Christmas Every Day

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Christmas Every Day
Directed by Larry Peerce[1]
Produced by Gary M. Goodman
Barry Rosen
Written by Stephen Alix
Nancey Silvers
Starring Erik von Detten
Bess Armstrong
Robert Hays
Yvonne Zima
Robin Riker
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Cinematography Gideon Porath
Edited by Jerrold L. Ludwig
Distributed by Goodman/Rosen Productions
MTM Enterprises
ABC Family
Release dates
  • December 1, 1996 (1996-12-01)[1]
Country United States
Language English

Christmas Every Day is a 1996 American television movie, based on William Dean Howells's 1892 short story, "Christmas Every Day". It was directed by Larry Peerce, starred Erik von Detten, and originally broadcast on The Family Channel during their first 25 Days of Christmas programming block.[2]

The movie was remade into an ABC Family TV movie in 2006 titled Christmas Do-Over.[3]

Original story by Howells[edit]

"Christmas Every Day" is a short story by William Dean Howells about a young American girl, whose wish that Christmas would come daily is granted for an entire year. It was published in Christmas Every Day and Other Stories Told for Children in 1892.


Set in the fictional town of Greenwood Falls, Virginia (just outside of Washington, D.C.), the film stars Erik von Detten as Billy Jackson, a selfish teenager forced to relive the same Christmas every day.[2][4] At night on Christmas Day, Billy's sister (Yvonne Zima) wishes that it was Christmas every day. And thereafter he has to keep repeating Christmas Day until he realizes the true meaning of the holiday season.[5][6]

The movie also stars Robert Hays and Bess Armstrong as Billy's parents.[2][6][7]

Billy finds the entire experience to be really a nightmare. "My life is on rewind," he moans. Each December 25, he must face the school bully (Tyler Mason Buckalew), get involved in his grocer father's dispute with his fat-cat uncle (Robert Curtis Brown) who wants to build a mega-store and ruin the local merchants. Then there's Billy's Christmas pageant prank that goes horribly awry, and the destitute old lady who needs the bag of food he forgets to bring her.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bobbin, Jay (December 1, 1996). "Bess Armstrong Finds 'Christmas Every Day' on Family Channel". Buffalo News: 27TV. 
  2. ^ a b c Christmas Every Day at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Christmas Every Day at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Rindge, Brenda (December 2, 2002). "'Tis the Season". The Post and Courier: 1D. 
  5. ^ McDonough, Kevin (December 21, 1999). "Oh, holiday night ! It's Christmas on every channel". Charleston Daily Mail: P5D. 
  6. ^ a b c Malleck, Bonnie (December 19, 1998). "Holiday tales abound;Christmas Every Day sure to please young viewers". The Record: F2. 
  7. ^ "Holiday TV". News & Record: D1. November 25, 2004. 

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