Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
--Norman Vincent Peale

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.
-Charles Dickens

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!
-Charles Dickens

The joy of brightening other lives,
bearing each others' burdens,
easing other's loads and supplanting empty hearts
and lives with generous gifts
becomes for us the magic of Christmas.
-W. C. Jones

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:
the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
-Burton Hillis

Whatever else be lost among the years,
Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing:
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears,
Let us hold close one day, remembering
Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men.
Let us get back our childlike faith again.
-Grace Noll Crowell

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.
-Joan Winmill Brown

Christmas Eve was a night of song that
wrapped itself about you like a shawl.
But it warmed more than your body.
It warmed your heart... filled it, too,
with a melody that would last forever.
-Bess Streeter Aldrich

Christmas ... is not an eternal event at all,
but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart.
-Freya StarkFrom

Home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another.
The warmth and joy of Christmas,
brings us closer to each other.
-Emily Matthews

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.
-Augusta E. Rundel

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


Anali said...

Nice collection of Christmas quotes and a lovely picture too! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

ishita said...

isn't it the best season ever:)!

thanks for sharing these...:)..and u know i wz lukin for lines on christmas? when i got here to ur blog i was smiling away:) search ends!

have a wonderful holiday season:)!

Eileen Meyer said...

Well it's hard to say "bah humbug" after that! Christmas really is a lovely heart time. Maybe we'll live to see a time when all the world remembers that we can have this every day.

Thanks for the beautiful post Kuan.

Kuan Gung said...

Eileen...what a great site and links you have...I love your musical interests...played cuts from your two CD's...great voice- what a gift you have, and the you so much...

Kuan Gung said...

Thank you ishita...tis the season!

Kuan Gung said...

Marry Christmas anali...warm greetings!

samuru999 said...

Thank you Kuan for this wonderful
collection of poems and quotes on
I have always loved Christmas...
but, it's become somewhat of a struggle for the past few years...
as my mom died on Christmas Day!

Wishing you and yours a most lovely Christmas together!


serenity said...

Beautiful selections. Thank you for sharing them.

Happy Holidays and may Peace reign in our hearts and minds this coming year.

piika said...

I do like this collection of words about Christmas - thank you.

starry nights said...

nice collection of christmas quotes.Have a wonderful and happy Holidays.