Our American Holidays - Christmas/Hang Up the Baby’s Stocking

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Hang up the baby’s stocking:
     Be sure you don't forget;
The dear little dimpled darling!
     She ne’er saw Christmas yet;

But I've told her all about it,
     And she opened her big blue eyes,
And I'm sure she understood it—
     She looked so funny and wise.

Dear! what a tiny stocking!
     It doesn't take much to hold
Such little pink toes as baby's
     Away from the frost and cold.
But then for the baby’s Christmas
     It will never do at all;
Why, Santa wouldn’t be looking
     For anything half so small.

I know what will do for the baby.
     I’ve thought of the very best plan:
I’ll borrow a stocking of grandma,
     The longest that ever I can;
And you’ll hang it by mine, dear mother,
     Right here in the corner, so!
And write a letter to Santa,
     And fasten it on the toe.

Write, "This is the baby’s stocking
     That hangs in the corner here;
You never have seen her, Santa,
     For she only came this year;
But she’s just the blessedest baby!
     And now, before you go,
Just cram her stocking with goodies,
     From the top clean down to the toe."



God rest you, merry gentlemen!
     May nothing you dismay;
Not even the dyspeptic plats
     Through which you’ll eat your way;
Nor yet the heavy Christmas bills
     The season bids you pay;
No, nor the ever tiresome need
     Of being to order gay;

Nor yet the shocking cold you’ll catch
     If fog and slush hold sway;
Nor yet the tumbles you must bear
     If frost should win the day;
Nor sleepless nights—they’re sure to come—
     When "waits" attune their lay;