Disappointed with "Freeform's" 25 Days of Christmas Lineup

Disappointed with "Freeform's" 25 Days of Christmas Lineup

Why are "Elf" and "The Santa Clause" playing every other night?
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As I write this, I am totally defeated and disappointed as I present the ABC Family or now known as "Freeform" 25 Days of Christmas movie lineup tradition. Granted, these listed below are the highlights during the prime movie watching hours, but I am disappointed to see many nights of "Elf" and "The Santa Clause" and hardly any nights of "Santa Clause is Coming to Town", "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and other Christmas Classics. Fear not, those classics are in fact included, most of which during the day however. With that being said, below are the "highlights" of the 25 Days of Christmas Lineup!

December 1

"The Santa Clause" 9:15PM/8:15C

December 2

"The Polar Express" (2004) 9:20PM/8:20C

December 3

"Elf" 8:50PM/7:50C

December 4

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" 8:45PM/7:45C

December 5

"Scrooged" (1988) 9PM/8C

December 6

"The Santa Clause" 9PM/8C

December 7

"Elf" 9PM/8C

December 8

"Disney's A Christmas Carol" (2009) 9PM/8C

December 9

"Snow Buddies" 9:50PM/8:50C

December 10

Disney Pixar's "Toy Story" Marathon

December 11

"The Polar Express" (2004) 9:55PM/8:55C

December 12

"Elf" 9PM/8C

December 13

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" 9PM/8C

December 14

"Arthur Christmas" (2011) 7PM/6C

December 15

"The Search for Santa Paws" 9PM/8C

December 16

"Jingle All the Way" 5:30PM/4:30C

December 17

Disney Frozen 9PM/8C

December 18

"Disney Frozen" 7:20PM/6:20C

December 19

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" 8:55PM/7:55C

December 20

"Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" 4:30PM/3:30C

December 21

"Elf" 8:55PM/7:55C

December 22

"Jingle All the Way" 8:55PM/7:55C

December 23

"Disney's A Christmas Carol" (2009) 6:45PM/5:45C

December 24

"The Santa Clause" 5:35PM/4:35C

"Elf" 7:40PM/6:40C

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" 9:45PM/8:45

"Scrooged" (1998) 11:55PM/10:55C

December 25

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" 7:45PM/6:45C

Check out the entire lineup here!

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I think it's interesting that I chose to conflate knowledge with a realization of aesthetic value independent from traditional social norms for women in the current US culture.


A History of My Hands

By Lydia Solodiuk

My hands know that they are beautiful.

It was a reckoning a long time in coming.

I hated their oversizedness, having a man’s hands in the 5th grade isn’t what any girl wants.

I hated that I didn’t have pianist hands even though I was a pianist in my younger days

It took a visit to a laser esthetician office’s,

She, heavily coated with makeup and derision, judged my hands unacceptable to the feminine norm.

So I ran outside, into the narrow parking lot bordering a small highway. Everything smelled like exhaust and rubber and pizza sauce.

I watched the man through the grimy window shape a pizza with his bulky man hands into a perfect swirling circle.

That was the beginning of love, for me and my hands.

What a poetic beginning for a girl descended from Sicilian orchards

Where grimy, hardworking hands slowly caressed lemons into wooden boxes.


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Who IS Allowed To Talk About Gun Control?

I have more questions than there are answers but I hope that we are on the way to a country with far less gun violence.
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Who is allowed to talk about gun control?

I see a lot of stuff on social media saying that teenagers don’t know enough to talk about gun control. Why? If a teenager dies of cancer, their friends talk about cancer. If a teenager dies because they were hit by a drunk driver on Prom night, the high school scares their students into not drinking and driving. Guess what, 17 teenagers were killed last week. Why are their friends not allowed to have an opinion on that? They have been going to funerals every day since Friday. I can’t imagine having to go to the funeral of the guy I sat next in math class. People my age aren’t supposed to die, we are supposed to graduate and get our dream job. A high school student should be thinking about homework and what movie they're seeing this weekend, not if that noise in the hallway was a man with a gun.

In media, we project images of strong teenagers. The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, they are all books and movies depicting kids in situations they don’t like. The main characters fight the system causing an uproar from the adults. But, in the end the teenagers are victorious, their prize is happiness and spending their adult lives in peace. Why would adults feed their children these novels and not expect the message to be taken to heart.

Ou president is a 71 year old white man, there were approximately 14 incidents where shots were fired in a school. That is about as many as there have been in 2018. I have no idea what changed, what has made this number dramatically increase. But obviously something needs to change. Why does President Trump feel threatened by the idea of making the ability to purchase a gun less accessible?

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