AVAHS – Christmas Every Day (1986) Review


Plot: Lucy’s father regales the story of his mother, Grandma Tilly, who wished for Christmas every day. Her wish came true, much to her delight, but one should always be careful what they wish for.

Breakdown: Painted/sketchy art, paper cutout animation, in-special indications of commercial breaks telling you the special will be right back – MmMmm that’s some classic Christmas goodness right there.

This is a very warm and amusing forgotten old Christmas special. At this point, I’ve seen a few versions of the ‘Christmas every day’ plot, and this one still manages to throw a couple curveballs my way.

The 1986 iteration is somewhat reminiscent of Fairly Odd Parents’ version of the story. Every day after Christmas is still Christmas, meaning piles of presents and an overload of carols and holiday food day after day. What started as an innocent wish to perpetuate something so good started to become tiresome and irritating until the kid gets so sick of it that they want to unwish it, but they find that they can’t. In the end, everything gets set back to normal, but the kid has a better understanding that special events like Christmas come only once a year for a reason. Too much of a good thing can quickly turn into a bad thing, and times like Christmas give you something to look forward to throughout the year.

However, Christmas Every Day goes a bit further than Fairly Odd Parents did – and they get a bit darker in the meantime. First of all, Santa is not involved here. They do get presents every day, but they’re from each other, and they’re the exact same gifts. The dad gets the same tie, the mom gets the same hat, the older daughter gets the same dress – although, for some reason, Tilly gets different dolls each time. The funniest part is that they got a dog this Christmas, so each day they get a new completely identical dog.

Eventually, things get so bad that they don’t have the money to keep buying the same gifts over and over and everyone just starts getting rags. Everyone ends up poor because they keep spending money buying gifts, and the poor houses end up getting filled to capacity, so they just end up sending everyone home (figure that one out.)

Meat stores start charging $5000 for turkeys because they’re in such high demand, and the turkeys in question are teeny tiny because they’re running out. Christmas trees are being cut down to the point of extinction, though I’m not sure why everyone’s getting a Christmas tree on Christmas day.

All holidays outside of Christmas are celebrated in a Christmas manner. Halloween is celebrated with everyone dressing up as Santa and handing out candy canes, the play for Washington’s birthday had Washington dressed like Santa, the Easter bunny had to sport reindeer antlers, and Tilly’s birthday is celebrated with a birthday turkey and everyone singing Merry Christmas instead of Happy Birthday.

She tries to unwish the wish, but her arrangement with the Christmas fairy doesn’t allow her. Tilly wanted Christmas every day forever, but the fairy decided to give her a one year trial run. If she still wanted it after that point, she’d get it forever, but she wasn’t allowed to wish out of it before the year was up.

Her older sister overheard her trying to contact the fairy, and that ousted her as being the source of the perpetual Christmas. Her sister, being a bitch, spread the news all over town. She was instantly hated by everyone – her neighbors, her friends and even the 200+ dogs she had accumulated.

When Tilly decided to run away since everyone hated her, we got this exchange;

Tilly: *while crying* “I’m running away Mrs. Jones.”

Mrs. Jones: “Good!”

Jesus Christ, lady!

I get that people are upset, but this is a little kid who made a wish any little kid would make. If they want to direct their anger somewhere, it should be the fairy.

Her parents find her and explain that they love her no matter what she did, and if Christmas lasts forever they’ll just make the best of it and work through it together.

The fairy does show back up on Christmas day, the wish gets reversed, everyone stops hating Tilly, once everything returns to normal no one mentions the fiasco ever again (I sincerely doubt that) and there were happy endings all around.

This is a very sweet and fun little story. The animation is quite endearing, and, despite being paper dolls, they actually managed to bring them to life very well. It has a pretty nice flow, and only a handful of shots seem truly stilted and doll-like.

The voice acting is fairly hokey, though. Lucy’s dad especially sounds very bored, but most of the actors sound a bit wooden.

If you want a quick and quaint little Christmas tale, check this out.

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