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unusual thing. At 'Christmas-tido everybody's mind is set on something other than weddings, and to have- one then seems almost like an interruption of the just mirth which reigns the world over," writes Muriel Falkland in the Housekeeper. The writer goes on to describe how tho idea of a Christ mas wedding was prettily carried out in favor of one of a group of twelve girl friends who had planned to have, distinctive celebrations of this great est event of their lives. "The ceremony was a home one, of course) and' as Katherine has a host of brothers and sisters and another host of young nephews and nieces, there was every reason for as genial a time as the occasion and the season warranted. "It must be a real Christmas wed ding, all white and scarlet, and with plenty of evergreen," was Elizabeth's first impulse, and we all agreed with her. katherine was fully in union with our idea, and wo found nothing but help all along the line, since she was tho last of a large family, each of whom wished to help celebrate her nuptials as joyously as possible. Our first move, when we arrived to get things in order, was to cover every floor in the. house with crash. This gavo the white background we had wished and afforded besides a splendid facility for tho luxurious ever green trimming which we had planned to make the spirit of Christmas gen erally felt. Every picture and every doorway and window frame was out lined with evergreen, tho spicy odors filling the house, ero we were half through. Holly wo used only to wreathe the chandeliers and bank the window sills and mantel pieces. Long garlands of evergreen were hung in festoons along tho upper side of the wall from the ceiling, twined around the balustrade and put In loops and circles wherever wall space offered. At each window a beautiful holly wreath, tied with floating streamers of scarlet ribbon, was hung, and pn the end of each of the chandeliers hung a great ball of poinsctta, mingled with a few feathery green ferns and tied with scarlet. This was in the halls and chambers. In the drawing room, where the cer emony would be performed, a beauti ful archway of ferns and polnsetta was erected by the florists under Eliza beth's direction, and from tho middle of. the arch a cluster of bells, also of scarlet, was" hung in position like a chime. Baskets of scarlet, with ferns trailing from them, hung in the door- wayd between the drawing room and dining room and were set on tho little tables and cabinets which filled the room. In the dining room the table was laid for the guests and bridal party un der a great cluster of scarlet which hung from the chandelier, and on the table were arranged several clusters of lights, in sliver candlesticks, shaded with scarlet and wreathed with holly and tho pure white frost berries, which looked like pellets of glistening snow. Each plate wa3 encircled by holly and at each chair a branch of it was tied with scarlet ribbon. The centerpiece on the table was a mound of holly from which a broad red ribbon was carried to each plate, ending in a small bunch which hung down over the edge of the table. Tho wedding was planned to occur at half past seven, and just at a quar ter past the chimes of the church at tho corner began their hour of music, so that we had this sweet accompani ment to the ceremony. Promptly at half-past seven we emerged from the room upstairs where we had been dressing, sinco the early five o'clock dinner, and we could see for ourselves as we went slowly down the broad stairway that the scene was a beautiful one. First in the procession walked the four small est nephews and nieces of the bride, two by two, tho girls wearing frocks of white with scarlet ribbon in their hair and carrying baskets of holly, the boys in red, each with a branch of evergreen. Then went Katherine, dressed in white gleaming satin, with a bunch of mistletoe fastening her veil, and a white vellum prayer book in her hand. Then wo girls, six of us, walked, two by two, each dressed in white, but wearing crowns of frost ed holly and carrying a great armful of polnsetta blossoms from which long streamers of scarlet ribbon hung to the edge of our gowns. From tho foot of tho stairs to tho sides of the archway two other nieces, also dressed in white and scarlet, stretched lines of glistening white satin ribbon, in which small bunches of holly were knotted at intervals, and through this enclosed pathway the bride walked to the improvised altar, leaning on her brother's arm. Dur ing the ceremony the sound of nn organ playing the sweet old Christmas hymn, "Adesto Fidolos," penetrated the room, and continued while tho sol emn words of tho marriage servico were spoken, making a most beautiful accompaniment for tho scene. When it was over there was a mer ry clash of bells, apparently coming from the very air about us, and when wo looked in astonishment to see tho reason, wo found that an older boy had begged and borrowed all tho bolls ho could, of every kind, and had set them going In tho various rooms of the house, as soon as tho ceremony was finished and the merry congratua tions had begun. The newly wedded pair did not in tend to leave the city that night, so the gayest of Christmas wedding par ties was in full progress within a few moments after tho marriage words concluded. Supper was served first, and tho merriment enhanced by tho fact that in the bunches of holly composing tho centerpiece, which tho bridesmaids drew to our plates at tho conclusion of the meal, wo found each an ex quisite little locket showing a branch of holly, with green enameled gold leaves and bits of coral for berries, as souvenirs from our bride. Dancing came next, to the music of a stringed orchestra stationed some where out of Bight, and through the drawing room, halls and dining room we whirled, counting the moments only by our flying footsteps. It was half-past eleven before we stopped, and then only at a signal from the band. This was no less than a march or rather, the Christmas hymn played in march time, and stop ping our waltz suddenly, we wondered what It meant, until Katherine and her husband, taking the lead, beckoned us to follow in procession. Wonder ing a little, we did so, and found our selves led through the hall across to the library doors, which had boon re ligiously closed all evening, rather to our surprise, since wo needed the extra dancing place. Katherine flung open the doors and a moment of amazed silence ensued. There in the middle of the room stood a magnifi cent Christmas tree, hung from roo' to top with glittering emblems of the season and aglow with myriads o tapers fastened to its branches. Ai a signal from Kathcrlne's brother, the electric lights lit the hall and dining room went out and wo found ourselves with nothing to detract from the ra diant splendor of tho symbolic tree. After the distribution of tho many pretty gifts, tho brido and bridegroom led the way to the dining roonj where a bountiful supper was served including all tho favorite Christmas goodies. Thus was brought to a close one of the plcasantest and prettiest weddings that any of tho assembled guests had ever seen. Burning the Yule-Log. The ancient Christmas ceremony o' the burning of tho Yule-log is ono tha has been transmitted to us from ou Scandinavian ancestors, who, at thcii feast of Juul, at tho winter solstice used to kindle large bonfires in bono of their god to set on fire. i j; Christmas Stockings jkjj Ilansr up tho Christmas stockings, Leave not a dear ono out, And wako on Christmas morning With ringing song and shout. For in tho silent midnight Shall Santa Claus appear, And crown with gifts of gladness Tho love-tlmo of tho yeur. Hang tip tho baby's stocking; The cunning little elf Is still too very tiny To do it for herself. 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