|Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes|
The parents tend to live in the Midwest or the South. Their children have all moved across the country to live their lives.
Those movies tend to have great introduction scenes, because these (now adult) children aren't arriving at the same time in Bloomington, IL.
Sometimes they even have to rent cars to get to the snow covered ranch houses they grew up inside of.
So, we always learn about these kids. The standard trope is seeing them in their suits telling their office friends about how they have to get back to Montana for Christmas because Mom might not be around much longer. This goes on until they're all in the house.
The last child though...this one doesn't always arrive alone. Sometimes they bring a new friend....