Susy's Christmas Present
"Tell us a story, nursie; please do", begged two little
golden-haired girls, as they snuggled on the soft rug before
the fire. "Did you ever have just what you wished for at
Christmas, when you were a little girl?"
"Yes, I did once. I was the oldest, and had two brothers and
three little sisters. We did not have a beautiful home like
this. We lived in a little cottage. It was pretty, though, in
the summer time, when the roses and pinks were in bloom. My
father was dead, and mother worked for the rich people around
the village. There was plenty to do about holiday times.
"It was the day before Christmas. Mother was at the house of
a very rich and kind lady. She was going to have a grand party
in the evening.
"Mother told me, when she went away, to mind the children,
and perhaps I might have a nice Christmas present. I knew we
should have plenty of candy and cake, and other nice things,
from Mrs. Reid's. We often had pretty clothes, too, that Mamie
and Robbie Reid had outgrown.
"I had been wishing for a muff; but I knew Mother could not
afford to buy me one. It was hard enough even to get shoes for
us all. I thought I should have to be satisfied with
"It was quite dark, and we all sat around the fire. I had
rocked Tilly to sleep and put her to bed. Willie and Joe were
playing cat's-cradle. The rest of us were making believe we
were rich and could have all we wanted for Christmas.
"All at once there was a heavy step on the porch, and a
knock at the door. I opened it, with Margie and Amy clinging to
my dress. A boy shoved a big box into the room and shouted, 'A
merry Christmas to you!' He then ran out at the
"The box had all our names on the cover, and the children
were wild to see what was inside.
"'Wait till mother comes,' I said; and pretty soon we heard
her at the gate, She seemed surprised, and said Santa Claus had
remembered us early.
"Mother advised us to go to bed and wait until morning to
see our presents. It was pretty hard; but we had some oranges
and candy, and I put the boys to bed. Margie and I wondered and
guessed what was in the box; but at last we fell asleep.
"You may be sure we were up early in the morning. There were
dolls and toys for the little ones, with hoods and mittens, and
for me a lovely squirrel muff, lined with blue, with a soft
little boa for my neck. I was a happy girl that Christmas, I
can tell you.
"And now, my dears, you must go to bed, or Santa Claus will
not be able to find your stockings."
"Oh! I hope I shall have what I want to-morrow!" said
"And I, too," echoed Helen. "And your story was very nice,
"Good-night, and call us early in the