The holiday shows are beginning.

Two Peanuts animated specials air this week on ABC/7. "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" and "This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers" are scheduled for 8 to 9 p.m. both Wednesday and Thursday.

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"The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!" The first Cat in the Hat Christmas special premieres at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on WNET/13. It repeats at 9 and 10 a.m. Friday. It also is scheduled to air on WLIW/21 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday. The hourlong special features the Cat, Nick and Sally traveling around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home in time for Christmas.

"It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" premieres at 9:30 p.m. Friday on CBS/2 and repeats at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 on Nickelodeon. The half-hour special features John Goodman as Santa Claus. Plankton turns everybody in Bikini Bottom naughty by feeding them his special fruitcake. A DVD of the show is $14.99, including interviews with the cast.