Christmas Colors

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    Red for the holly berries,
    And white for the mistletoe,
    Green for the pines and fir trees,
    Orange for the candles’ glow.
    Gold for the gleam of angels
    And for the stars’ bright light,
    Silver for wise men’s trappings
    That twinkled in starry light.
    Blue for Mary’s mantle,
    Yellow for clean fresh hay
    That filled the stone-hewn manger
    Where Baby Jesus lay.

    [illustration] Illustrated by Parry Merkley