Since Christmas is not all about giving and receiving presents, I just wanted to post this entry about the meaning of Christmas through these beautiful quotes for Christmas with some illustrations by the artist Haddon Sundblom (1899-1976), best known for the images of Santa Claus he created for the Coca-Cola Company.
W. T. Ellis
It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
Christmas is the day that holds all time together.
It is not even the beginning of Christmas unless it is Christmas in the heart.
W. J. Cameron
Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year, and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority.
Ray Stannard Baker
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 fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: 'Why this is Christmas Day!
This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols. But the humble heart that receives a new the wondrous gift, the Christ.
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.
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive.
Joan Winmill Brown
Christmas! 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.
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 everyone round the Christmas fire, and make the little picture shining in our bright young eyes, complete.
Christmas is a time when you get homesick, even when you're home.
Augusta E. Rundel
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.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU,
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AND ALL THE BEST FOR THE NEW YEAR!