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A Little Book of Christmas by John Kendrick Bangs

A LITTLE BOOK OF CHRISTMAS

[Illustration: "What are you doing?" he asked, drawing near. FRONTISPIECE. _See page_ 69.]

A LITTLE BOOK OF CHRISTMAS

BY JOHN KENDRICK BANGS

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY ARTHUR E. BECHER

BOSTON LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY 1912

_Copyright, 1912_, BY LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

_All rights reserved_

Published, September, 1912

THE COLONIAL PRESS C. H. SIMONDS & CO., BOSTON, U. S. A.

CONTENTS

PAGE

THE CONVERSION OF HETHERINGTON 5

THE CHILD WHO HAD EVERYTHING BUT-- 47

SANTA CLAUS AND LITTLE BILLEE 87

THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN SANTAS 129

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"What are you doing?" he asked, drawing near _Frontispiece_

She stood with her eyes popping out of her head PAGE 39

He thought it very strange that Santa Claus' hand should be so red and cold and rough 91

One by one the prisoners of the night dropped in surreptitiously 155

A TOAST TO SANTA CLAUS

Whene'er I find a man who don't Believe in Santa Claus, And spite of all remonstrance won't Yield up to logic's laws, And see in things that lie about The proof by no means dim, I straightway cut that fellow out, And don't believe in him.

The good old Saint is everywhere Along life's busy way. We find him in the very air We breathe day after day-- Where courtesy and kindliness And love are joined together, To give to sorrow and distress A touch of sunny weather.

We find him in the maiden's eyes Beneath the mistletoe, A-sparkling as the star-lit skies All golden in their glow. We find him in the pressure of The hand of sympathy, And where there's any thought of love He's mighty sure to be.


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