Her seasonal scheme demanded a degree of deception, so the first step of the plan involved sending her father a picture to put him off the scent. On Christmas Eve, Terra sent him a landscape shot, showing the view from her apartment in Vancouver. This was to convince Terry that it had been taken that day and that Terra was still in residence on the other side of the country. Luckily, he did not spot a detail that, had he looked closer, might have given the game away. The photo was an old one and the distant mountains in the background did not have snow on them. The peaks should have been blanketed, considering it was winter.
Indeed, close attention allows viewers to hear Rick telling his brother that inside the enormous, paper-wrapped package is a very special gift. Rick adds that it is a combined present, a joint gift for Christmas and Terry’s 60th birthday. What’s more, Rick fools his sibling by employing a little white lie. He says that the family have all pitched in money to buy Terry this huge present.
Nonetheless, Terry looks somewhat confused by this large wrapped object before him. To much encouragement from everyone in the room, he cautiously unties the festive ribbon on top. Under the watchful eyes of the rest of his family, and the camera, he slowly unwraps the gift. During this time, none of them gives anything away, except to advise him to use caution as the contents of the carton are fragile.