Christmas: Does Everyone Start Watching Christmas Movies before December?

Christmas in 2022 has been a roller-coaster ride of possibilities. Before the latest variant of COVID19 burst onto the scene there seemed to be a glimmer of hope that a normal festive period might be enjoyed by people all over the world. We found ourselves thrust back into uncertainty, as ever more questions than answers about how our Yule period would be affected.  

December’s 2022 Poll Question: Does Everyone Start Watching Christmas Movies before December?

Our Thoughts

Christmas in 2022 has been a roller-coaster ride of possibilities. Before the latest variant of COVID19 burst onto the scene there seemed to be a glimmer of hope that a normal festive period might be enjoyed by people all over the world. We found ourselves thrust back into uncertainty, as ever more questions than answers about how our Yule period would be affected.  

However, isolating or not, meeting family or not, we always have access to a catalogue of past favorite and newly released Christmas movies. Regardless of where you are in the world, we are but a tap or click away from a myriad of streaming platforms. From Disney to Netflix, Amazon to HBO, there is a festive film for just about everyone. 

Individually, we all deal with Christmas differently. Some like to exclaim “Bah Humbug!” and excitedly announce that they don’t even put up a tree. Conversely, we probably all know someone who starts buying Christmas presents in the Autumn. That person who eats their first mince pie in October. Or maybe a friend that puts up their Christmas tree in November! The question is, when do you put on that first yuletide movie?  

Results

3,122 Respondents

64% Voted:  1,998  Votes:  YES

36% Voted: 1,124 Votes: NO

SurveyBeta Conclusion

A huge victory for the people who just can’t get enough of Christmas. Here at SurveyBeta this result does not surprise us much. We can put forward a number of reasons for the outcome here. 

Christmas movies are almost always “feel-good” movies. Even the sad ones are generally bitter-sweet in their storylines. The past couple of years have been easy for no-one, so escapism in the form of a movie that makes us beam with delight is an obvious balm for the soul. From the facial contortions of Jim Carrey’s Grinch, to the outrageous Schwarzenegger caper Jingle All The Way. From the crazy puppetry of the Muppets Christmas Carol to the pure schmalz of Love Actually, there is plenty to smile about. 

Despite the huge range of streamed movies and TV shows, people all over the world still complain that there is nothing to watch. Over the last couple of years the output of new shows has waned due to pandemic related production issues. This has led people back to what they know, old movies they already love. If a Christmassy feeling starts to seep into a viewer’s mind when the weather starts to turn or they see some decorations in a retail store, this sparks a feeling to kindle that festive spirit once again. If there is indecision amongst the family about what new movie to watch, a safe fallback option is a much-loved Chrtistmas classic, no matter if it’s November or October.  

Another reason for the early consumption of Christmas films must be the ever increasing advertising that we endure each season. When we see store displays updated to include winter scenes and reindeer it affects our perception of the Christmas period. Once that seed is planted our brains are receptive to the idea of starting the celebrations as soon as possible! 

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