By Annie Barrett
December 09, 2006 at 05:20 AM EST

Well, in New York it is, anyway. I’d say this is the first weekend of the fall that’ll be so egregiously cold that staying in and devouring some good small-screen entertainment — along with one of those “grids” of Nestle Tollhouse cookie dough, and I know you know what I’m talking about — is totally excusable. No one can expect you to leave the house in these harsh conditions — and if they do, why… would you look at that? The conditions have suddenly given you a cold. Grab your ratty fleece blanket and check out these recommendations from EW.

— Get your Christmas on with a special edition of Miracle on 34th Street.
— If it’s time for a “watch the same show until the season’s over or I fall asleep” kind of day (which it usually is), get caught up on season 5 of 24 before it premieres again Jan. 14.
— All five seasons of Alias are now out, FYI.
— So is the excellent first season of St. Elsewhere. Heads up, House fans: Here’s your chance to see David Morse in a medical drama as someone other than the guy everyone else hates.

Tonight: Scurry on over (right now — you have, like, less than an hour) to record the Rankin-Bass Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,the long-running Christmas special that made EW’s Dan Snierson ask,”How is it that we get older, but this special never gets old?” (CBS,8-9 p.m.)
Saturday: Somehow, Annette Bening’s going to host SNL.
Sunday: It’s finale night for The Wire (HBO, 10-11 p.m.) and The Amazing Race (CBS, 8-9 p.m.). EW’s Must List called this fall’s Wire “the best season of he best drama on TV.” And Alabama moms Lyn & Karlyn are the first-ever all-female Racers to make it to the final 3.

Give those eyes a break — albums from Tokyo Police Club, Army of Anyone, and Johnny Cash, as well as the all-cover collection The O.C. Mix 6 made good marks with EW.