Photo prompt round up – Christmas Present – #writephoto

The prompt photo this week is fairly obvious…and so too is the Dickensian reference. It seemed appropriate ๐Ÿ™‚ What may not be so obvious though is that this is not a picture of a gift on a tree, but an empty box, full of memories.

Thank you to everyone who took part this week. Please click on the links below to visit all the posts and leave a comment for the author! A new prompt will be published later today and I will reblog as many as I can as the entries come inโ€ฆ but given the volume of entries we are getting now, that may not be all of them. All contributions will be featured in the round-up on Thursday.

The vagaries of WordPress mean that occasionally a pingback wonโ€™t get through. If you have written a piece for this weekโ€™s challenge and it does not appear below, please leave a link in the comments and I will add it to the list.

Come and join in!



When we first moved back to England from France, due to my mother’s health, we managed to rent a new home just before Christmas. We had nothing… barely any furniture, a cooker that should have been in a museum (and that is not an exaggeration) and we were given a small, cast-off Christmas tree. Yet, it was to be our first Christmas in our own home with our son… the first Christmas where he would be old enough to feel the magic.

We couldn’t afford baubles and decorations… we were barely surviving. The Salvation Army, thanks to some unknown angel, delivered a box of food and small gifts for Nick. I baked whatever I could with whatever I could find, determined it would at least be an illusion of magic for my son.

We decorated the little tree with berries and pine cones, a length of tinsel, painted cardboard stars…andย  any empty boxes weย  found that could be wrapped with cheap paper and scraps of ribbon.

Some of the boxes still survive, thirty years later… and, like this gilded matchbox, still take their place on my tree.

The magic of Christmas has little to do with how much money we spend, and everything to do with how much love we share.

Christmas is Presence

Awakening us to Love

Present in our hearts


Many thanks to this weeks contributors:

Lady Lee Manila

Ken at rivrvlogr


Willow at willowdot21

Ritu Bhathal at But I Smile Anyway

Michael from Morpeth Road

Marilyn Armstrong at Serendipity

Bernadette from Haddon Musings

Jane Dougherty Writes

Ann W J White

Reinventions by Reena

Norma’s Natterings

Kerfe at Methodtwomadness

Ellen Best

Stuart France

Yinglan from This is Another Story

Hayley at The Story Files

Geoff Le Pard at Tangental


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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32 Responses to Photo prompt round up – Christmas Present – #writephoto

  1. Ritu says:

    More fantastic entries Sue!

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  2. Lovely. I remember our first Christmas together and we were broke. It’s not the cost at all, but the thought, warmth and love. And your empty box? Nah. Never empty when you have memories.

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  3. Interesting how the ‘salad’ days of our youth – no money, lots of love and hope – are the days we remember with such fondness. YES – Christmas is about the magic of love and hope and filling our boxes with the spirit of BEING.

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  4. Bernadette says:

    Our first Christmas together Dom was in Med School and there was no extra money to be had. We made all the decorations for the tree and waited until late Christmas Eve when the tree merchants give away the trees. I still look back fondly at that memory.

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  5. memadtwo says:

    Thanks Sue. Merry Christmas! (K)


  6. Reblogged this on ladyleemanila and commented:
    Christmas presents tales ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Such wise words, Sue. Everybody I bet would agree, but how many of us would swap the opulence of a Christmas with all the trimmings and the comforts for the days of invention and magic?


  8. Thank you! And here’s to a happy holiday season … and some great (better and better) years to come!


  9. GREAT idea, Sue. I have copied all the links onto my computer (in case my browser gets its feet tangled and I lose this page) – so that i can visit each and every one as time permits. Tink wants to know: how come Ani didn’t enter?
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”


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