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December 08. 2013 11:36PM

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MORE TV FOR YOU AND ME: In our quest to inform you of the best in holiday entertainment, there are many Christmas specials that did not make the cut to be included in this list.

Among the shows you won’t see mentioned here are dreck like, “Miley Cyrus’ All I Want For Christmas is Attention,” “Call of Duty Christmas: Santa Ops 2,” and “Christmas with Krampus.”

What you will see are these quality shows:

TODAY: “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town.” The classic tale of how Santa became .. well .. Santa. This will explain everything the little ones need to know. 8 p.m., ABC

TUESDAY: “Year Without a Santa Claus.” He’s Mr. Snow Miser; he’s Mr. Sun. He’s been singing this song, ever since 1971 …” (Well, 1974 actually, but 4 didn’t rhyme.) 9 p.m., ABC Family

THURSDAY and FRIDAY: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” This should really be called “How the Grinch Borrowed Christmas,” because he returns everything in the end. If he stole it, he’d end up at the pawn shop trying to fence a bunch of jing-jinglers. You have two chances to see this: 8:30 p.m. Thursday on Cartoon Network, and 8 p.m. Friday on TBS.

SATURDAY: “It’s A Wonderful Life.” George Bailey. Mr. Potter. Bedford Falls. Clarence gets his wings. Need we say more? No. No, we don’t. 8 p.m., NBC

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Hermey. Yukon Cornelius. King Moonracer. Bumbles bounce! Again, need we say more? … Didn’t think so. 8 p.m., CBS

GUITAR HERO: It’s kind of funny that one of Canadian rocker Bryan Adams’ biggest hits was called “Summer of ‘69.” If you do the math, he was 10 years old in 1969. So he’d probably wouldn’t be getting his first real six-string at the five-and-dime back then. Maybe some candy, but not a guitar. But hey, that’s nitpicking. If you’re a Bryan Adams fan, then you’ll want to be at the F.M. Kirby Center Tuesday night at 8. He’ll be doing a solo-acoustic performance on his new six-string.

A HARD HOBBIT TO BREAK: Hobbits and dwarves and dragons, oh my! When last we left our plucky heroes, they were staring off into the distance of Middle Earth as the musical score signaled the end of “The Hobbit: A Movie Title That Uses a Colon.” They had just survived an attack by orcs, goblins and other unwashed creatures, and were heading into the most dangerous part of their journey. What peril awaits them? You can find out on Friday when “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” opens in a theater near you. (If you’re interested, you can actually check out both Hobbit movies in a special double feature at 9 Thursday night at Cinemark in Moosic.)

BE MY FRIEND: There are many “invented” holidays that exist just for fun. Talk Like a Pirate Day, Ninja Day and National Cookie Day are just some examples. Then, there are holidays that defy explanation. Why did someone think them up? And what medication were they on? This Friday is one of them. It’s “Pick A Pathologist Pal Day.” The idea is that buddying up with a pathologist or coroner will make them happy and remind us to live for today and that tomorrow is not guaranteed. OK. Moving along …

BALLET-HOO: Critics are a cranky lot. They basically get paid to not like stuff. According to the all-knowing Internet, the first critics who reviewed Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” in 1892 called it “insipid,” “amateurish” and “The worst thing I’ve seen since ‘Rush Hour 3.’ ” What do critics know anyway? “The Nutcracker” only went on to become one of the most beloved holiday traditions in the world. And this week our very own Ballet Northeast will be performing this enchanted tale just for you. There are shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts at Wilkes University.


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