Christmas in Connecticut 8 p.m., TCM
I anticipate you’ll be subjected to a 24-hour Christmas music marathon this evening. It’s all warm and fuzzy at first, but after you’ve heard Amy Grant sing “Sleigh Ride” for the eighth time, you’ll be ready to hang yourself from the highest bough. Since talking to family can be as stimulating as waiting for the tea kettle to boil, may I suggest a visit with your television? Specifically, spend time with the always reliable TCM for “Christmas in Connecticut.” This 1945 romcom is what Christmas is all about — false identities, marriages of convenience, and lots of lying. Barbara Stanwyck charms her way through it all, and story is tied up sweetly with a bow.
The Nightmare Before Christmas 8 p.m. MTV
I know plenty of people who will disagree with me, but I submit that Tim Burton’s “Nightmare” should usurp “A Christmas Story” to become the movie that is shown in a 24-hour-marathon every year. Overlook the witches and werewolves, and at the root of it all is the tale of a misfit who wants to understand the holiday and be a part of it all.
It’s a Wonderful Life 8 p.m. NBC
This sounds interesting. Can someone please tell me what this film is about?
Jesus Christ Superstar 10 p.m., Sundance
Hippie holidays to you and yours.
A New York Christmas to Remember 11:35 p.m., CBS
Everything you love about Christmas: Choir music, biblical stories, and Regis Philbin.