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HERE was once a little wax angel witn golden nair and a tlue silk sasn,
who was taken gently trom-her bed of cotton in tke afic every year
for many, many years and poised on tke green spire of tke great fir tree
in the library. Her outstretched arms seemed always to e scattering
blessings on , the nappy circle in tke glow of tne Cnristmas candles.
. Sne had looked down on tne first Ckristmas of tne wide-eyed first
bom ; sne nad smiled ner waxen smile at tne boisterous f oys of ten, tne
sentiments of sixteen and tne worldliness of forty. Indeed, ner blue
glass eyes nad beneld tte seven stages of Yuletide rejoicing.
Now, one day it was noticed tnat the beautiful blue sasn of tne little wax angel was
xaded and grimy, tnat iter Jink cneeks were pale, ter nose quite flattened and Ler left foot gone.
""vY'e,ll kave to use something else for tKe tree tkisyear," said Motter. "Tke little
wrax angel is all worn out'
in the rubbage heap.
ber tree-top days were
:onedby dollars and cents;
lalculations of Christmas
of the Christmas spirit.
ig'htless generosity of their
ks, and, Tvhen found, she
' bad teheld their owner s look of chagrin or satisfaction in reflecting upon tte exebange of
baubles that had been made. She had heard wives and daughters and sons accept complacently
enthusiastic thanks for lavisb gifts tbanks wbicb tne wax angel knew were due only to tte
rather over there with the weary eyes and the limp purse.
. She knew, too tbat tbe frenzied purchasing, at tbe last minute, of tbat piece of real lacexfor tne Ricb Aunt
bad cost not only more tban could be afforded, but it bad cost also all the Cbristmas Joy meager enougb of. tbe
salesgirl wbo sold it. Its fussy, irritable selection bad been tbe last straw at the end of many tired days. After tbe
last sale tbe girl at .tbe lace counter just crumpled up and lay on ber bed all of tbat Cbristmas day arid otber
jou see, it is given to little -wax angels to see many tbings, bidden or unbeeded by the best of us.
Suppose you resurrect tbe one tbat may bave topped tbe Cbristmas tree of your youtb- or perbaps only oi
your fancy. Let ner unblinking eyes peer into your secret soul, and note-if sbe finds tbore the real Cbristmas spirit,
or the mocKery tbereof, tbat bas paled ber cbeek and dimmed ber blue glass eyes. Or perbaps it may bave been, a
silvery star tbat glistened on your tree-top. Look if it bas not been tarnisbed by your growing indifference to tbe
good-will and kindness and btber tbings for wbicb it stands.
With a sbining star, and all tbat it symbolizes, or ari all-seeing little wax angel as ,your mentor, you;, will
need ho otber Cbristmas sermon. ' ' '