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Washington Irving's description of Old Christmas, Illustrated

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CHRISTMAS DAY                              113
accidentally met with traces of it in the neigh­bourhood, and had encouraged its revival; though, to tell the truth, it was too apt to be followed up by rough cudgel-play and broken heads in the evening."
After the dance was concluded, the whole party was entertained with brawn and beef, and stout home-brewed. The Squire himself mingled among the rustics, and was received with awk­ward demonstrations of deference and regard. It
is true I perceived two or three of the younger peasants, as they were raising their tankards to
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