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Back in the mid-90s, when ABC Family was still just The Family Channel, the 25 Days of Christmas programming block was in its infancy. Rarely did they ever really show major theatrical release, but instead, focused more on original programming and long-forgotten holiday specials. A whole generation is wholly familiar with The Little Drummer Boy, Nestor The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey, and that mouse-centric cartoon version of Twas the Night Before Christmas.

One of the earliest original films to come from this block was Christmas Every Day, which is basically what you get when you combine the movie Groundhog Day with the Christmas season. It stars Erik Von Detton as a kid that’s having a pretty tough Christmas, only made worse by the fact that his little sister wishes for it to be Christmas every day. As with Groundhog Day, Billy is stuck in the time loop until he manages to get it right. Fortunately for Billy, it doesn’t seem like he’s stuck in the loop as long as Bill Murray’s character is, but it does take some trial and error to get everything just right.

I enjoy this film a lot. I wish they continued to show it, as ABC Family only seems to show a handful of films during their Christmas programming these days.  It’s on Youtube, so if you want to try and find it, you won’t have to look too hard.

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