Merry and Bright
No matter how humble your holiday table may be,
always be sure that it's merry and bright.  In that way,
it will warm the hearts of your guests.  And the bonus is,
it will warm your own heart, too.  
--  Laura L. Whitworth
Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality
in the hall and the genial flame of charity in the heart.
-- Washington Irving
Then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
His eyes, how they twinkled, his dimples how merry,
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath,
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And, laying his finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!"
-- Excerpted from "A Visit from St. Nicholas"
Attributed to Clement Clarke Moore
Bells are ringing, children singing,
All is merry and bright,
Hang your stockings and say your prayers,
'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!
-- "Here Comes Santa Claus"
Words & music by Oakley Haldeman and Gene Autry
Soon the children will be home for happy Yuletide days,
I'm making Christmas cookies in a dozen different ways.
For it's at Mom's kitchen table, with the oven warmth nearby,
That a family feels its closest as Christmas day draws nigh.
-- Evy Reis
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