"It was Christmas Eve"
And Little Girl turned to thank Santa and say goodbay to him, but either he had
gone very quickly, or else she had fallen asleep very quickly-she never could tell
which-for the next thing she knew, Daddy washolding her in his arms and was saying,
"What in my Little Girl doing here? She must go to bed,for it's Christmast Eve, And
old Santa won't come if he thinks there are any little folks abaut"
But Little Girl knew better than ihat, and when she began to tell him all abaut
it, and how the Christmas fairies had welcomed her, and how Santa had given her such a
fine ride, Daddy laughed and laughed, and said, "You've been dreaming, Little Girl,
But Little Girl knew better than that, too, for there on the hearth was the
little Black Coal, which had given her Two Shoes and Bright Light, and tight inher hand
a holly berry which one of the Christmas Sprites had placed there. More than all that,
there she was on the hearth-rug herself, just as Santa had left her, and that was the
best proof of all.
The trouble was, Daddy himself had never been a Little Girl, so he couldn't
tellanything abaut it, but we know she hadn't been dreaming, now, don't we, my dears?