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A Christmas Tree

A Christmas Tree

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Published by: Child Star Publishing on Dec 10, 2012
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 A ChristmasTree
Charles Dickens
 
 
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I have been looking on, this evening, at a merry company of childrenassembled round that pretty German toy, a Christmas Tree. The tree wasplanted in the middle of a great round table, and towered high above theirheads. It was brilliantly lighted by a multitude of little tapers; and everywheresparkled and glittered with bright objects. There were rosy-cheeked dolls,hiding behind the green leaves; and there were real watches (with movablehands, at least, and an endless capacity of being wound up) dangling frominnumerable twigs; there were French-polished tables, chairs, bedsteads, wardrobes, eight-day clocks, and various other articles of domestic furniture
 
(wonderfully made, in tin, at Wolverhampton), perched among the boughs, asif in preparation for some fairy housekeeping; there were jolly, broad-facedlittle men, much more agreeable in appearance than many real men
and no wonder, for their heads took off, and showed them to be full of sugar-plums;there were fiddles and drums; there were tambourines, books, work-boxes,paint-boxes, sweetmeat-boxes, peep-show boxes, and all kinds of boxes; there were trinkets for the elder girls, far brighter than any grown-up gold and jewels; there were baskets and pincushions in all devices; there were guns,swords, and banners; there were witches standing in enchanted rings of pasteboard, to tell fortunes; there were teetotums, humming-tops, needle-cases, pen-wipers, smelling-bottles, conversation-cards, bouquet-holders; realfruit, made artificially dazzling with gold leaf; imitation apples, pears, and walnuts, crammed with surprises; in short, as a pretty child, before me,

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