St. Stephen's Day

Lay them carefully away,
Trimmings from our tree so gay,
Rainbow-light and frosted ball,
Silver star high over all,
Santa Claus and candy-cane
Reindeer in a jaunty train,
Dolly with a piquant face,
Red and green and tinsel lace,
Lay them carefully away
For another happy day!

For another day next year
With the children gathered here!
Yellow-hair and Curly-lash,
Dark-haired girl with drimson ssh,
Brother growing tall and wise,
Happy wonder in his eyes.

Hearth-fire will you burn as bright
As you did this Christmas night?
Can ensuing days be spent
Harboring this deep content?

Farewell little Christmas tree,
You have made a memory!

-Vera Keevers Smith


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