Wrapping Gifts and Presents in Art and Storytelling

Beer Belongs Enjoy It wrapping presents
Beer Belongs Enjoy It wrapping presents
New Yorker, Dec 14, 1940. Cover by Helen Hokinson
New Yorker, Dec 14, 1940. Cover by Helen Hokinson
Painting by the fire by Shirley Hughes from Lucy and Tom
From the “Express Christmas” episode of Modern Family, in which the characters celebrate an early Christmas and in their haste, ruin a number of things along the way. In this intimate scene between father and son-in-law, Cam is about to give Jay a small gift which looks at first like a ring but turns out to be the cork of the first bottle of wine they shared together after Jay invited Cam to a sporting event some years earlier. Jay has forgotten all about it. In contrast, the dramatic Cam becomes emotionally attached to everything.

FURTHER READING

“I looked for a present for you. Searched all day yesterday. Something original, very rare, very beautiful. A great gift. Not just a handy thing, a razor – an electric iron – a coffee maker. No: something unique in the world, that nobody, ever, ever, has owned before you. I found the idea earlier: I’ll give you my heart. »A wonderful ode to love that transcends all ages.

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