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The Customs, Ceremonies, Traditions, Superstitions, Fun, Feeling,
And Festivities Of The Christmas Season.

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134                             THE BOOK OF CHRISTMAS.
Having given our readers an historical and general account of this ancient festival,—and a particular explanation of some of the principal tokens which, in modern times, as of old, bespeak the coming of its more high and ceremonious days,—we must now proceed to furnish them with a more peculiar description of those individual days themselves; confining ourselves as nearly as completeness of view will admit, within the limits which bound what is, in its most especial and emphatic sense, the Christmas season. In order, however, to attain this completeness of view, it has been necessary to allow ourselves certain points, lying, on both sides, without those strict boundaries;—and the selection which we have made includes the two conditions of giving us lati­tude enough for our purpose, and keeping reasonably close to the heart of the subject, at the same time. The reasons for this par­ticular selection will more fully appear, in the accounts which we haVe to give of the individual days on which that selection has fallen,—and in the further remarks which we have to make, gene­rally, on that portion of the year which we place under the presi­dency of
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