The Handbook
The Handbook

Who else wants to forget it all and just watch Christmas movies? If the urge to turn off all phone notifications, crawl into a duvet nest with a big bowl of ice cream and binge watch Home Alone is overwhelming right now, then there’s a TV channel for you.

Just launched, Sony Movies Christmas will be beaming Christmas films into your sitting room 24/7 for the next few months until actual Christmas arrives. By which point you’ll presumably be onto summer classics. Promising wall-to-wall Christmas, you can be your own version of that man that’s always on the news for celebrating Christmas every single day (accompanied by the handy info box calculating how many Brussels sprouts he’s consumed – it’s in the 100,000s).


The first films to show on this infinite festive loop are Beauty And The Beast Christmas, Marrying Father Christmas and The Christmas Cabin (none of which I’ve heard of), and will be joined by the likes of Elf, The Grinch and Miracle On 34th Street in time.

According to a spokesperson for the channel (which can be found at Freeview 50, Sky 319, Virgin 424 or Freesat 303, since you asked) said “Santa and his elves aren’t the only people working their stockings off to ensure there’s enough Christmas content to keep you in a seasonal mood right until the big day and beyond… Because really, when isn’t a good time to give yourself a little festive cheer?”

Of course, the way things are going, a Christmas cocoon sounds increasingly appealing. And who wouldn’t want to spend lockdown part deux watching re-repeats of Elf? By Christmas we should have started vaccinating the population, the American election should be over (though let’s see…) and the outcome of Brexit will at least be known, if impending. I can’t think of a better time to go into hibernation


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