This is the last week we can talk about Christmas-themed television, and I’m not going to let an opportunity like that pass by. (Also, there’s not a hell of a lot else worth watching anyway. Scrooges, you can come out of hiding next Monday.)

First and foremost, you need to know when and where you can stare at a fake fire on your TV screen. If you have Comcast On Demand, you can do it whenever you want, but for the less fortunate Tiny Tims out there, who have nothing but basic cable, (or even no cable at all!), you have two chances.

On Christmas Eve, the “Yule Log” will burn from 6 P.M.-11 P.M. on KOFY, cable channel thirteen, while on Christmas morning, the “Holiday Log” will be stoked by Santa from 6 A.M.-1 P.M. on KICU, cable channel six.

But if you’d rather stare at something that tells a story on Christmas, two other broadcast traditions are being upheld this year.

NBC will re-air “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 8 P.M. on Christmas Eve, and if you have TiVo, go ahead and set it to record, as TiVo will be donating one dollar to Toys for Tots for every TiVo recording that’s set.

Also on Christmas Eve at 8 P.M. is the beginning of TBS’s 24-hour “A Christmas Story” marathon. (I like Santa.)

Those two movies are definitely on the list of my five favorite Christmas movies, but two others on the list, “Scrooged” and “Gremlins,” aren’t airing this week at all, which is just shameful.

But thankfully the final in my top five is, and that movie is “The Thin Man,” which you can watch on Thursday the 22nd at 5 P.M. on TCM.

And with that, I’ll let Nora Charles sign off, as I wish you all a Merry Christmas.

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Rain Jokinen watches a lot of television and movies and then writes things about them on the Internet. She's a San Francisco native, and yeah, she'll rub that fact in your face any chance she gets.

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