Every year, without fail, there's that weird point in time right before Christmas when I want to watch Christmas movies and listen to holiday music, but know that I shouldn't. For the good of everyone's mental health, Christmas stuff should hold off until Dec. 1 (I'm looking at you commercial America, with your Christmas decorations as soon as Nov. 1. What did Thanksgiving ever do to you?). Thankfully, freeform has got our collective backs, because the network has launched a marathon to go before their popular 25 Days of Christmas series, which always starts, not surprisingly, 25 days before the holiday. The new list, Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas, is full of feel-good and family-friendly movies that are perfect preparation for the jolliness of Christmas season.
This new marathon runs from Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day, to Nov. 30. So after you finish the entire Gilmore Girls reboot, you can dive right in to some of these. There are going to be a lot of movies for us all to watch from this list, so take a deep breath and do some stretches between each one. It's going to be a really couch potato-y kind of Thanksgiving season. You can view the full list here but the following is a list of the best films from each day of the marathon.
Thursday, Nov. 24, 2:05 p.m — Mulan
I challenge you to watch Mulan and not be inspired. The workout montage in "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" Is the perfect song to rally you to get off the couch after eating the big turkey and all those delicious side dishes.
Friday, Nov. 25, 4:10 p.m. — Toy Story
There's nothing like a good movie to veg out to after a terrifying day of battle... er... shopping. The childlike joy brought by Tom Hanks as a cowboy named Woody and Tim Allen as an astronaut named Buzz Lightyear is magical. You will almost be able to forgive and forget that lady who elbowed you in the face for a Williams-Sonoma wok... almost.
Saturday, Nov. 26, 1:30 p.m. — Matilda
Matilda (Mara Wilson) can move things with her mind and her sketchy car salesman of a father is played by Danny Devito. Do I really need to say more?
Sunday, Nov. 27, 5:45 p.m. — Tangled
Enjoy the last of your Thanksgiving leftovers while reconnecting with your inner Disney fan and get down with this story of Rapunzel. There's nothing like a re-imaged Disney tale that's been turned slightly more girl-power oriented. Tangled will definitely get you ready for the work week.
Monday, Nov. 28, 8:00 p.m. — The Holiday
Reward yourself for your top-notch Cyber Monday purchases with the first Christmas movie that doesn't feel like forced holiday excitement. And don't worry, it's totally fine that you're partaking in a Christmas-themed flick before December, because The Holiday is really about every human's dream Airbnb situation — finding love on vacay.
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 12 p.m. — Jingle All The Way
As Bustle writer Johnny Brayson reminds us, "Jingle All The Way gets zero respect compared to the Home Alones and Christmas Vacations of the world," but is deserving of so much more. Arnold Schwarzenegger's goofy performance as an over-worked Midwestern dad on the prowl for a Christmas gift for his son because he doesn't understand that the true meaning of the holiday is love and family puts this movie in the annals of Christmas movies.
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 9 p.m. — National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Holidays with the family can be rough, so it's important that we brace ourselves for what's to come. The best way to do that is a screening of the worst possible family antics that could go down with family in town — Christmas Vacation. Clark Griswold's (Chevy Chase) attempt at the perfect Christmas will make you feel so much better about whatever's going on with your fam this holiday season.
So after you eat the turkey, watch some football, and get into at least one argument about politics with your Uncle Timmy, head over to Freeform for the next few days and all the pain will gently melt away. Then after a week of solid programming, you will get to experience the majesty of 25 Days of Christmas.
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