Monday, 26 December 2016

Expectancy is the Atmosphere for Miracles



The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other. ~ Johnny Carson #quote

Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included. ~ Author Unknown #quote

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 #quote

Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit. ~ Kin Hubbard #quote

If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. ~  Bob Hope #quote

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~  Roy L. Smith #quote

Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall. We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2,000 years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space. ~ Dave Barry #quote

Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas. ~  Dale Evans #quote

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. ~  Charles Dudley Warner #quote

Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas. ~ Johnny Carson #quote

One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books." ~ J.K. Rowling #quote

“Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” ~ Oren Arnold  #quote

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


Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie #quote

Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles. ~  Edwin Louis Cole #quote

The thing about Christmas is that it almost doesn't matter what mood you're in or what kind of a year you've had - it's a fresh start. ~  Kelly Clarkson #quote

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. ~ Janice Maeditere #quote

For the spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind. ~ Loring A. Schuler #quote

This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone. ~ Taylor Caldwell #quote


To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every year. ~ E.B. White #quote

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. ~ Author Unknown #quote

I can understand people simply fleeing the mountainous effort Christmas has become... but there are always a few saving graces and finally they make up for all the bother and distress. ~ May Sarton #quote

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 #quote

Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money. ~ Author Unknown #quote

As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is. ~ Eric Sevareid #quote

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. ~  Charles Dickens #quote


If "ifs" and "buts" were candy and nuts, wouldn't it be a Merry Christmas? ~ Don Meredith #quote

There are no strangers on Christmas Eve. ~ Mildred Cram and Adele Comandini #quote

There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime.  Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them. ~ P.J. O'Rourke #quote

No matter how carefully you stored the lights last year, they will be snarled again this Christmas. ~ Robert Kirby #quote

Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance — each beautiful, unique and too soon gone. ~ Deborah Whipp #quote

Santa knows Physics: Of all colours, Red Light penetrates fog best. That's why Benny the Blue-nosed reindeer never got the gig. ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson #quote

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 #quote

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 #quote

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. ~  Thomas S. Monson #quote

Christmas is the day that holds all time together. ~  Alexander Smith #quote

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 #quote

Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving. ~  B. C. Forbes #quote

Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice. ~  Dave Barry #quote

Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission. ~  Arnold Bennett #quote

Very gay they were with snow and sleigh-bells, holly-boughs, and garlands, below, and Christmas sunshine in the winter sky above. All faces shone, all voices had a cheery ring, and everybody stepped briskly on errands of good-will. ~  Louisa May Alcott #quote

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

Christmas is a time when you get homesick — even when you're home. ~ Carol Nelson #quote

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ~ Charles Dickens #quote

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 #quote

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie #quote

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~ Harlan Miller #quote

From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it. ~ Katharine Whitehorn #quote


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 #quote

I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays — let them overtake me unexpectedly — waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: "Why, this is Christmas Day!" ~ David Grayson #quote

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. ~ Janice Maeditere #quote

"It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!... Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!" ~ Dr. Seuss #quote


Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. ~ Author Unknown #quote

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 #quote

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! ~ Author Unknown #quote


Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. ~ Larry Wilde #quote

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.  ~Washington Irving #quote

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. ~ Peg Bracken #quote


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 #quote

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 #quote

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder #quote