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25DaysOfChristmasLogo

The current logo for ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas.

Original 25 Days of Christmas logo

The original logo for the Family Channel's 25 Days of Christmas, used in 1997.

FoxFamilys25DaysOfXmasLogo

The logo for Fox Family's 25 Days of Christmas from 1998.

FoxFamilys25DaysOfXmasPromoShot

Another picture of the 1998 logo for Fox Family's 25 Days of Christmas.

FoxFamily25DaysOfChristmas PrintAd

A print advertisement promoting the event in 1998.

The 25 Days of Christmas (also currently known as ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas, previously known as Fox Family's 25 Days of Christmas and The Family Channel's 25 Days of Christmas) is an annual programming block that has been shown on ABC Family and its predecessors since 1996. As the title implies, it is shown every year from December 1st to December 25th, and features classic holiday programming (such as Rankin/Bass' TV specials), as well as new Christmas-themed television movies. Starting in 2007, ABC Family extended the "25" days into late November with a Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas block.

Original programming

Original movies

Almost every year since the block started in 1996, at least one new TV film is produced for the channel. In 2007, three films were created for the channel, due to the popularity generated from the previous year. [1]

Movie Year
Christmas Every Day 1996
The Christmas List 1997
Like Father, Like Santa 1998
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve 1999
Special Delivery 2000
Three Days 2001
Picking Up & Dropping Off 2003
Snow 2004
Christmas in Boston 2005
Chasing Christmas
Santa Baby 2006
Christmas Do-Over
Christmas Caper 2007
Holiday in Handcuffs
Snowglobe
Snow 2: Brain Freeze 2008
Christmas in Wonderland*
The Dog Who Saved Christmas 2009
Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe
The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation 2010
Christmas Cupid
Desperately Seeking Santa 2011
12 Dates of Christmas
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist [2] 2012
The Mistle-tones [3]
Christmas Bounty 2013
Home Again

* - This was released in Canada theatrically, but made its US debut on television.

Original specials

Special Year
Home and Family Christmas Special 1996
Donner 2001
A Miser Brothers' Christmas 2008
Gotta Catch Santa Claus [4] 2009
Holly and Hal Moose: Our Uplifting Christmas Adventure
A Very Pink Christmas 2011

Other programming

Other Christmas movies

Current movies

The following non-original (originally premiered theatrically, or direct-to-video, or on another TV network or cable channel) Christmas movies are, as of 2013, presently featured during the 25 Days of Christmas (including Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas):

Past movies

Other Christmas specials

Current specials

The following non-original (originally premiered theatrically, or direct-to-video, or on another TV network or cable channel) Christmas specials are, as of 2013, presently featured during the 25 Days of Christmas (including Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas):

Past specials

Countdown to The 25 Days of Christmas

In 2007, due to popular ratings from the previous year, ABC Family launched the first official countdown to the programming block, which began on November 23, the day after Thanksgiving.

Although this was the first official early start [5], in recent years, holiday programming has begun during the last week of November, showing mostly older original films, some of which pertained to Christmas and some that did not. The 2008 countdown included the basic cable debuts of Disney's Aladdin, Garfield, and the ABC Family debut of the Hallmark Channel's A Carol Christmas. The 2009 event saw the basic cable premieres of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Disney's animated films Lilo and Stitch and Hercules, and the ABC Family original film The Dog Who Saved Christmas. In 2010, the event, which began on November 21, included The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation.

Soundtrack

Main article: Songs to Celebrate 25 Days of Christmas

In 2009, Walt Disney Records, which is owned by The Walt Disney Company, ABC Family's owner, released a compilation album titled Songs to Celebrate 25 Days of Christmas, featuring a compilation of music from their 2009 special premieres as well as previously released songs that were featured in programs, with the exception of, among others, Jimmy Durante's version of Frosty the Snowman from the 1969 TV special, which has aired on CBS.

Controversy

In recent years, many fans of the 25 Days of Christmas programming block have been upset with the inclusion of such movies as the first six Harry Potter films, various Disney and Pixar films, and other non-holiday films in the lineup. This has sparked many complaints to ABC Family, via email and their Facebook page [6].

References

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  6. http://www.facebook.com/25DaysofChristmas

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