A Child's Christmas in America

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.


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