmas”
December 18: “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas”
December 19: “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas”
December 20: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
December 21: “Scrooged”
December 22: “Serendipity”
December 23: “While You Were Sleeping”
December 24: “The Preacher’s Wife”
December 25: “White Christmas”

Amazon Prime Movies
December 1: “Jack Frost” (1979)
December 2: “7th Heaven: Here Comes Santa Claus”
December 3: Lawrence Welk Christmas Shows
December 4: “Under the Mistletoe”
December 5: “Spike”
December 6: “Yes, Virginia”
December 7: “The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t”
December 8: “Everybody’s Fine”
December 9: “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas”
December 10: “Christmas Oranges”
December 11: “Frasier: Perspectives on Christmas”
December 12: “Jack Frost”
December 13: “Glee: A Very Glee Christmas”
December 14: “The Christmas Wife”
December 15: “A Christmas Without Snow”
December 16: “Midnight Clear”
December 17: “Frasier: Frasier Grinch”
December 18: “The 12 Dogs of Christmas”
December 19: “Samantha: An American Girl Holiday”
December 20: “A Christmas Snow”
December 21: “The All Star Christmas Show”
December 22: “7th Heaven: Christmas!”
December 23: “Veggietales: Little Drummer Boy”
December 24: “Miracle on 34th Street” (1959 TV Version)
December 25: “An American Christmas Carol”

Feeln Movies
December 1: “The Horses of McBride”
December 2: “The Gift of Love”
December 3: “Mr. St. Nick”
December 4: “Off Season”
December 5: “Santa Claus: The Movie”
December 6: “A Christmas Carol: The Musical”
December 7: “Nutcracker: The Motion Picture”
December 8: “Holiday Baggage”
December 9: “Prancer”
December 10: “Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas”
December 11: “A Princess for Christmas”
December 12: “Holiday Engagement”
December 13: “The Christmas Card”
December 14: “The Road to Christmas”
December 15: “Candles on Bay Street”
December 16: “Pictures of Hollis Woods”
December 17: “A Dog Named Christmas”
December 18: “If You Believe”
December 19: “November Christmas”
December 20: “Fallen Angel”
December 21: “Silver Bells”
December 22: “A Season for Miracles”
December 23: “Picking Up and Dropping Off”
December 24: “Christmas With Holly”
December 25: “Christmas in Conway”

Recipes
December 1: Warm, Sticky Figgy Pudding
December 2: Day-After Turkey Soup
December 3: Cocoa Thumbprints
December 4: Christmas Bread Wreath
December 5: Green Bean Casserole
December 6: Sweet Potato Casserole
December 7: The Best Bread Pudding
December 8: Slow Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole
December 9: Chocolate-Chestnut Tortelli (Christmas Cookies)
December 10: Mulled Cider
December 11: Blueberry Peach Frozen Salad
December 12: Free Range Fruitcake
December 13: Candy Cane Coffee Cake
December 14: Southern Snowballs
December 15: Quick and Easy Peppermint Fudge
December 16: Meemaw’s Kitchen Sink Christmas Cookies
December 17: White Chocolate Holiday Bark
December 18: Hot Cocoa
December 19: Mashed potatoes
December 20: Christmas Ham
December 21: Eggnog
December 22: Roasted Chestnut Sausage Dressing
December 23: Perfect Cranberry Sauce
December 24: Cider Brined Turkey with Maple-Cider Glaze
December 25: Pumpkin Pie

Christmas Favorites on TV:
• “Babes in Toyland,” TCM on December 17 at 10 p.m.
• “The Bishop’s Wife,” TCM on December 24 at 8 p.m.
• “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” ABC on December 24 at 8 p.m.
• “A Christmas Carol (1951),” FXM on December 24 at 7 p.m.
• “A Christmas Carol (1984),” Sundance on December 25 at 1 p.m.
• “Christmas Eve at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome,” NBC on December 24 at 11:35 p.m.
• “Christmas in Connecticut (1945),” TCM on December 18 at 9:30 p.m.
• “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” NBC on December 2 at 8 p.m.
• “A Christmas Story,” TNT and TBS on December 24, marathon starting at 7 p.m.
• “A Christmas Story 2,” CMT on December 22 at 9 p.m.
• “Christmas Vacation,” ABC Family, December 10 at 8:45 p.m.
• “Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir,” PBS on December 21 at 9 p.m.
• “CMA Country Christmas,” ABC on December 3 at 9 p.m.
• “Disney Prep & Landing,” ABC on December 17 at 8 p.m.
• “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” Disney on December 11 at 6 p.m.
• “Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration,” ABC on December 25 at 10 a.m.
• “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” NBC, December 10 at 9 p.m.
• “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” ABC Family on December 1 at 9 p.m.
• “Elf,” ABC Family on December 4 at 9:30 p.m.
• “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas,” NBC on December 16 at 8 p.m., NBC
• “Frosty the Snowman,” CBS on December 18 at 8 p.m.
• “Frosty Returns,” CBS on December 13 at 9:30 p.m.
• “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland,” ABC Family on December 23 at 6:30 p.m.
• “Happy Holidays With Bing and Frank,” TCM on December 23 at 8 p.m.
• 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, CW on December 11 at 8 p.m.
• “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” NBC on December 2 at 9 p.m.
• “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” ABC, series started December 7 at 8 p.m.
• “I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” CBS on December 23 at 8 p.m.

• “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown,” ABC on December 15 at 9 p.m.
• “Its a Wonderful Life,” NBC on December 5 at 8 p.m.
• “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown,” ABC on December 24 at 9 p.m.
• “King of Kings,” TCM on December 23 at 5 p.m.
• “Mary Poppins,” ABC on December 12 at 8 p.m.
• “Michael Buble’s Christmas Special,” NBC, December 10 at 8 p.m.
• “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” ABC Family on December 9 at  6 p.m.
• “Miracle on 34th Street (1994),” AMC on December 9 at 5:30 p.m.
• “Miracle on 34th Street (1947),” AMC on December 18 at 7 p.m.
• “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol,” CW on December 24 at 8 p.m.
• “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” WGN on December 20 at 9 p.m.
• “A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa,” AMC on December 22 at 8 p.m.
• “Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey,” ABC Family on December 16 at 10:30 p.m.
• “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” ABC Family on December 25 at 12:30 p.m.
• “The Polar Express,” ABC Family on December 8 at 8:45 p.m.
• “Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice,” ABC on December 17 at 8:30 p.m.
• “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” CBS on December 1 and 11 at 8 p.m.
• “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year,” Disney on December 21 at 8:55 p.m.
• “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” ABC Family on December 4 at 6 p.m.
• “The Santa Clause,” ABC Family on December 2 at 8:45 p.m.
• “A Saturday Night Live Christmas,” NBC on December 2 at 9:30 p.m.
• “Scrooge (1970),” TCM on December 11 at 10 p.m.
• “Scrooged,” AMC on December 4 at 7 p.m.
• “The Shop Around the Corner,” TCM on December 19 at 8 p.m.
• “Shrek the Halls,” ABC on December 3 at 8:30 p.m.
• “The Sound of Music: Sing-a-long,” ABC on December 20 at 7 p.m.
• “Toy Story,” ABC on December 10 at 9 p.m.
• “Toy Story That Time Forgot,” ABC on December 3 at 8 p.m.
• “Toy Story at 20: To Infinity and Beyond,” ABC, December 10 at 8 p.m.
• “The Wiz Live!” NBC on December 3 at 8 p.m.
• “The Wizard of Oz,” TNT on December 19 at 7 p.m.
• “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” Disney on December 21 at 8 p.m.
• “You’ve Got Mail,” POP on December 19 at 5 p.m.

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About Douglas Blaine

Capnpen is a writer who was a newspaper and magazine journalist in a previous life. A college journalism major, he now works as an administrator, but gets his writing fix by blogging about a variety of topics, including politics, religion, movies and television. When he's not working or blogging, Capnpen spends time with his family, plays a little golf (badly) and loves to learn about virtually anything.
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