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Before the Play begins, MOTHER GOOSE comes out in front of the curtain, and this is
what she says:
Well, well, well, well, well, here we all are again. And what’s more important, Christmas
is here again, too. Aren’t you glad? Now I want to tell you children something. Do you
know what I enjoy most at Christmas time? It’s to come in here and see all you children
sitting in rows and rows, all your faces looking up at me, and a smile on every one of
them. Why, even some of those great big men and women back there are smiling, too.
And I think I know why you are all smiling. There are two reasons for it, I believe. One is
that you think old Mother Goose is a good friend of yours, and loves you all very much.
And you’re quite right about that, for I declare, I love every one of you as much as I
love–plum pudding. And the second reason why you are all smiling, I guess, is because
you think I am going to show you a Christmas Play. And you’re right about that, too. I
have a play all ready for you, there behind the curtain, and the name of it is „The
Christmas Dinner.„ Doesn’t the very name of it make you hungry? Well, you just wait.
Now when the curtain opens, you’ll see the warm cozy kitchen of a farm house, where
six people live. Two of them are quite young, because they are just a boy and a girl, and
their names are Walter and Gertrude. And two of them are older, and yet not so very old
either: they are the father and mother of the two children. And the last two are the oldest
of all, and they are really old, for they are the children’s grandfather and grandmother. It
is late in the afternoon of the day before Christmas, the hour when it has begun to get