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updated 12/12/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/12/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

THE SANTA SWEEPS

Christmas dances across 12 days, which gives the networks ample time to celebrate. Here are just a few of the specials that'll be hung like ornaments on the prime-time grid:

A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC, Dec. 6, 8 p.m. ET) The 40th-anniversary broadcast of one of the all-time classics. Followed by another half-hour animated special, Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales.

Dear Santa (FOX, Dec. 9, 8 p.m. ET) Yes, Virginia, it's a reality show: Wish-list letters sent to Santa Claus through the U.S. Postal Service get answered and granted.

Three Wise Guys (USA, Dec. 10, 9 p.m. ET) Tom Arnold, Judd Nelson and Nick Turturro costar in a Vegas Mob comedy with a holiday theme.

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABC, Dec. 10, 8:30 p.m. ET) The hit movie from director Ron Howard, with Jim Carrey looking as if he'd been dipped in guacamole.

Christmas in Washington (TNT, Dec. 14, 8 p.m. ET) Concert with American Idol's Carrie Underwood and Dr. Phil. Can you imagine his "ho ho ho"? The reindeer would lose their hearing.

The Christmas Blessing (CBS, Dec. 18, 9 p.m. ET) Neil Patrick Harris is the little boy from '02's Christmas Shoes movie grown up and now in med school. Rebecca Gayheart is a woman with a heart defect.

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