Christmas quotes

25/12/2011

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?  It came without ribbons.  It came without tags.  It came without packages, boxes or bags.  And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.  Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.  What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.  What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.  ~Dr Seuss

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.  ~Roy L. Smith

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.  ~Charles Dickens

Christmas is a necessity.  There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.  ~Eric Sevareid

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.  ~W.T. Ellis

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!  ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.  ~Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away. ~Eva Logue

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.  ~Janice Maeditere

This is the message of Christmas:  We are never alone.  ~Taylor Caldwell

May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; The spirit of Christmas which is peace; The heart of Christmas which is love. ~Ada V. Hendricks


I don’t hate Christmas . . .

23/12/2011

. . . but after spending part of yesterday amid the crowds shopping in Dunedin yesterday I thought of this :

Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special!  How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer…. Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?  ~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

You don’t have to be a Christian to celebrate hope, joy, peace and love but too often they are forgotten in the madness that leads up to Christmas Day.

As I prepare for what started as a barbeque tonight for our local staff and grew I’m trying very hard to remember:

As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.  ~Eric Sevareid


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