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Christmas Every Week: Christmas Conservation

Arnold Kellett’s poem reminds us to beware of the “invader’’who can steal our Christmas.

Christmas in the Dales!
The children all agog
Round blazing hearth of festive flames
And ancient Yule-tide log;
And there, across the yard,
The Christ-child's lowly stable,
And round our fire a rural peace,
And on our plenteous table
Christmas cake, custom-baked,
Married to Wensleydale cheese . ..
Such simple things are all we need
To set the heart at ease -
But, country folk, beware
An invader who shows no pity:
If telly rules Christmas you might as well be
Deep in some drab inner city!


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