By Bose Mpuchane


It’s that time of the year again. Time to dust off last year’s stockings and fill them with little delights for the family. Time to prepare for visits from the extended family. And if your family’s a little bit of a procrastinator, there’s still time to hunt for the perfect Christmas tree. The days running up to Christmas will undoubtedly get a little stressful. So to help distract from the hectic preparations, here’s a list of TV holiday specials that will air this week.


“First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House – An Oprah Winfrey Special”

Catch Michelle Obama tonight on CBS with Oprah Winfrey. In the farewell special that airs at 8 p.m. ET, Obama invites Winfrey into the White House to discuss her eight years as first lady and her plans for the future. Although this is not a holiday special, you don’t want to miss Obama’s last televised interview as first lady.


“Michael Bublé Sings and Swings”

If the Obama special is not for you, catch Grammy award-winner Michael Bublé’s music special on Tuesday at 8 p.m ET. The program airs annually on NBC and is now in its sixth year. Join Bublé as he serenades viewers with his own renditions of the year’s greatest hits and his own jazz songs.


“A Charlie Brown Special”

Discover the real meaning of Christmas with this Peanuts holiday classic. When Charlie Brown becomes disillusioned with the holidays, he takes his friend Lucy’s advice to direct a Christmas play. If you want to watch Brown try to capture the “proper mood” of Christmas, tune in this Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


“A Home for the Holidays”

In this touching CBS special that will air Friday at 8 p.m. ET, learn about families whose lives have been changed by adopting children in the foster care system. Miranda Lambert, Alessia Cara and Rachel Platten are three of many artists set to perform. The program also features a segment called “Children Waiting,” which profiles foster children and their descriptions of their ideal families. Make sure not to miss this show, which is trying to increase the number of adoptions from the nation’s foster care.


“Taraji’s White Hot Holidays”

Taraji P. Henson, the star of Fox’s hit show, Empire, hosted this one-hour special with performances and appearances by various artists including her co-star and on-screen son Jussie Smollet, Pharrell Williams, Terry Crews from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Alicia Keys, and TLC. The star-studded show originally aired on Dec. 8 at 8 p.m ET on Fox. But if you’d like to watch some of your favorite actors and musicians singing their own renditions of beloved Christmas songs, you can watch the special on Hulu.


Catch these holidays specials and more this week!