States' Lights and Christmas Rites

It comes stealing up on us first in the wide eyes of very young children, who see Christmas shining a long way off. Older brothers and sisters are more nonchalant; they can be downright businesslike about it. A camera would be O.K., but how about a snowmobile? As the day approaches, the spirit settles over them, too, like fresh snow on a busy town. Parents come round last, rushing from toy stores to cocktail parties, muttering about the cost of evergreen trees, chilled by the cold glare of Christmas bills to come. By Christmas Eve, though, everybody is a willing...

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