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WE are going into Fairy Land for a little while, to see what we can find there to amuse and instruct
us this Christmas time. Does anybody know the way? There are no maps or guidebooks, and the
places we meet with in our workaday world do not seem like the homes of the Fairies. Yet we
have only to put on our Wishing Caps, and we can get into Fairy Land in a moment. The house-
walls fade away, the winter sky brightens, the sun shines out, the weather grows warm and
pleasant; flowers spring up, great trees cast a friendly shade, streams murmur cheerfully over
their pebbly beds, jewelled fruits are to be had for the trouble of gathering them; invisible hands
set out well-covered dinner-tables, brilliant and graceful forms flit in and out across our path, and
we all at once find ourselves in the midst of a company of dear old friends whom we have known
and loved ever since we knew anything. There is Fortunatus with his magic purse, and the square
of carpet that carries him anywhere; and Aladdin with his wonderful lamp; and Sindbad with the
diamonds he has picked up in the Valley of Serpents; and the Invisible Prince, who uses the fairy
cat to get his dinner for him; and the Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, just awakened by the young
Prince, after her long sleep of a hundred years; and Puss in Boots curling his whiskers after
having eaten up the ogre who foolishly changed himself into a mouse; and Beauty and the Beast;
and the Blue Bird; and Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack the Giant Killer, and Jack and the Bean
Stalk; and the Yellow Dwarf; and Cinderella and her fairy godmother; and great numbers besides,
of whom we haven't time to say anything now.

And when we come to look about us, we see that there are other dwellers in Fairy Land; giants
and dwarfs, dragons and griffins, ogres with great white teeth, and wearing seven-leagued boots;
and enchanters and magicians, who can change themselves into any forms they please, and can
turn other people into stone. And there are beasts and birds who can talk, and fishes that come
out on dry land, with golden rings in their mouths; and good maidens who drop rubies and pearls
when they speak, and bad ones out of whose mouths come all kinds of ugly things. Then there
are evil-minded fairies, who always want to be doing mischief; and there are good fairies,
beautifully dressed, and with shining golden hair and bright blue eyes and jewelled coronets, and
with magic wands in their hands, who go about watching the bad fairies, and always come just in
time to drive them away, and so prevent them from doing harm—the sort of Fairies you see once
a year at the pantomimes, only more beautiful, and more handsomely dressed, and more
graceful in shape, and not so fat, and who do not paint their faces, which is a bad thing for any
woman to do, whether fairy or mortal.

Altogether, this Fairy Land that we can make for ourselves in a moment, is a very pleasant and
most delightful place, and one which all of us, young and old, may well desire to get into, even if
we have to come back from it sooner than we like. It is just the country to suit everybody, for all of
us can find in it whatever pleases him best. If he likes work, there is plenty of adventure; he can
climb up mountains of steel, or travel over seas of glass, or engage in single combat with a giant,
or dive down into the caves of the little red dwarfs and bring up their hidden treasures, or mount a
horse that goes more swiftly than the wind, or go off on a long journey to find the water of youth
and life, or do anything else that happens to be very dangerous and troublesome. If he doesn't
like work, it is again just the place to suit idle people, because it is all Midsummer holidays. I
never heard of a school in Fairy Land, nor of masters with canes or birch rods, nor of impositions
and long lessons to be learned when one gets home in the evening. Then the weather is so
delightful. It is perpetual sunshine, so that you may lie out in the fields all day without catching
cold; and yet it is not too hot, the sunshine being a sort of twilight, in which you see everything,
quite clearly, but softly, and with beautiful colours, as if you were in a delightful dream.

And this goes on night and day, or at least what we call night, for they don't burn gas there, or
candles, or anything of that kind; so that there is no regular going to bed and getting up; you just
lie down anywhere when you want to rest, and when you have rested, you wake up again, and go
on with your travels. There is one capital thing about Fairy Land. There are no doctors there; not
one in the whole country. Consequently nobody is ill, and there are no pills or powders, or
brimstone and treacle, or senna tea, or being kept at home when you want to go out, or being
obliged to go to bed early and have gruel instead of cake and sweetmeats. They don't want the
doctors, because if you cut your finger it gets well directly, and even when people are killed, or are
turned into stones, or when anything else unpleasant happens, it can all be put right in a minute
or two. All you have to do when you are in trouble is to go and look for some wrinkled old woman
in a patched old brown cloak, and be very civil to her, and to do cheerfully and kindly any service
she asks of you, and then she will throw off the dark cloak, and become a young and beautiful
Fairy Queen, and wave her magic wand, and everything will fall out just as you would like to have it.

As to Time, they take no note of it in Fairy Land. The Princess falls asleep for a hundred years,
and wakes up quite rosy, and young, and beautiful. Friends and sweethearts are parted for years,
and nobody seems to think they have grown older when they meet, or that life has become
shorter, and so they fall to their youthful talk as if nothing had happened. Thus the dwellers in
Fairy Land have no cares about chronology. With them there is no past or future; it is all present—
so there are no disagreeable dates to learn, nor tables of kings, and when they reigned, or who
succeeded them, or what battles they fought, or anything of that kind. Indeed there are no such
facts to be learned, for when kings are wicked in Fairy Land, a powerful magician comes and
twists their heads off, or puts them to death somehow; and when they are good kings they seem
to live for ever, and always to be wearing rich robes and royal golden crowns, and to be
entertaining Fairy Queens, and receiving handsome brilliant gifts from everybody who knows
them.

Now this is Fairy Land, the dear sweet land of Once Upon a Time, where there is constant light,
and summer days, and everlasting flowers, and pleasant fields and streams, and long dreams
without rough waking, and ease of life, and all things strange and beautiful; where nobody
wonders at anything that may happen; where good fairies are ever on the watch to help those
whom they love; where youth abides, and there is no pain or death, and all trouble fades away,
and whatever seems hard is made easy, and all things that look wrong come right in the end, and
truth and goodness have their perpetual triumph, and the world is ever young.

And Fairy Land is always the same, and always has been, whether it is close to us—so close that
we may enter it in a moment—or whether it is far off; in the stories that have come to us from the
most ancient days, and the most distant lands, and in those which kind and clever story-tellers
write for us now. It is the same in the legends of the mysterious East, as old as the beginning of
life; the same in the glowing South, in the myths of ancient Greece; the same in the frozen regions
of the Scandinavian North, and in the forests of the great Teuton land, and in the Islands of the
West; the same in the tales that nurses tell to the little ones by the fireside on winter evenings,
and in the songs that mothers sing to hush their babes to sleep; the same in the
delightful folk-
lore that Grimm has collected for us, and that dear Hans Andersen has but just ceased to tell.

We have seen something of the lessons they teach us, and which are taught by all the famous
tales of Wonderland; lessons of kindness to the feeble and the old, and to birds, and beasts, and
all dumb creatures; lessons of courtesy, courage, and truth-speaking; and above all, the first and
noblest lesson believed in by those who were the founders of our race, that God is very near to
us, and is about us always; and that now, as in all times, He helps and comforts those who live
good and honest lives, and do whatever duty lies clear before them.

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Fairyland Food and Sing some Fairyland Songs
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