Written by Megan Blutfield
Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:49
As the weather outside becomes frightful, TV networks such as ABC Family and Hallmark Channel try to make their programming oh so delightful. These networks alter their schedul ing to get everyone into the spirit by premiering holiday favorites.
ABC Family holds its annual “25 Days of Christmas,” which has been a longstanding tradition.According to glhsreflection.org, the event, previously known as Fox Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, began in 1996, and in 2007, the network created a “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas.”
In addition to movies, the network also premieres new holiday-themed episodes of their hit shows. This year includes Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, Switched at Birth and more, according to ibtimes.com.ABC Family provides viewers with wide selections of Christmas movies showing classics such as Frosty’s Winter Wonderland and also shows recent hits like Elf, according to ibtimes.com.
Like ABC Family, Hallmark Channel celebrates the holidays by screening seasonal movies. However, unlike ABC Family, the network continuously plays movies throughout the day and night in its “Countdown to Christmas,” according to hallmarkchannel.com. This year, the network is premiering 12 new holiday films.
According to post-gazette.com, Hallmark Executive Vice President of Programming Ms. Michelle Vicary said, “It’s our highest-rated season of the year. If our audience didn’t demonstrate that in the ratings and weren’t enthusiastically tuning in all day long every day, we wouldn’t do it.”
Senior Charley Hays, who said that she normally watches Christmas movies on ABC Family and Hallmark Channel, prefers older Christmas movies because they have better messages. Said Hays, “More recent movies focus on finding love, being competitive or materialism, while older movies just tend to focus on family, kindness and holiday spirit.”
However, other students such as sophomore Gabrielle Dunn, who watches holiday movies on ABC Family, enjoy more modern Christmas films. Dunn said that she likes newer Christmas movies because “they put all of the experience that you could have in an older movie but with better effects.”
Lifetime and Up also offer holiday programming. Lifetime holds its annual “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime,” according to mylifetime.com, and according to uptv.com, Uplifting Entertainment’s “Everything You Love About Christmas” started on Nov. 2 and will end Dec. 31.