I am proof positive that a person can be a semi-minimalist, anti-consumer, nonreligious, childfree person who lives in the desert southwest where it never snows, and STILL love Christmas. That’s because I don’t equate the holiday season with any of those labels. To me, Christmas is a time to celebrate the life I have been given and to share and generate peace on earth and good will to all people. And because so many others also celebrate the season in a somewhat similar manner, I think the vibration of joy, peace and happiness is amplified as many of us come together with the same perspective. With that in mind, I spent some time this week looking through hundreds of quotes about Christmastime in order to help me remember and share some of what I consider some of the best thoughts behind the holiday.
“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” ~Dale Evans
“Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes – goodwill among men and peace on earth.” ~Albert Einstein
“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
“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
“The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has no Christmas in his heart.” ~Helen Keller
“This Christmas, celebrate the season as though it were your last. One day, you’ll be right.” ~Kathleen M. Carroll
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ~Charles Dickens
“We worry about finding just the right gift, hanging just the right decorations, sending the right card. So many times I say I wish I could slow down, scale back, and reclaim the true meaning of Advent. The reality, though, is that I am the only one preventing that from happening.” ~Susan Hines-Brigger
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” ~ Roy L. Smith
“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.” ~ Bob Hope
“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.” ~ Bing Crosby
“This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.”~ Taylor Caldwell
“They err who thinks Santa Claus comes down through the chimney; he really enters through the heart.” ~ Mrs. Paul M. Ell.
“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” ~ Oren Arnold
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.” — Helen Keller
Poems And Songs:
“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
Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show.
The secret lies in an inner glow.
It’s lighting a fire inside the heart.
Good will and joy a vital part.
It’s higher thought and a greater plan.
It’s glorious dream in the soul of man. ~ Wilfred A. Peterson (The Art of Living)
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away. -~ Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane (“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart. ~Meredith Willson (“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”)
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 heart and mind.
Let us follow kinder ways
Through our teeming human maze,
And help the age of peace to come. ~Madeline Morse (Dairymen’s League News)
No more lives torn apart.
That wars would never start.
And time would heal all hearts.
And everyone would have a friend,
Right would always win,
Love would never end.
This is my grown-up Christmas list. -~Amy Grant (“Grown up Christmas List”)
“Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” ~from It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
“Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind and that’s what’s been changing. That’s why I’m glad I’m here, maybe I can do something about it.” ~from “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
“It’s Christmas Eve. It’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year we are the people that we always hoped we would be.” ~from “Scrooged” (1988)
“This is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back. No toys. Nothing but Peter, Kate, Buzz, Megan, Linnie, and Jeff. And my aunt and my cousins. And if he has time, my Uncle Frank. Okay?” ~from “Home Alone (1990)
“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” ~from “The Polar Express (2004)
When it is all said and done, I don’t think it matters what we call it, or which of the holidays we celebrate this time of year, as long as we experience the feeling of connection, love, peace for all and the joy and awe of life. After all, no one religion can claim exclusive rights on any of those emotions. So whether you are celebrating Christmas, or Hanukah, or the Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa—may your day (s) be merry and bright. And whichever holiday has meaning for you and those you love, the SMART thing to do is to get in the mood and share it with everyone.
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