The Christmas Spirit

Sunday, December 22, 2019 – The Christmas Spirit

The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting. ~ Louisa May Alcott

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

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

Christmas is a time when you get homesick, even when you’re home. ~ Carol Nelson

There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. ~ Erma Bombeck

Christmas it seems to me is a necessary festival; we require a season when we can regret all the flaws in our human relationships: it is the feast of failure, sad but consoling. ~ Graham Greene

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

Thanksgiving was nothing more than a pilgrim-created obstacle in the way of Christmas; a dead bird in the street that forced a brief detour. ~ Augusten Burroughs

The Christmas tree, twinkling with lights, had a mountain of gifts piled up beneath it, like offerings to the great god of excess. ~ Tess Gerritsen

I walked inside Macy’s and faced the pathetic spectacle of a department store full of shoppers, none of whom were shopping for themselves. Without the instant gratification of a self-aimed purchase, everyone walked around in the tactical stupor of the financially obligated. ~ Rachel Cohn

“The Little Drummer Boy” was playing in the background for what seemed like the third time in a row. I fought off an urge to beat that Little Drummer Boy senseless with his own drumsticks. ~ Dana Reinhardt

There are some people who want to throw their arms round you simply because it is Christmas; there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas. ~ Robert Staughton Lynd

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

Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home. ~ G. K. Chesterton

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

A good conscience is a continual Christmas. ~ Benjamin Franklin

It’s easier to feel a little more spiritual with a couple of bucks in your pocket. ~ Craig Ferguson

What kind of Christmas present would Jesus ask Santa for? ~ Salman Rushdie

Nothing says holidays like a cheese log. ~ Ellen DeGeneres

Christmas makes everything twice as sad. ~ Doug Copland

Christmas is a holiday that persecutes the lonely, the frayed, and the rejected. ~ Jimmy Cannon

All punk rockers hate Christmas. ~ Rhys Ifans

The worst gift I was given is when I got out of rehab that Christmas; a bottle of wine. It was delicious. ~ Craig Ferguson

I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark. ~ Dick Gregory

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. ~ Shirley Temple

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year. ~ Victor Borge

Let’s be naughty and save Santa the trip. ~ Gary Allan

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

Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, 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

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. ~ Garrison Keillor

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

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

We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today. I don’t think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great. If you’re hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time. ~ Art Buchwald

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter. ~ William Ralph Inge

It’s never safe to be nostalgic about something until you’re absolutely certain there’s no chance of its coming back. ~ Bill Vaughn

Nostalgia’s the most commercial commodity there is today; I believe it’s true all over the world. ~ Stan Kenton

Time has lost all meaning in that nightmare alley of the Western world known as the American mind. We wallow in nostalgia but manage to get it all wrong. True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories, but American-style nostalgia is about as ephemeral as copyrighted déjà vu. ~ Florence E. King

I prefer the mystic clouds of nostalgia to the real thing, to be honest. ~ Robert Wyatt

If you go flying back through time, and you see somebody else flying forward into the future, it’s probably best to avoid eye contact. ~ Jack Handy

Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days. ~ Doug Larson

Things ain’t what they used to be and probably never was. ~ Will Rogers

Even while I protest the assembly-line production of our food, our songs, our language, and eventually our souls, I know that it was a rare home that baked good bread in the old days. Mother’s cooking was with rare exceptions poor, that good unpasteurized milk touched only by flies and bits of manure crawled with bacteria, the healthy old-time life was riddled with aches, sudden death from unknown causes, and that sweet local speech I mourn was the child of illiteracy and ignorance. It is the nature of a man as he grows older, a small bridge in time, to protest against change, particularly change for the better. ~ John Steinbeck

Nostalgia for what we have lost is more bearable than nostalgia for what we have never had. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn’t wait to leave. ~ Anatole Broyard

It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia. ~ Frank Zappa

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth. ~ Umberto Eco

I felt like poisoning a monk. ~ Umberto Eco, on why he wrote the novel “The Name of the Rose”

Next to a circus there ain’t nothin’ that packs up and tears out any quicker than the Christmas spirit. ~ Kin Hubbard