The Middle Season 5 “The Christmas Tree” [Advance Review]

The Middle always delivers quality holiday episodes, but tonight’s outing “The Christmas Tree” is particularly poignant for anyone–parent or child–who has dealt with the landmine that is the first Christmas break from college. For the child, it marks a homecoming during their first year of independence, but for the parent it is a chance to hold onto their baby (who is rapidly approaching adulthood) just a little bit longer. This push and pull is what makes up the heart of “The Christmas Tree” as Frankie and Axl try to negotiate an agreement, splitting Axl’s time with his friends and his family.



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