When finally he lifted his head, he had a smile on his face from ear to ear. “Call the children” he told Charles. “Tell them to come here. We're going to have the best Christmas we've had in a long time.”
And they did. The children were surprised and pleased to see the change that had come over their father. They opened all the presents and then he turned to Charles and said “Come, let's hitch up the sleigh. We'll go out for Christmas dinner this year. As they rode through the streets on the way to the restaurant, little Edith started to sing a Christmas carol and the rest joined in. They passed under the snow laded trees once more, and as the snow fell on them, they giggled with delight once more. To Henry, it seemed as if the world had suddenly become new again.
They were still laughing when they arrived home. As the children were putting away their coats, little Edith said “I haven't had so much fun in years.”
“Yes,” added Alice Mary, smiling, “you've really changed, Father. What happened?”
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