"Can I borry this book please Aunty?" The visitin' chile has quietly turned the pages back an' forth in wonder.
"Oh Angel, mebbe it needs to live here fer a while wif' Uncle an me on account of it is a very OLE book. But someday it will need a good place to live --a place where someone will love it an be sure it comes out at Christmas time. When that time comes, I reckon I should send it over to yore house. Would ya give a good place to live an' be sure lots of chillen's can look at it? "
Curious, I checked the ole book sources fer the original versions of Jolly Old Santa Claus, illustrations by George Hinke. Mercy! The hardcover original is about $400. But ours is worth much much more---ain't no price to set on a book loved by many members of yore clan.
Merry Christmas, y'all!