We Sing ‘Round the Tree

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” -Norman Vincent Peale

“Once on the boughs, / Birds of rare plume / Sang, in its bloom; / Night birds are we; / Here we carouse, / Singing, like them, / Perch’d ’round the stem / Of the jolly old tree. // …Here let us sport… / Life is but short — / When we are gone, / Let them sing on, / ‘Round the old tree. // Evenings we knew, / Happy as this, / Faces we miss, / Pleasant to see. / Kind hearts and true, / Gentle and just, / Peace to your dust! / We sing ’round the tree.” – William Makepeace Thackeray

“I love to see this day well-kept by rich and poor; it is a great thing to have one day in the year, at least, when you are sure of being welcome wherever you go, and of having, as it were, the world thrown open to you…” – Washington Irving

“A little smile, a word of cheer, / A bit of love from someone near, / A little gift from one held dear, / Best wishes for the coming year… / These make a Merry Christmas!” John Greenleaf Whittier




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