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“Happy Christmas Time” (A Christmas Poem)
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“Happy Christmas Time” by Carolyn Wells
From The Ladies’ Home Journal, December 1922

When the turkey’s on the table and the candles on the tree
I’m jest about as happy as I ever wanta be!
My childern gathered round me an’ my neighbors settin’ by,
I couldn’t be no happier an’ I don’t wanta try.
I like the parson’s sermon an’ I like the ringin’ chimes;
I like the dressed-up feelin’ that’s around at Christmas times;
But best of all the doin’s is the time, it seems to me,
When the turkey’s on the table and the candles on the tree!

There’s a lot o’ solid comfort gettin’ ready for the day,
A-makin’ wreaths of evergreen an’ holly-berry spray;
An’ Mother she gets busy a-bakin’ things to eat
An’ making any kind o’ food that’s savory an’ sweet;
An’ we tie up little presents an’ we make up little jokes—
You know—with verses bringin’ in the names of all the folks;
But it’s all a-workin’ upward to that very height of glee
When the turkey’s on the table an’ the candles on the tree!

You see, the Christmas ritual is “Peace on Earth,” an’ then
It also has another clause about “Good Will to Men”;
The latter, as I take it, bein’ doin’ all you can
To give a bit o’ Christmas cheer to any fellow man.
So I start in Christmas mornin’ with the raisin’ of the sun
An’ I stick at it till I get my good-will chores all done;
An’ then I want my “Peace on Earth,” an’ that is when I see
The turkey on the table an’ the candles on the tree!

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