Friday, December 16, 2011
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Christmas is sights, especially the sights of Christmas reflected in the eyes of a child.
~ William Saroyan
Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.
~ Washington Irving
Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving,and of families united.
~ Norman Vincent Peale
Friday, October 12, 2007
~ Henry van Dyke
Christmas gift suggestions from Oren Arnold:
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.
Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling.
~ Edna Ferber
~ Valentine Davies
The Christmas spirit--love--changes hearts and lives.
~ Pat Boone
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.
Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.
~ Dale Evans
Thursday, October 11, 2007
~ Bob Phillips
For little children everywhere A joyous season still we make; We bring our precious gifts to them, Even for the dear child Jesus' sake.
~ Phoebe Cary
Selfishness makes Christmas a burden, love makes it a delight."
"Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love."
~ Lucinda Franks
Christmas is Love come down to earth, a gift of infinite worth."
~ Life Research Universal
So stick up ivy and the bays, and then restore the heathen ways, green will remind you of the Spring, though this great day denies the thing, and mortifies the earth, and all, but your wild revels, and loose hall.
~ Henry Vaughan
"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
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
~ Margaret Cousins
"Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence."
~ Joan Mills
CHRISTMAS is C-hrist's H-istoric, R-emarkable I-ncarnation S-tory, T-elling M-essiah's A-waited S-alvation.
~ Jose B. Cabajar
Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.
~ Dale Evans
Great little One! whose all-embracing birth Lifts Earth to Heaven, stoops Heaven to Earth.
~ Richard Crashaw
And in our world of plenty We can spread a smile of joy Throw your arms around the world At Christmas time.
~ Bob Geldof and Midge Ure
O come all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
~ Frederick Oakeley
Of all dear days is Christmas Day the dearest and the best.
~ Margaret E. Sangster
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world - stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death - and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas."
~ Henry Van Dyke
"Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance - each beautiful, unique and too soon gone."
~ Deborah Whipp
A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small.
~ Eva K. Logue
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
Earth, strike up your music, Birds that sing and bells that ring; Heaven hath answring music For all Angels soon to sing:Earth, put on your whitest Bridal robe of spotless snow: For Christmas bringeth Jesus, Brought for us so low.
"Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles."
Monday, October 08, 2007
~ Harlan Miller
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.
~ George Mathhew Adams
If there is no joyous way to give a festive gift, give love away.
"The purpose and cause of the incarnation was that He might illuminate the world by His wisdom and excite it to the love of Himself."
~ Peter Abelard
"Love came down at Christmas; Love all lovely, love divine; Love was born at Christmas, Stars and angels gave the sign."
~ Christina Rossetti
"Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries."
~ George W. Truett
"Remember This December, That love weighs more than gold!"
~ Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon
"There is no name so sweet on earth, no name so sweet in heaven, The name, before His wondrous birth, to Christ the Savior given."
~ George W. Bethune
"I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the word seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses."
~ Taylor Caldwell
"Only in souls the Christ is brought to birth, And there He lives and dies."
~ Alfred Noyes
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Perfect for Christmas and Thanksgiving pies or bread or even by the spoonful
1 stick of butter, softened
2 boxes of powdered (confectionary) sugar
Sherry (Harvey's Bristol Cream works well)
1. Mix butter and egg
2. Add sugar slowly, mixing as you add.
3. As it gets thicker, add a little sherry at a time until it is desired consistency (generally like icing for a cake).
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
~ Agnes M. Pharo
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.
~ Helen Lowrie Marshall
The star of Bethlehem was a star of hope that led the wise men to the fulfillment of their expectations, the success of their expedition. Nothing in this world is more fundamental for success in life than hope, and this star pointed to our only source for true hope: Jesus Christ.
~ D. James Kennedy ("Following the Star" in Christmas Stories for the Heart)
The only blind person at Christmas time is he who has not Christmas in his heart.
~ Helen Keller
Saturday, December 23, 2006
The Christmas season reminds us that a demonstration of religion is always much better than a definition of it...especially in front of the kids.
It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty founder was a child himself.~ Charles Dickens
"One of the nice things about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with a present."
~ Author Unknown
Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we'll be seeing six or seven.
~ W. C. Fields