Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts. Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year - and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority. Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.
Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money. Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given--when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes. Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. Christmas--that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance.
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Don't expect too much of Christmas Day. You can't crowd into it any arrears of unselfishness and kindliness that may have accrued during the past twelve months. Fail not to call to mind, in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month, that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth was born on that day; and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it; for mirth is also of Heaven's making.
For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home. Ronald Tucker. For the spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind. From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.
From Home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other. Great little One! Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. Heap on the wood! I can understand people simply fleeing the mountainous effort Christmas has become I do come home at Christmas. We all do, or we all should. We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday - the longer, the better - from the great boarding school where we are forever working at our arithmetical slates, to take, and give a rest.
I do like Christmas on the whole In its clumsy way, it does approach Peace and Goodwill. But it is clumsier every year. 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. I hear that in many places something has happened to Christmas; that it is changing from a time of merriment and carefree gaiety to a holiday which is filled with tedium; that many people dread the day and the obligation to give Christmas presents is a nightmare to weary, bored souls; that the children of enlightened parents no longer believe in Santa Claus; that all in all, the effort to be happy and have pleasure makes many honest hearts grow dark with despair instead of beaming with good will and cheerfulness.
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! I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays - let them overtake me unexpectedly - waking up some find morning and suddenly saying to myself: "Why, this is Christmas Day! I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. If "ifs" and "buts" were candy and nuts, wouldn't it be a Merry Christmas? In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!
Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself. Isn't it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for - I don't know what exactly, but it's something that you don't mind so much not having at other times.
It comes every year and will go on forever. And along with Christmas belong the keepsakes and the customs. Those humble, everyday things a mother clings to, and ponders, like Mary in the secret spaces of her heart. It is the one season of the year when we can lay aside all gnawing worry, indulge in sentiment without censure, assume the carefree faith of childhood, and just plain "have fun.
It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! Let the spirit of love gently fill our hearts and homes.
In this loveliest of seasons may you find many reasons for happiness. Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.
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Many banks have a new kind of Christmas club in operation. The new club helps you save money to pay for last year's gifts. May the closeness of friends, the comfort of home, and the unity of our nation, renew your spirits this holiday season. May the Good Lord fulfill you with His promises and bestow on you His many blessings. May the Holiday Season bring only happiness and joy to you and your loved ones. May the Joy and Peace of Christmas be with you now and throughout the new year.
May the peace and joy of the holiday season be with you throughout the coming year. May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of His love at christmas and always. Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit. Nothing's as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas. O Christmas Sun! What holy task is thine!
To fold a world in the embrace of God! Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special!
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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? Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall.
We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2, years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space. One of the real joys of the Holiday Season is the opportunity to say thank you and to wish you the very best for the new year. Only in souls the Christ is brought to birth, And there He lives and dies. Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.
Our wish this Holiday Season A world to grow in where children will be safe and free. Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day. People can't concentrate properly on blowing other people to pieces if their minds are poisoned by thoughts suitable to the twenty-fifth of December. Remember, This December, That love weighs more than gold! Sing hey! For Christmas Day; Twine mistletoe and holly. For a friendship glows In winter snows, And so let's all be jolly! Somehow, not only for Christmas, But all the long year through, The joy that you give to others, Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing, The poor and lonely and sad, The more of your heart's possessing, Returns to you glad. The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. The Christmas season has come to mean the period when the public plays Santa Claus to the merchants.
The Church does not superstitiously observe days, merely as days, but as memorials of important facts. Christmas might be kept as well upon one day of the year as another; but there should be a stated day for commemorating the birth of our Saviour, because there is danger that what may be done on any day, will be neglected.
The earth has grown old with its burden of care,But at Christmas it always is young. The gift of love. The gift of peace.
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The gift of happiness. May all these be yours at Christmas. The magi, as you know, were wise men - wonderfuly wise men who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. The merry family gatherings- The old, the very young; The strangely lovely way they Harmonize in carols sung. For Christmas is tradition time- Traditions that recall The precious memories down the years, The sameness of them all. Remembrance and forbearance as a Christmas teaching? That seems like a stern Christmas teaching, not merry and festive. And, the emphasis on remembrance makes Christmas a day most important for people old enough to have much to remember, not a holiday especially for children.
Time was, with most of us, when Christmas Day encircling all our limited world like a magic ring, left nothing out for us to miss or seek; bound together all our home enjoyments, affections, and hopes; grouped everything and every one around the Christmas fire; and made the little picture shining in our bright young eyes, complete.
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And is our life here, at the best, so constituted that, pausing as we advance at such a noticeable mile-stone in the track as this great birthday, we look back on the things that never were, as naturally and full as gravely as on the things that have been and are gone, or have been and still are? If it be so, and so it seems to be, must we come to the conclusion that life is little better than a dream, and little worth the loves and strivings that we crowd into it?
The birthday of the Christ child thus easily becomes not a day of joy, but a day of grim disappointment and resentment.