Christmas Eve

Posted: December 24, 2020 in Personal
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When I was growing up, the children’s Christmas service was held on Christmas Eve. We worked for weeks memorizing our parts (no words put up on the back wall or sheets to read from) and at the end of the service, each child was given a brown paper bag filled with nuts (in the shell)an orange and an apple. There may have been some hard candy, too. I don’t remember. Then we would go home and open our Christmas presents. On Christmas Day, we’d drive to my grandparents’ farm for Christmas Day and Grandma’s amazing cooking.

My husband’s family opened all their gifts on Christmas Day, so our tradition eventually evolved into opening stocking gifts on Christmas Eve and the rest of the presents on Christmas Day. One present I enjoy all year long isn’t found under the tree. It’s the gift of having met all of you and today I’d like to share some of my favorite Christmas quotes. Of course for our family, this (and what I’ll share to tomorrow) are the Reason for the Season.

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans–and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused–and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.”
― Sigrid Undset

This year is perfect for following the advice in the next two quotes!

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
― Bob Hope

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”
― Charles M. Schulz

“And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
the Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”
― Roy L. Smith

“Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer…. Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously? ”
― Bill Watterson, The Essential Calvin and Hobbes

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
― Calvin Coolidge

“The reality of loving God is loving him like he’s a Superhero who actually saved you from stuff rather than a Santa Claus who merely gave you some stuff.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“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 Severeid

And maybe for this year…

“No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.”
― Greg Kincaid

  1. Wonderful post! 🙂

  2. peggyjoan42 says:

    And Amen to all these great quotes. Thanks for sharing this lovely post..

  3. Lovely, Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones

  4. Here, Here! These are wonderful quotes and messages for us today and every day.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Janet! 🥰🎄

  5. What a wonderful collection of quotes. The first two (Hope and Schultz) plus the one by Coolidge strike the right cord for me.

    I see two aspects of Christmas: religious and secular – and I’m in both camps. Christmas is a season of goodwill to all – a season of gratitude and appreciation of others – a season for everyone featuring Santa Claus as the Spirit of Goodness. Yes, Santa is for Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists, Naturalists, Christians, and anyone and everyone else believing in a positive humanity. Yes, Santa is for everyone!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours … and thanks for the gifts you share here with us.

  6. Merry Christmas, Janet! May all your AZ family and your family and friends spread around all have a wonderful holiday. Great words.

  7. Merry Christmas Eve! It’s not “my” holiday since I was raised Jewish, but I still love the spirit of it.

  8. Su Leslie says:

    This is lovely Janet. Merry Christmas.

    • And to you, since it’s actually Christmas there. My husband got me a keyboard and is busy putting it together. I’m quite excited, as I haven’t had a piano since we moved to Illinois from Ohio and had to leave our refurbished upright behind.

  9. Merry Christmas to you and Bill. I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to meet you in real life at one point on our paths. But even without that, I’d have been glad to have known you virtually.

  10. restlessjo says:

    The last is about right. There was even snow in my old north east home today, but not a lot 🙂 🙂 Merry Christmas,hon!

  11. Dan Antion says:

    This is wonderful, Janet. I do feel that you give us a gift of beauty throughout the year. You’ve shared sights, many of which I will never see in person, and I thank you for that. Merry Christmas.

  12. Resa says:

    All wonderful quotes, Janet!
    Cheers to you and yours!