The tree is up and decorated so elegantly with every delicate glass ball in place, and the toddlers are still sound asleep as the parents tip toe to place last minute presents under it.
As everyone gathers, all previous bickering and arguments have dissipated in honor of the holiday spirit.
Father makes coffee for the bleary-eyed, but still excited grown-ups, hot cocoa for the youngsters.
Everyone’s eyes are wide as they gather to open long-awaited presents.
The commercial is over and regular scheduled programming returns as I sit next to my dog sipping hot tea in the empty living room.