From “A Christmas Tree” in A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens:
“What images do I associate with … the Christmas Tree? Known before all the others, keeping far apart from all the others, they gather round my little bed. An angel, speaking to a group of shepherds in a field; some travellers, with eyes uplifted, following a star; a baby in a manger….”
From “A Christmas Carol” in A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens:
“I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel….”
From A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher:
“Dogs were with us from the very beginning.
“When we were hunters and gatherers and walked out of Africa and began to spread across the world, they came with us. They guarded our fires as we slept and they helped us bring down prey in the long dawn when we chased our meals instead of growing them. And later, when we did become farmers, they guarded our fields and watched over our herds. They looked after us, and we looked after them. Later still, they shared our homes and our families when we built towns and cities and suburbs….
“Of all the animals that travelled the long road through the ages with us, dogs always walked closest.…”