On the day before Christmas
, Jake packed the things we were sending to the Shimerdas in his saddle-bags and set off on grandfather's grey gelding.
Anne's first Christmas
in her own house was as delightful as she could have wished.
Craig's in Charlottetown invited her for Christmas
, and Peter, being given his choice of going or staying, joyfully elected to stay.
First a card with "For the Anne-girl and Merry Christmas
," written on it; and then, a pair of the daintiest little kid slippers, with beaded toes and satin bows and glistening buckles.
dinner in the wigwam of an Indian chief!
But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas
time, when it has come round -- apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that -- as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.
"And he's got a voice like a bird--you wouldn't think," Dolly went on; "he can sing a Christmas
carril as his father's taught him; and I take it for a token as he'll come to good, as he can learn the good tunes so quick.
She felt petty and awkward, and her meditations on Christmas
grew more cynical.
While I was making this Christmas
visit I met an old coloured man who was one of the numerous local preachers, who tried to convince me, from the experience Adam had in the Garden of Eden, that God had cursed all labour, and that, therefore, it was a sin for any man to work.
Never mind what they were; it is evident that they were quite satisfactory, for as Rose leaned back, she said, with a luxurious sigh of satisfaction, "Now, I believe I've got everything in the world that I want," and Phebe answered, smiling over a lapful of treasures, "This is the most splendid Christmas
I ever had since I was born." Then she added with an important air
They invented the art of giving Christmas
and then the rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned, and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas