Notable Quotables: Christmas



“Here, at home, we will celebrate this Christmas Day in our traditional American way because of its deep spiritual meaning to us; because the teachings of Christ are fundamental in our lives; and because we want our youngest generation to grow up knowing the significance of this tradition and the story of the coming of the immortal Prince of Peace and Good Will.” –President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 24, 1944
“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.” –Calvin Coolidge
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” –Norman Vincent Peale
“Good news from heaven the angels bring, Glad tidings to the earth they sing:
To us this day a child is given, To crown us with the joy of heaven.” – Martin Luther
“The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not Christmas in his heart.” –Helen Keller
“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.”� ~Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recanl to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the vraveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!”
–Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836
“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” –Charles Schulz
“Christmas, my child, is love in action. … Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” –Dale Evans Rogers
“Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear him–and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.” –Max Lucado, “The Arrival” in Christmas Stories for the Heart
“Call a truce, then, to our labors — let us feast with friends and neighbors, and be merry as the custom of our caste; for if ”faint and forced the laughter,” and if sadness follow after, we are richer by one mocking Christmas past.” — Rudyard Kipling
“This is the month, and this the happy morn, Wherein the Son of Heaven’s eternal King, Of wedded maid and virgin mother born, Our great redemption from above did bring, For so the holy sages once did sing, That He our deadly forfeit should release, And with His Father work us a perpetual peace.” — John Milton “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity”
“The time draws near the birth of Christ: The moon is hid; the night is still; The Christmas bells from hill to hill Answer each other in the mist.” — Lord Alfred Tennyson, “In Memoriam (XXVIII)”
“May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch on your door, And happiness be guided to your home by the candle of Christmas!” -An Irish Blessing
“The magi, as you know, were wise men — wonderfully wise men — who
brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving
Christmas presents…. And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful
chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed
for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word
to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who gave gifts,
these two were the wisest. Of all who give and receive gifts, such as
they are the wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.” — O. Henry, “The Gift of the

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