Fred's Christmas gathering is presented as a lively and festive atmosphere, a contrast to Scrooge's attitude and pervasive dismal spirit concerning the holiday. It is noted that Fred laughs with ease, enjoying his guests and setting the warm and lively tone. The group has finished dinner, and they now gather around the fire together with dessert on the table. The group passes around a bottle of spirits and then enjoys tea together. After tea, they gather for music. An especially musically inclined group, various members play the harp and sing. After enjoying music and more laughter, they turn to games, playing "profits," and then "blind man's bluff," enjoying themselves much like children. The latter game presents an opportunity for one of the male guests to teasingly corner one of the female guests as they both laugh at his amazing ability to locate her even though he is supposed to be "blinded" during the game. The group of about twenty guests gets so festive and competitive in their game-playing that Scrooge himself begins playing along, calling out guesses to their games. The last game Scrooge gets to witness is a game called Yes and No, a guessing game where Scrooge finds himself the laughable object of the game.
In short, the music, games, and food create a fun scene that Scrooge realizes he is missing out on. In secluding himself from family and refusing to enjoy friendships, he lives alone and miserable, missing out on the lively companionship of his nephew.