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Under The Mistletoe
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Chapter 20 - Under The Mistletoe



Rose made Phebe promise that she would bring her stocking into 

the "Bower," as she called her pretty room, on Christmas morning, 

because that first delicious rummage loses half its charm if two 

little night-caps at least do not meet over the treasures, and two 

happy voices Oh and Ah together. 


So when Rose opened her eyes that day they fell upon faithful 

Phebe, rolled up in a shawl, sitting on the rug before a blazing fire, 

with her untouched stocking laid beside her. 


"Merry Christmas!" cried the little mistress smiling gaily. 


"Merry Christmas!" answered the little maid, so heartily that it did 

one good to hear her. 


"Bring the stockings right away, Phebe, and let's see what we've 

got," said Rose, sitting up among the pillows, and looking as eager 

as a child. 


A pair of long knobby hose were laid out upon the coverlet, and 

their contents examined with delight, though each knew every 

blessed thing that had been put into the other's stocking. 


Never mind what they were; it is evident that they were quite 

satisfactory, for as Rose leaned back, she said, with a luxurious 

sigh of satisfaction, "Now, I believe I've got everything in the 

world that I want," and Phebe answered, smiling over a lapful of 

treasures, "This is the most splendid Christmas I ever had since I 

was born." Then she added with an important air 


"Do wish for something else, because I happen to know of two 

more presents outside the door this minute." 


"Oh, me, what richness!" cried Rose, much excited. "I used to wish 

for a pair of glass slippers like Cinderella's, but as I can't have 

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