Sunday night, I turned television on and I was lucky enough to come upon the Walton’s Thanksgiving special. I reacted like a little girl in a candy shoppe. This was a favorite show that I watched every year growing up and have not seen it in years. It was like my children’s annual tradition of watching, “It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
I called all of my children and my husband into the room and asked (well, made them) watch the show with me. The Waltons is about a family growing up during the Depression and well beyond, into just after World War II. The family experiences good times, laughter, trials, tribulations, hardships, and through it all, family love.
The Thanksgiving special is set during November 1963, at the time when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. It reveals how the Waltons and others during that time dealt with this tragic event and loss.
As my family was watching this, my husband and I were expanding on facts of the event with our family. Tragedy does happen but communities and families pull together just as in the 9-11 tragedy.
Through viewing this show together, our family shared history and observed how families come together, even through tragedy and difficulties. Actually, family bonds often become stronger because of these times.
Now that the weather is turning cooler, time spent indoors increase. Family movie nights can be ways that families can share time together. The show or movie chosen may not be about the Waltons or the Ingalls Family in “Little House on the Prairie,” (those are my favorites), but it is about the camaraderie and time shared. How about some comedy with good ol’ belly achin’ laughter exuding throughout the household?
To add more spirit to the movie occasion, add some easy treats to the movie mix. How about a hot cocoa bar? Put out some hot water, hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, whipped cream, caramel sauce (we just use caramel topping for ice cream), cinnamon, and some mugs. This is always a hit with my children and their friends.
Maybe a movie night is not complete without popcorn. Add some seasonings that you and your family can sprinkle on. Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, nacho cheese, or ranch seasoning are some favorites of mine.
Some family movie picks (some of these depend on children’s ages): “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel,” “Disney’s Christmas Carol,” “Ramona and Beezus,” “The Blind Side,” “The Smurfs,” and “The Prince of Persia.”
As you watch your movie and enjoy some treats, the movie may stimulate some good conversation between your family member, or, maybe, just sharing some laughter, relaxation, and time together is just what is needed.
Enjoy the show!