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Christmas celebrations this weekend. During the '60s and '70s, Bing Crosby competed with the King Family by playing host to 13 televised seasonal specials. If you're of a traditional bent, you'll enjoy the way the Disney Channel has woven the warmest moments from these shows into A Bing Crosby Christmas: Like the Ones We Used to Know (Sun., Dec. 15, 9 P.M. ET) with guests including Fred Astaire, Jackie Gleason, Carol Burnett and Michael Landon.
If you're just bent, Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special may be more to your taste. Originally broadcast in 1988 by CBS, this manic, amusing one-hour show has been picked up by MTV (Sat., Dec. 14, 11 A.M. ET and Sun., Dec. 15, 2 P.M. ET). Pee-wee celebrates the holidays with his usual crew (Globey, Chairey, Mrs. Renee) as well as Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Grace Jones, k.d. lang, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Cher, Charo, Little Richard and Magic Johnson. And checking in via Pee-wee's patented viewscreen arc Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Dinah Shore, who sings an endless version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Pee-wee's arrest for indecent exposure last July salts this rerun with unintended ironies, such as Pee-wee's rationalizing the epic length of his Christmas list to Santa by reminding him, "I've been so very very very good this year. Practically a saint."