This isn't an isolated incident -- a bunch of movies (mostly of the straight-to-DVD variety) are leapfrogging holiday competition by hitting stores around Columbus Day. There's also Scoot & Kassie's Christmas Adventure (a film featuring a hungry Luke Perry being overshadowed by a dog with a Santa hat), The Santa Switch (probably about a frivolous teen girl getting Freaky Friday'd with old Saint Nick), and Pete's Christmas (a Groundhog Day ripoff where a kid is stuck repeating Christmas over and over).
No word on if they keep the suicide montage.
Heck, there's even an actual trying-to-be-good movie starting Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd as Christmas tree salesmen that is already in theaters. Yep, looks like the holiday-movie-churning factory has already turned its dial to the "Santa is kidnapped" setting. But at least we have some time before we're assaulted by terrible Christmas music, right?