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Christmas is coming really early this year for One Direction fans.

The British boy band announced on Twitter Wednesday that they are starring in a new holiday special. Scheduled to air Dec. 23 at 8/7c on NBC, the program coincides with the release of the band's new album, Four, and marks One Direction's first-ever U.S. TV special. Side note: What took so long, America?!

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Few details are presently available about One Direction: The TV Special, so we don't yet know what holiday songs the band will perform. However, if they need any guidance, might we suggest looking to a few other boy bands for inspiration (see: 'N Sync's "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" and 98 Degrees' "This Gift")? Sweater selection is very important!

In keeping with the holiday spirit, One Direction is also set to record a new rendition of "Do They Know It's Christmas" along with Bono, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, among others. The profits from the single will go toward the fight against Ebola in Africa, so you don't have to feel guilty listening to it! And while there's currently no connection between the TV special and the charity initiative, if the band wants to invite some of their big-name collaborators to perform "Do They Know It's Christmas" as part of the special, we'd be okay with that. 

Will you watch the One Direction holiday special?

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