God rest you, merry Innocents,
While innocence endures,
A sweeter Christmas than we to ours
May you bequeath to yours.
-Ogden Nash, A Carol for Children
Who are these heirs and assigns of the season? Their identities are as varied as their geographies. A few Christmas candids:
In Seattle, a four-year-old boy tries on a surgical mask for the role of doctor. Instead of playing nurse, a little girl assumes a doctor's mask herself. The boy glowers, and she asks, "Why not?" There is no reply. They begin to operate on a broken doll.