12/18/16 - Holidays & Families

By Scott Thomas
KFVS12 Vice President and General Manager

For most people the holiday season is their favorite time of year.  Filled with storied traditions and time with family. But for many people, their family isn't "picture perfect." Did you know that only 69 percent of children in the U.S. live with both of their parents. That means nearly a third of families today are non-traditional, and dealing with exes or an extra set of in-laws during the holidays can be, well, stressful.  For some people I know, it's time they wished they did not have to spend with people they don't like.

It's situations like these that reminds me of my favorite Christmas movie, Home Alone. Most folks think this movie is about a little boy who accidentally gets left home alone and must protect his house from thieves. But it's really about having to spend Christmas home alone because, well, some people just can't get along and they leave their family members home alone for Christmas. The real tragedy in all of this is the children will miss their family for Christmas.

If this has been the story of your holidays past, I would like to issue you a Christmas challenge.  This year put your hurt feelings and passionate opinions aside and get the family back together. I'm willing to bet your holiday will be better if you do. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or nothing at all, set aside your differences, if only for a short time, to keep the magic of the holidays alive in your family. So no matter what your family situation is, no matter what holiday you celebrate, use this time of year to mend some fences so that you won't be home alone for Christmas. Again!

I'm Scott Thomas and that's our ViewPoint.

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