This home movie begins with a young boy playing with puppies while Don McIlvaine supervises. The next several shots feature a toddler on a tricycle, a mountainous landscape, and a family stopping on the side of a winding road to take in the view. A group plays on a swing set.
The second half of the film features interior shots around Christmastime. There is a shot of McIlvaine reading the Chicago Reader (which has a front page story about Mayor Richard J. Daley's death, titled "The Boss Bows Out") next to a Christmas tree, which is strung with lights. Two young boys and four large dogs join McIlvaine on the couch. A young woman dances for the camera with a smile while three adults look on. The film ends with the boys swimming in a small outdoor pool.