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Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas Lineup for 2017

25 Days of Christmas

Once again, Freeform is back with their 25 Days of Christmas programming, and here is their complete schedule for this year.  Once again, it’s loaded with plenty of old school cartoons and movies, so have a great “retro” time watching these and getting ready for Christmas.

Friday, December 1
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. EST – ELOISE AT CHRISTMASTIME
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – RICHIE RICH’S CHRISTMAS WISH
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – JACK FROST
2:00 – 3:35 p.m. – TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
3:35 – 4:35 p.m. – THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS
4:35 – 7:05 p.m. – WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
7:05 – 9:15 p.m. – NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
9:15 – 11:25 p.m. – ELF
11:25 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. – DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
1:30 – 2:00 a.m. – FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND

Saturday, December 2
7:00 – 9:00 a.m. EST – RICHIE RICH’S CHRISTMAS WISH
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. – MICKEY’S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS
1:05 – 3:10 p.m. – DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
3:10 – 4:50 p.m. – TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
4:50 – 7:00 p.m. – NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
7:00 – 9:10 p.m. – ELF
9:10 – 11:50 p.m. – DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (LIVE ACTION)
11:50 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. – THE POLAR EXPRESS

Sunday, December 3
7:00 – 7:30 a.m. EST – MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL
7:30 – 9:00 a.m. – MICKEY’S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS
9:00 -11:05 a.m. – A DENNIS THE MENACE CHRISTMAS
11:05 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. – SANTA PAWS 2: THE SANTA PUPS
1:10 – 2:15 p.m. – SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
2:15 – 3:55 p.m. – TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
3:55 – 6:05 p.m. – THE POLAR EXPRESS
6:05 – 8:45 p.m. – DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (LIVE ACTION)8:45 – 10:50 p.m. – THE SANTA CLAUSE
10:50 p.m. – 12:55 a.m. – THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE

Monday, December 4
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EST – SANTA PAWS 2: THE SANTA PUPS
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – MICKEY’S TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. – ARTHUR CHRISTMAS
2:30 – 4:35 p.m. – THE SANTA CLAUSE
4:35 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. – THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE
6:40 – 8:50 p.m. – ELF
8:50 – 11:00 p.m. – NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
12:00 – 2:00 a.m. – FOUR CHRISTMASES

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How Major Retailers Changed When We Celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

In the early part of the 20th century, American retailers were up against a unique challenge.  Falling at the end of November, Thanksgiving, with it’s football rivalries, quiet family gatherings, and emphasis on gratitude rather than wanting was antithetical to the whole commercial ideal.  Yet such a major holiday, and one so thoroughly American, could hardly be bumped aside.  The solution was to Christmas-ize Thanksgiving, and make it the official start to the shopping season.

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In 1920, Gimbel’s department store in New York organized the first Thanksgiving parade, the highlight of which was a fireman hired to dress as Santa Claus.  Other stores around the nation quickly followed up on this idea themselves.  In Detroit, Hudson’s started the Santa’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, and that same year, back in New York, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade got it’s start.  With Santa arriving in the very last float, Christmas – and the shopping season – was officially underway.  Since many people had the next day off, store owners made the Friday after Thanksgiving a sort of national shopping day, with special sales, special hours, and special attractions to lure in customers.  In most American cities, the Friday after Thanksgiving became the day when downtown shopping districts turned on their holiday lights and stores unveiled their Christmas windows.

So important did the intense, month-long burst of Christmas related shopping become to the national economic well-being, that, in 1939, when Thanksgiving fell on the last day of a five-Thursdayed November, Federated Department Stores protested the shortened shopping season.  President Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week, thus adding six days to the shopping season.  In 1941, Congress passed a bill officially moving Thanksgiving from the “last Thursday” of November to the “fourth Thursday”, ensuring that there would always be a maximum number of shopping days.


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MeTV to Air Christmas Episodes of Classic Shows Every Sunday

It’s my favorite time of year!  The time leading up to the Christmas holiday is full of Christmas movies and TV episodes in my house, and MeTV is making that a little easier this year with their A Very Merry MeTV starting this Sunday.  For the next seven weeks, MeTV is presenting three hours of Christmas themed episodes every Sunday afternoon.  Check out the schedule below to find when your old forgotten favorite will be on.

Sunday, November 12

The Facts of Life “The Christmas Show” 2PM | 1C

The Facts of Life “Christmas in the Big House” 2:30PM | 1:30C

Mama’s Family “Santa Mama” 3PM | 2C

Mama’s Family “Mama Gets Goosed” 3:30PM | 2:30C

The Lucy Show “Together for Christmas” 4PM | 3C

The Lucy Show “Lucy the Choirmaster” 4:30PM | 3:30C

Sunday, November 19

The Facts of Life “Christmas Baby” 2PM | 1C

The Facts of Life “Pre-Christmas Card” 2:30PM | 1:30C

Saved by the Bell “A Thanksgiving Story” 3PM | 2C

Mama’s Family “An Ill Wind” 3:30PM | 2:30C

Happy Days “The First Thanksgiving” 4PM | 3C

Cheers “Ill-Gotten Gaines” 4:30PM | 3:30C

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Making My Christmas Wish List From the 1986 Sears Christmas Wish Book

Now that we’re past Halloween, it’s time to start turning our attention to Christmas!  I know to some it may be early, but ever since I was a kid, you always had to get an early start on the Christmas season.  That’s because back then, the annual Sears Christmas Wish Book would arrive in the mail in mid-October.  I’d spend days on end pouring over all of that years offerings and circling all the cool stuff I wanted.

So in that grand tradition, let’s take a trip back in time to 1986 and re-visit the pages of that years Wish Book, and make a list of all the cool stuff I would have liked to receive that holiday season!


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What better way to stay warm in the coming winter than with a sweater showing your support for your favorite NFL football team?  I imagine these looked nice back in their day, but I can also see the word “tacky” written all over them in the mid-90’s.  But these days, they have a cool retro look and I would happily parade around town sporting one of these.  Add this to my list this year honey.  Let me get a 49ers one in XL.

As for whats available these days, I kind of dig these intentionally ugly NFL team sweaters.

 

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Boy, did my parents ever regret getting me a drum set like this.  For probably 12 solid hours after getting it for Christmas, I banged away on it.  But unfortunately for me, the quality of the drum faces were just thick paper, and I busted all of them within two days of getting the set for Christmas.  Honey, add this to the list as well so I can relive those glory days.

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