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A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away.
Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself...
--Norman Wesley Brooks, "Let Every Day Be Christmas," 1976
Keep your Christmas-heart open all the year round. --Jessica Archmint
At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year
Christmas is for children. But it is for grown-ups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts. --Lenora Mattingly Weber
Roses are reddish
Violets are bluish
If it weren't for Christmas
We'd all be Jewish.
Open your presents at Christmastime but be thankful year round for the gifts you receive. --Terri Guillemets
A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;
He is almost what he should be when the Christmas season's here;
Then he's thinking more of others than he's thought the months before,
And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than at any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime...
That love weighs more than gold!
--Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon
The Christmas season has come to mean the period when the public plays Santa Claus to the merchants. --John Andrew Holmes
If "ifs" and "buts" were candy and nuts, wouldn't it be a Merry Christmas? --Don Meredith
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I love the Christmas-tide, and yet,
I notice this, each year I live;
I always like the gifts I get,
But how I love the gifts I give!
'Tis blessed to bestow, and yet,
Could we bestow the gifts we get,
And keep the ones we give away,
How happy were our Christmas day!
Let Christmas not become a thing
Merely of merchant's trafficking,
Of tinsel, bell and holly wreath
And surface pleasure, but beneath
The childish glamour, let us find
Nourishment for soul and mind.
Let us follow kinder ways
Through our teeming human maze,
And help the age of peace to come
From a Dreamer's martyrdom.
Christmas begins about the first of December with an office party and ends when you finally realize what you spent, around April fifteenth of the next year. --P.J. O'Rourke, Modern Manners
Christmas - that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance - a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved. --Augusta E. Rundel
Oh! lovely voices of the sky
Which hymned the Saviour's birth,
Are ye not singing still on high,
Ye that sang, "Peace on earth"?
We hear the beating of wings over Bethlehem and a light that is not of the sun or of the stars shines in the midnight sky. Let the beauty of the story take away all narrowness, all thought of formal creeds. Let it be remembered as a story that has happened again and again, to men of many different races, that has been expressed through many religions, that has been called by many different names. Time and space and language lay no limitations upon human brotherhood. --New York Times, 25 December 1937, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren, 1938, published by The H.W. Wilson Company, New York
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