Opening the Stockings

christmas-morningOh, look at what I got. At least that’s what one child seems to be saying to another on this Christmas morning. Opening the stockings is something my family saves for last. Sometimes, the have the best gifts. Good things come in small packages and all that.

These two little children seem quite happy with their gifts as the artist Ida Waugh preserves for us that moment of joy from opening the stockings on Christmas morning. Even on child’s dolly seems interested in the gift being admired.

This is such a sweet Christmas image. It shows the joy of a child on Christmas morning opening the stockings but focuses on the children rather than all of the decorations and trappings that often surround the holiday.

Ida Waugh is known for her charming drawings of children and this one is similar to many of her others that I have already shared on Reusable Art. Her children are often shown in white, nightgown-like garments and the focus is meant to be on chubby, red-faced cheeks rather than where they are or what they are wearing. This drawing, like so many she did, was used to illustrate the words of Amy Blanchard. This time the work was The Butterfly from around 1890.


This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.