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Monday, December 19, 2011

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS


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

The Christmas spirit - love - changes hearts and lives.
Pat Boone

Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it "white".
Bing Crosby

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

For many of us, sadly, the spirit of Christmas is "hurry". And yet, eventually, the hour comes when the rushing ends and the race against the calendar mercifully comes to a close. It is only now perhaps that we truly recognize the spirit of Christmas. (...) With all its temporal confusion, it may just help us to see that by contrast, Christmas itself is eternal.
Burton Hillis

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.
Madeline Morse

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.
Harlan Miller

There's still a lot more about Christmas that can be captured and feel like old-time Christmas.
Clint Black

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

The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much.
Henry David Thoreau

Christmas is the happiness that lights our children's eyes.
Christmas is a song of bells ringing through the skies.
Christmas is a time of peace, of contentment deep within,
A time of love and silent hope that years will never dim.
Sherrill Thompson

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas has lost its meaning for us because we have lost the spirit of expectancy. We cannot prepare for an observance. We must prepare for an experience.
Handel H. Brown

For the spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind.
Loring A. Schuler

Peace on Earth will come to stay,
When we live Christmas every day.
Helen Steiner Rice

Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God.
George F. McDougall

Christmas is here:
Winds whistle shrill,
Icy and chill.
Little care we;
Little we fear
Weather without,
Sheltered about
The Mahogany Tree.
William Makepeace Thackeray

Whatever else be lost among the years,
Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing:
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears,
Let us hold close one day, remembering
Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men.
Let us get back our childlike faith again.
Grace Noll Crowell

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale

I went to Sunday School and liked the stories about Christ and the Christmas star. They were beautiful. They made you warm and happy to think about. But I didn't believe them.
Frances Farmer

This time of year means being kind
to everyone we meet,
To share a smile with strangers
we may pass along the street.
Betty Black

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.
Alfred Tennyson

To celebrate the heart of Christmas is to forget ourselves in the service of others.
Henry C. Link

Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first.
George Matthew Adams

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly.
Andy Rooney

The only blind person at Christmastime is he who has not Christmas in his heart.
Helen Keller

I don't think Christmas is necessarily about things. It's about being good to one another, it's about the Christian ethic, it's about kindness.
Carrie Fisher

I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.
Norman Vincent Peale

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
William Turner Ellis

He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.
Charlotte Carpenter

Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence.
Joan Mills

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

The spirit of Christmas needs to superseded by the Spirit of Christ. The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person. That makes all the difference in the world.
Stuart Briscoe

Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Calvin Coolidge

I love Christmas. I really do love Christmas. I love being with my family and I love snow. I love the music and the lights and all of it.
Christina Applegate

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale

It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one's fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit.
Isabel Currier

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