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Last Christmas

Some of us may feel that anything Christmas-related should stay hidden until the day after Thanksgiving. Still, here we are, with holiday movie showing up in theaters this weekend. I’d typically be grumbling at this, but darn it, Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson, looks like it might hit all my romantic-comedy buttons. And it’s not the only Christmas romance we can watch. We’ll get to see plenty of films about Christmas in November and tons more in December.

It makes sense for a film like this to open before Thanksgiving. The big-budget movie release calendar is packed once Thanksgiving hits. Between Disney’s Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opening during the holiday season, any smaller film will struggle to find an audience. Though, be prepared. It’s not just holiday romances at the movie theater. Check your Netflix listings.

This past week, the Kristin Davis and Rob Lowe romance, Holiday in the Wild, became available on Netflix. A story about a woman who heads to Africa and finds love is your typical romance for the older set. It also offers baby elephants, which most holiday romances seem to skip. Netflix also has Let it Snow, a romance among younger audiences.

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And Netflix is late to the holiday-romance game. Guess what channel started their holiday-romance schedule in October? Yes, the Hallmark Channel is already in the middle of their “Countdown to Christmas.” With new movies like A Christmas Duet and Christmas in Rome, the Hallmark Channel makes multiple films that focus on sweet romances that take place during the holidays.

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If you are someone who loves seeing Christmas movies starting so early, but worry that there aren’t enough films to fill up both November and December, you can spread out your viewing by including old favorites. While You Were Sleeping (1995), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), About a Boy (2002), Love Actually (2003) and The Holiday (2006) might make for fun watching. You can also expand to much older films like 1945’s Christmas in Connecticut and 1940’s The Shop Around the Corner. But, really?

I understand why Last Christmas opens before Thanksgiving. Release schedules are tricky. Yet, no matter how entertaining we find these films, a lot of us will wait until after Thanksgiving to start our holiday-romance movie binge. It just feels too early. It’s hard to believe that the Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street hit theaters in June 1947. Yes, June. Let’s hope that film studios and cable channels don’t start releasing their holiday romances that early.

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