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Christmas coming out of our ears

December 20, 2011
By ANDREW POTTER , Times-Republican

You can run but you can't hide from Christmas this time of the year. Nearly every non-political commercial on television has a Christmas theme to it.

I guess except that State Farm "Discount Double Check" one with Aaron Rodgers, which is pretty amusing.

But if you forgot it was the holiday season, just look at the TV guide and look at the list of shows for Dec. 20.

Scanning Tuesday night's offerings and you can see movies upon movies with holiday themes.

There's the movie "Deck the Halls" starring Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick from 2006. I haven't seen it yet so I can't recommend it.

If you don't like you may want to watch "Deck the Halls," a made for TV mystery from 2011.

Yep, two different movies with the same name airing on the same night on two different channels. A little confusing?

Now, do you see what I mean about Christmas overload?

The night is not void of the old standby Christmas films either, including two different versions of "A Christmas Carol" and "The Polar Express."

For you in the "Git-r-Done" crowd there is even Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Luau on CMT. Hopefully, he stays away from donning a Speedo on the beach, that would put my stomach into a tizzy for the entire holiday season. I'll remind you, I'm still only looking at the listings for one night of programming on the tube.

And don't get me started about the Hallmark Channel, which provides a never-ending IV flow of holiday tearjerkers right into our bloodstream. Again, they are OK in small doses, but I don't need to be hit over the head with them.

On Tuesday, Hallmark is bringing us "Annie Clause is Coming to Town" and "Santa Jr.," whatever those two are.

I'm not trying to be a Scrooge or anything and I really can get into the spirit. But it seems nobody realizes there is life aside from Christmas this time of the year.

But when I do succumb to holiday programming, there are some annual favorites that we try to watch if possible.

We were able to indoctrinate our 3-year-old to the pleasure of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman."

Both of the shows had her eyeballs practically glued to the screen. Finally, the songs she has heard for the past couple of weeks had some meaning to them.

Well, soon the holidays will be over and we'll be back to regular TV movie programming, which includes daily airings of the film "Knocked Up."

Finally, it will be some sense of normalcy. Oh wait, it won't be totally normal until these political candidates make a beeline for New Hampshire Jan. 4.

Happy holidays readers. Oh, you didn't know it was the holidays?

Has your TV been broke or something?


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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