"Among all the days we celebrate Christmas stands first and foremost in our thoughts, the holiday of holidays. Coming in the season of frost and snow it brings a cheering warmth to our hearts that defies the icy atmosphere, and the feeling of kindliness and good will toward everyone, which it awakens, seems in response to the words the angels sang on our first Christmas, "On earth peace, good will toward man."... Though we are Americans, our ancestors came from many lands, and we therefore have a right and claim to any custom we may admire in other countries. We may take our Christmas celebrations from any people who observe the day and combining many, evolve a celebration which in its variety will be truly American." —Lina Beard and Adelia Beard. "The American Girls' Handy Book" 1895. pp. 317-318.
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"…The party with the cycling club on Christmas Eve was quite a joyous occasion, was it not? Such a fine tree the Simmons had up at Mr. Hayes' house! Even in Germany I never saw such an enormous Christmas tree. But then, I lived in a large city in my homeland, and trees are so plentiful here in Washington Territory. What was it Ken said about Christmas trees, "The bigger the better"? I'm sure it was something like that. The games which Addie Simmons had us play were all new to me. I found "Ready Rhyme" very difficult. I confess that I did not like it much —although, my dear schoolteacher, you are probably correct in saying that it was good practice for my English. You have always been so very calm in helping me find the proper words when I falter. I suppose you take pity on this stumbling man, and for that I am grateful to you.
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