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10th Mar '17 11:19:09 PM MisterCPC
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* ''Franchise/XMen'' does this quite a bit. Several issues bring up the holiday but mainly just as background scenery, especially in Chris Claremont and John Byrne's run.
** #98 starts off during Christmas, but any Christmas tropes related to it are quickly forgotten when the Sentinels attack. After that it quickly moves past the holiday by at least a couple days and has the arc move on for a few more issues, ending with the famous moment where Jean is transformed into the Phoenix.
** #119, despite being titled "The Night Before Christmas," only takes place on the day at the very end, and most of it is focused on the team stopping a terrorist in Japan.
** #143, Byrne's final issue, only brings up the holiday early on despite the entire issue actually taking place on Christmas Eve this time. You'd be forgiven for forgetting it with the story focusing on Kitty Pryde[=/=]Spryte trying to survive a demon from another dimension that's invaded the mansion while she's alone.
10th Mar '17 11:07:28 PM MisterCPC
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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' takes place over Christmas Eve (and eventually crosses over into day once it goes past midnight) but aside from seeing decorations in the scenery and Alfred bringing up Christmas dinner at a few points, it doesn't play too much into things.
10th Mar '17 11:02:29 PM MisterCPC
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* A few of the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' movies take place over Christmas. The original and ''V'' both have scenes taking place during the holiday, while Rocky's match with Ivan Drago in ''IV'' takes place on Christmas Day, but other than that it's inconsequential to any movie in the series.
5th Mar '17 5:50:37 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Film/TheAmericanPresident'' takes place over a two-month period, from November through early January, setting the stage for the State of the Union address and an upcoming election year. There is a scene set in the White House Christmas party (and earlier, Sydney Ellen Wade's mention of Frank Capra prompts a mention of ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'') but apart from that it's not really a holiday movie.



* ''Film/TheBlackHole'' includes a few sentences in the opening speech about it being Christmas (the novelization mentions special food), and when the Cygnus's lights come on they're described as a "tree lit up on Christmas morning". But then it's not mentioned again. Somewhat justified by being in space, and the majority of it taking place on a ship long out of contact with earthly calendars.



* ''Film/ComfortAndJoy'' takes place during Christmastime, but really has nothing at all to do with the holiday. Move the story to any other time of the year and nothing would change... Except perhaps that the audience might not get the "sanity clause" joke.



* ''Film/{{Diner}}'' takes place during the last week of 1959, from Christmas to New Year's Eve, but nothing seems to be made much of it by the characters. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], however, since the major characters are Jewish and don't celebrate it.
* Much of ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' takes place at Christmastime, but it's not a particularly Christmassy film by any stretch.



* ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' apparently takes place at Christmas or close to it. The first time we see Popeye Doyle he's working undercover as a sidewalk Santa.



* ''Film/{{Go}}'' takes place on Christmas Eve, but the holiday really doesn't figure into its story (or, rather, its [[SimultaneousArcs stories]]).
* ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' is mostly set on Christmas Eve, but the film is mostly about killing monsters.
* In ''Film/TheHatefulEight'' mention is made of Joe Gage wanting to pass the holidays with his mother, and Señor Bob plays (badly) "Silent Night" on the piano. That's it. [[spoiler:And everything "Joe Gage" says during the film is a lie anyway.]]



* ''Film/IronMan3'' is set around Christmas, but the holiday has little bearing on the plot. Though it must be admitted that Tony trudging through the middle of nowhere hauling his broken armor would lose something without the snow.



* The Film/JamesBond movie ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' is set around Christmas. Notably, Blofeld places an ornament on a Christmas tree during the mandated EvilGloating scene and distributes Christmas gifts containing his Virus Omega dispensers to his brainwashed beauties. Also, the Winter festival scene where Bond and Theresa escape from Blofeld's goons to the tune of "Do You Know Where Christmas Trees Are Born"
* The final act of Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/KingKong2005'' occurs during the winter, and includes a scene in a park where all of the trees are covered in Christmas lights. No other reference is made to the holiday season.



* The first ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movie takes place at Christmas, as is shown by the tree in Murtaugh's house and the complete destruction of a large stack of eggnog cartons in an action scene. During the climax, the villain shoots a TV playing the Alastair Sim version of ''[[{{Film/Scrooge1951}} A Christmas Carol]]'' and declares, "[[TheGrinch I hate Christmas!]]" Plus, the first scene with Mel Gibson shows a drug dealer using a Christmas tree lot as a front for his real business.
* Most of ''Film/MonOncleAntoine'' takes place over Dec. 23-24, but that has little relevance to the story, except for the increased business coming to Antoine's general store for the holiday.
* ''Film/{{Moonstruck}}'' was shot during the Christmas season in New York, and lights and trees are visible in a number of the outdoor scenes, but the holidays really don't figure into the narrative at all.
* ''Film/NobodysFool'' starts off around Thanksgiving and goes through Christmas, but we never see any sort of celebration (the closest is when Wacker causes a disturbance on Thanksgiving by running into dining room table [[ItMakesSenseInContext while he's naked]] and knocking down all the food, and Birdie does decorate the bar for Christmas).



* ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' is actually set at Christmas time and captain Janek even sets up a Christmas tree. It has nothing to do with the plot and nobody else cares.
* ''Film/TheProposition'' is set at and around Christmas - with a climax at a Christmas Day dinner - but being an extremely violent drama set in colonial Australia, has neither the tone nor the iconography of a Christmas film. This is lampshaded when Emily Watson's character, an English rose transposed to the outback, holds up a piece of white wool and says "Look. Snow." But for plot purposes, Christmas could just as easily have been substituted for "next Sunday".



* ''Film/RoboCop3'' begins around the time of Christmas, as an armed robber enters into a doughnut shop with some Christmas decorations put up and the song "Here Comes Santa Claus" playing in the background -- and [[DonutMessWithACop the doughnut shop is full of cops]].



* The first ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movie takes place at Christmas, as is shown by the tree in Murtaugh's house and the complete destruction of a large stack of eggnog cartons in an action scene. During the climax, the villain shoots a TV playing the Alastair Sim version of ''[[{{Film/Scrooge1951}} A Christmas Carol]]'' and declares, "[[TheGrinch I hate Christmas!]]" Plus, the first scene with Mel Gibson shows a drug dealer using a Christmas tree lot as a front for his real business.
* Much of ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' takes place at Christmastime, but it's not a particularly Christmassy film by any stretch.
* ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' apparently takes place at Christmas or close to it. The first time we see Popeye Doyle he's working undercover as a sidewalk Santa.
* ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' is actually set at Christmas time and captain Janek even sets up a Christmas tree. It has nothing to do with the plot and nobody else cares.
* The final act of Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/KingKong2005'' occurs during the winter, and includes a scene in a park where all of the trees are covered in Christmas lights. No other reference is made to the holiday season.
* ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' is mostly set on Christmas Eve, but the film is mostly about killing monsters.
* ''Film/TheProposition'' is set at and around Christmas - with a climax at a Christmas Day dinner - but being an extremely violent drama set in colonial Australia, has neither the tone nor the iconography of a Christmas film. This is lampshaded when Emily Watson's character, an English rose transposed to the outback, holds up a piece of white wool and says "Look. Snow." But for plot purposes, Christmas could just as easily have been substituted for "next Sunday".
* ''Film/{{Moonstruck}}'' was shot during the Christmas season in New York, and lights and trees are visible in a number of the outdoor scenes, but the holidays really don't figure into the narrative at all.
* ''Film/TheAmericanPresident'' takes place over a two-month period, from November through early January, setting the stage for the State of the Union address and an upcoming election year. There is a scene set in the White House Christmas party (and earlier, Sydney Ellen Wade's mention of Frank Capra prompts a mention of ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'') but apart from that it's not really a holiday movie.
* The Film/JamesBond movie ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' is set around Christmas. Notably, Blofeld places an ornament on a Christmas tree during the mandated EvilGloating scene and distributes Christmas gifts containing his Virus Omega dispensers to his brainwashed beauties. Also, the Winter festival scene where Bond and Theresa escape from Blofeld's goons to the tune of "Do You Know Where Christmas Trees Are Born"
* ''Film/TheBlackHole'' includes a few sentences in the opening speech about it being Christmas (the novelization mentions special food), and when the Cygnus's lights come on they're described as a "tree lit up on Christmas morning". But then it's not mentioned again. Somewhat justified by being in space, and the majority of it taking place on a ship long out of contact with earthly calendars.
* Most of ''Film/MonOncleAntoine'' takes place over Dec. 23-24, but that has little relevance to the story, except for the increased business coming to Antoine's general store for the holiday.
* ''Film/IronMan3'' is set around Christmas, but the holiday has little bearing on the plot. Though Tony trudging through the middle of nowhere hauling his broken armor would lose something without the snow, I'll admit.
* ''Film/{{Diner}}'' takes place during the last week of 1959, from Christmas to New Year's Eve, but nothing seems to be made much of it by the characters. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], however, since the major characters are Jewish and don't celebrate it.
* ''Film/NobodysFool'' starts off around Thanksgiving and goes through Christmas, but we never see any sort of celebration (the closest is when Wacker causes a disturbance on Thanksgiving by running into dining room table [[ItMakesSenseInContext while he's naked]] and knocking down all the food, and Birdie does decorate the bar for Christmas).
* ''Film/{{Go}}'' takes place on Christmas Eve, but the holiday really doesn't figure into its story (or, rather, its [[SimultaneousArcs stories]]).
* ''Film/ComfortAndJoy'' takes place during Christmastime, but really has nothing at all to do with the holiday. Move the story to any other time of the year and nothing would change... Except perhaps that the audience might not get the "sanity clause" joke.
* In ''Film/TheHatefulEight'' mention is made of Joe Gage wanting to pass the holidays with his mother, and Señor Bob plays (badly) "Silent Night" on the piano. That's it. [[spoiler:And everything "Joe Gage" says during the film is a lie anyway.]]
* ''Film/ToyStory'' ends in Christmas day to set a BrickJoke and a HereWeGoAgain scene at the end, not dealing with usual Christmas tropes beyond a kiss under the mistletoe.
* ''Film/RoboCop3'' begins around the time of Christmas, as an armed robber enters into a doughnut shop with some Christmas decorations put up and the song "Here Comes Santa Claus" playing in the background -- and [[DonutMessWithACop the doughnut shop is full of cops]].

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* The first ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movie takes place at Christmas, as is shown by the tree in Murtaugh's house and the complete destruction of a large stack of eggnog cartons in an action scene. During the climax, the villain shoots a TV playing the Alastair Sim version of ''[[{{Film/Scrooge1951}} A Christmas Carol]]'' and declares, "[[TheGrinch I hate Christmas!]]" Plus, the first scene with Mel Gibson shows a drug dealer using a Christmas tree lot as a front for his real business.
* Much of ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' takes place at Christmastime, but it's not a particularly Christmassy film by any stretch.
* ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' apparently takes place at Christmas or close to it. The first time we see Popeye Doyle he's working undercover as a sidewalk Santa.
* ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' is actually set at Christmas time and captain Janek even sets up a Christmas tree. It has nothing to do with the plot and nobody else cares.
* The final act of Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/KingKong2005'' occurs during the winter, and includes a scene in a park where all of the trees are covered in Christmas lights. No other reference is made to the holiday season.
* ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' is mostly set on Christmas Eve, but the film is mostly about killing monsters.
* ''Film/TheProposition'' is set at and around Christmas - with a climax at a Christmas Day dinner - but being an extremely violent drama set in colonial Australia, has neither the tone nor the iconography of a Christmas film. This is lampshaded when Emily Watson's character, an English rose transposed to the outback, holds up a piece of white wool and says "Look. Snow." But for plot purposes, Christmas could just as easily have been substituted for "next Sunday".
* ''Film/{{Moonstruck}}'' was shot during the Christmas season in New York, and lights and trees are visible in a number of the outdoor scenes, but the holidays really don't figure into the narrative at all.
* ''Film/TheAmericanPresident'' takes place over a two-month period, from November through early January, setting the stage for the State of the Union address and an upcoming election year. There is a scene set in the White House Christmas party (and earlier, Sydney Ellen Wade's mention of Frank Capra prompts a mention of ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'') but apart from that it's not really a holiday movie.
* The Film/JamesBond movie ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' is set around Christmas. Notably, Blofeld places an ornament on a Christmas tree during the mandated EvilGloating scene and distributes Christmas gifts containing his Virus Omega dispensers to his brainwashed beauties. Also, the Winter festival scene where Bond and Theresa escape from Blofeld's goons to the tune of "Do You Know Where Christmas Trees Are Born"
* ''Film/TheBlackHole'' includes a few sentences in the opening speech about it being Christmas (the novelization mentions special food), and when the Cygnus's lights come on they're described as a "tree lit up on Christmas morning". But then it's not mentioned again. Somewhat justified by being in space, and the majority of it taking place on a ship long out of contact with earthly calendars.
* Most of ''Film/MonOncleAntoine'' takes place over Dec. 23-24, but that has little relevance to the story, except for the increased business coming to Antoine's general store for the holiday.
* ''Film/IronMan3'' is set around Christmas, but the holiday has little bearing on the plot. Though Tony trudging through the middle of nowhere hauling his broken armor would lose something without the snow, I'll admit.
* ''Film/{{Diner}}'' takes place during the last week of 1959, from Christmas to New Year's Eve, but nothing seems to be made much of it by the characters. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], however, since the major characters are Jewish and don't celebrate it.
* ''Film/NobodysFool'' starts off around Thanksgiving and goes through Christmas, but we never see any sort of celebration (the closest is when Wacker causes a disturbance on Thanksgiving by running into dining room table [[ItMakesSenseInContext while he's naked]] and knocking down all the food, and Birdie does decorate the bar for Christmas).
* ''Film/{{Go}}'' takes place on Christmas Eve, but the holiday really doesn't figure into its story (or, rather, its [[SimultaneousArcs stories]]).
* ''Film/ComfortAndJoy'' takes place during Christmastime, but really has nothing at all to do with the holiday. Move the story to any other time of the year and nothing would change... Except perhaps that the audience might not get the "sanity clause" joke.
* In ''Film/TheHatefulEight'' mention is made of Joe Gage wanting to pass the holidays with his mother, and Señor Bob plays (badly) "Silent Night" on the piano. That's it. [[spoiler:And everything "Joe Gage" says during the film is a lie anyway.]]
* ''Film/ToyStory'' ends in on Christmas day to set a BrickJoke and a HereWeGoAgain scene at the end, not dealing with usual Christmas tropes beyond a kiss under the mistletoe.
* ''Film/RoboCop3'' begins around the time of Christmas, as an armed robber enters into a doughnut shop with some Christmas decorations put up and the song "Here Comes Santa Claus" playing in the background -- and [[DonutMessWithACop the doughnut shop is full of cops]].
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* Most of the first ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book takes place on the night of Christmas Eve or before dawn on Christmas Day. The first time this gets mentioned in the story is on the ''last page'' (Not counting the epilogue).
* From the Creator/JaneAusten canon, ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', and ''{{Literature/Emma}}'' all contain scenes which take place over the Christmas season, but it has next to no bearing on any of their plots. The closest it comes is in ''Emma'', in which it's mentioned that the bad weather gives Emma an excuse not to go to church on Christmas after the minister's uncomfortable overtures to her in the carriage a few days prior. To be fair, that's because many trappings of the 'traditional' Christmas are NewerThanTheyThink, and the more raucous old customs of the season wouldn't have been practiced around Austen's carefully brought-up heroines. The one effect it would have had would be that, as now, extended families would come together (especially significant in times when they otherwise might only have contact by letter for months on end.)
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' has an in-universe example with one of Charlotte Johanson's favorite stories. When Charlotte initially reads the story to Stacey, it seems like a story about a lost dog. It isn't until Stacey sees the pictures, virtually all of which contain trees or other decorations, that she realizes it was supposed to be a Christmas story.



* From the Creator/JaneAusten canon, ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', and ''{{Literature/Emma}}'' all contain scenes which take place over the Christmas season, but it has next to no bearing on any of their plots. The closest it comes is in ''Emma'', in which it's mentioned that the bad weather gives Emma an excuse not to go to church on Christmas after the minister's uncomfortable overtures to her in the carriage a few days prior. To be fair, that's because many trappings of the 'traditional' Christmas are NewerThanTheyThink, and the more raucous old customs of the season wouldn't have been practised around Austen's carefully brought-up heroines. The one effect it would have had would be that, as now, extended families would come together (especially significant in times when they otherwise might only have contact by letter for months on end.)

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* From the Creator/JaneAusten canon, ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', and ''{{Literature/Emma}}'' all contain scenes which take Creator/RichardMatheson's horror novel ''Literature/HellHouse'' takes place over between December 18 and December 24, but the only mention of the holiday comes in the very last sentence of the story, when one of the characters wishes another a merry Christmas. (The film adaptation ''The Legend of Hell House'' keeps the same datespan, but omits any reference to Christmas season, but it has next to no bearing on any of their plots. The closest it comes is in ''Emma'', in which it's mentioned that the bad weather gives Emma an excuse not to go to church on Christmas after the minister's uncomfortable overtures to her in the carriage a few days prior. To be fair, that's because many trappings of the 'traditional' Christmas are NewerThanTheyThink, and the more raucous old customs of the season wouldn't have been practised around Austen's carefully brought-up heroines. The one effect it would have had would be that, as now, extended families would come together (especially significant in times when they otherwise might only have contact by letter for months on end.at all.)



* Creator/RichardMatheson's horror novel ''Literature/HellHouse'' takes place between December 18 and December 24, but the only mention of the holiday comes in the very last sentence of the story, when one of the characters wishes another a merry Christmas. (The film adaptation ''The Legend of Hell House'' keeps the same datespan, but omits any reference to Christmas at all.)
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' has an in-universe example with one of Charlotte Johanson's favorite stories. When Charlotte initially reads the story to Stacey, it seems like a story about a lost dog. It isn't until Stacey sees the pictures, virtually all of which contain trees or other decorations, that she realizes it was supposed to be a Christmas story.

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* Creator/RichardMatheson's horror novel ''Literature/HellHouse'' takes place between December 18 and December 24, but the only mention of the holiday comes in the very last sentence of the story, when one of the characters wishes another a merry Christmas. (The film adaptation ''The Legend of Hell House'' keeps the same datespan, but omits any reference to In ''Literature/{{Les Miserables}}'', Jean Valjean first meets his adopted daughter-to-be, little Cosette, on Christmas at all.)
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub''
Eve. This has an in-universe example with one of Charlotte Johanson's favorite stories. When Charlotte initially reads no bearing on the story plot beyond giving him an excuse to Stacey, it seems like a story about a lost dog. It isn't until Stacey sees give the pictures, virtually all little girl her first gift, a beautiful doll she's been pining for, as well as symbolic significance of which contain trees or other decorations, that she realizes it was supposed to be a new beginnings and hope (a la the birth of Christ) for them both. The Christmas story.setting of this sequence is omitted in the stage version of the popular musical adaptation, but restored in the film version.



* Most of the first ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book takes place on the night of Christmas Eve or before dawn on Christmas Day. The first time this gets mentioned in the story is on the ''last page'' (Not counting the epilogue).



* In ''Literature/{{Les Miserables}}'', Jean Valjean first meets his adopted daughter-to-be, little Cosette, on Christmas Eve. This has no bearing on the plot beyond giving him an excuse to give the little girl her first gift, a beautiful doll she's been pining for, as well as symbolic significance of new beginnings and hope (a la the birth of Christ) for them both. The Christmas setting of this sequence is omitted in the stage version of the popular musical adaptation, but restored in the film version.



* An early ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' episode has Beaver losing his barbershop money and getting Wally to cut his hair in an attempt to keep his parents from finding out. At the very end of the episode, we see the Beav wearing an angel costume and singing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" at a school pageant...after no prior mention of Christmas in the whole episode!
* ''Series/TheWestWing'''s Christmas episodes tended to be tellingly named and heavily decorated and feature a carol here and there, but the actual plots could have belonged to any episode -- in contrast to the {{Anvilicious}} Thanksgiving storylines (a boatload of Chinese refugees seeking freedom to practice Christianity in the U.S.; representatives from a Native tribe staging a sit-in in the White House to protest the government's treatment of their issues).
* The first part of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The End of Time" was broadcast on Christmas (and the second on New Year's). Whereas each year of the revived ''Series/DoctorWho'' had had a very Christmassy Christmas special, this one barely mentioned it. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d with the line, "Christmas is cancelled!" partway through the first episode.
** Likewise "The Snowmen" three years later, following two ''even more Christmassy'' Christmas specials. To the point that [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki']]s synopsis doesn't even ''mention'' that it's set on Christmas Eve, because it's totally irrelevant.
* During the season 4 ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "The Constant" the characters only find out it's Christmas Eve when they spot the date on a calendar, being too busy with much more important things.
* The ''Series/KraftSuspenseTheatre'' episode "Are There Any More Out There Like You?" takes place at Christmas time to ironically drive home that the protagonist's family is falling apart.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]: Part 1 was broadcast on Christmas (and the second on New Year's). Unlike all of the previous Christmas specials, which had been quite Christmassy, this one barely even mentions it. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]:
-->'''Naismith:''' Ladies and gentlemen, Christmas is cancelled!
** Likewise [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen "The Snowmen"]] three years later, following two ''even more Christmassy'' Christmas specials. To the point that [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} the Other Wiki's]] synopsis doesn't even ''mention'' that it's set on Christmas Eve, because it's totally irrelevant.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2016CSTheReturnOfDoctorMysterio "The Return of Doctor Mysterio"]] sets a new record for "least-Christmassy Christmas special", as only the opening scene, where eight-year-old Grant meets the Doctor and [[SuperEmpowering accidentally gets superpowers]], is set at Christmastime. The rest of it appears to take place in the spring or summer, about twenty years later.
* The ''Series/KraftSuspenseTheatre'' episode "Are There Any More Out There Like You?" takes place at Christmas time to ironically drive home that the protagonist's family is falling apart.
* An early ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' episode has Beaver losing his barbershop money and getting Wally to cut his hair in an attempt to keep his parents from finding out. At the very end of the episode, we see the Beav wearing an angel costume and singing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" at a school pageant...after no prior mention of Christmas in the whole episode!
* During the season 4 ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "The Constant" the characters only find out it's Christmas Eve when they spot the date on a calendar, being too busy with much more important things.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'''s Christmas episodes tended to be tellingly named and heavily decorated and feature a carol here and there, but the actual plots could have belonged to any episode -- in contrast to the {{Anvilicious}} Thanksgiving storylines (a boatload of Chinese refugees seeking freedom to practice Christianity in the U.S.; representatives from a Native tribe staging a sit-in in the White House to protest the government's treatment of their issues).



* The Wham! song "Last Christmas", apart from the title and some jingle bells, has nothing to do with the holiday. You could have substituted "Last Arbor Day" if you could have gotten some trees to rattle together properly.

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* The Wham! only Christmassy thing about the Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood song "Last Christmas", apart from "The Power of Love" is the title and some jingle bells, has nothing to do with music video, which depicts the holiday. You could have substituted "Last Arbor Day" if you could have gotten some trees to rattle together properly.story of the Nativity.



* The only Christmasy thing about the Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood song "The Power of Love" is the music video, which depicts the story of the Nativity.

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* The only Christmasy thing about the Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood Wham! song "The Power of Love" is "Last Christmas", apart from the music video, which depicts title and some jingle bells, has nothing to do with the story of the Nativity.holiday. You could have substituted "Last Arbor Day" if you could have gotten some trees to rattle together properly.



* The first and second acts of ''Opera/{{La Boheme}}'' take place on Christmas Eve. This has no bearing on the plot apart from adding a cold, wintery atmosphere to Act I and a festive atmosphere to the street scenes of Act II.
* Likewise the entire first act of ''La Boheme'''s contemporary musical adaptation ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' takes place on Christmas Eve and into the early hours of Christmas morning. The second act starts a week later on New Year's Eve and plays out over the course of the year, with the finale once again on Christmas Eve. As in ''Boheme,'' aside from it needing to be winter to set up Mimi and Roger's meeting (her heat went out), the holiday doesn't play into the plot very much.

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* The first and second acts of ''Opera/{{La Boheme}}'' ''Opera/LaBoheme'' take place on Christmas Eve. This has no bearing on the plot apart from adding a cold, wintery atmosphere to Act I and a festive atmosphere to the street scenes of Act II.
* Likewise the entire first act of ''La Boheme'''s contemporary musical adaptation ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' takes place on Christmas Eve and into the early hours of Christmas morning. The second act starts a week later on New Year's Eve and plays out over the course of the year, with the finale once again on Christmas Eve. As in ''Boheme,'' aside from it needing to be winter to set up Mimi and Roger's meeting (her heat went out), the holiday doesn't play into the plot very much.
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* The entire first act of ''La Boheme'''s contemporary musical adaptation ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' takes place on Christmas Eve and into the early hours of Christmas morning. The second act starts a week later on New Year's Eve and plays out over the course of the year, with the finale once again on Christmas Eve. As in ''Boheme'' aside from it needing to be winter to set up Mimi and Roger's meeting (her heat went out), the holiday doesn't play into the plot very much.



* In ''{{VideoGame/AMY}}'', despite the fact that the game takes place on Christmas Eve, there's no snow and no other reference to the holiday beyond the conversation between the train conductor and Lana (who subsequently gives Amy the digital drawing pad as a present) at the beginning of the game.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta2}} Bayonetta 2]]'' happens during Christmas eve. [[BadassSanta Rodin]] dresses up for the season as Santa.



* ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' is a great example of getting to watch the good people of Manhattan celebrate Xmas 1996 through spontaneous combustion and mass melting.
* ''Raw Danger'' is a sequel to ''VideoGame/DisasterReport'' which is all about a city flooding and the peoples attempt to escape alive. The Xmas themes are pretty heavy with stores around the city all playing xmas music and decorations being all over the place, plus at the start of the game you are working as a waiter at a big fancy party that has a costumed santa clause walking around entertaining the guests. Other than cosmetic themes though the fact its Christmas seems to be purely incidental.
* The only indication that ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' takes place on December is the billboards and stock Christmas music that plays in the downtown street scene. Later on, you find one of your contacts disguised in a Santa costume.
** Creator/HideoKojima also did this in ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}'', possibly as a reference to ''Snatcher'', or perhaps to make [[SpaceStation Beyond Coast's]] perpetual summer more surreal to the American characters.
** [[AllThereInTheManual According to the manual of]] ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', the events of the game take place between the 24th and 25th of December, 1999. There's little reference to this other than the name of [[MeaningfulName Holly White]] and her asking Snake to take her out to Christmas dinner.
* ''VideoGame/RabbidsGoHome'' takes place in late November and early December, according to the dates on the security-cam footage. It's used as the basis for a SurpriseSantaEncounter, and one [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Level.]] However, most of the work is not ''exceptionally'' Christmassy.



* The first two games in the ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' series take place in December of 2005 and 2006 respectively. You have to look pretty hard to see it but there are a few decorations and one or two stores play Xmas tunes. "[[AmazingFreakingGrace Amazing Grace]]" plays over the credits of the first game, while "Silent Night" plays over the credits of the second. The third and fourth games avert this tradition, but it returns in the fifth game which takes place around Christmas of 2012, with several Christmas decorations and songs being played throughout. Saejima even gets to beat up some thugs while wearing a Santa suit (and can even crush them with a Christmas tree).
* In ''{{VideoGame/AMY}}'', despite the fact that the game takes place on Christmas Eve, there's no snow and no other reference to the holiday beyond the conversation between the train conductor and Lana (who subsequently gives Amy the digital drawing pad as a present) at the beginning of the game.
* One DungeonTown in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' seems to have been in the midst of celebrating Christmas when the Shroobs invaded. If nothing else, it provides for some MoodDissonance.
* ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' begins with the main character being kidnapped on Christmas Eve, and although he isn't sure how long he's been asleep when he finally comes to during the Nonary Game, he generally believes it to be Christmas Day. A few conversations take note of this, but the game isn't Christmas-themed.



* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', we can see that Lynne has Christmas decorations in her apartment, and there are other hints scattered about, but no one ever comments on it.
* The prologue of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' takes place sometime around Christmas (as evidenced by a Christmas tree and several decorations), while the protagonists are robbing a rural bank blind. This is justified in that a near-deserted bank during the holidays would make crowd control vastly easier.



* The prologue of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' takes place sometime around Christmas (as evidenced by a Christmas tree and several decorations), while the protagonists are robbing a rural bank blind. This is justified in that a near-deserted bank during the holidays would make crowd control vastly easier.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta2}} Bayonetta 2]]'' happens during Christmas eve. [[BadassSanta Rodin]] dresses up for the season as Santa.
* In ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Sea Of Darkness]]'', there are wreaths and colored light strings hanging up in the small Icelandic fishing village where Nancy is investigating a disappearance. Neither Nancy nor anyone else mentions them, and some notes Nancy sorts through suggest in passing that it's actually early January when she arrives: Icelanders just tend to leave their holiday decorations up until Epiphany, in part because it's so gloomy there in mid-winter that any excuse to brighten the long nights is a relief.

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* The prologue One DungeonTown in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' seems to have been in the midst of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' takes place sometime around celebrating Christmas (as evidenced by a Christmas tree and several decorations), while when the protagonists are robbing a rural bank blind. This is justified in that a near-deserted bank during the holidays would make crowd control vastly easier.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta2}} Bayonetta 2]]'' happens during Christmas eve. [[BadassSanta Rodin]] dresses up
Shroobs invaded. If nothing else, it provides for the season as Santa.
some MoodDissonance.
* In ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew ''VideoGame/NancyDrew: Sea Of Darkness]]'', of Darkness'', there are wreaths and colored light strings hanging up in the small Icelandic fishing village where Nancy is investigating a disappearance. Neither Nancy nor anyone else mentions them, and some notes Nancy sorts through suggest in passing that it's actually early January when she arrives: Icelanders just tend to leave their holiday decorations up until Epiphany, in part because it's so gloomy there in mid-winter that any excuse to brighten the long nights is a relief.relief.
* ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' is a great example of getting to watch the good people of Manhattan celebrate Xmas 1996 through spontaneous combustion and mass melting.



* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', we can see that Lynne has Christmas decorations in her apartment, and there are other hints scattered about, but no one ever comments on it.

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* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', we can see ''VideoGame/RabbidsGoHome'' takes place in late November and early December, according to the dates on the security-cam footage. It's used as the basis for a SurpriseSantaEncounter, and one [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Level.]] However, most of the work is not ''exceptionally'' Christmassy.
* ''Raw Danger'' is a sequel to ''VideoGame/DisasterReport'' which is all about a city flooding and the peoples attempt to escape alive. The Xmas themes are pretty heavy with stores around the city all playing xmas music and decorations being all over the place, plus at the start of the game you are working as a waiter at a big fancy party
that Lynne has a costumed santa clause walking around entertaining the guests. Other than cosmetic themes though the fact its Christmas seems to be purely incidental.
* The only indication that ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' takes place on December is the billboards and stock Christmas music that plays in the downtown street scene. Later on, you find one of your contacts disguised in a Santa costume.
** Creator/HideoKojima also did this in ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}'', possibly as a reference to ''Snatcher'', or perhaps to make [[SpaceStation Beyond Coast's]] perpetual summer more surreal to the American characters.
** [[AllThereInTheManual According to the manual of]] ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', the events of the game take place between the 24th and 25th of December, 1999. There's little reference to this other than the name of [[MeaningfulName Holly White]] and her asking Snake to take her out to Christmas dinner.
* ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' begins with the main character being kidnapped on Christmas Eve, and although he isn't sure how long he's been asleep when he finally comes to during the Nonary Game, he generally believes it to be Christmas Day. A few conversations take note of this, but the game isn't Christmas-themed.
* The first two games in the ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' series take place in December of 2005 and 2006 respectively. You have to look pretty hard to see it but there are a few decorations and one or two stores play Xmas tunes. "[[AmazingFreakingGrace Amazing Grace]]" plays over the credits of the first game, while "Silent Night" plays over the credits of the second. The third and fourth games avert this tradition, but it returns in the fifth game which takes place around Christmas of 2012, with several
Christmas decorations in her apartment, and there are other hints scattered about, but no one ever comments on it.songs being played throughout. Saejima even gets to beat up some thugs while wearing a Santa suit (and can even crush them with a Christmas tree).
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* The climax of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' takes place on Christmas Eve. This gets mentioned briefly a couple times, but the heroes are far too busy saving the world to hang up their stockings.



* The climax of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' takes place on Christmas Eve. This gets mentioned briefly a couple times, but the heroes are far too busy saving the world to hang up their stockings.



* In ''ComicBook/TheGoldenAge'', the opening of Tex Thompson's secret diary, which reveals the secrets of both Thompson and Dynaman, takes place around Christmas, with Joan Dale interrupting Lance Gallant and Paula Brooks' intimacy to bring the secret to light.



* In ''ComicBook/TheGoldenAge'', the opening of Tex Thompson's secret diary, which reveals the secrets of both Thompson and Dynaman, takes place around Christmas, with Joan Dale interrupting Lance Gallant and Paula Brooks' intimacy to bring the secret to light.



* ''Film/TheApartment'' takes place around Christmas and New Year's, but the holidays don't have much to do with the story other than to underscore the emptiness of the characters' lives.
%%* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' probably fits this trope as well.
* ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' presents the perfect Christmas present: a decision making machine for business executives! Good to know that your odds of being fired on a whim are a solid 50/50.



* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' probably fits this trope as well.
* ''Film/TheSureThing'' features college students during winter break... still partying it up at college and throwing a Tahitian-themed Christmas party.
* ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' is set around Christmas, and opens with Harry in New York while it's snowing, trying to steal a toy for his niece. The only real sign of it once the story moves to LA are some decorations and girls in SexySantaDress.
* ''Film/TheOdessaFile'' is a political thriller about a German reporter trying to find a former Nazi concentration camp commandant in 1963. The movie opens on November 22, 1963 (the day of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's assassination) with said reporter (Jon Voight) driving through streets lined with Christmas decorations as Perry Como's song "Christmas Dream" plays over the credits.
* ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' begins on "Friday, December the Eleventh" according to an onscreen graphic during the opening shot, and Christmas decorations can be seen in downtown Phoenix as Janet Leigh's character leaves town. However, no further allusion to the holiday is made although the film's narrative extends later into the month.
** This was a case of SerendipityWritesThePlot, since they didn't notice there were Christmas decorations in their on-location takes until after filming had concluded, and then they just mentioned it was mid-December in the opening to properly compensate.



* ''Film/TheApartment'' takes place around Christmas and New Year's, but the holidays don't have much to do with the story other than to underscore the emptiness of the characters' lives.

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* ''Film/TheApartment'' takes place around Christmas and New Year's, but the holidays don't have much ''Film/FullMetalJacket''. "Happy birthday to do with the story other than you, happy birthday to underscore the emptiness of the characters' lives.you, happy birthday dear Jesus, happy birthday to you."



* ''Film/{{Hook}}'' has Peter Pan's kids getting kidnapped on what may very well have been Christmas Day. Ouch.
* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' is unequivocally considered one of the essential "Christmas movies", even though nearly all of it is spent showing HowWeGotHere and what would have happened if George hadn't been born; using the holiday as a FramingDevice really only serves to make things extra warm and fuzzy for the final scene.
* ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' is set around Christmas, and opens with Harry in New York while it's snowing, trying to steal a toy for his niece. The only real sign of it once the story moves to LA are some decorations and girls in SexySantaDress.



* ''Pocketful of Miracles,'' the 1961 remake of ''Film/LadyForADay,'' takes place at Christmas time, but the only clue to this is the presence of some decorations in the hallway of the fancy hotel where Apple Annie gets her letter.

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* ''Film/TheOdessaFile'' is a political thriller about a German reporter trying to find a former Nazi concentration camp commandant in 1963. The movie opens on November 22, 1963 (the day of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's assassination) with said reporter (Jon Voight) driving through streets lined with Christmas decorations as Perry Como's song "Christmas Dream" plays over the credits.
* ''Pocketful of Miracles,'' Miracles'', the 1961 remake of ''Film/LadyForADay,'' takes place at Christmas time, but the only clue to this is the presence of some decorations in the hallway of the fancy hotel where Apple Annie gets her letter.letter.
* ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' begins on "Friday, December the Eleventh" according to an onscreen graphic during the opening shot, and Christmas decorations can be seen in downtown Phoenix as Janet Leigh's character leaves town. However, no further allusion to the holiday is made although the film's narrative extends later into the month.
** This was a case of SerendipityWritesThePlot, since they didn't notice there were Christmas decorations in their on-location takes until after filming had concluded, and then they just mentioned it was mid-December in the opening to properly compensate.
* ''Film/TheSureThing'' features college students during winter break... still partying it up at college and throwing a Tahitian-themed Christmas party.



* ''Film/{{Hook}}'' has Peter Pan's kids getting kidnapped on what may very well have been Christmas Day. Ouch.
* ''Film/FullMetalJacket''. "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Jesus, happy birthday to you."
* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' is unequivocally considered one of the essential "Christmas movies," even though nearly all of it is spent showing HowWeGotHere and what would have happened if George hadn't been born; using the holiday as a FramingDevice really only serves to make things extra warm and fuzzy for the final scene.
* ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' presents the perfect Christmas present: a decision making machine for business executives! Good to know that your odds of being fired on a whim are a solid 50/50.
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* In ''ComicBook/TheGoldenAge'', the opening of Tex Thompson's secret diary, which reveals the secrets of both Thompson and Dynaman, takes place around Christmas, with Joan Dale interrupting Lance Gallant and Paula Brooks' intimacy to bring the secret to light.
15th Jan '17 4:03:23 AM LondonKdS
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Compare SoaplandChristmas, which is the polar ([[ObligatoryJoke heh]]) opposite of this trope. For explosive action in a Christmas-y setting, it's AnAssKickingChristmas. For when it being Christmas ''is'' important, but not in a good way, see TwistedChristmas, CrappyHolidays, or HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday. Contrast DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime.

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Compare SoaplandChristmas, which is the polar ([[ObligatoryJoke heh]]) opposite of this trope. For explosive action in a Christmas-y setting, it's AnAssKickingChristmas. For when it being Christmas ''is'' important, but not in a good way, see TwistedChristmas, CrappyHolidays, or HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday. Contrast DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime.
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* ''Film/RoboCop3'' begins around the time of Christmas, as a gunman enters into a diner with some Christmas decorations put up and the song "Here Comes Santa Claus" playing in the background -- and the diner is full of cops.

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* ''Film/RoboCop3'' begins around the time of Christmas, as a gunman an armed robber enters into a diner doughnut shop with some Christmas decorations put up and the song "Here Comes Santa Claus" playing in the background -- and [[DonutMessWithACop the diner doughnut shop is full of cops.cops]].
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* ''Film/RoboCop3'' begins around the time of Christmas, as a gunman enters into a diner with some Christmas decorations put up and the song "Here Comes Santa Claus" playing in the background -- and the diner is full of cops.
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* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', we can see that Lynne has Christmas decorations in her apartment, and there are other hints scattered about, but no one ever comments on it.
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