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NFL Invades Christmas Eve

What happens when Christmas falls on a weekend? For the NFL that means football and Christmas go together — and Santa will just have to use his DVR.

Christmas Eve is on a Saturday this year and the NFL wants folks to tune in to 12 different games that day — including a prime time game between the Bengals and the Texans.

Christmas Day isn’t spared either. There are two games slated that day, the Steelers play the Ravens and the Broncos take on the Chiefs in Christmas Day contests.

Some wonder how these games on television will fare.

No doubt, many NFL fans consider the broad weekend schedule a gift from Santa himself and many may just make either attending or watching football a new Christmas tradition.

The holidays are traditionally a great time for football in America. The college bowl season kicks off just before Christmas and the games of the NFL have huge consequences right around Christmas each year.

But many are torn over Christmas football and family Christmas traditions.

“It’s a tough call,” laughed Garth Funk, of Colorado, who claims to be a rabid Bronos fan. “But the kids will just have to track Santa during the commercials. We’ll still make midnight mass, though”.

Some see the football festivities as a boon for the NFL — while others think many will wait until the day after Christmas to check NFL scores and standings.

“We love the NFL in our house,” Ali Swenson of Tennessee told us. “But unless those games are done before 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve there’s no way it will be on in our house. Grandma, the kids and everyone else just have too many other things going on for there to be football. If we end up with the men in front of the TV and everyone else in another part of the house there could be Christmas war!”.

When it comes to Christmas and football, your mileage may vary.

Father of 7, Grandfather of 7, husband of 1. Freelance writer, Major League baseball geek, aspiring Family Historian.
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    Richard Clifford
  • April 15, 2016
Oh, My God! The National Football League has gone too far! Lots of establishments are opening up on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but this is too much! Last year, the NFL played a game on Christmas Eve in Prime Time! What the hell are you trying to do, Mr. Giddell?!

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