486 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
gown, with pointed hood drawn over his head, white hair and long beard, may be the leader of the sports.
Two boys may be harnessed with red ribbon reins, covered with folly bells, to a sled and enter the room prancing and with much merry jingling of the bells. Upon the sled should be a huge snowball, containing for every child present a gift, hidden in the centre of a smaller snowball.
The ball is made of several ordinary wooden hoops, fixed inside one another crosswise so as to give a rude framework of a sphere. It is then covered with common white muslin, leaving a long opening at one side to admit of the presents being put in and taken out again. Over the muslin, cotton batting should be lightly tacked to give it the appearance of snow.
The little hostess, dressed all in white, dusted with mica-pov/der, might represent "The Snow Queen," or, crowned with holly and with gauzy wings, the Christmas Fairy. She should distribute the presents—each one rolled in cotton, and encased in an outer envelope of white crepe paper, moistened with mucilage and coated with the frost powder.
A merry peal of sleigh-bells should summon the children to supper.
A very effective climax would be a snow-storm, the machine for making which may be bought at trifling cost.
This, after the supper, will be all the diversion needed until the good-byes are said.
Almost any of the suggestions previously given for Twelfth-Night observance would be as appropriate to