Lucy and Desi will light up the tree for young Ricky's Christmas, George and Grade will spend Christmas in jail, and the rest of TV's regulars will deck their corn with holly for the holidays. There will also be a spate of special programs, promising, in all, a two-week cascade of goodies and not-so-goodies. Some of the most promising promises:

ABC's Omnibus (Dec. 16, 9 p.m., E.S.T.) will stage a play by William Saroyan, The Christmas Tie, with Helen Hayes as a refined shoplifter.

Disneyland (Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., ABC) takes Donald Duck into Latin America and TViewers to the traditional Mexican...

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