If you need a holiday helper over the next several days, try television.
Since Christmas is on a Thursday this year, there’s still plenty of seasonal programming to come. It’s actually more than “some,” since certain outlets are investing so heavily in yuletide fare before and on Dec. 25, Santa will have no doubt that it’s time to get in his sleigh.
Here’s a look at a number of the highlights:
• “The Sound of Music” (7 p.m. Sunday, ABC): The Oscar-winning, Julie Andrews-starring musical saga of the Von Trapp family is a favorite at this time of year … and it’s on the verge of a milestone, since 2015 will mark its 50th anniversary. This airing is different in that it’s a sing-along version.
• “Jingle All the Way 2” (8 p.m. Sunday, USA Network): Larry the Cable Guy isn’t likely to be mistaken for Arnold Schwarzenegger as he assumes the lead in this comedy sequel about another frantic race to find another scarce toy.
• “Miracle on 34th Street” (Monday, AMC): Take your pick of department-store Santa, Oscar-winner Edmund Gwenn or the update’s Richard Attenborough, as showings of the 1947 and 1994 versions alternate throughout the day.
• “Home Alone” (7 p.m. Tuesday, ABC Family): Accidentally left behind by his vacation-bound family, resourceful young Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) shows two thieves (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) they picked the wrong house to target in the 1991 comedy movie.
• “White Christmas” (9:15 a.m. Tuesday and 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, AMC): Memorable Irving Berlin music underscores the teamwork of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as soldiers turned showbiz partners, in the 60th-anniversary year of this classic also starring Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.
• “Black Nativity” (8 p.m. Wednesday, HBO): Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett play a teen’s (Jacob Latimore) estranged grandparents in the premium-cable premiere of this 2013 film, based on Langston Hughes’ musical play.
• “It’s a Wonderful Life” (8 p.m. Wednesday, NBC): Though it also is shown earlier in the month, director Frank Capra’s 1946 tale of beleaguered George Bailey (James Stewart) and a redemptive novice angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) remains a Christmas Eve viewing tradition for many.
• “A Christmas Story” (Wednesday, TBS and TNT): The annual 24-hour marathon of Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wanting a very special holiday gift – despite Mom’s (Melinda Dillon) familiar warning, “You’ll shoot your eye out” – gets an extra avenue this time as TNT joins the event’s traditional site, TBS.
• “Northpole” (10 p.m. Wednesday and 6 p.m. Thursday, Hallmark Channel): The fantasy casting Robert Wagner and Jill St. John as another famous couple, Santa and Mrs. Claus, is included in an all-day festival of the channel’s most recent holiday movies.
• “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” (10 a.m. Thursday, ABC): Do you have a memory of a past Disney Christmas Parade? Well, let it go! (Sorry. We had to.) The company bases its annual extravaganza on its recent box-office blockbuster … and sisters Anna and Elsa surely will make an appearance.
• “Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2014” (9 p.m. Thursday, PBS): In this year’s extra edition of the series, Nonnatus House’s nuns and nurses try to navigate the extra mayhem generated by an upcoming Christmas concert.