Henry was trying to concentrate on his new book, when noticed the children taking the box of decorations and gelatin cup lamps outside. He wondered what they were up to, so he asked: “Children, where are you going with those things?”
“We’re taking them outside to decorate the tree outside the window.” replied Charles.
“Yes,” added Mary Alice, “we didn’t want to bother you about cutting down a tree for the inside.”
Henry smiled. “Well, that’s quite thoughtful of you children.” Then, as they continued out the door, his thoughts went back to his book, and then back again to Fanny.
He managed to buy a few gifts for the children and, they made some token gifts for him and they exchanged them in the living room, on Christmas morning, while viewing the live decorated tree through the window. But, somehow, for them it just wasn’t the same, and for him, his heart just was not in it. They tried to cheer him up, but he would have none of it.
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