Pop Culture Happy Hour: It's That Time Of Year, So Get Ready For Bells This week, it's getting to be the time of year when pop culture turns its greedy heart to the holiday season, and we're here to talk through the good, the bad, and the earworm-y in what gets unloaded along with the tinsel.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: It's That Time Of Year, So Get Ready For Bells

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You'll hear bells in our winter holiday episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour, along with lots of other stuff, as we explore some Christmas specials, some not-particularly-Christmas-y movies that show up this time of year anyway, and -- as always -- the things that are making us happy this week.

Whether it's Glen's devotion to Miser nomenclature, Stephen's warm recollections of Santa comics, Trey's relief at the end of a show he doesn't need to watch anymore, or my attempt to earworm everyone straight into Grinchville with the worst movie ad ever devised for the human ear (just my opinion), we're opening up a can of holiday whoop-dee-doo and other magic.

After the jump, you'll find links to some of what we talked about this week.

The Miser brothers sing (Please note that The Year Without A Santa Claus airs tonight, Friday 12/10 at 6:00 PM, Saturday 12/18 at 3:00 PM, Sunday 12/19 at 4:00 PM, and Christmas Eve at 9:00 PM, all on ABC Family.)

It's not a link, exactly, but It's A Wonderful Life airs Saturday 12/11 (that's tomorrow!) at 8:00 PM on NBC and again on Christmas Eve at 8:00 PM.

(The A-List is over, thank goodness.)

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