EARLY CHIMES

This article was later republished in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany: My. 256:1-15

Before the Christmas Bells shall ring, allow me to improvise some new notes, not specially musical, to be sure, but admirably adapted to the key of my feeling, and emphatically phrasing strict observance, or note well.

This year, my beloved Christian Scientists, you must grant me my request, namely, that I be permitted total exemption from Christmas gifts. Also I beg to send to you all a deep-drawn, heart-felt breath of thanks for those things of beauty and use forming themselves in your thoughts to send to Mother. Thus may I close the door of mind on this subject, and open the volume of Life on the pure pages of impersonal presents, pleasures, achievements, and aid.

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