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The Legend Of Babouscka
ADAPTED FROM THE RUSSIAN IT WAS the night the dear...

Little Roger's Night In The Church
SUSAN COOLIDGE The boys and girls had fastened the l...

Christmas Carol
Listen, lordings, unto me, a tale I will you tell; ...

Christmas Bells
ANON There are sounds in the sky when the ye...

A Christmas Carol
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL What means this glory r...

Christmas Carol
PHILLIPS BROOKS The earth has grown old with...

Santa Claus
ANON He comes in the night! He comes in the ...

The Glad Evangel


When the Child of Nazareth was born, the sun, according to the Bosnian
legend, leaped in the heavens, and the stars around it danced. A peace
came over mountain and forest. Even the rotten stump stood straight and
healthy on the green hill-side. The grass was beflowered with open
blossoms, incense sweet as myrrh pervaded upland and forest, birds sang
on the mountain top, and all gave thanks to the great God.

It is naught but an old folk-tale, but it has truth hidden at its heart,
for a strange, subtle force, a spirit of genial good-will, a new-born
kindness, seem to animate child and man alike when the world pays its
tribute to the heaven-sent youngling, as the poet Drummond calls the
infant Christ.

When the Three Wise Men rode from the East into the West on that first,
best Christmas night, they bore on their saddle-bows three caskets
filled with gold and frankincense and myrrh, to be laid at the feet of
the manger-cradled babe of Bethlehem. Beginning with this old, old
journey, the spirit of giving crept into the world's heart. As the Magi
came bearing gifts, so do we also; gifts that relieve want, gifts that
are sweet and fragrant with friendship, gifts that breathe love, gifts
that mean service, gifts inspired still by the star that shone over the
City of David nearly two thousand years ago.

Then hang the green coronet of the Christmas-tree with glittering
baubles and jewels of flame; heap offerings on its emerald branches;
bring the Yule log to the firing; deck the house with holly and

And all the bells on earth shall ring
On Christmas day in the morning.

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