As a kid, my favorite part of the holiday season was camping out by the TV and watching Christmas specials nonstop. From the classics of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Charlie Brown Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman to all the schlocky specials of the time like A Garfield Christmas and The Little Troll Prince, I watched them all in a Christmas-cookie-fueled haze. I even indulged during off-season airings. I don't marathon shows in my adult years (which makes me a bit of a rarity) but for Christmas specials, I'll make an exception!
I always favored the old Rankin & Bass stop-motion Christmas classics, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Rudolph's Shiny New Year.
But, as much as I love those classics, the Christmas specials I look forward to these days are Disney's Prep & Landing and its sequels! I love the concept, the characters and Pixar's animation - I wish they'd make more!
I agree with you Lauren. Now that we can see the older specials just about any time, it's the new things coming out that get my attention such as the new Christmas special on NBC, Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas featuring a bunch of top notch voice actors like Mark Hamill, Jim Parsons, and Rachael MacFarlane - just to name a few. If you missed it, you can still catch it here on NBC.com
TV specials! I love the old ones - Charlie Brown Christmas and the 1966 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (love Boris Karloff!) have always been my favorites. I'm generally cynical about the newer specials, but Prep & Landing never fails to make me smile - and Betty White has a cameo as Mrs. Claus in the second one (Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice).