This is a collection of ten Christmas Stories, some of which have been published before. I have added a little essay, written on the occasion of the first Christmas celebrated by the King of Italy in Rome.
They saw a Great Light, Christmas Waits in Boston, Alices Christmas-tree, Daily Bread, Stand and Wait, The Two Princes, The Story of Oello, Love is the Whole, Christmas and Rome, The Survivors Story, The same Christmas in Old England and New
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And thus it was that General Cutts had returned to his old love whom he had married in a leave of absence just before Bunker Hill, and had begun his new life with her in Old Newbury in Massachusetts, at a time when there was little opening for him,-or for any man who had spent seven years in learning how to do well what was never to be done again.
...Samuel Cuttss dream had been, when he went away to explore the Western Reserve, that he would like to bring together some of the best line officers and some of the best privates of the old Fighting Twenty-seventh, and take them, with his old provident skill, which had served them so well upon so many camping-grounds, to some region where they could stand by each other again, as they had stood by each other before, and where sky and earth would yield them more than sky and earth have yet yielded any man in Eastern Massachusetts.
...And so it was, that, when Christmas came in 1861, there was at Tripps Cove only one of that noble set of young fellows, who but a year before was hauling hemlock and spruce and fir and pine at Christmas at the girls order, and worked in the meeting-house for two days as the girls bade them work, so that when Parson Spaulding came in to preach his Christmas sermon, he thought the house was a bit of the woods themselves.
...But now the dear child looked truly and loyally into the old mans face, as he went on from word to word, and only thought of him, and of how noble and true he was,-and of the Great Master whom he represented there,-and it was just as real to her and to Tom Cutts that they must look into the Heaven of heavens for life and strength, as Parson Spaulding wanted it to be.
...18] And when Parson Spaulding had said the benediction, and the Amen,-and when he had kissed Laura, with her eyes full of tears,-and when he had given Tom Cutts joy,-then all the people came up in a double line,-and they all kissed Laura,-and they shook hands with Tom as if they would shake his hands off,-and in the half-reticent methods of Tripps Cove, every lord and lady bright that was in Moses Marvels parlor there, said, honored be the bravest knight, beloved the fairest fair.
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