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13 Made-For-TV Christmas Movies You Need to Watch This Holiday Season

These holiday cinematic gems never made it to theaters, but they are sure to make their way into your heart.

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    A Very Merry Cricket (1973): Feeling down about NYC's Christmas commercialism, Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse travel to the obvious world headquarters of Christmas: Sunnyslope, Connecticut.
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    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983): A group of anti-Christmas heathens were no match for the yellowing gray hair of a post-M.A.S.H Loretta Swit.
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    The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas (1973): Seth MacFarlane had nothing to do with this Ted E. Bear biopic. Here we see Ted applying a righteous flying panther kick to Santa's ample sternum.
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    Call Me Claus (2001): Santa is retiring to Palm Springs and wants Whoopi to fill his suit. Bonus points to the casting director for casting the 6'2" Taylor Negron as an elf.
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    Annabelle's Wish (1997): A young calf aspires to become one of Santa's reindeer. Presumably to avoid becoming milk fed veal.
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    Chasing Christmas (2005): This touching tale involves time travel and a festive love scene between Tom Arnold and a Christmas tree.
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    Barbie’s A Christmas Carol (2008): Some ghosts fall short of their goal when Barbie spends the entire movie mesmerized by an icicle.
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    The Christmas Secret (2000): Beau Bridges is a scientist who gets bored with "all that global warming noise," and tries to prove that reindeer can really fly.
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    The Bears Who Saved Christmas (1994): 1994 was a year dominated by the carnage of Woodstock’s 25th Anniversary. Christopher and Holly Bear saved Christmas ‘94 for us all, and they did it without opposable thumbs.
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    A Christmas Romance (1994): Ripped from today's headlines 18 years ago, the mortgage is past due and a family is about to become homeless. Also, Olivia Newton John gets Grease-y with the Bank VP.
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    Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night (1998): In this scene, we see Buster preparing Chauncey to be 'jumped in' as a new member of the Christmastown Crips.
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    A Hobo's Christmas (1987): If you like Gerald McRaney, this is your jam. If you like 20 scenes of Gerald McRaney eating pie in various diners, you are a bona fide Christmas fruitcake.
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    Olive, The Other Reindeer (1999): This time it's a dog in the midst of a full blown Christmas identity crisis. But, when one's face looks like a ham hock, one's options for crazy time are quite limited.
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