To help make life easier and stop any family rows over the remote control, Digital Spy has picked out 12 Christmas treats that would brighten up even Scrooge's winter.
Slowly becoming a Christmas tradition to rival the Queen's speech and Brussels sprouts, ITV's No.1 drama returns with an episode that you won't want to miss. The Crawleys are heading to the Scottish Highlands, Carson is holding down the fort and this is going to be the last action from Downton for a long while - so make the most of it. Let's just hope it doesn't all end with a cricket match.
The Snowman and The Snowdog
How very dare they?! Channel 4 are doing the unthinkable and giving the Christmas institution that is The Snowman a reboot for 2012. They've replaced 'Walking in the Air' with a song from Razorlight's drummer and added a cute Snowdog - can this sacrilegious project possibly go well? Find out on Christmas Eve.
Call the Midwife
Babies, snow, Miranda Hart hosting a nativity - you'll struggle to find a more warm and snuggly hour of Christmassy TV than Call the Midwife in 2012. Snuggle up with some hot chocolate and a roaring fire and enjoy.
Scary Snowmen. Matt Smith. Richard E Grant. Jenna-Louise Coleman as Oswin/Clara/What-the-hell-is-going-on. This year's festive Who promises thrills, frights and possibly even some answers about the latest companion.
Sky1's Little Crackers have an impressive track record at creating hits with comedy shorts from Chris O'Dowd and Kathy Burke. Previous series went on to become Sky1 and Sky Atlantic hits in the shape of Moone Boy and Walking and Talking. This year's contributors include Darren Boyd, Sharon Horgan, Joanna Lumley, Jason Manford, Dylan Moran and Paul O'Grady.
Christmas my arse! Jim, Barb, Denise and Dave are back for yet another peek into life in the Royles' front room. This special was pulled out of the schedules last Christmas at the very last minute, so let's hope that this means we've got an extra-large helping of laughs in 2012 and that it's an improvement on recent hit-and-miss Xmas specials.
Friday Night Dinner
Channel 4 are bringing us a very Jewish Christmas with the Friday Night Dinner gang letting us join them for their Christmas dinner. As you'd expect, it's a suitably farcical and chaotic affair, featuring a visit from two grandmas, a spaghetti bolognese explosion and Jim dressed as Father Christmas. Don't miss it.
Strictly Come Dancing
Bruce Forsyth dancing, Tess Daly wrapped in tinsel, a fresh batch of willing celebrity dancers (JB from JLS, Fabrice Muamba), some old favourites (Kelly Brook, Rachel Stevens), cameos from Russell Grant and Ann Widdecombe, Len Goodman talking about his pickled walnuts. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a Strictly Christmas special.
There's plenty of hype for this BBC Two/HBO hook-up, which stars Toby Jones and Sienna Miller as the legendary Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren. If you're ready and prepared for something more heavyweight and dramatic to accompany your stuffing balls, then this might be up your street.
It's all coming to an end (unless the much-rumoured movie surfaces) for Merlin. It's bound to be emotional and action-packed and as long as your braced and able to cope with some tears at the closing credits, then there shouldn't be a better slice of family fun this Christmas.
The Last Leg
The surprise TV hit of the Olympic summer was Adam Hills's sideways look at the Paralympics in The Last Leg. It's been given a second series in 2013 and this Christmas special should give us a taster of what we can expect next time around. Fellow comics Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker join in the festive japes.
Season two of Homeland has had more twists than a giant Curly Wurly and has struggled at times to prevent itself from collapsing underneath the weight of the spiralling Carrie and Brody storylines, but we wouldn't miss the upcoming season finale for anything. It may not be particularly festive, but there won't be a more dramatic hour of telly this December.
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