Nice for bedside reading before Christmas. Illustrated with Thomas Nast magazine illustrations.
The final entry says quite a lot in a few verses:
William H. H. Murray
Ah friends, dear friends, as years go on
and heads get gray, how fast the guests do go!
Touch hands, touch hands, with those that stay.
Strong hands to weak, old hands to young,
around the Christmas board, touch hands.
The false forget, the foe forgive,
for every guest will go and every fire burn low
and cabin empty stand.
Forget, forgive, for who may say that Christmas day
may ever come to host or guest again.