Friday 28 December 2012

Under the Tree

I’ve been invited to watch an extended family gather to unwrap their Christmas presents. Most of the family have an Italian background although there are some Swedish and American members amongst them. You can tell they take their Christmas seriously as the home is decked out beautifully.

The children’s excitement is palpable. They’ve been waiting all day and it’s now just after 3.00 pm.

Every one moves to the room with the tree.  

Presents are handed out one by one.....

so each recipient’s reaction can be taken in.

Parents and older members joke among themselves.

There are classics for the children such as Monopoly and Cluedo.

‘I’ve always wanted Lego!’ says this delighted recipient.


A pause in proceedings for a beloved aunt.

Warmth, sharing and delight shine through.


  1. What a beautiful setting and family. Made my day .i remember when i was young opening up my present. not as fancy as these but just as exciting. i now sit at a home with my cats and enjoy each day as it comes. what a wonderful time of year to bring a family together. Keep up the great work.

    1. Thanks for your comments. I am so pleased it made your day - being there made my day too.