Christmas Light

Dec 8, 2012 by

Christmas Light by Ethel Calvert Phillips was originally published in 1922.

A few lines from the beginning of the book for you:

“CHAPTER I Naomi’s Garden
It was in a little garden in the village of Bethlehem, many and many a year ago, that four scarlet poppies stood side by side and swayed gently back and forth upon their slim green stalks in the soft afternoon wind. A little girl came running over the grass and halted before the poppies. *’ How beautiful you are ” said the little girl, whose name was Naomi, and who was eight years old. She clasped her hands before her in delight, and stood smiling down upon the flowers that seemed to nod courteously in reply.

This little Jewish girl had dark curling hair and gentle brown eyes. Her cheeks were as rosy as the poppies, and she wore a gay little robe of scarlet and yellow striped stuff, while upon her bare brown feet were tied soft leather sandals. ”How beautiful you are! ” said Naomi again to the poppies. ” You are mine, for I made you grow, and you are the most beautiful flowers in all our lovely garden.” And she looked as proudly round the tiny garden plot as if it were as spacious and as wonderful as the famous gardens of the wicked King Herod, or even those of the Temple High Priest himself.

In the center of the grass plot stood an orange tree, and under it, in the shade of its glossy leaves, had been placed a light wooden bench. A tall hedge of prickly thorns prevented passers-by on the narrow village street from peeping in. At one end a heavy grapevine clambered over a trellis, while at the other there were several rich clumps of myrtle that showed dark against the surrounding grass. Below the thorn hedge stood a row of bold flaunting tulips, and there were two flowerbeds, one of white, the other of tall red lilies. The garden was indeed a pleasant place, and Naomi’s happiest hours were spent here, whether playing peacefully alone, or amusing baby Jonas, or when the family gathered together under the orange-tree, Father and Mother, brother Ezra, baby Jonas, and herself.”

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