1) “The Sound of Music” (shown here, 1965), 7-11 p.m., ABC. Here’s a holiday tradition for ABC. It doesn’t have Christmas scenes, but offers joy, warmth and great music. Loosely based on the true story of a teacher who formed a family singing group, it has Rodgers-and-Hammerstein music at its best, both whimsical (“Do-Re-Mi,” “Maria,” “Favorite Things”) and potent (“Sound of Music,” “Climb Every Mountain”). It won five Oscars, including best picture, and Julie Andrews won a Golden Globe for best actress.
2) “Garth & Trisha Live! A Holiday Concert Event,” 8:30 p.m., CBS (but 8 p.m. PT). Early in the pandemic, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood had a special that was sparse and fun. From their home studio, the married couple simply sang (beautifully) and talked. Now they’re back with a Christmas edition. If you miss it, there’s a rerun (alongside last Sunday’s Dolly Parton special) on Wednesday.
3) “A Home For the Holidays,” 9:30 p.m., CBS (but 9 p.m. PT). Each year, this offers an agreeable blend – true stories of adoption, alongside warm songs. This time, Gayle King hosts, with music by Josh Groban, Miranda Lambert, Meghan Trainor, Andrea Bocelli and Leslie Odom Jr.
4) “Your Honor,” 10 p.m., Showtime. Lies are starting to pile up on Michael (Bryan Cranston). A decent dad and a well-meaning judge, he’s beem trying to cover up for his son, who fled an accident that killed the son of a fierce mobster. Michael keeps making smart moves … except for one vital mistake: He reported his car stolen, shortly after (on his request) a teen took it to be destroyed. Now the teen is in prison; so is the older brother of the victim. It’s another taut, tense, well-acted hour.
5) “Office Christmas Party” (2016), 8 and 10:15 p.m., FX. You may remember office parties, a pre-pandemic custom. This sees one go to an extreme. It’s overwrought at times, but – like any comedy with Jason Bateman – also has moments of solid, well-grounded humor. Also, three channels – TBS, TNT and Cartoon – will simulcast “Wonder Woman” (2017) at 7 p.m.; it reruns at 10 p.m. on TBS and 10:01 on TNT. That gets us ready for the new film, arriving Christmas Day in theaters and streaming.