This was first shown on BBC4 a few years ago, and heaven only knows why it wasn't put out on BBC2 (or even BBC1). It tells the story of several Christmasses during a child's time growing up in the 1980s in Wales (that much is obvious from the title).
Owen, the boy concerned, has a mother (Ruth Jones from Gavin & Stacey and Stella) who seemingly dreads Christmas and is increasingly obsessed with cleanliness in the house as the years go by. His father is a normal down-to-earth man, who doesn't seem too bothered by progress. However, the keystone of the story is the relationship between Owen's two uncles - one of whom is a hardworking money-obsessed man who runs his own business, the other of which (Paul Kaye) is a complete loser - out of work, living in squats, and whose main money-making scheme seems to be placing bets each year as to whether it will snow on Christmas Day. Also key is Owen's cousin, Maurice, who changes somewhat as the years go by...
There's a lot of recurring jokes (the ever more commercialised carol singers, for instance), comment on the obsession with having the latest most modern presents over old classics (the Christmas with a very early BBC computer), and a moving view on how one changes throughout late childhood and teens as one ages. However, the main story told here is one of brotherly rivalry and, despite everything, brotherly love. And that's something that's worth having reinforcing at any time of the year, let alone Christmas.
People of a certain age (my age!) will look at this and remember scenes and toys from the Christmasses of their youth. People of any age, however, will find this simply a good story well told. Guaranteed to make you feel Christmassy, and destined to be watched by my family every Christmas for a very long time. And perhaps even between Christmasses, as well.