The tree stood proudly in the front parlor. Margaret showed Jack how to make chains out of paper, which kept the child happily occupied for quite a while. Frank lifted Jack so he could string the chains high on the tree, winding them down to the bottom. Margaret had crocheted little white lacy snowflakes out of cotton string, which they placed all over the tree. She had also made a big, lovely bow out of some pretty gingham scrap she had left over from a dress she had made for herself, and Frank lifted Jack so he could place it on top of the tree. When all was said and done, the trio stepped back and admired their Christmas tree.
“It’s beautiful, Da, isn’t it?” Jack was beaming.
“Aye, laddie, that it is.”
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