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** It is important to note that despite it being a major Christian holiday - some denominations do not celebrate Christmas at all. In early American history, it was prohibited by Puritans when they briefly held power in England during the English Interregnum (16491660), and in Colonial America where the Puritans outlawed the celebration of Christmas in 1659. Christian sects and communities that reject the observance of Christmas for theological reasons include Jehovah's Witnesses; some adherents of Messianic Judaism; most Sabbatarian denominations, such as the True Jesus Church and the Church of God (7th-Day); the Christian Congregation in the United States; and certain reformed and fundamentalist churches of various persuasions, including some Independent Baptist, Holiness, Apostolic Pentecostal, and Churches of Christ congregations.
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** In California specifically, several Counties have extended Winter Break from ending on the 2nd or 3rd of January to ending on the 9th instead, due to the sheer number of children who go to Mexico for the break and don't come back until after Three King's Day on the 6th of January.
* '''Christmas Dinner:''' Because UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay is the big "feasting" holiday in the US, this is not as big an event as the UK's Christmas lunch equivalent. Still, a nice spread is always appreciated, usually centered around turkey or ham (or lasagna for some people of Italian descent). It may be held on Christmas Eve or Day depending on family preference.

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** In California specifically, several Counties counties have extended Winter Break from ending on the 2nd or 3rd of January to ending on the 9th instead, due to the sheer number of children who go to Mexico for the break and don't come back until after Three King's Kings Day on the 6th of January.
* '''Christmas Dinner:''' Because UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay is the big "feasting" "feast" holiday in the US, this is not as big an event as the UK's Christmas lunch equivalent. Still, a nice spread is always appreciated, and it's usually centered around turkey or ham (or lasagna for some people of Italian descent). It may be held on Christmas Eve or Day depending on family preference.



* '''{{Christmas Special}}s:''' While the UK's Christmas TV specials are usually special episodes of regular programs, the phrase refers to original, stand-alone shows in the US. Each year brings along a new batch of such shows, ranging from VarietyShow specials toplining a popular celebrity (usually a musician) to animated shows. The most popular of the latter -- ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', the various Creator/RankinBassProductions specials, and ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' -- have been repeated annually by the big broadcast networks for '''decades''' now. Variety specials are one-offs, though some performers, such as Andy Williams and Music/JohnnyCash, did a new special each year for a stretch of time. Meanwhile many regular scripted shows, especially sitcoms and cartoons, will do a ChristmasEpisode of their own. (See ItsAWonderfulPlot, YetAnotherChristmasCarol, MallSanta, and HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas for the most popular stock plots.) For well over a decade now, basic cable channel Freeform has offered up the popular "25 Days of Christmas" promotion in December (plus a "Countdown to..." forerunner starting at the end of November), which gives prime time and weekends over to classic B and sometimes A-list animated specials, marathons of Disney/DisneyAnimatedCanon and Franchise/HarryPotter films, and plenty of popular...
* '''Christmas Movies:''' TV networks -- especially cable channels -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime turn to themed movies. Lifetime takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula]] and produces their own Christmas films each year; they've been at it long enough that prime time and weekends feature reruns and newbies starting in November. The Hallmark Channel goes further, with 22 new films in 2016 alone by way of giving over '''its entire 24/7 schedule''' to Christmas movies starting a few days before ''Halloween''. Most Christmas TV movies are simple, warm and fuzzy stories in a seasonal setting -- a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy or drama, permutations of SavingChristmas -- sometimes adapting a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song, the Grumpy Cat meme, etc.). They tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other channels prefer popular theatrical Christmas movies, with TBS famously running a 24-hour marathon of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' over Christmas Eve and Day. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''Film/{{Elf}}'', ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'' (usually the 1947 original), ''Film/HomeAlone'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} and its sister networks run it, and only a handful of times.

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* '''{{Christmas Special}}s:''' While the UK's Christmas TV specials are usually special episodes of regular programs, the phrase refers to original, stand-alone shows in the US. Each year brings along a new batch of such shows, ranging from VarietyShow specials toplining starring a popular celebrity (usually a musician) to animated shows. The most popular of the latter -- ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', the various Creator/RankinBassProductions specials, and ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' -- have been repeated annually by the big broadcast networks for '''decades''' now. Variety specials are usually one-offs, though some performers, such but performers as varied as Andy Williams and Williams, Creator/BobHope, Music/JohnnyCash, did a and even Kathie Lee Gifford toplined new special each year ones annually for a stretch varying stretches of time. Meanwhile many regular scripted shows, especially sitcoms and cartoons, will do a ChristmasEpisode of their own. (See ItsAWonderfulPlot, YetAnotherChristmasCarol, MallSanta, and HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas for the most popular stock plots.) For well over a decade now, basic cable channel Freeform has offered up the popular "25 Days of Christmas" promotion in December (plus a "Countdown to..." forerunner starting at the end of November), which gives prime time and weekends over to classic B and sometimes A-list animated specials, marathons of Disney/DisneyAnimatedCanon and Franchise/HarryPotter films, and plenty of popular...
* '''Christmas Movies:''' TV networks -- especially cable channels -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime turn to themed movies. Lifetime takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula]] and produces their own Christmas films each year; they've been at it long enough that prime time and weekends feature reruns and newbies starting in November. The Hallmark Channel goes further, with 22 new films in 2016 alone by way of giving over '''its '''almost its entire 24/7 schedule''' to Christmas movies starting a few days before ''Halloween''. Halloween! Most Christmas TV movies are simple, warm and fuzzy stories in a seasonal setting -- a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy or drama, permutations of SavingChristmas -- sometimes adapting a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song, the Grumpy Cat meme, etc.). They tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other Most channels prefer popular theatrical Christmas movies, with TBS famously running a 24-hour marathon of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' over Christmas Eve and Day. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''Film/{{Elf}}'', ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'' (usually the 1947 original), ''Film/HomeAlone'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} and its sister networks run it, and only a handful of times.



* '''[[ChristmasSongs Christmas Music]]:''' The UK phenomenon of the "Christmas Number One" single is not repeated in the US. Instead, many recording artists bring out at least one Christmas-themed ''album'' in their careers. The appeal of making a Christmas album is obvious: if you come up with a classic (say, "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Creator/MariahCarey), you might as well have a license to print money. Some of the songs that play on the radio have been in the Christmas music rotation since ''UsefulNotes/TheFifties'', or even longer. In the past decade, it has become common for certain radio stations to switch to an all-Christmas music format right after UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay, not letting up until the end of Christmas Day. Depending on the station's usual audience, the playlists can range from traditional carols and hymns to popular tunes to a mix of the two. In the past couple of decades a phenomenon has emerged of hijacking non-Christmas songs: notably "My Favorite Things" and "The Marvelous Toy" have joined the lineup of ChristmasSongs.
* '''Live Entertainment:''' Ballet companies big and small usually mount a production of the much-loved, Christmas-set ballet ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'': this serves as a CashCowFranchise for them. Adaptations of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', whether musicals or not, serve this purpose for playhouses. Christmas is also the season that the Music/TransSiberianOrchestra and Mannheim Steamroller make most of their money. Musical stage adaptations of favorite holiday movies/specials (including ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', ''Film/AChristmasStory'', ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', ''{{Film/Elf}}'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'') have cropped up quite a bit since the TurnOfTheMillennium in both professional and amateur stagings. Stage adaptations of the DisneyAnimatedCanon also are popular, despite not being Christmas-themed; these shows are as close as Americans get to the U.K. tradition of {{Pantomime}}, albeit with far less intentional {{Camp}}.

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* '''[[ChristmasSongs Christmas Music]]:''' The UK phenomenon of the "Christmas Number One" single is not repeated in the US. Instead, many recording artists bring out at least one Christmas-themed ''album'' in their careers. The appeal of making a Christmas album is obvious: if you come up with a classic (say, "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Creator/MariahCarey), you might as well have a license to print money. Some of the songs that play on the radio have been in the Christmas music rotation since ''UsefulNotes/TheFifties'', or even longer. In the past decade, it has become common for certain radio stations to switch to an all-Christmas music format right after UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay, not letting up until the end of Christmas Day. Depending on the station's usual audience, the playlists can range from traditional carols and hymns to popular tunes to a mix of the two. In the past couple of decades a phenomenon has emerged of hijacking non-Christmas songs: notably songs such as "My Favorite Things" and "The Marvelous Toy" have joined for the lineup of ChristmasSongs.
season, too.
* '''Live Entertainment:''' Entertainment:'''
**
Ballet companies big and small usually mount a production of the much-loved, [[CashCowFranchise much-loved]], Christmas-set ballet ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'': this serves as a CashCowFranchise for them. Adaptations of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', whether musicals or not, serve this purpose for playhouses. Christmas is also ''Theatre/TheNutcracker''. In larger cities like New York City and Chicago, there end up being several large-scale productions to choose from.
** ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' being in
the season public domain, musical and non-musical adaptations of it turn up at many theaters, some of which perform one particular version annually.
** This is the time of year
that the Music/TransSiberianOrchestra and Mannheim Steamroller make most of their money. Musical money.
** Since the TurnOfTheMillennium,
stage adaptations of favorite holiday movies/specials (including ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', ''Film/AChristmasStory'', ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', ''{{Film/Elf}}'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'') have cropped up quite a bit since the TurnOfTheMillennium in both professional and amateur stagings. Stage These are usually TheMusical to boot, even if the source material was not.
** The stage
adaptations of various Disney films, particularly entries in the DisneyAnimatedCanon also are popular, DisneyAnimatedCanon, appear on the amateur and professional levels year-round but seem especially popular at Christmastime despite not being Christmas-themed; Christmas-themed. Interestingly, these shows are as close as Americans get to the U.K. tradition of {{Pantomime}}, albeit with far less intentional {{Camp}}.{{Camp}} and no AudienceParticipation.



** [[http://www.google.com/products?q=Yule+Log+DVD&hl=en&aq=f Now on Blu-Ray and DVD!]] Variations are also offered on some cable systems On Demand services.
** Creator/PBSKidsSprout's "Snooze-a-Thon" is another variation. Since 2008, Sprout airs this beginning at 6 P.M. Eastern on Christmas Eve and into the wee morning hours of Christmas. It features a loop of clips of characters from the various programs offered by the network...sleeping (including ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'', ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' and Nina and Star, the hosts of ''The Goodnight Show''), scored with relaxing music. The idea is that since Santa "knows when you are sleeping," this program will help children get to sleep, rather than irresponsibly airing programming that would otherwise keep them awake. For those that get an On Demand service, a 20-minute version of this program is offered year-round.
** The Applegate [[BaconAddiction Bacon]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Qqnk5jy2bA Yule Log]]!
* '''The "[[SeriousBusiness War on Christmas]]":''' In recent years, conservative political pundits have coined the term "War on Christmas" for the alleged attempts by "secularists" to diminish the religious presence of Christmas in American culture. Aspects of this war include removing religious displays on public land and the increased use of terms such as "Happy Holidays" and "winter break" instead of "Merry Christmas" and "Christmas break." Pundits tend to blame either PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad or an actual [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy]] to undermine Christian expression. This riles up like-minded Americans, and any attempt to distance the season from its religious roots might become a RantInducingSlight. (There's even a whole dramatic movie on this subject, 2012's ''Last Ounce of Courage''.) Those accused of waging this "war" typically defend themselves by saying that America has a secular government and a diverse range of religious beliefs in its population, and also winter solstice celebrations predate Christianity and Christmas itself was based on the Roman one. Further, generalized expressions such as "Season's Greetings" are nice catch-all good wishes suitable for every religious and secular holiday between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, making them appropriate for all Americans. Bringing up the "war" might therefore be a RantInducingSlight from this side of the fence as well. You're damned if you do, and damned if you don't. The adversarial tone of the phenomenon has deepened since the turn of TheNewTens as the organisation American Atheists, led by David Silverman, have taken to [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/12/01/here-is-this-years-provocative-war-on-christmas-billboard/ posting prominent billboards in Times Square]] and elsewhere encouraging the public to reject the religious elements of the season. The arguments generally cool down in the off season, but the embers remain hot until they can be revived the next year for a new round of pointless bickering.
* '''Festive drinks:''' This encompasses winter-friendly hot drinks (cocoa, cider, etc.) along with a few others directly associated with the holiday. Of the latter category, the most notable is probably eggnog; tales of [[UnsuspectinglySoused spiking supposedly non-alcoholic eggnog]] are as numerous as American office parties. Of course, the eggnog is often spiked already (as it should be) with some kind of brown liquor -- preferably bourbon; if not, Scotch or perhaps a good rye (probably Canadian); if not, any old whiskey; and if none of those, brandy. (Rum--again, dark--will do in a pinch, or if you're in Florida or of Caribbean descent.) [[Series/GoodEats Alton Brown]] devoted an entire episode to the drink.
* '''Christmas Cookies:''' It's customary at this time to bake cookies and share them with friends and neighbors (whole parties[[note]]Typically, each attendee of the party brings a large batch of a single kind of cookie, exchanging with other guests until everyone has some of each to take home[[/note]] can be built around this activity). Families with younger children who get visits from Santa often leave out warm milk and cookies for him (carrots for the reindeer are optional). Santa is generally played by the father, who dons the red suit and beard to go tromping around on the roof or outside his children's window to enchant them, and ultimately gets to eat the sweets left out for him.

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** [[http://www.google.com/products?q=Yule+Log+DVD&hl=en&aq=f Now on Blu-Ray and DVD!]] Variations are also offered on some cable systems systems' On Demand services.
services -- logs, snowy scenes, twinkling ornaments, etc. all get the screensaver treatment to a variety of different instrumentals.
** Creator/PBSKidsSprout's "Snooze-a-Thon" is another variation. Since 2008, Sprout airs this beginning at 6 P.M. Eastern on Christmas Eve and into the wee morning hours of Christmas. It features a recent, very specific variation: a loop of clips of characters from the various programs offered by the network...sleeping (including ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'', ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' and Nina and Star, the hosts of ''The Goodnight Show''), scored with relaxing music. Since 2008, Sprout airs this beginning at 6 P.M. Eastern on Christmas Eve and into the wee morning hours of Christmas. The idea is that since Santa "knows when you are sleeping," this program will help children get to sleep, rather than irresponsibly airing programming that would otherwise keep them awake. For those that get an On Demand service, a 20-minute version of this program is now offered year-round.
** And now there's The Applegate [[BaconAddiction Bacon]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Qqnk5jy2bA Yule Log]]!
* '''The "[[SeriousBusiness War on Christmas]]":''' In recent years, conservative political pundits have coined the term "War on Christmas" for the alleged attempts by "secularists" to diminish the religious presence of Christmas in American culture. Aspects of this war include removing religious displays on public land and the increased use of terms such as "Happy Holidays" and "winter break" instead of "Merry Christmas" and "Christmas break." Pundits tend to blame either PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad or an actual [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy]] to undermine Christian expression. This riles up like-minded Americans, and any attempt to distance the season from its religious roots might become a RantInducingSlight. (There's even a whole dramatic movie on this subject, 2012's ''Last Ounce of Courage''.) Those accused of waging this "war" typically defend themselves by saying that America has a secular government and a diverse range of religious beliefs in its population, and also winter solstice celebrations predate Christianity and Christmas itself was based on the Roman one. Further, generalized expressions such as "Season's Greetings" are nice catch-all good wishes suitable for every religious and secular holiday between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, making them appropriate for all Americans. Bringing up the "war" might therefore be a RantInducingSlight from this side of the fence as well. You're damned if you do, and damned if you don't. The adversarial tone of the phenomenon has deepened since the turn of TheNewTens as the organisation American Atheists, led by David Silverman, have taken to [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/12/01/here-is-this-years-provocative-war-on-christmas-billboard/ posting prominent billboards in Times Square]] and elsewhere encouraging the public to reject the religious elements of the season. The arguments generally cool down in the off season, but the embers remain hot until they can be revived the next year for a new round of pointless bickering.
* '''Festive drinks:''' This encompasses winter-friendly hot drinks (cocoa, cider, etc.) along with a few others directly associated with the holiday. Of the latter category, the most notable infamous is probably eggnog; tales of [[UnsuspectinglySoused spiking supposedly non-alcoholic eggnog]] are as numerous as American office parties. Of course, the eggnog is often spiked already (as it should be) with some kind of brown liquor -- preferably bourbon; if not, Scotch or perhaps a good rye (probably Canadian); if not, any old whiskey; and if none of those, brandy. (Rum--again, dark--will do in a pinch, or if you're in Florida or of Caribbean descent.) [[Series/GoodEats Alton Brown]] devoted an entire episode to the drink.
drink!
* '''Christmas Cookies:''' It's customary at this time to bake cookies and share them with friends and neighbors (whole neighbors; it's come to the point that whole parties[[note]]Typically, each attendee of the party brings a large batch of a single kind of cookie, exchanging with other guests until everyone has some of each -- plus the recipes -- to take home[[/note]] can be are built around this activity). activity. Families with younger children who get visits from Santa often leave out warm milk and cookies for him (carrots him; carrots for the reindeer are optional). optional. Santa is generally played by the father, who dons might well don the red suit and beard to go tromping around on the roof or outside his children's window to enchant them, them (''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' has no small number of clips of what happens when HilarityEnsues here), and ultimately gets to eat the sweets left out for him.him.



** ''Christmas in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}'' is its own beast. It usually starts off with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, where MickeyMouse himself comes to town and the lights along North Michigan Avenue are lit. There's also the Christkindlmarket In Daley Plaza, a recreation of a German Christmas Market. Just like Rockefeller Center, Daley Plaza gets its own tree and it is also lit. An annual tradition is the Marshall Field's store on State Street (don't call it Macy's, Chicagoans are ''not'' happy with that name change) window displays. These are usually classic Christmas stories that are told in sequence through the windows. Thanks to the Midwestern climate and Lake Michigan, you're more likely to get a classic "White Christmas" in Chicago than New York, DC, or LA.
** Incidentally, some parts of the US have events like the Polar Bear Plunge (as it's known on the Jersey Shore), where people swim in the ocean on Christmas (similar to the UsefulNotes/AVeryBritishChristmas Boxing Day celebrations), almost always as a charity fundraiser.

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** ''Christmas in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}'' is its own beast. It usually starts off with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, where MickeyMouse himself comes to town and the lights along North Michigan Avenue (location of all the topflight shops) are lit. There's also the Christkindlmarket In Daley Plaza, a recreation of a German Christmas Market. Just like Rockefeller Center, Daley Plaza gets its own tree and it is also lit. An Another annual tradition is the Marshall Field's store on State Street Street's (don't call it Macy's, Chicagoans are ''not'' happy with that name change) window displays. These are displays, which usually depict a classic Christmas stories that are told in sequence through the windows. Thanks sequence. And thanks to the Midwestern climate and Lake Michigan, you're more likely to get a classic "White Christmas" in Chicago than New York, DC, or LA.
** Incidentally, some parts of the US have events like the Polar Bear Plunge (as it's known on the Jersey Shore), where people swim in the ocean a lake/river/ocean on Christmas or New Year's Day (similar to the UsefulNotes/AVeryBritishChristmas Boxing Day celebrations), almost always as a charity fundraiser.



* '''Religious services:''' While certainly not all Americans are Christians, a majority are, and many will attend services on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (which service in particular is a function of one's denomination, culture, local conditions, and convenience). In fact, for a good deal of otherwise nominal Christians, this may be one of the few times in a year when they actually go to church (the others being Easter or weddings -- hence the nickname [=CEOs=], "Christmas and Easter Only" Christians). Parishioners who, the rest of the year, are able to find a place in the pews suddenly find that someone will have inevitably taken "their" seat. This is, justifiably, a source of snark for both regular parishioners and those just attending for Christmas. Some sort of religious music is, of course, ''de rigueur''. There is often a Nativity play sometime during the season, usually featuring children (for more on this, see UsefulNotes/AVeryBritishChristmas).
* '''Amusement/Theme Parks:''' If located in a climate that allows for year-round operation, they will play up the season as much as possible. The American Ride/DisneyThemeParks (and their rivals such as Universal) enjoy their biggest crowds this time of year, and are famous for their special decorations, parades (the one at Walt Disney World is pre-taped and televised Christmas Day), fireworks, and shows. Even ''rides'' can be altered for the season -- Disneyland has a Haunted Mansion overlay themed to ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', for instance. Parks in colder climes will open up without rides, but lots of Christmas light displays.
* '''Christmas Hoops''': The National Football League has a long-running stranglehold on games played on Thanksgiving, while College Football typically dominates New Year's Day. In recent years, the National Basketball Association has made a serious effort to claim Christmas Day as their own by scheduling marquee matchups and heavily promoting them, to some success.

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* '''Religious services:''' While certainly not all Americans are Christians, a majority are, and many will attend services on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (which service in particular is a function of one's denomination, culture, local conditions, and convenience). In fact, for a good deal of otherwise nominal Christians, this may be one of the few times in a year when they actually go to church (the others being Easter or weddings -- hence the nickname [=CEOs=], "Christmas and Easter Only" Christians). Parishioners who, the rest of the year, are able to find a place in the pews suddenly find that someone will have inevitably taken "their" seat. This is, justifiably, a source of snark for both regular parishioners and those just attending for Christmas. Some sort of religious music is, of course, ''de rigueur''. There is often Churches and religious schools usually stage a Nativity play sometime during the season, usually featuring children (for more on this, see UsefulNotes/AVeryBritishChristmas).
season (see UsefulNotes/AVeryBritishChristmas), sometimes incorporated into the Christmas Eve/Day service.
* '''Amusement/Theme Parks:''' If located in a climate that allows for year-round operation, they will play up the season as much as possible. The American Ride/DisneyThemeParks (and and their rivals such as Universal) Universal enjoy their biggest crowds this time of year, and are famous for their special decorations, parades (the one at Walt Disney World is pre-taped pre-taped, beefed up with pop musicians, and televised Christmas Day), fireworks, and shows. Even ''rides'' can be altered for the season -- season; Disneyland has a Haunted Mansion overlay themed to ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', for instance. Parks Some parks in colder climes will open up without rides, but lots of Christmas light displays.
displays. Some U.S. towns and cities have standalone festivals centered on light displays which become regional tourist attractions for the season.
* '''Christmas Hoops''': The National Football League has a long-running stranglehold on games played on Thanksgiving, while College Football college football typically dominates New Year's Day. In recent years, the National Basketball Association has made a serious effort to claim Christmas Day as their own by scheduling marquee matchups and heavily promoting them, to some success.
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* '''{{Christmas Special}}s:''' While the UK's Christmas TV specials are usually special episodes of regular programs, the phrase refers to original, stand-alone shows in the US. Each year brings along a new batch of such shows, ranging from VarietyShow specials toplining a popular celebrity (usually a musician) to animated shows. The most popular of the latter -- ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', the various Creator/RankinBassProductions specials, and ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' -- have been repeated annually by the big networks for '''decades''' now. Variety specials are one-offs, though some performers, such as Andy Williams and Music/JohnnyCash, did a new special each year for a stretch of time. Meanwhile many regular scripted shows, especially sitcoms and cartoons, will do a ChristmasEpisode of their own. (See ItsAWonderfulPlot, YetAnotherChristmasCarol, MallSanta, and HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas for the most popular stock plots.) For well over a decade now, basic cable channel Freeform has offered up the popular "25 Days of Christmas" promotion in December (plus a "Countdown to..." forerunner starting at the end of November), which gives prime time and weekends over to classic B and sometimes A-list animated specials, marathons of Disney/DisneyAnimatedCanon and Franchise/HarryPotter films, and plenty of popular...
* '''Christmas Movies:''' If you're a TV channel -- especially a cable channel -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime, themed movies are an option. Lifetime takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula]] and produces their own Christmas films each year; they've been at it long enough that prime time and weekends feature reruns and newbies starting in November. The Hallmark Channel goes further, with 22 new films in 2016 alone by way of giving over '''its entire 24/7 schedule''' to Christmas movies starting a few days before ''Halloween''. Most Christmas TV movies are simple, warm and fuzzy stories in a seasonal setting -- a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy or drama, permutations of SavingChristmas -- sometimes adapting a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song, the Grumpy Cat meme, etc.). They tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other channels prefer popular theatrical Christmas movies, with TBS famously running a 24-hour marathon of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' over Christmas Eve and Day. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''Film/{{Elf}}'', ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'' (usually the 1947 original), ''Film/HomeAlone'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} and its sister networks run it, and only a handful of times.

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* '''{{Christmas Special}}s:''' While the UK's Christmas TV specials are usually special episodes of regular programs, the phrase refers to original, stand-alone shows in the US. Each year brings along a new batch of such shows, ranging from VarietyShow specials toplining a popular celebrity (usually a musician) to animated shows. The most popular of the latter -- ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', the various Creator/RankinBassProductions specials, and ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' -- have been repeated annually by the big broadcast networks for '''decades''' now. Variety specials are one-offs, though some performers, such as Andy Williams and Music/JohnnyCash, did a new special each year for a stretch of time. Meanwhile many regular scripted shows, especially sitcoms and cartoons, will do a ChristmasEpisode of their own. (See ItsAWonderfulPlot, YetAnotherChristmasCarol, MallSanta, and HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas for the most popular stock plots.) For well over a decade now, basic cable channel Freeform has offered up the popular "25 Days of Christmas" promotion in December (plus a "Countdown to..." forerunner starting at the end of November), which gives prime time and weekends over to classic B and sometimes A-list animated specials, marathons of Disney/DisneyAnimatedCanon and Franchise/HarryPotter films, and plenty of popular...
* '''Christmas Movies:''' If you're a TV channel networks -- especially a cable channel channels -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime, airtime turn to themed movies are an option.movies. Lifetime takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula]] and produces their own Christmas films each year; they've been at it long enough that prime time and weekends feature reruns and newbies starting in November. The Hallmark Channel goes further, with 22 new films in 2016 alone by way of giving over '''its entire 24/7 schedule''' to Christmas movies starting a few days before ''Halloween''. Most Christmas TV movies are simple, warm and fuzzy stories in a seasonal setting -- a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy or drama, permutations of SavingChristmas -- sometimes adapting a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song, the Grumpy Cat meme, etc.). They tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other channels prefer popular theatrical Christmas movies, with TBS famously running a 24-hour marathon of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' over Christmas Eve and Day. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''Film/{{Elf}}'', ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'' (usually the 1947 original), ''Film/HomeAlone'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} and its sister networks run it, and only a handful of times.
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* '''Christmas Movies:''' If you're a TV channel -- especially a cable channel -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime, themed movies are an option. Lifetime takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula]] and produces their own Christmas films each year; they've been at it long enough that prime time and weekends feature both reruns and newbies starting in November. The Hallmark Channel goes further, with 22 new films in 2016 alone by way of giving over '''its entire 24/7 schedule''' to Christmas movies starting a few days before ''Halloween''. Most Christmas TV movies are simple, warm and fuzzy stories in a seasonal setting -- a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy or drama, permutations of SavingChristmas -- sometimes adapting a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song, the Grumpy Cat meme, etc.). They tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other channels prefer popular theatrical Christmas movies, with TBS famously running a 24-hour marathon of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' over Christmas Eve and Day. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''Film/{{Elf}}'', ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'' (usually the 1947 original), ''Film/HomeAlone'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} and its sister networks run it, and only a handful of times.

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* '''Christmas Movies:''' If you're a TV channel -- especially a cable channel -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime, themed movies are an option. Lifetime takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula]] and produces their own Christmas films each year; they've been at it long enough that prime time and weekends feature both reruns and newbies starting in November. The Hallmark Channel goes further, with 22 new films in 2016 alone by way of giving over '''its entire 24/7 schedule''' to Christmas movies starting a few days before ''Halloween''. Most Christmas TV movies are simple, warm and fuzzy stories in a seasonal setting -- a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy or drama, permutations of SavingChristmas -- sometimes adapting a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song, the Grumpy Cat meme, etc.). They tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other channels prefer popular theatrical Christmas movies, with TBS famously running a 24-hour marathon of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' over Christmas Eve and Day. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''Film/{{Elf}}'', ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'' (usually the 1947 original), ''Film/HomeAlone'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} and its sister networks run it, and only a handful of times.



* '''Live Entertainment:''' Ballet companies big and small usually mount a production of the much-loved, Christmas-themed ballet ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'': this serves as a CashCowFranchise for them. Adaptations of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', whether musicals or not, serve this purpose for playhouses. Christmas is also the season that the Music/TransSiberianOrchestra and Mannheim Steamroller make most of their money. Musical stage adaptations of favorite holiday movies/specials (including ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', ''Film/AChristmasStory'', ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', ''{{Film/Elf}}'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'') have cropped up quite a bit since the TurnOfTheMillennium in both professional and amateur stagings. Stage adaptations of the DisneyAnimatedCanon also crop up, despite not being Christmas-themed.

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* '''Live Entertainment:''' Ballet companies big and small usually mount a production of the much-loved, Christmas-themed Christmas-set ballet ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'': this serves as a CashCowFranchise for them. Adaptations of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', whether musicals or not, serve this purpose for playhouses. Christmas is also the season that the Music/TransSiberianOrchestra and Mannheim Steamroller make most of their money. Musical stage adaptations of favorite holiday movies/specials (including ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', ''Film/AChristmasStory'', ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', ''{{Film/Elf}}'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'') have cropped up quite a bit since the TurnOfTheMillennium in both professional and amateur stagings. Stage adaptations of the DisneyAnimatedCanon also crop up, are popular, despite not being Christmas-themed.Christmas-themed; these shows are as close as Americans get to the U.K. tradition of {{Pantomime}}, albeit with far less intentional {{Camp}}.



* '''Religious services:''' While certainly not all Americans are Christians, a majority are, and many will attend services on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (which service in particular is a function of one's denomination, culture, local conditions, and convenience). In fact, for a good deal of otherwise nominal Christians, this may be one of the few times in a year when they actually go to church (the others being Easter or weddings -- hence the nickname [=CEOs=], "Christmas and Easter Only" Christians). Parishioners who, the rest of the year, are able to find a place in the pews suddenly find that someone will have inevitably taken "their" seat. This is, justifiably, a source of snark for both regular parishioners and those just attending for Christmas. Some sort of religious music is, of course, ''de rigueur''. There is often a Nativity play sometime during the season, usually featuring children.

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* '''Religious services:''' While certainly not all Americans are Christians, a majority are, and many will attend services on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (which service in particular is a function of one's denomination, culture, local conditions, and convenience). In fact, for a good deal of otherwise nominal Christians, this may be one of the few times in a year when they actually go to church (the others being Easter or weddings -- hence the nickname [=CEOs=], "Christmas and Easter Only" Christians). Parishioners who, the rest of the year, are able to find a place in the pews suddenly find that someone will have inevitably taken "their" seat. This is, justifiably, a source of snark for both regular parishioners and those just attending for Christmas. Some sort of religious music is, of course, ''de rigueur''. There is often a Nativity play sometime during the season, usually featuring children.children (for more on this, see UsefulNotes/AVeryBritishChristmas).
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* '''Christmas Movies:''' If you're a TV channel -- especially a cable channel -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime, themed movies are an option. Lifetime takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula and produces their own Christmas films each year; they've been at it long enough that the former hands over prime time and the weekends to both reruns and newbies starting in November. The Hallmark Channel goes even further, with 22 new films in 2016 alone by way of giving over '''its entire schedule''' to Christmas movies starting a few days before ''Halloween''. Most Christmas TV movies are simple, warm and fuzzy stories in a seasonal setting -- a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy or drama, various permutations of SavingChristmas -- sometimes adapting a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song launched a trilogy of films). They tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other channels prefer popular theatrical Christmas movies, with TBS famously running a 24-hour marathon of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' over Christmas Eve and Day. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''Film/{{Elf}}'', ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'' (the 1947 original, most of the time), ''Film/HomeAlone'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} and its sister networks run it, and only a handful of times.

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* '''Christmas Movies:''' If you're a TV channel -- especially a cable channel -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime, themed movies are an option. Lifetime takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula formula]] and produces their own Christmas films each year; they've been at it long enough that the former hands over prime time and the weekends to feature both reruns and newbies starting in November. The Hallmark Channel goes even goes further, with 22 new films in 2016 alone by way of giving over '''its entire 24/7 schedule''' to Christmas movies starting a few days before ''Halloween''. Most Christmas TV movies are simple, warm and fuzzy stories in a seasonal setting -- a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy or drama, various permutations of SavingChristmas -- sometimes adapting a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song launched a trilogy of films).song, the Grumpy Cat meme, etc.). They tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other channels prefer popular theatrical Christmas movies, with TBS famously running a 24-hour marathon of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' over Christmas Eve and Day. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''Film/{{Elf}}'', ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'' (the (usually the 1947 original, most of the time), original), ''Film/HomeAlone'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} and its sister networks run it, and only a handful of times.



* '''Live Entertainment:''' Ballet companies big and small usually mount a production of the much-loved, Christmas-themed ballet ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'': this serves as a CashCowFranchise for them. Adaptations of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', whether musicals or not, serve this purpose for playhouses. Christmas is also the season that the Music/TransSiberianOrchestra and Mannheim Steamroller make most of their money. Musical stage adaptations of favorite holiday movies/specials (including ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', ''Film/AChristmasStory'', ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', ''{{Film/Elf}}'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'') have cropped up quite a bit since the TurnOfTheMillennium in both professional and amateur stagings.

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* '''Live Entertainment:''' Ballet companies big and small usually mount a production of the much-loved, Christmas-themed ballet ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'': this serves as a CashCowFranchise for them. Adaptations of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', whether musicals or not, serve this purpose for playhouses. Christmas is also the season that the Music/TransSiberianOrchestra and Mannheim Steamroller make most of their money. Musical stage adaptations of favorite holiday movies/specials (including ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', ''Film/AChristmasStory'', ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', ''{{Film/Elf}}'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'') have cropped up quite a bit since the TurnOfTheMillennium in both professional and amateur stagings. Stage adaptations of the DisneyAnimatedCanon also crop up, despite not being Christmas-themed.
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* '''{{Christmas Special}}s:''' While the UK's Christmas TV specials are usually special episodes of regular programs, the phrase refers to original, stand-alone shows in the US. Each year brings along a new batch of such shows, ranging from VarietyShow specials toplining a popular celebrity (often a musician) to animated shows such as ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', the various Creator/RankinBassProductions specials, and ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas''. The most popular have been repeated annually by the big networks for '''decades''' now. The former are one-off shows, though some performers, such as Andy Williams and Music/JohnnyCash, were famous for doing a new special each year for a stretch of time. Meanwhile many regular scripted shows, especially sitcoms and cartoons, will do a ChristmasEpisode of their own. (See ItsAWonderfulPlot, YetAnotherChristmasCarol, MallSanta, and HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas for particularly popular stock plots.)
* '''Christmas Movies:''' If you're a TV channel -- especially a cable channel -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime, themed movies are an option. Lifetime takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula and produces their own Christmas films each year; they've been at it long enough that the former hands over prime time and the weekends to both reruns and newbies starting in November. The Hallmark Channel goes even further, with 22 new films in 2016 alone by way of giving over '''its entire schedule''' to Christmas movies starting a few days before ''Halloween''. Most Christmas TV movies are simple, warm and fuzzy stories in a seasonal setting -- a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy or drama, various permutations of SavingChristmas -- sometimes adapting a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song launched a trilogy of films). They tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other channels prefer popular theatrical Christmas movies, with TBS famously running a 24-hour marathon of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' over Christmas Eve and Day. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''Film/{{Elf}}'', ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'' (the 1947 original, most of the time), and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} and its sister networks run it, and only a handful of times.

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* '''{{Christmas Special}}s:''' While the UK's Christmas TV specials are usually special episodes of regular programs, the phrase refers to original, stand-alone shows in the US. Each year brings along a new batch of such shows, ranging from VarietyShow specials toplining a popular celebrity (often (usually a musician) to animated shows such as shows. The most popular of the latter -- ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', the various Creator/RankinBassProductions specials, and ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas''. The most popular ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' -- have been repeated annually by the big networks for '''decades''' now. The former now. Variety specials are one-off shows, one-offs, though some performers, such as Andy Williams and Music/JohnnyCash, were famous for doing did a new special each year for a stretch of time. Meanwhile many regular scripted shows, especially sitcoms and cartoons, will do a ChristmasEpisode of their own. (See ItsAWonderfulPlot, YetAnotherChristmasCarol, MallSanta, and HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas for particularly the most popular stock plots.)
) For well over a decade now, basic cable channel Freeform has offered up the popular "25 Days of Christmas" promotion in December (plus a "Countdown to..." forerunner starting at the end of November), which gives prime time and weekends over to classic B and sometimes A-list animated specials, marathons of Disney/DisneyAnimatedCanon and Franchise/HarryPotter films, and plenty of popular...
* '''Christmas Movies:''' If you're a TV channel -- especially a cable channel -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime, themed movies are an option. Lifetime takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula and produces their own Christmas films each year; they've been at it long enough that the former hands over prime time and the weekends to both reruns and newbies starting in November. The Hallmark Channel goes even further, with 22 new films in 2016 alone by way of giving over '''its entire schedule''' to Christmas movies starting a few days before ''Halloween''. Most Christmas TV movies are simple, warm and fuzzy stories in a seasonal setting -- a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy or drama, various permutations of SavingChristmas -- sometimes adapting a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song launched a trilogy of films). They tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other channels prefer popular theatrical Christmas movies, with TBS famously running a 24-hour marathon of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' over Christmas Eve and Day. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''Film/{{Elf}}'', ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'' (the 1947 original, most of the time), ''Film/HomeAlone'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} and its sister networks run it, and only a handful of times.
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** Creator/PBSKidsSprout's "Snooze-a-Thon" is another variation. Since 2008, Sprout airs began airing this beginning at 6 P.M. Eastern on Christmas Eve and into the wee morning hours of Christmas. It features a loop of clips of characters from the various programs offered by the network...sleeping (including ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'', ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' and Nina and Star, the hosts of ''The Goodnight Show''), scored with relaxing music. The idea is that since Santa "knows when you are sleeping," this program will help children get to sleep, rather than irresponsibly airing programming that would otherwise keep them awake. For those that get an On Demand service, a 20-minute version of this program is offered year-round.

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** Creator/PBSKidsSprout's "Snooze-a-Thon" is another variation. Since 2008, Sprout airs began airing this beginning at 6 P.M. Eastern on Christmas Eve and into the wee morning hours of Christmas. It features a loop of clips of characters from the various programs offered by the network...sleeping (including ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'', ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' and Nina and Star, the hosts of ''The Goodnight Show''), scored with relaxing music. The idea is that since Santa "knows when you are sleeping," this program will help children get to sleep, rather than irresponsibly airing programming that would otherwise keep them awake. For those that get an On Demand service, a 20-minute version of this program is offered year-round.
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* '''Christmas Movies:''' If you're a TV channel -- especially a cable channel -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime, themed movies are an option. Channels like Lifetime (which takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula]]) and Hallmark Channel produce their own Christmas films each year and have been at it long enough that they just hand over prime time and the weekends to both reruns and newbies. In TheNewTens they tend to start airing in November. Most of these are based on a simple concept (a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy set during the season, the various permutations of SavingChristmas, etc.) or a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song launched a trilogy of films) and tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other channels run popular theatrical Christmas movies: TBS famously runs a 24-hour marathon of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' starting in prime time on Christmas Eve. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''{{Elf}}'', ''MiracleOn34thStreet'', and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} (and its sister networks) runs it.
** Christmas Day itself is a busy day at movie theaters, so several big-ticket releases usually open on the day or in time to hopefully cash in. Christmas-''themed'' movies usually open in November to capitalize on seasonal excitement. (If a Christmas movie hits big, it can run for weeks on end; of course, due to its theme, it won't get a home release until a full year later, while most movies make it to DVD, etc. in 4-6 months in TheNewTens). The final two months of the year are traditionally flush with big-ticket family films and OscarBait. (Academy rules require a film to have exhibited in a Los Angeles County theater for one week in the calendar year that is being submitted for, and as Christmas Day is a week before New Year's Day, several films run there and in New York that week before expanding in the new year.)
* '''[[ChristmasSongs Christmas Music]]:''' While the UK phenomenon of the "Christmas Number One" is not repeated in the US, many recording artists bring out at least one Christmas-themed album in their careers. The appeal of making a Christmas album is obvious: if you come up with a classic (say, "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Creator/MariahCarey), you might as well have a license to print money. Some of the songs that play on the radio have been in the Christmas music rotation since ''UsefulNotes/TheFifties'', or even longer. In the past decade, it has become common for certain radio stations to switch to an all-Christmas music format right after UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay, not letting up until the end of Christmas Day. Depending on the station's usual audience, the playlists can range from traditional carols and hymns to popular tunes to a mix of the two. In the past couple of decades a phenomenon has emerged of hijacking non-Christmas songs: notably "My Favorite Things" and "The Marvelous Toy" have joined the lineup of ChristmasSongs.
* '''Live Entertainment:''' Ballet companies big and small usually mount a production of the much-loved, Christmas-themed ballet ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'': this serves as a CashCowFranchise for them. Adaptations of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', whether musicals or not, serve this purpose for playhouses. Christmas is also the season that the Music/TransSiberianOrchestra makes most of their money. Live productions of favorite holiday movies (including ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife, Film/AChristmasStory, WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' and ''{{Film/Elf}})'' have cropped up quite a bit in recent years.
* '''Yule Log:''' Traditionally, a Yule Log is a special log burned during the winter solstice. In modern America, some television stations -- especially home shopping channels -- go off the air for Christmas Eve/Day, and a popular alternative to a blank screen is a looped video of a blazing fireplace with muzak versions of carols playing in the background. The originator of this tradition is [[TheCW WPIX-TV]] in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity: their version of the log appeared nationally starting in 2004 on sibling outlet [[Creator/WGNAmerica Superstation WGN]].
** [[http://www.google.com/products?q=Yule+Log+DVD&hl=en&aq=f Now on Blu-Ray and DVD!]] Also offered on some cable systems "On Demand" services.
** Creator/PBSKidsSprout's "Snooze-a-Thon" is essentially a variation on this. Beginning in 2008, Sprout began airing this beginning at 6 P.M. Eastern on Christmas Eve and into the wee morning hours of Christmas. It features a loop of clips of characters from the various programs offered by the network sleeping (including ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'', ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' and Nina and Star, the hosts of ''The Goodnight Show''), scored with relaxing music. The idea is that since Santa "knows when you are sleeping," this program will help children get to sleep, rather than irresponsibly airing programming that would otherwise keep them awake. For those that get an On Demand service, this program is offered year-round.
** The Applegate [[BaconAddiction Bacon]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Qqnk5jy2bA Yule Log]].

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* '''Christmas Movies:''' If you're a TV channel -- especially a cable channel -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime, themed movies are an option. Channels like Lifetime (which takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula]]) formula and Hallmark Channel produce produces their own Christmas films each year and have year; they've been at it long enough that they just hand the former hands over prime time and the weekends to both reruns and newbies. In TheNewTens they tend newbies starting in November. The Hallmark Channel goes even further, with 22 new films in 2016 alone by way of giving over '''its entire schedule''' to start airing in November. Christmas movies starting a few days before ''Halloween''. Most of these Christmas TV movies are based on simple, warm and fuzzy stories in a simple concept (a seasonal setting -- a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy set during the season, the or drama, various permutations of SavingChristmas, etc.) or SavingChristmas -- sometimes adapting a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song launched a trilogy of films) and films). They tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other channels run prefer popular theatrical Christmas movies: movies, with TBS famously runs running a 24-hour marathon of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' starting in prime time on over Christmas Eve. Eve and Day. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''{{Elf}}'', ''MiracleOn34thStreet'', ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''Film/{{Elf}}'', ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'' (the 1947 original, most of the time), and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''ItsAWonderfulLife'' ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} (and and its sister networks) runs it.
networks run it, and only a handful of times.
** Christmas Day itself is a busy day at movie theaters, so several big-ticket releases usually open on the day or in time to hopefully cash in. Christmas-''themed'' movies usually open in November to capitalize on seasonal excitement. (If a Christmas movie November, because if one of them hits big, big it can run for weeks on end; of course, due to its theme, it won't get a home release until a full year later, while most movies make it to DVD, etc. in 4-6 four months in TheNewTens). The final two months of the year are traditionally flush with big-ticket family films and OscarBait. (Academy rules require a film to have exhibited in a Los Angeles County theater for one week in the calendar year that is being submitted for, and as Christmas Day is a week before New Year's Day, several films run there and in New York that week before expanding in the new year.)
* '''[[ChristmasSongs Christmas Music]]:''' While the The UK phenomenon of the "Christmas Number One" single is not repeated in the US, US. Instead, many recording artists bring out at least one Christmas-themed album ''album'' in their careers. The appeal of making a Christmas album is obvious: if you come up with a classic (say, "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Creator/MariahCarey), you might as well have a license to print money. Some of the songs that play on the radio have been in the Christmas music rotation since ''UsefulNotes/TheFifties'', or even longer. In the past decade, it has become common for certain radio stations to switch to an all-Christmas music format right after UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay, not letting up until the end of Christmas Day. Depending on the station's usual audience, the playlists can range from traditional carols and hymns to popular tunes to a mix of the two. In the past couple of decades a phenomenon has emerged of hijacking non-Christmas songs: notably "My Favorite Things" and "The Marvelous Toy" have joined the lineup of ChristmasSongs.
* '''Live Entertainment:''' Ballet companies big and small usually mount a production of the much-loved, Christmas-themed ballet ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'': this serves as a CashCowFranchise for them. Adaptations of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', whether musicals or not, serve this purpose for playhouses. Christmas is also the season that the Music/TransSiberianOrchestra makes and Mannheim Steamroller make most of their money. Live productions Musical stage adaptations of favorite holiday movies movies/specials (including ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife, Film/AChristmasStory, WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', ''Film/AChristmasStory'', ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', ''{{Film/Elf}}'', ''Film/WhiteChristmas'', and ''{{Film/Elf}})'' ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'') have cropped up quite a bit since the TurnOfTheMillennium in recent years.
both professional and amateur stagings.
* '''Yule Log:''' Traditionally, a Yule Log is a special log burned during the winter solstice. In modern America, some television stations channels -- especially home shopping channels -- go off the air for Christmas Eve/Day, and a the most popular alternative to a blank screen is a looped video of a blazing fireplace with muzak versions of carols playing in the background. The originator of this tradition is [[TheCW WPIX-TV]] in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity: their version of the log appeared nationally starting in 2004 on sibling outlet [[Creator/WGNAmerica Superstation WGN]].
** [[http://www.google.com/products?q=Yule+Log+DVD&hl=en&aq=f Now on Blu-Ray and DVD!]] Also Variations are also offered on some cable systems "On Demand" On Demand services.
** Creator/PBSKidsSprout's "Snooze-a-Thon" is essentially a variation on this. Beginning in another variation. Since 2008, Sprout airs began airing this beginning at 6 P.M. Eastern on Christmas Eve and into the wee morning hours of Christmas. It features a loop of clips of characters from the various programs offered by the network network...sleeping (including ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'', ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' and Nina and Star, the hosts of ''The Goodnight Show''), scored with relaxing music. The idea is that since Santa "knows when you are sleeping," this program will help children get to sleep, rather than irresponsibly airing programming that would otherwise keep them awake. For those that get an On Demand service, a 20-minute version of this program is offered year-round.
** The Applegate [[BaconAddiction Bacon]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Qqnk5jy2bA Yule Log]].Log]]!
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* '''Christmas Movies:''' If you're a TV channel -- especially a cable channel -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime, themed movies are an option. Channels like Lifetime (which takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula]]) and Hallmark Channel produce their own Christmas films each year and have been at it long enough that they just hand over prime time and the weekends to both reruns and newbies. In TheNewTens they tend to start airing in November. Most of these are based on a simple concept (a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy set during the season, the various permutations of SavingChristmas, etc.) or a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song launched a trilogy of films) and tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other channels run popular theatrical Christmas movies: TBS famously runs a 24-hour marathon of ''AChristmasStory'' starting in prime time on Christmas Eve. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''{{Elf}}'', ''MiracleOn34thStreet'', and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} (and its sister networks) runs it.

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* '''Christmas Movies:''' If you're a TV channel -- especially a cable channel -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime, themed movies are an option. Channels like Lifetime (which takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula]]) and Hallmark Channel produce their own Christmas films each year and have been at it long enough that they just hand over prime time and the weekends to both reruns and newbies. In TheNewTens they tend to start airing in November. Most of these are based on a simple concept (a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy set during the season, the various permutations of SavingChristmas, etc.) or a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song launched a trilogy of films) and tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other channels run popular theatrical Christmas movies: TBS famously runs a 24-hour marathon of ''AChristmasStory'' ''Film/AChristmasStory'' starting in prime time on Christmas Eve. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''{{Elf}}'', ''MiracleOn34thStreet'', and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} (and its sister networks) runs it.
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