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

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208                            THE LOOK OF CHRISTMAS.
casion;—and that, among the merry evenings of the Christmas-tide, not the least merry is that which closes New-year's day. To the youngsters of society, that day and eve have probably been the most trying of all; and the strong excitements of a happy spirit drive the weary head to an earlier pillow than the young heart of this season at all approves. But his is the weari­ness that the sweet sleep of youth so surely recruits; and to­morrow shall see him early a-foot,—once more engaged in those winter amusements which are to form his resource, till the novel­ties of Twelfth-day arrive.—
" There will come an eve to a longer day, That will find thee tired—but not of play:— And thou wilt lean, as thou leanest now, With drooping limbs and an aching brow ; And wish the shadows would faster creep, And long to go to thy quiet sleep !— Well were it then if thine aching brow Were as free from sin and shame as now!"
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