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[295] mother or aunt who teaches the little ones to bring home a daily treasure in every empty bird's-nest, or pine cone, or clump of moss, or in the brown cocoon on the twig, the winter cradle that holds the gorgeous beauty of the emperor moth. For what purpose did Nature create horse-chestnut trees except to show that the most valueless things may become the chief possessions in the enchanted land of childhood Could we provide each front door with a horse-chestnut tree that would never stop bearing, and could we provide some sympathetic soul inside the door to praise these treasures and count them, and point out the very large and the very small ones, and occasionally carve them into baskets, it would really go a great way towards providing for the child a Christmas all the time.

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