Christmas Every Day
Based on"Christmas Every Day"
by William Dean Howells
Written byStephen Alix
Nancey Silvers
Directed byLarry Peerce
StarringErik von Detten
Bess Armstrong
Robert Hays
Yvonne Zima
Robin Riker
Music byBilly Goldenberg
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersGary M. Goodman
Barry Rosen
John Byers (co-producer)
Stephen Alix (co-producer)
Production locationAshland, Virginia
CinematographyGideon Porath
EditorJerrold L. Ludwig
Running time1hr 35min
Production companiesGoodman/Rosen Productions
MTM Enterprises
International Family Entertainment, Inc.
Distributor20th Television
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original release
  • December 1, 1996 (1996-12-01)

Christmas Every Day is a 1996 American made-for-television fantasy-comedy film based on the 1892 short story "Christmas Every Day" by William Dean Howells.

It was directed by Larry Peerce, starred Erik von Detten, and originally broadcast on The Family Channel during their first 25 Days of Christmas programming block.[1]

The movie was remade into an ABC Family TV movie in 2006 titled Christmas Do-Over.[2]

Original story by Howells

"Christmas Every Day" is a short story by William Dean Howells about a young American girl, whose wish that Christmas would come daily is granted for an entire year. It was published in Christmas Every Day and Other Stories Told for Children in 1892.


The film is set in the fictional town of Greenwood Falls, Virginia (just outside Washington, D.C.) and stars Erik von Detten as Billy Jackson, a selfish teenager forced to relive the same Christmas every day.[1][3] Billy's sister (Yvonne Zima) wishes that it was Christmas every day, and thereafter he has to keep repeating Christmas Day until he realizes the true meaning of the holiday season.[4][5]

The movie also stars Robert Hays and Bess Armstrong as Billy's parents.[1][5][6]

Billy finds the entire experience to be a nightmare. "My life is on rewind," he moans. Each December 25, he must face the school bully (Tyler Mason Buckalew); he must also get involved in his grocer father's dispute with his fat-cat uncle (Robert Curtis Brown) who wants to build a mega-store and ruin the local merchants.[5]


See also


  1. ^ a b c Christmas Every Day at IMDb
  2. ^ Christmas Every Day at IMDb
  3. ^ Rindge, Brenda (December 2, 2002). "'Tis the Season". The Post and Courier: 1D.
  4. ^ McDonough, Kevin (December 21, 1999). "Oh, holiday night ! It's Christmas on every channel". Charleston Daily Mail: P5D.
  5. ^ a b c Malleck, Bonnie (December 19, 1998). "Holiday tales abound;Christmas Every Day sure to please young viewers". The Record: F2.
  6. ^ "Holiday TV". News & Record: D1. November 25, 2004.