"An Avonlea Christmas" pays tribute to the indomitable and sometimes intolerable matriarch of the King family, Hetty King (Jackie Burroughs). When she suddenly collapses during the holidays, Hetty is hospitalized. Feeling homesick and alone, she begins to re-evaluate her relationships and her accomplishments in life. The story takes place against the backdrop of World War I as the King family prepares for its traditional Christmas dinner. The reunion is marred by the fact that one of its youngest members, Felix (Zachary Bennett), is missing in action; making differences of opinion about the war efforts glaringly obvious. This wonderful and accomplished cast comes together in an uplifting drama that illustrates the frailty of life and the importance of family in turbulent times.