Monday, May 02, 2005

Holiday Quotes

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time.  Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?  ~G.K. Chesterton Roses are reddish Violets are bluish If it weren't for Christmas We'd all be Jewish. ~Benny Hill Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it.  Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it.  ~Richard Lamm If "ifs" and "buts" were candy and nuts, wouldn't it be a Merry Christmas?  ~Don Meredith Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home.  ~Carol Nelson From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.  ~Katharine Whitehorn He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.  ~Roy L. Smith To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every year.  ~E.B. White, "The Distant Music of the Hounds," The Second Tree from the Corner, 1954 The Christmas season has come to mean the period when the public plays Santa Claus to the merchants.  ~John Andrew Holmes Christmas, children, is not a date.  It is a state of mind.  ~Mary Ellen Chase In the United States Christmas has become the rape of an idea.  ~Richard BachHappy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!  ~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836 In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank.  People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!'  or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!'  ~Dave Barry, "Christmas Shopping:  A Survivor's Guide" I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.  ~Charles Dickens 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 Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.  ~Author Unknown The Santa myth is one of the most effective means ever devised for intimidating children, eroding their self-esteem, twisting their behavior, warping their values, and slowing their development of critical thinking skills.  ~Tom Flynn, The Trouble with Christmas Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit.  ~Kin Hubbard Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money.  ~Author Unknown I hear that in many places something has happened to Christmas; that it is changing from a time of merriment and carefree gaiety to a holiday which is filled with tedium; that many people dread the day and the obligation to give Christmas presents is a nightmare to weary, bored souls; that the children of enlightened parents no longer believe in Santa Claus; that all in all, the effort to be happy and have pleasure makes many honest hearts grow dark with despair instead of beaming with good will and cheerfulness.  ~Julia Peterkin, A Plantation Christmas, 1934 Christmas begins about the first of December with an office party and ends when you finally realize what you spent, around April fifteenth of the next year.  ~P.J. O'Rourke Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.  ~Hamilton Wright Mabie Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.  ~Author Unknown I do like Christmas on the whole.... In its clumsy way, it does approach Peace and Goodwill.  But it is clumsier every year.  ~E.M. Forster The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C.  This wasn't for any religious reasons.  They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin.  ~Jay Leno Isn't it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for - I don't know what exactly, but it's something that you don't mind so much not having at other times.  ~Kate L. Bosher There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.  ~Erma Bombeck, I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression Christmas is for children.  But it is for grownups too.  Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts.  ~Lenora Mattingly Weber Christmas - that magic blanket that wraps itself about us

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