Old Christmas Recalled - online book

Washington Irving's description of Old Christmas, Illustrated

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connections, and drawing closer again those bands
of kindred hearts which the cares and pleasures
and sorrows of the world are continually operating
to cast loose;
of calling back
the children of
a family who
have launched
forth in life,
and wandered
widely asunder,
once more to
assemble about
the paternal hearth,
that rallying-place of the affections, there to grow
young and loving again among the endearing
mementoes of childhood.
There is something in the very season of the year that gives a charm to the festivity of Christ­mas. At other times we derive a great portion of our pleasures from the mere beauties of nature.
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