My generation had Rudolph and the Grinch, my kids have Shrek and Prep for Landing. Its that time of year for families to gather around the TV to enjoy holiday TV specials, and they continue to make us all smile.

Up until 1964, holiday TV specials were mostly of the variety show type. Think Andy Williams and Perry Como. This type of show is rarely seen anymore, but one pops up here and there once in a while.

In 1964, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" made its' debut on NBC TV, and it's still a yearly event on CBS, nearly 50 years later. Thanks to home video and DVD, it is also available to the current and future generation of kids that can enjoy it just like I did. Only now, they get to see it on a 50 inch flat screen instead of a 19 inch black and white TV.

I think that it's great that these classic TV shows are still being shown, like "Frosty the Snowman", "How The Grinch Stole Christmas", and others. My family really enjoys them.

We also enjoy the newer specials that have come out in the last few years. Disney has grabbed a new audience with its' "Prep and Landing" series, and Dreamworks has brought us my family's favorite, "Shrek the Halls." In this one, everyone's favorite ogre tries to create a memory for his family and finds the true meaning of Christmas.

What are some of your all-time favorite holiday specials? Be sure and leave us a comment.

For a list of this year's holiday TV specials and movies, click here.