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Ellen G. White: The Lonely Years: 1876-1891 (vol. 3), Page 240

Chapter 20—(1884) Completing the Work on The Great Controversy

At the close of my long journey east,” wrote Ellen White in early January, 1884, “I reached my home in time to spend New Year's Eve in Healdsburg.”—The Review and Herald, January 29, 1884. The College Hall had been fitted up for a Sabbath school reunion. She described the scene:

Cypress wreaths, autumn leaves, evergreens, and flowers were tastefully arranged; and a large bell of evergreens hung from the arched doorway at the entrance to the room. The tree was well loaded with donations, which were to be used for the benefit of the poor, and to help purchase a bell. Except in a few instances, the names of the donors were not given; but appropriate Bible texts and mottoes were read as the gifts were taken down from the tree. On this occasion nothing was said or done that need burden the conscience of anyone.—Ibid.

She commented further:

Some have said to me, “Sister White, what do you think of this? Is it in accordance with our faith?” I answer them, “It is with my faith.”

In Healdsburg, San Francisco, and Oakland, there are many things to attract our children; large sums are expended every year on Christmas and New Year's in purchasing gifts for friends. These gifts are not generally satisfactory, for many receive presents that they do not need, when they would be glad to have some other article; some receive the same article from

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