At Christmas time I believe the things that children do.
I believe with English children that holly placed in windows
will protect our homes from evil.
I believe with Swiss children that the touch of edelweiss
will charm a person with love.
I believe with Italian children that la Befana is not an ugly doll but a good fairy who
will gladden the hearts of all.
I believe with Greek children that coins concealed in freshly baked loaves of bread
will bring good luck to anyone who finds them.
I believe with German children that the sight of a Christmas tree
will lessen hostility among adults.
I believe with French children that lentils soaked and planted in a bowl
will rekindle life in people who have lost hope.
I believe with Dutch children that the horse Sleipner
will fly through the sky and fill the earth with joy.
I believe with Swedish children that Jultomte
will come and deliver gifts to the poor as well as to the rich.
I believe with Finnish children that parties held on St. Stephen's Day
will erase sorrow.
I believe with Danish children that the music of a band playing from a church tower
will strengthen humankind.
I believe with Bulgarian children that sparks from a Christmas log
will create warmth in human souls.
I believe with American and Canadian children that the sending of Christmas cards
will build friendships.
I believe with ALL children that there will be peace on earth.