ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Christmas and the Family: The Best Part of the Season

Updated on December 14, 2012

Last year I spent the month of December reviewing and rating a whole slew of Christmas movies. And as nice as it was to watch that much holiday cheer, my month long Merry-Thon pretty much drained my reservoir of Christmas movies.

So if you were hoping for the same thing again this year, I'm sorry. I don't see how I can do it. Sure, there are plenty of other Christmas movies, but I was mainly focusing on the big classics. I could cover The Smurfs Christmas Special and such but ... I'm not going to. (Or how about A Flintstones Christmas Carol? What kind of sense does that make?)

The reason is that there are just too many Christmas specials out there for me to really build up my care level. I'm sure there are some great Christmas specials out there that people consider part of their personal or family Christmas tradition, and that's great. But the point of these mass reviews is not to cover every movie ever made. I mostly like to point people toward (or sometimes, away from) movies that I feel have earned a serious evaluation.

So for this December, rather than lock myself into 37 reviews (seriously, 37 reviews last December), I've decided to take a different tack. I'll be selecting just a few movies that may or may not have a Christmas element, but that can easily be considered feel-good family viewing.

The main thing I look forward to every year from the Christmas season is neither the presents nor the carols. Neither the decorations nor the snow. Though, there's plenty to enjoy with all of those.

What I look forward to the most every year is the time I spend with my family. Both immediate and extended.

(Maybe it's because I'm not yet married? You cynics can interpret that as you wish.)

Since I was a baby, my family has celebrated the Swedish tradition of Advent. My dad lived in Sweden for two years and brought the tradition home with him.

For the four Sundays before Christmas (my family does five because we're just that cool) we gather together, sing carols, eat cookies and other simple treats, and tell or read Christmas stories. On the first Advent, you light a candle. On the second, you light the first one, plus a second candle. And so on. Until at the last Advent, you have a little stairway of light.

And since three of my five siblings are married with kids, the grand-chilluns love to take their turn in lighting or blowing out the candles each week. Very precious.

It's a great tradition and it really emphasizes family throughout the entire Christmas season.

Now, I'm not going to sit here and write an article about how over-commercialized Christmas has become. Personally, I think that's a very cynical way to view the whole thing. There are plenty of people who get and give lots of presents who nonetheless keep fully in their mind and heart the reason why they're celebrating.

To call the whole thing over-commercialized is to only look on the surface. Personally, I get a lot of pleasure giving, and I will not deny that pleasure to anyone.

But the gifts are just a trapping of Christmas, like the holly or mistletoe.

Another Swedish celebration my family maintains is Midsommar, around the Summer solstice. In Sweden, they invite entire communities to one giant celebration as they dance around the maypole singing "Små Grodorna" and eating lots of potatoes.

But Midsommar is a community thing. Christmas is about family.

I get sad when I hear about kids going on skiing trips with their friends rather than spend Christmas with their family. I find that to be more distracting than the abundance of presents.

So that's why this month I plan to review a handful of films that the entire family can watch together. Things that can bring us all closer and simply make us feel great.

Because, whether you believe in the official "reason for the season" or not, family unity is a goal that can never be overdone in today's world.

(And if you can think of a Christmas film or special that I should definitely consider, I'm open to suggestions. They're not my focus this time around, but I'm not necessarily going to avoid them.)

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)