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Watts Family Films: Christmas 1976, Epsom (1976)
It’s present time on Christmas Day 1976 in suburban Epsom, with the family gathered in the living room for a spot of unwrapping.
Home movie 1976 3 mins Silent
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Brief film of Christmas Day afternoon, with older relatives on sofas, pink faced and wearing party hats, watching two children distribute and then open presents. Spoils include a new doll, an umbrella and a dog on wheels.
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One elderly relative falls asleep, but the kids still have a ball opening their Christmas presents in the Epsom suburbs.
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Children sit round the dining table for a rather formal children’s tea, rounded off by a cake with slightly frustrating candles.
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