The return of Christmas classics

It’s that time of year again, where the progress made during the school year comes to a grinding halt, and the only thing on students’ minds is Winter Break. Winter Break is a magical time of year, where there are no deadlines, no teachers breathing down your necks, and no set daily schedule.

So, as students relax into their two weeks of freedom with nothing to do, there is one thing they can look forward to- the Christmas Classics.

Of course, one source of these well sought after classics, is the 25 Days of Christmas Marathon held by Freeform, previously known as ABC Family, for the 20th consecutive year. The marathon starts as soon as the month of December does, and works its way through almost every single family friendly Christmas movie known to man, but Freeform is not the only source for Christmas fun.

Hallmark Channel also hosts its own Christmas movie marathon, which starts the night before Halloween, for those who just could not wait for the end of Fall to get into the Christmas Spirit. Hallmark, while it presents movies with less notoriety, not only runs all of its previously made Christmas movies, but it also premieres one to two of its new movies every weekend, all the way through to the first of the year.

These are not only the two marathons in town, as TBS is set to air “A Christmas Story” for 24 hours, starting on December 24, for the 19th year in a row. That’s right, it seems the masses have loved watching the story of Ralphie’s quest for an official Red Ryder BB Gun, so much so, that the marathon moved from TNT to TBS in 2004.

But, if students are not quite in the marathon mood, and are just looking for a few good Christmas movies, they can always turn to Netflix. The streaming site has not only made it possible to download the movies and shows for when you just cannot connect to wifi, but they also hold the titles to movies such as “Christmas with the Kranks,” “Love Actually,” “Last Holiday,” and “Miracle on 34th Street.”