28 November 2012 4:24 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

What’s the official mark of the beginning of the holiday season? Nope, it’s not the sound of “Jingle Bells” on the radio or the sight of wreaths and twinkle lights on storefronts, but holiday specials on the tube. From classic movies like It’s a Wonderful Life to Wednesday’s Saturday Night Live Christmas show, the programming options are endless. So whip out that eggnog-flavored popcorn (did we just invent that?) and enjoy the festivities.

Here are our picks for the 12 specials you won’t want to miss (check the schedule on the following pages for additional showtimes):

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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