Christmas film

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A Christmas film, as its name suggests, is a movie where the plot centers around the Christmas holiday, and is usually released (or shown in rebroadcast) between Thanksgiving and Christmas (the time frame in which most of these films are shown).

In American filmmaking, such a film usually centers around a person (often a female) who has somewhere in her life "lost the Christmas spirit" (commonly the person has experienced a tragedy, such as the loss of a loved one, around Christmas), and the plotline features attempts by family and friends to help the person regain it (frequently a love interest is involved). Another plotline features the dynamics between the "big city" and the "small town", where a lead character has left a small hometown for the big city, then has to return (or a character from the big city has to go to a small town), and discovers that they are happier in a small town (again, a love interest is involved).

American cable channels Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel will broadcast Christmas films non-stop between Thanksgiving until a few days after Christmas, along with promotions during the summer season (announcing the new lineup for the upcoming season).