We don't remember when some brilliant TV mind came up with the idea of blitzing viewers with marathon repeats of holiday (and some non-holiday) movies on Christmas Eve and Christmas. But each year, it seems as if there are more to choose from. Here's a selective guide:
THE MOVIE "White Christmas"
WHEN | WHERE Starts Thursday at 9 a.m. through Friday at 1:30 a.m. on AMC
THE MOVIE "Home Alone"
WHEN | WHERE Starts Thursday night at 6 and runs through Saturday at 4 a.m. on FMC
THE MOVIE "Night at the Museum"
WHEN | WHERE Starts Thursday night at 6:30 through Friday at 5 p.m. on FX
THE DEAL In this 2006 comedy, a night watchman at a museum of natural history (Ben Stiller) discovers that exhibits come alive after the building closes.
THE MOVIE "A Christmas Story"
WHEN | WHERE Starts Thursday night at 8 through Friday at 6 p.m., TBS)
THE DEAL The 1983 classic in which little Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas.
THE MOVIE "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
WHEN | WHERE Starts Friday at 6:30 a.m. and runs through 10:15 p.m. on AMC
THE DEAL 1989 comedy in which the Griswolds (Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo) spend the holiday in a garish way, especially when a country cousin (Randy Quaid) pulls up in an RV. Screenplay by John Hughes.
THE MOVIE "Bad Santa"
WHEN | WHERE Starts Friday at 9 a.m. and runs through 1 a.m. Saturday on Spike