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"Christmas Morning at last!" every boy and girl said,
As without being told to, they jumped out of bed;
They'd being dreaming of Old Santa Claus, with a sack
Of presents and toys on his jolly broad back.
And the girls skipped for joy. and the boys gave a cheer,
"Hurrah they all cried, "Santa Claus has been here!"
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It was true Santa Claus had ,
.been-wasn't he kind ?-
He'd left toys and presents
for each one behind ;
They wish'd they had been
awake when he came round,
To thank him for all the
nice things that they found.
First a hamper for Dicky-what could be inside?
"Oh make haste-and open it," everyone cried;
Then a shout of excitement rang out on the air
SWhen 'twas found what
S- good things in that big
hamper were !
2 Cakes and apples, and oh,
Ai", Santa Claus must have
__ What each one just wanted
and what all liked best.
Now, the day before Christmas young Dicky and Dolly
Had gone out together to gather some holly;
They worked very hard and brought back quite a stock,
Some they put on the pictures, a piece on the clock!
Wherever you looked there was some to be seen,
With its pretty red berries and leaves of bright green ;
Although 'twas hard work, they all thought' it fine fun,
And the whole place looked beautiful when they had done.
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For days in the
S u a kitchen had
-n Been busy and
When they asked her "What is it?" she said "Wait and see!"
But without a plum pudding what would Christmas be?
That's what she was making-they guessed that from her-
And when it was finished they all had a stir;
Even Baby stirred too, with a serious look-
"There, that's ready to go in the pot now," said Cook!
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When breakfast was over they ran off in haste,
"Let's hurry," they cried, "not a moment we'll waste! "
Outside all the meadows were covered with snow,
And soon a big snow man stood out there, you know,
With umbrella, and kerchief, and hat on his head,
Here's a fine Christmas snow man "
the boys and girls said.
To keep themselves
warm next at
The snow was so
They had a snow-battle, 'twas capital fun,
Though nobody ever knew which side had won.
They made such a
shouting, such noise and
That Father came out
to see what was the matter;
They pelted him finely
with might and with main,
And made him run back
to his study again.
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When the battle was
done, they all went
on the ice,
Where soon they found
skating and sliding
were nice; ,
Dolly sat on the bank, the while Dick, the polite,
Put on her new skates for her, buckling them tight.
"Come on!" then he cried to the dear little maid,
S(I'11 take oh such care
of you, don't be afraid "
So she put her wee
hands in his, "that's
right," cried he,
And soon they were
"- skating as well as
But the best fun was when they tobogganing went,
That's a word by which, you must know,
sleighing is meant.
They sat on their sleighs and they slid down the hill,
And now and then some of them had a fine spill.
It didn't much matter, so soft was the snow,
To tumble would not hart a baby, you know.
And as soon as they sleighed down,
with might and with main
They dragged the sleigh up to
the hill-top again.
J If you'd heard how they
Laughed and had watched
- 9 0 the fine fun,
0 o You'd have said
that of all sports, to
sleigh was the one !
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When tired of their sleighing, indoors they all ran,
To play "Hunt the Slipper," and "Catch me who can!"
They all of them sat in a ring on the ground,
And oh how they laughed
when the slipper
With crackers and
nmany a Christmas
They passed the
hours gaily till
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The lamps were all lit,
and the table was laid, K
And oh what a dinner
those little folks made ;
Even. Kitty for dinner a
Christmas mouse had,
When she found it was clockwork it made her quite sad !
Then the pudding came in, all ablaze, you can see,
And all were as happy as happy could be;
When they thought of the fun they'd had, all gave a cheer,
And wished Christmas Day came round twelve times a year!
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