Watch the trailer. Optometrist Steve Finch loves those Christmas traditions he has set up with his family and his town. As such, he has a schedule of activities for his family starting on December 1, and is the unofficial consultant for anything Christmas-related in his town of Cloverdale, Massachusetts. During the Christmas season, the Halls move into the house across the street from the Finches'. The Halls in general are different in outlook and temperament than the Finches. Unlike Steve, Buddy Hall scams his way through life and never follows through with anything he starts. While Kelly Finch and Tia Hall and their children begin friendships based largely on those differences, Steve and Buddy butt heads based on those differences.
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Deck The Halls
The film was released on November 22, In a small Massachusetts town, optometrist and self-proclaimed Christmas expert Steve Finch Matthew Broderick wants his kids to have a great Christmas, filled with traditions such as using an Advent calendar, taking Christmas card pictures in matching sweaters, and buying a large tree. In the middle of the night on December 1, new neighbors move in across the street. Tia and Kelly immediately become friends, as do Ashley, Emily, and Madison. Buddy goes to work as a used car salesman.
The melody is Welsh , dating back to the sixteenth century,  and belongs to a winter carol, " Nos Galan ", while the English lyrics, written by the Scottish musician Thomas Oliphant , date to The English-language lyrics were written by the Scottish musician Thomas Oliphant. They first appeared in , in volume 2 of Welsh Melodies , a set of four volumes authored by John Thomas , including Welsh words by John Jones Talhaiarn and English words by Oliphant.