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

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220                           THE BOOK OF CHRISTMAS.
had he gone—but for a clear and undoubted vision of a dark ob­ject, which has been looming suspiciously through the gloom for some weeks past. He first caught a glimpse of it, on stepping out from amongst the lights of Twelfth-night; but he turned his head, resolutely, away—and has since looked as little in that direction as he could. But there is no evading it now ! There it stands—right in his way—plain, and distinct, and portentous !— the gloomy portal of this merry season—on whose face is in­scribed, in characters which there is no mystifying, its own appro­priate and unbeloved name—Black Monday !
And, behold ! at the gloomy gate a hackney coach (more like a mourning coach !—Black Monday visible in all its appointments —and black Friday (looking blacker than ever this black Mon­day) frowning from its foot-board !
And, lo! through its windows, just caught in the distance, the last flutter of the coat-tails of old Father Christmas !—
Our Revels are, indeed, ended !
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