Christmas Every Day

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Christmas Every Day
Genre Comedy
Fantasy
Written by Stephen Alix
Nancey Silvers
Directed by Larry Peerce
Starring Erik von Detten
Bess Armstrong
Robert Hays
Yvonne Zima
Robin Riker
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Gary M. Goodman
Barry Rosen
John Byers (co-producer)
Stephen Alix (co-producer)
Location(s) Ashland, Virginia
Cinematography Gideon Porath
Editor(s) Jerrold L. Ludwig
Running time 1hr 35min
Production company(s) Goodman/Rosen Productions
MTM Enterprises
ABC Family
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original release
  • December 1, 1996 (1996-12-01)[1]

Christmas Every Day is a 1996 American made-for-television fantasy-comedy film based on the 1892 short story "Christmas Every Day" by William Dean Howells.

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] and was also shown on UK television on QVC Extra (True Entertainment) on November 28, 2015.

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.

Plot[edit]

The film is set in the fictional town of Greenwood Falls, Virginia (just outside Washington, D.C.) and stars Erik von Detten as Billy Jackson, a selfish teenager forced to relive the same Christmas every day.[2][4] 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 a nightmare. "My life is on rewind," he moans. Each December 25, he must face the school bully (Tyler Mason Buckalew); he must also 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. Billy's Christmas pageant prank goes horribly awry, and a destitute old lady needs a bag of food, but he forgets to bring it to her.[6]

Cast[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bobbin, Jay (December 1, 1996). "Bess Armstrong Finds 'Christmas Every Day' on Family Channel". Buffalo News: 27TV. 
  2. ^ a b c Christmas Every Day on IMDb
  3. ^ Christmas Every Day on IMDb
  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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