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December 17, 2014 / CB

Wednesday’s Written Word

Photo by Jeff Berman, via Flickr

Photo by Jeff Berman, via Flickr

” ‘There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,’ returned the nephew.  ‘Christmas among the rest.  But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come around–apart from the veneration due its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that–as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.  And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!’ “

~Fred, from A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

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