Thursday, December 23, 2010
CHRISTMAS Is... (What it is-Part 1)
Christmas time is...here. Cue the "Charlie Brown Christmas" show intro song and a smile breaks across your face and maybe, just maybe you even stop in your tracks for a moment. You hope of having a peaceful holiday that will lead you into a better new year.
But without understanding the meaning or definition of the season, your life will look no different as another holiday and year comes to a close. You may even want to scream out loud, just like good ole' Charlie Brown, "Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?".
Through both humor and insight, I hope that these quotes help you better define what Christmas is, which can in turn redefine how you live...
“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.”
Dale Evans Rogers
“Christmas is the day that holds all time together” Alexander Smith
“Nothing makes me lose my cool like Toy Packaging. Ask the kids to leave the room for toy packaging. I have no choice the money’s spent, I’ve worked for hours to make dent. I guess it’s anger management, toy packaging” Sara Groves song “Toy Packaging”
“That’s the true spirit of Christmas; people being helped by people...other than me” Jerry Seinfeld
“This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone."
~ Taylor Caldwell
“Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money.” ~Author Unknown
“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together."
~ Garrison Keillor
“Roses are reddish, Violets are bluish. If it weren't for Christmas, We'd all be Jewish.”
“I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark.” ~Dick Gregory
“Christmas is for children. But it is for grown-ups 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
“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."
~ Robert Lynd
“Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it.” Richard Lamm
“There has been only one Christmas -- the rest are anniversaries.” W.J. Cameron
“Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home.” ~Carol Nelson
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” ~Roy L. Smith
“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” ~Burton Hillis
“Happy, 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
“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
“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
“Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.” ~Larry Wilde
“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
“Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself.” ~Francis C. Farley
“Nothing's as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.” ~Kin Hubbard
“And on the sledge sat a person whom everyone knew the moment they set eyes on him. He was a huge man in a bright red robe (bright as hollyberries) with a hood that had fur inside it and a great white beard that fell like a foamy waterfall over his chest. Everyone knew him because, though you see people of his sort only in Narnia, you see pictures of them and hear them talked about even in our world—the world on this side of the wardrobe door. But when you really see them in Narnia it is rather different. Some of the pictures of Father Christmas in our world make him look only funny and jolly. But now that the children actually stood looking at him they didn’t find it quite like that. He was so big, and so glad, and so real, that they all became quite still”
C.S. Lewis NARNIA-The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests’.”
Luke 2:10-14 (NIV)
Merry Christmas to you and Happy New Year!