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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Christmas Eve with the Classics

Along with Christmas Eve comes the classics, those movies that used to be a treat to see just once a year, and even though we can now see them anytime we want thanks to cable, on-demand, and DVDs, they’re somehow still just as much of a treat. The Sound of Music is on, as well as another showing of It’s a Wonderful Life. Die Hard is on as well, and while it’s not the same type of classic as the other two, it’s still a classic Christmas Eve movie through and through. 

1. NFL Football. New York Giants at New York Jets. 12:00 PM CT Fox

2. 2012 Monster Jam Preview Show. Both a look back at the events in 2011, and a look ahead at the upcoming season, as well as a sneak peak at the Grave Digger 30th anniversary tour. 2:00 PM CT CBS

3. PGA Tour Year in Review. 2:00 PM CT NBC

4. Bridget Jones’s Diary. A good movie and even better book. Renee Zellweger stars as a British woman writing a diary about her search for Mr. Right, and being honest about her bad habits such as smoking, drinking, eand eating. 2:30 PM CT WE

5. NFL Football. San Diego Chargers at Detroit Lions. 3:00 PM CT CBS

6. Golf: ADT Skills Challenge. Day 1 from The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL. 3:00 PM CT NBC

7. NFL Football. Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys. 3:00 PM CT Fox

8. The Back-up Plan. Jennifer Lopez stars as a woman who decides her ticking clock isn’t going to wait, so gets impregnated thanks to a sperm bank. On that same day she meets Mr. Right, then doesn’t know how to tell him she’s already pregnant. 5:45 PM CT Showtime

9. The Sound of Music. What’s on your list of favorite things? 6:00 PM CT ABC

10. It’s a Wonderful Life. This is probably the one Christmas movie that has been spoofed and redone so many times it’s second only to A Christmas Carol. 7:00 PM CT NBC

11. Christmas Crazy. Christmas celebrating to the extremes, from the world’s largest Christmas tree to a Santa Surf contest, they went coast to coast to find the most decked-out-for-the-holidays homes, stores and everything in between. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

12. College Football. In Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Nevada vs. Southern Mississippi 7:00 PM CT ESPN

13. Toy Story 3. Andy is all grown up and headed off to college, leaving his toys to wonder what’s next for them. My son left for college this fall; I feel Woody and Buzz’s pain. 8:10 PM CT Starz

14. 48 Hours Mystery. The police try to get the release of a teenager who was once a murder suspect. 8:00 PM CT CBS

15. Die Hard. It’s the first, and in my opinion, the best of this Bruce Willis action series. “Yippy-ki-yai, Moth …” 8:00 PM CT G4

16. Christmas in Chelsea Square. From the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in New York, scripture readings and musical performances. 10:35 PM CT CBS