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The best holiday movies to watch this Christmas Day

It’s Christmas Day — and, if you haven’t had your fill of holiday programming by now, you can still play catch up while you’re opening presents, programming your newest iPhone and setting the table for dinner.

There’s something for everyone in this lineup.

“Jack Frost”

9:15 a.m., AMC
The winter sprite falls in love and yearns to become human in this musical tale featuring the voices of Buddy Hackett, Robert Morse, Larry Storch and Dave Garroway.

“A Christmas Story”

Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) may or may not shoot his eye out in "A Christmas Story."
Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) may or may not shoot his eye out in “A Christmas Story.”Everett Collection

11 a.m. to 9 p.m., TNT
Adapted from Jean Shepherd’s short stories, the 1983 vignette-style film journeys back to the Christmas when then-nine-year-old Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) wanted nothing more than a grand new Red Ryder BB gun to show up under the tree, despite some alarming protests from certain adults in his life. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” It’s TNT’s annual marathon airing of this chestnut.

“A Bad Mom’s Christmas”

11:45 a.m., Showtime
Three overstressed mothers (Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn and Mila Kunis) are alarmed when their own troublemaking moms (Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, Susan Sarandon) visit during the Christmas holiday. Soon, the gal pals once again band together for drinking and general debauchery in order to blow off some steam.

“A Christmas Carol”

Michael Hordern and Alastair Sim in "A Christmas Carol."
Michael Hordern and Alastair Sim in “A Christmas Carol.”Everett Collection

3 p.m., FXM
If you only watch one version of “A Christmas Carol,” it should be this one. Alistair Sim is Ebenezer Scrooge, a London miser who, despite his wealth, refuses to make charitable contributions and treats his sole employee, Bob Cratchit, as an indentured servant. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his selfish business partner, Jacob Marley, and then by three more spirits that same night, an experience that forever changes his life.

“Elf”

Will Ferrell stars in 2003's "Elf."
Will Ferrell stars in 2003’s “Elf.”Everett Collection

5:30 p.m., AMC
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man (Will Ferrell) raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the US in search of his true identity. With James Caan and Bob Newhart.

“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas”

6 p.m., USA
Madea (Tyler Perry) agrees to spend Christmas in a small rural town in order to visit a friend’s daughter. In time, the no-nonsense matriarch has a huge impact on the community as they prepare for an annual holiday carnival.

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

Chevy Chase in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."
Chevy Chase in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”Everett Collection

7:30 p.m., AMC
A family hosts their relatives for the holiday as the dad (Chevy Chase) contends with spontaneously combusting Christmas lights and temperamental trees while anticipating the arrival of his annual bonus. With Beverly D’Angelo.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

8 p.m., NBC
Forget the Jim Carrey remake. Boris Karloff narrates this 1966 Dr. Seuss classic about the Whos, creatures who like nothing better than Christmas, and the evil Grinch, who plans to steal the holiday.

“Love Actually”

Bill Nighy plays a rock icon in "Love, Actually."
Bill Nighy plays a rock icon in “Love, Actually.”Everett Collection

9 p.m., TNT
Set in London, this romantic comedy chronicles the affairs of several couples during the Christmas holidays. The seemingly perfect wedding of Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) brings many of the principals together, including heartsick best man Mark (Andrew Lincoln), who harbors a crush on Juliet. There’s also recent widower Daniel (Liam Neeson) trying to help his lonely stepson Sam express his true feelings to a classmate. Across town, devoted working mother Karen (Emma Thompson) tries to rekindle the passion of her husband.

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