You read that headline correctly. There was an actual Christmas movie on TV last night, September 24th, three months ahead of Christmas Eve. Not just any Christmas movie either, it was the original 1947 version of “Miracle on 34th Street!” Besides “A Christmas Carol,” this is the most Christmas kind of movie that can be shown and it’s not even close to Halloween yet.
I was in such shock to see a Christmas movie on TV last night that I actually clicked on it to make sure it wasn’t an error on the guide. Sometimes that happens where a movie or show is labelled on the guide, but when one clicks on it it’s just an 18th rerun of “True Lies.” This was 100 per cent legitimate. When I started watching the movie they were at the end of the court hearing when the US Postal Service drops off hundreds and hundreds of letters all addressed to Santa Claus. A loud cheer erupts when Kris Kringle gets cleared.
So, looks like the MovieTime channel on cable gets the win for the earliest Christmas movie/Christmas theme of 2018 thanks to a showing of “Miracle on 34th Street.” Yes, I agree it’s way to early for anything that resembles the holiday season at this point, but it did bring up an important reminder that I must start writing my letter to Santa Claus this year. I need an early jump on getting a “Scruff-a-Luv” this year. (By the way, a Scruff-a-Luv has nothing to do with Mitchell “Scruffy” Blair).