(PART II) - MISCELLANY
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

CHRISTMAS FOR THE CHILDREN
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CHRISTMAS FOR THE CHILDREN



   Methinks the loving parents and guardians of youth
ofttimes query:  How shall we cheer the children's Christmas
and profit them withal?  The wisdom of their elders,
who seek wisdom of God, seems to have amply provided
for this, according to the custom of the age and to the full
supply of juvenile joy.  Let it continue thus with one
exception:  the children should not be taught to believe
that Santa Claus has aught to do with this pastime.  A
deceit or falsehood is never wise.  Too much cannot be
done towards guarding and guiding well the germinating
and inclining thought of childhood.  To mould aright
the first impressions of innocence, aids in perpetuating
purity and in unfolding the immortal model, man
in His image and likeness.  St. Paul wrote, "When I
was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a
child, . . . but when I became a man, I put away
childish things."

                                        Pleasant View, Concord, N. H.,
                                        December 28, 1905


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