“Christmas with the Karountzoses” is a Greek Christmas film, set in present day “Chicago” and centers around a Greek family at their dinner table on Christmas Eve. Michael, the protagonist, has chosen to work his entire life, sacrificing a lot of family time, in order to provide for his family. After hearing a rumor about getting a long overdue promotion, Michael invites all of his family over to celebrate. However, the promotion falls through, and Michael has to face defeat through a long night filled with 14 Greeks at his dinner table. Short on money and filled with regrets, Michael has a night with the most important people in his life, as he transitions from workaholic back to the loving father he once was.
On Christmas Eve, the Karountzoses celebrate with their Greek relatives plus a few extra guests who are invited at the last minute. Michael is not thrilled about the party. Always busy with work and counting on a promotion that becomes a letdown, he wants to cancel. But the guests all arrive with some unexpected surprises.Michael wants to be a good father, but he is too busy to help his sons with homework, to take time for his wife and to go to church. So when the Christmas gathering turns into a therapy session, he wants no part of it. As the last one to talk, he discovers what he’s been missing, and a change takes place. “Christmas with the Karountzoses” is a fun comedy about family, tradition and faith that will entertain everyone. It offers some important lessons about taking time for family and never becoming too busy for God, because God will get you through every storm. We award this film the Dove Faith Friendly Seal for 12-plus.