“For unto you is born this day in the city of David A
Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
– St. Luke ii
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
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful.
-Norman Vincent Peale
Somehow, not only for Christmas, But all the long year
through, The joy that you give to others, Is the joy that
comes back to you. And the more you spend in blessing, The
poor and lonely and sad, The more of your heart's
possessing, Returns to you glad.
-John Greenleaf Whittier
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.
What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage
for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish
that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal,
and that every path may lead to peace.
-Agnes M. Pharo
Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the
delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the
pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to
his own fireside and quiet home!
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
The magi, as you know, were wise men - wonderfuly wise men
who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented
the art of giving Christmas presents.
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.