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Holiday Movies -- How Early is Too Early?

Posted on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 4:08 PM

Movie PosterThe debate over when the Christmas season should start has been going on for decades. Before Halloween, after Halloween, after Thanksgiving, wait until December, ignore it and hope it goes away, no matter what your perspective is, the onslaught of Christmas movies is inevitable.

While this year’s pickings are slim (although several big, though not Christmas-related, movies are coming out), there have been years when it seemed that the directors were a little too eager to start hanging up Christmas lights and singing “Jingle Bells.” Home Alone came out on November 16th, The Polar Express was released on November 10th, Love Actually was released on November 7th, and Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (the 2000 Jim Carrey version) was released on November 17th. While there are movies that have been released even earlier, there’s clearly a theme.

While this may be a result of Disney tending to monopolize the weeks leading up to Christmas with blockbusters like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, to me it seems that pre-Thankgiving is still too early for Christmas movies to truly be appreciated. Perhaps it’s because November has always been my chill month, when I feel like the craziness of the fall calms down and I actually have a chance to settle into a rhythm, but I’m truly not in the right state of mind to get into the Christmas season.

The perfect timing for a Christmas movie would be the weekend after Thanksgiving, when I’m getting excited for Black Friday shopping (and planning out gifts) and figuring out where I’ll put the tree. It’s the perfect time to relax from the hectic family get-togethers and curl up in a blanket to watch a perfect Christmas movie.

Do you agree? What’s your ideal Christmas-movie window?

Let me know in the comments below!

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