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When to Start Watching Christmas Movies

When to start watching the myriad of holiday (Christmas) movies that take over television and the big screen is a subject of debate year after year. In my own family, we choose the day after Thanksgiving and we hold to it pretty steadfast. We're old school (or traditional) in the thought that Thanksgiving should still have some prominence in our culture, so we do our part in honoring it by giving our best effort to hold off Christmas festivities until the clock strikes Midnight on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

It's becoming increasingly difficult each year to abide by the family policy, thanks to the creative and entertaining movies that are being offered every year before Thanksgiving. Television networks and movie studios are creeping movie release dates up closer and closer to Halloween every year. Networks like ABC Family, Lifetime and Hallmark Channel are airing Christmas movies in early November. Many of the networks replay classics like Elf and Home Alone, while Hallmark and Lifetime create their own original movies. In 2011 alone, Hallmark shot and released 14 original Christmas movies! With that many movies to permeate your subconscious, the network had to begin airing them in early November. Hallmark needed to be able to replay them enough times that we all watched each film over and over again.

And it's not just the television networks who are changing the game, major motion picture production houses are doing to as well. In 2011, Warner Bros. released A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas on November 4, surely in an effort to rake in a steady stream of holiday moviegoers throughout the season.

Take a moment to reflect: are you a family that waits until the day after Thanksgiving to watch Christmas movies, or perhaps December 1st? Are you hardcore and wait until Christmas Eve to watch It's a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story marathon? Perhaps your family can't wait to get it started and you dig in and begin to watch the minute the first holiday movie is aired.

I have no problem with any approach. It all lends to building lasting holiday traditions in our families. What I would most definitely take issue with, however, is a Christmas in July holiday movie marathon. That would be taking it too far. Maybe I shouldn't mention that here, I certainly don't want to give anyone ideas.

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