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2021 Holiday TV Calendar

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Holiday programming is the gift that keeps on giving. Literally, with all the additional streaming options, there are now more hours of holiday programming than anyone could watch before the new year. Rotten Tomatoes is here to help keep track of them. Here’s a guide to all the holiday shows and movies premiering on broadcast, cable, and streaming services in November and December.

TNT premieres Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at 8 p.m. on Nov. 7 and airs all the Star Wars films on Star Wars Weekend Nov. 5-8. Then it’s holiday movies on TNT and TBS all November except Thanksgiving weekend when it’s superhero movies on TNT. Freeform will begin its 25 Days of Christmas with holiday movies every night, including the Santa Clause trilogy, Home Alone, Jingle All the Way and more.

Bookmark this page to check back on titles coming through New Year’s Day. 


November


Monday, Nov. 1



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The Claus Family
(2020)
Netflix

Thursday, Nov. 4



100%


Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi

Holiday Edition, Hulu

Friday, Nov. 5
Open by Christmas, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A woman and her friend seek the sender of an old Christmas card from high school.

Saturday, Nov. 6



100%


How the Grinch Stole Christmas
(1967)
6:30 p.m., TBS leading into a Christmas movie marathon, also streaming on Peacock and repeating on Freeform

Royal Christmas Engagement, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A prince undercover falls for an advertising executive.
Next Stop, Christmas, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A woman (Lyndsy Fonseca) travels back in time to Christmas 2011.
Debbie Macomber’s A Mrs. Miracle Christmas, 10 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – Mrs. Miracle helps a down on their luck family.

Sunday, Nov. 7



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Father Christmas Is Back
(2021)
Netflix

Christmas with a Prince: The Royal Baby, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – Prince Alexander (Nick Hounslow) and Dr. Tasha (Kaitlyn Leeb) are expecting.
A Christmas Treasure, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A woman (Jordin Sparks) debates moving to New York after Christmas after finding a 100-year-old time capsule.

Friday, Nov. 12



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Disney+



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Olaf Presents

Disney+

Olaf Presents, Disney+ – Olaf the snowman (Josh Gad) re-enacts Disney classics.
An Ice Wine Christmas, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A big city sommelier (Roselyn Sanchez) must save her hometown seasonal winery from becoming a year-round operation.

Saturday, Nov. 13
A Snowy Christmas, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A lawyer tries to find love and save her family home at Christmas.
A Picture Perfect Holiday, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A fashion photographer falls for a wildlife photographer on a holiday retreat.
My Family Christmas Tree, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A woman discovers new family members via a DNA test.

Sunday, Nov. 14
Snowed in for Christmas, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – An au pair makes Christmas for her clients’ children when snow cancels her holiday plans.
A Holiday in Harlem, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – An executive helps with the Harlem Christmas Jamboree.
Adele One Night Only, 8:30 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. PT, CBS – Adele will perform new songs and her hits, and speak to Oprah Winfrey.

Wednesday, Nov. 17
Christmas Flow, Netflix [movie] – A rapper and a journalist have an unlikely romance at Christmas.

Thursday, Nov. 18



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The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star
(2021)
Netflix

Chrisley Knows Thanksgiving, Peacock – Julie Chrisley teaches her children Thanksgiving recipes.

Friday, Nov. 19



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Blown Away: Christmas

Netflix

Dancing Through the Snow, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie]
– A single father (Colin Lawrence) romances his daughter’s ballet teacher (AnnaLynne McCord).
Nantucket Noel, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A toy store owner falls for the son of the developer trying tear down the wharf where she keeps her store.

Saturday, Nov. 20
Mistletoe & Molly, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A customer meddles with a waitress’s life over the holidays.
You Make it Feel Like Christmas, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A returning veteran forces a busy designer to celebrate Christmas.
A Christmas Together With You, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A woman helps her father figure find his long lost love, and finds her own along the way.

Sunday, Nov. 21
Christmas on 5th Avenue, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A decorator tries to get her client back in the Christmas spirit.
Baking Spirits Bright, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A struggling fruitcake baker resists a marketing company’s plan to boost her sales.
A Kiss Before Christmas, 8 p.m. Hallmark [movie] Desperate Housewives‘ James Denton and Teri Hatcher reunite in the story of a disappointed executive who wakes up on Christmas with a new life.

Monday, Nov. 22



95%


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
(1964)
8 p.m., CBS



100%


Solar Opposites: Season 2
(2021)
“A Very Solar Holiday Opposites Special,” Hulu

Tuesday, Nov. 23
Mary McCartney Serves It Up, Discovery+ – Photographer and cookbook author welcomes Sir Paul McCartney, Stella McCartney, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey for vegetarian holiday meals.



95%


Waffles + Mochi

Holiday Feast, Netflix

Wednesday, Nov. 24



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A Boy Called Christmas
(2021)
Netflix

Thursday, Nov. 25



80%


South Park

: Post Covid, Paramount+


The Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9 a.m., CBS – Live from Sixth Avenue.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9 a.m., NBC, Telemundo and Peacock – Live coverage of the 95th annual parade.
National Dog Show, 12 p.m., Peacock – John O’Hurley and David Frei host.
National Dog Show Junior, 2 p.m., Peacock – Kid reporter Anna Laible joins Matt Iseman and Laurie Hernandez.



91%


Bob’s Burgers

Thanksgiving marathon, 10:30a.m., TBS



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Friends

Thanksgiving marathon, 1 p.m., TBS

The Nine Kittens of Christmas, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – Two cat lovers have a little of kittens to find homes for at Christmas.
Sunday Night Football, 8 p.m., Peacock

Friday, Nov. 26
A Castle for Christmas, Netflix [movie] – Sophie (Brooke Shields) tries to convince Myles (Cary Elwes) to sell her his castle.
School of Chocolate: Season 1, Netflix – Amaury Guichon hosts a chocolate cooking competition.
A Loud House Christmas – Nickelodeon, Paramount+ [movie] – Live-action holiday antics of the Nickelodeon animated Loud family.
The Fight Before Christmas – Apple TV+ [movie] – Documentary about Jeremy Morris’s battles with his homeowners’ association to hold a Christmas event.
Madagascar: A Little Wild Holiday Goose Chase, Hulu- Melman the Giraffe helps reunite a lost goose with his family.



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Madagascar: A Little Wild

Holiday Goose Chase, Peacock

Christmas CEO, 6 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A toy company CEO needs her partner’s permission to sell the company.
Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – Separated parents (McEntire, John Schneider) reunite for their daughter’s Christmas concert
An Unexpected Christmas, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A writer and his ex-girlfriend pose as a couple for Christmas.



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Frosty Returns
(1992)
8:30 p.m., CBS

Saturday, Nov. 27
Robin Robin, Netflix [movie] – A bird raised by mice leaves the nest.
Making Spirits Bright, 6 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – The son and daughter of holiday decorating companies fall for each other while competing in a town decorating contest.
Merry Liddle Christmas Baby, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – The Liddles are back and the family is growing.
Christmas at Castle Hart, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A woman (Lacey Chabert) ends up planning a Christmas party when she is mistaken for an event planner on a trip to Ireland.



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Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire and the Legend of the Lost Tribe
(2002)
8 p.m., CBS

Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe, 8:30 p.m., CBS – Robbie tries to stop Blitzen from opening a reindeer theme park.
The Story of Santa Claus, 9 p.m., CBS – Animated musical about the origin of Santa.

Sunday, Nov. 28
Elves, Netflix – A vacationing family discovers real elves on an island, and they’re not nice elves.
Christmas in Tahoe, 6 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A woman begs her ex-boyfriend to play her hotel’s Christmas show.
Miracle in Motor City, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – Smokey Robinson (himself) is the guest of honor a church hopes will perform in their Christmas pageant
The Christmas Contest, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – Candace Cameron Bure and John Brotherton are exes competing in a Christmas contest for charity.
One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, 8 p.m., CBS – Live concert special filmed over two performances at Radio City Music Hall.
The Waltons’ Homecoming, The CW – A new cast brings the Depression-era family back to life.

Monday, Nov. 29
Welcome to the Christmas Family Reunion, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – An event planner helps a singer navigate family drama at her Christmas reunion.

Tuesday, Nov. 30



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Charlie’s Colorforms City

Snowy Stories, Netflix

Saying Yes to Christmas, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A Christmas wish makes a workaholic say yes to every holiday invitation.

November TBD
8-Bit Christmas, HBO [movie] – A 10-year-old tries to get a Nintendo in the ’80s.


December


(Photo by Peacock)

Wednesday, Dec. 1
Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas, Roku Channel – Zooey (Jane Levy) copes with her first Christmas without her father (Peter Gallagher).
Candified: Home for the Holidays, Hulu – Candy Queen Jackie Sorkin has four episodes to build a house out of candy with her team of candy artists.
Match Made in Mistletoe, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – An interior designer squares off against a minimalist ambassador to decorate a D.C. embassy for the holidays.
Beebo Saves Christmas, 8 p.m., The CW

Thursday, Dec. 2
Baking It, Peacock – Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg host a Christmas baking competition.
Single All the Way, Netflix [movie] – A single man (Michael Urie) brings his best friend (Philemon Chambers) home for the holidays, but his mother (Kathy Najimy) sets him up with her trainer )Luke Macfarlane).
Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas, Disney Junior [movie]



75%


The Little Drummer Boy
(1968)
10:30 a.m. and repeats all month, Freeform



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Annie Live!
(2021)
8 p.m., NBC

A Christmas Village Romance, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A romance novelist tries to save a struggling pioneer village.



100%


How the Grinch Stole Christmas
(1967)
8:20 p.m. and repeats all month, Freeform

Friday, Dec. 3



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The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Season 4
(2021)
Netflix



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Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas
(2021)
Netflix

The Royal Beat – Christmas Special – True Royalty TV – Inside the Christmas traditions of the royal family.

A Christmas Dance Reunion, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A mother and daughter attend a hotel’s final Christmas Dance.
Eight Gifts of Hannukah, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A woman seeks her secret admirer during Hannukah.

Saturday, Dec. 4



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Friends

Christmas marathon, 1 p.m., TBS



93%


Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
(1970)
6:05 p.m. and repeats all month, Freeform

Christmas Under the Stars, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A photographer visits Christmas World, Alaksa to photograph the Northern Lights.



73%


Frosty the Snowman
(1969)
7:10 p.m. and repeats all month, Freeform



95%


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
(1964)
7:45 p.m. and repeats all month, Freeform

Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A new pastor must prepare the choir for the Christmas Jamboree.
A Very Merry Bridesmaid, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A 30-year-old (Emily Osment) reconnects with her childhood crush at her brother’s Christmas Eve wedding.

Sunday, Dec. 5
A Furry Little Christmas, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A big city veterinarian meets a small town Vermont doctor at Christmas.
My Favorite Christmas Melody, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A jingle writer (Mya) helps her old high school save their arts program.
Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – The Swift sisters reunite to save their hometown theater.
Small Town Christmas: Branson, Mo.: Season 1, 9 p.m., UPtv – Host Megan Alexander explores Branson, Mo.’s Christmas traditions.
The 23rd Annual Home for the Holidays At the Grove, 9:30 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, CBS – Musical artists perform between stories of adoption from foster care.

Monday, Dec. 6
David and the Elves, Netflix [movie] -With the help of a renegade elf, David sets off on a quest to remind his parents of the meaning of Christmas (from Poland).
Secretly Santa, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – Business rivals fall in love while both dressed as Santa.

Tuesday, Dec. 7
Christmas Movie Magic, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A journalist uncovers the secrets of a famous Christmas movie in the town where it was filmed.

Wednesday, Dec. 8
Christmas With a Crown, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – An undercover prince helps a woman with her town’s Christmas festival.

Thursday, Dec. 9
A Fiancé for Christmas, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A single woman makes a wedding registry, then hires a fake fiance to cover up her ruse.
Housewives of North Pole, Vermont, Peacock [movie]

(Photo by Peacock)

Friday, Dec. 10
For Auld Lang Syne, Apple TV+
Holiday in Santa Fe, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A family ornament business struggles to find the holiday spirit while mourning their mother.
A Dickens of a Holiday, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A Hollywood action hero (Kristoffer Paloha) returns home to play Scrooge.

Saturday, Dec. 11
Christmas in the Rockies, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A woman takes her father’s place in a lumberjack competition and goes up against the paramedic who saved her father in an accident.
The Holiday Fix Up, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A home renovator must work with her ex on a local inn.
A Royal Queens Christmas, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A prince visiting Queens helps with a kids Christmas show.

Sunday, Dec. 12
Fixing Up Christmas, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A party planner helps a CEO plan a Christmas party to impress the Mayor.
People Presents: Blending Christmas, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – Family drama threatens a man (Aaron O’Connell)’s proposal to his girlfriend (Haylie Duff).
Sister Swap: Christmas in the City, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – The Swift sisters enter a restaurant contest.



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A Chef’s Life

: Holiday Special, 8 p.m., PBS

A Christmas Proposal, 8:30 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. PT, CBS [movie] – A chef (Jessica Camacho) poses as a lawyer (Adam Rodriguez)’s girlfriend for the holidays.
Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2021, 9 p.m., The CW – The best seasonal commercials air between commercial breaks.
Small Town Christmas: Bethlehem, Pa.: Season 1, 9 p.m., UPtv – Host Megan Alexander visits Bethlehem, Pa.

Monday, Dec. 13
Maps and Mistletoe, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A cartographer must design a treasure map of the North Pole.
20 Years of Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir, 8 p.m. ET, PBS – Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald and more join the choir for their 20th anniversary.

Tuesday, Dec. 14



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StarBeam

Beaming the New Year, Netflix

Ghosts of Christmas Past, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A woman tries to make amends with all the men she’s ghosted before Christmas.
Gordon Ramsay’s Road Trip: Christmas Vacation, 9 p.m., Fox – Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sireix look for Santa Claus’s home.

Wednesday, Dec. 15
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2021, 8 p.m., The CW – Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Little Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, the Jonas Brothers and more perform.
The Enchanted Christmas Cake, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A baker (Erica Durance) seeks her late grandmother’s Christmas cake recipe.



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Nature

: Santa’s Wild Home, 8 p.m., PBS

Thursday, Dec. 16
A California Christmas: City Lights, Netflix – Callie (Lauren Swickard) and Joseph (Josh Swickard) run a dairy farm now.
Dogs of the Year 2021, 8 p.m., The CW – Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight host the year’s most amazing dog stories.
Christmas by Chance, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A gift shop owner falls for his client’s fiance.

Friday, Dec. 17
Mistletoe in Montana, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A ranch owner (Melissa Joan Hart) falls for the single father who brings his kids to her ranch for Christmas.

Saturday, Dec. 18
Toying With The Holidays, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A designer tries to save her town’s model train exhibit.
The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – The Mitchell Brothers compete to decorate their houses for Christmas.

Sunday, Dec. 19
Christmas Together, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A woman falls in love with the owner of the guest house she’s renting for the holidays.
Under the Christmas Tree, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – Two women fall for each other while battling over a Christmas tree.
Small Town Christmas: Natchitoches, La., 9 p.m., UPtv – Host Megan Alexander visits Natchitoches, La.
‘Tis the Season to Be Merry, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – An author (Rachael Leigh Cook) falls for an aid worker (Travis Van Winkle).
Christmas Takes Flight, 8 p.m., CBS [movie] – A pilot (Katie Lowes) falls for the CEO (Evan Williams) who cuts their budget for a Christmas benefit for children.
Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas, 8 p.m., PBS – Worsley explores the Tudor origins of Christmas traditions.

Monday, Dec. 20
Christmas Animation Marathon with Bob’s Burgers and American Dad, 4 p.m., TBS
Candy Cane Candidate, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – High school rivals run for mayor over the holidays.
Christmas at Belmont, 9 p.m. ET, PBS [movie] – Belmont University Students and alumnus Josh Turner sing Christmas classics and some Turner originals.

Tuesday, Dec. 21
The Christmas Ball, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A visiting ballerina tries to hold a Christmas Regency Ball in her aunt’s English manor.

Wednesday, Dec. 22
Grumpy Christmas, Netflix
It Takes a Christmas Village, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A mayor tries to convince a recluse to loan the town his family’s mill for a Christmas market.
The Price Is Right At Night, 8 p.m., CBS – A Christmas themed edition of the daytime game show.
The 44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, 9 p.m., CBS – Justino Diaz, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell to be honored.

Thursday, Dec. 23
Rebuilding a Dream Christmas, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A real estate broker falls for the single dad she hired to repair her grandmother’s house.


Friday, Dec. 24



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Family Matters

Holiday episodes, 6 a.m., TBS



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George Lopez

Holiday episodes, 9:30 a.m., TBS



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Friends

Holiday episodes, 11:30 a.m., TBS



81%


The Big Bang Theory

Holiday episodes, 5 p.m., TBS



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Christmas Story
(2007)
24 hour marathon, TBS and TNT

1000 Miles From Christmas, Netflix
Hot Chocolate Holiday, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – Two coffee shop owners battle over their secret hot chocolate recipes.
A Holly Dolly Christmas, 8 p.m., CBS – Dolly Parton’s 2020 Christmas special
Small Town Christmas: Summerville, S.C.: Season 1, 9 p.m., UPtv – Host Megan Alexander visits Summerville, S.C,
Kenny Rogers: All In for the Gambler, 9 p.m., CBS – Kenny Rogers tribute concert from September

Saturday, Dec. 25
Writing Around the Christmas Tree, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A romance novelist meets another writer at a bed and breakfast.
Call the Midwife Holiday Special, 9 p.m. ET, PBS – Christmas 1966 adds wedding plans to the normal holiday festivities.

Sunday, Dec. 26
Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2019), 7:30 p.m. ET, PBS – Encore of the 2019 holiday special.

Friday, Dec. 31
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022, 8 p.m., ABC – Countdown to 2022
New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, 8 p.m., CBS – A country music New Year’s Eve live from Nashville, Tn. including Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Darius Rucker and more.
United in Song: Celebrating the American Dream, 9 p.m. ET, PBS – Independence Hall concert hosted by Chita Rivera, with performances by David Archuleta, Midori, Brandee Younger and more.

December TBD
Yearly Departed, Amazon Prime Video – Stand-up comedy to say goodbye to 2021.
A Naija Christmas, Netflix
How to Ruin Christmas: Season 2, Netflix – Tumi (Busise Lurayi) is back after her sister’s disastrous Christmas wedding.


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