“Thousands of lights were burning on the green branches, and gaily-colored pictures, such as she had seen in the shop-windows, looked down upon her. The little maiden stretched out her hands towards them when–the match went out. The lights of the Christmas tree rose higher and higher, she saw them now as stars in heaven.” ~The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen.
A song: On December 8, 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on CBS.
A birthday: John Milton, poet, b.1608.
Joel Chandler Harris, folklorist, b.1848