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THE BEST GIFT OF ALL -
By Cynthia Grey
It matters little whether our Christmas gifts are many and
costly, or paltry and few. Beautiful presents will not' make us happy,
nor will the lack of remembrances make us sad. However wealthy
or poor we are, and how circumstanced in life, but ofte thing in the
world can make our Yuletide rich and full of joy, and that is the
godlike presence of the Christmas spirit. "
The Christmas-spirit is the greatest gift of the Yuletide. "And,
like sunshine and air, it is free to all alike. It knocks at everyone's
To us who bid it welcome, it is a fajry godmother . Its magic
touch transforms our meanness into kindness, our stinginess into
.generosity, and our selfishness into love.
It makes us forget our hatred, our misunderstanding and our
differences. It brings us arid those dear ones estranged from us
together in good .will and cheer.
It makes us sympathetic, charitable, forgiving, forgetful of
self, and. filled with the milk of human kindness. It makes us vie
with one another in trying to make everyone happy.
And best of all, it fills our hearts with tenderness and thought
fulness for little children. v
'Tis a blessed fact of Yuletide this Christmas spirit.
If we have open, willing hearts, it touches us in passing.
And then after it is gone, we are stone and adamant again
the same self-centered, mean, and heartless creatures.
. The precious gift that was ours "for a day is gone. We let it go.
We couldn't keep it all. NO,. possibly not; it is not in human
nature to be each day as perfectly altruistic, kindly, and loving as we
are at Christmas time.
And yet, it is entirely within human possibilities to be kinder
and more loving than we are. '
The Christmas spirit need not just toiich us in passing, and
then depart. Much of it may remain with us, watering the desert of
our soul making to grow in it a beautiful forest of love, and a sus
taining pasture of goodness. " x
When the wonderful gift of, the Christmas spirit knocks, let
it enter; and suffer it'not to pass away again, hut let it abide with us.
The Seattle couris have ruled
that a dog has a right to' bite a
man that steps on the dog's-tail.
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