Skip to main content

For Find Out Friday - When Did We Begin Counting Down to Christmas?



Well, it’s officially a month since Christmas. Although you wouldn’t know it in my house since I only took down my decorations about ten days ago. However, I have seen some houses that still have reindeers and Santas on full display in their front yards so I don’t feel so bad.

Never-the-less there are those who have already begun counting down to this year’s festivities. 

Those who are fans of the Hallmark Channel are certainly among this group. 

I, myself, already attended a Hallmark sponsored event known as “ChristmasCon” back in November. 

That event was the first annual although there are said to be two this year. One in Los Angeles as well as a return trip to New Jersey. Dates and specifics are TBD.

But we all know Hallmark has been counting down to Christmas FAR longer than that. 

So I was curious: How did it all began?

This past year, 2019, marked the tenth anniversary of Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas. But that number is arbitrary. 

It turns out Hallmark wasn’t the first network on television to Countdown to Christmas!!!!

Shocker, I know. 

That honor actually goes to ABC Family who began "25 Days of Christmas" in the 1990s. Those movies featured actors from some of the most famous pop culture shows, such as Mario Lopez (Saved By the Bell) and Joey Lawerence (Blossom). 

That formula wasn’t lost on Hallmark as almost any movie they debut features Lacy Chabert or Candice Cameron Bure. In fact, actors of all generations who had seemed to vanish now have a second chapter in their careers thanks in part to the Hallmark Channel. 

The first Hallmark Christmas movie took place in 2002 (the channel launched in 2001), and the Countdown exploded in 2010. By 2014 Crown Media Family Productions were able to produce even more material and movies that they owned outright. 

Most of the films are made in Canada and filmed in just two to three weeks. That helps keep costs down and attract stars that are also attached to other projects. 

As for the wide reach these movies have, despite the lack of diverse casting, the appeal seems to be universal: happiness and love. In a world filled with so much stress, viewers like turning on a movie with a predictably happy ending. It is also a good source of family friendly fun.

Hallmark’s Christmas movies draw over 70 million viewers and each year increase the amount of movies made to accommodate them. 2019 saw a record high of forty plus such movies. Their secondary channel, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries had an additional handful. 

When this Countdown first started to gain traction, many of us (myself definitely included) made fun of these cheesy stories that always have basically the same ending. But that high, very large viewer audience has convinced several other cable networks to join in and cash out. This past year alone there was “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” and “OWN for the holidays”. Netflix is even starting making Christmas movies and streaming them all season long. I’m sure Amazon isn’t far behind. 

Both Hallmark and Lifetime premiered moves as early as the end of October. 

The Countdown movies had been so successful that there are movies being made to celebrate winter, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and so on. I believe there is even a Christmas in July movie season. 

Hallmark’s Crown Media Family Production spends about thirty-five percent of its annual budget producing Christmas movies. Not bad considering they are responsible for creating an entirely new genre in popular culture. 

For More Information:




Comments

  1. Going through divorce with the partner you love is like been in hell, my husband filed for a divorce without giving me reasons. I was totally down for I had no idea of what was happening and I tried to confront him to know what led to such action but he didn't give me listening ears.. I tried getting to know what happened through his family members but that didn't work either and this time was going mad about everything till I searched for help online and I came across Lord Zakuza contact number +1 (740) 573 9483 and I messaged him to let him know what I was going through and Lord Zakuza encouraged and promised to help me with his powerful spell and within 48 hours after contacting Lord Zakuza and followed all his instructions, my attorney called me to get me informed that the divorce case has been cancelled and after 30 minutes, I got a call from my husband pleading and begging for forgiveness and right now we are back together with so much love and care.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

For My Madness During Migraine Awareness Month

Last weekend as I sat staring at the blank page in front of me, I was still surprised and elated that I had an entire day to myself and unlike past experiences it was filled with what I wanted when I wanted it. There were a few rough moments but when I consider the previous twelve hours (and the days to come) have been better than the last week. Especially this last week even though I had braced myself ahead of time, I just didn’t know I should have braced for a more serious episode. I am a chronic migraine sufferer for so many years I don’t quite remember when they started exactly which is ironic because I can remember every special event they have ruined. I remember plays or dinners I was at where I don’t remember what happened but I could tell you what I felt minute by minute. It amazing how the mind works, especially when it’s operated by a migraine brain. In the last few years, specifically the last few years since I have been going to the Montefiore Headac

For Find Out Friday - Why Do Emery Boards Make My Skin Crawl?

You know that sound a fingernail makes when it scratches against a chalkboard?  You know that feeling the sound of that action gives you? I, like most people, hate that sound.  I instantly feel like scrunching my shoulders up to my neck and closing my eyes.  I feel the exact same way when I am using an emery board to file my nails. This annoying sensation has a name: “grima” which is Spanish for disgust or uneasiness. This term basically describes any feeling of being displeased, annoyed, or dissatisfied someone or something.  It is a feeling that psychologists are starting to pay more attention to as it relates to our other emotions.  Emery boards are traditionally made with cardboard that has small grains of sand adhered to them. It is the sandpaper that I believe makes me filled with grima.  According to studies that are being done around the world, it is not just the feeling that we associate with certain things like nails on a chalkboard or by using emery boards

For a New Chain of Mexican Fast Food: “Dos Toros Taqueria”

When it comes to fast food there are the names we are familiar with: McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Chipotle.  In you live in New York City, there is a new kid in town: Dos Toros.  Dos Toros is relatively new to this area but with any hope there might be one in your town soon.  Started by two brothers, Leo and Oliver Kremer, from Berkeley, California, the Mexican food you find here is inspired by food they loved growing up.  In California, the brothers grew up worshipping Gordo Taqueria, a favorite of Bay Area residents since 1977 (now promptly added to my San Francisco to eat list). Much of the recipes and even decor found at Dos Toros has been modeled on Gordo. Before moving to NYC in 2008, the brothers were living very different lives. Leo was the bassist for the band “Third Eye Blind”. Oliver fresh out of college, considered working in the technology or finance industry. Both disillusioned with their lives, they decided to pursue something they have l