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54 Christmas Quotes For Everyone!

Hi everyone, well the Christmas season is fast approaching. Trees are being decorated and decorations are being put up around the house and by now the shops will be bustling with eager customers trying to find the perfect gift for that someone special, while others have done most of their shopping online this year. I find that: ‘yes’ you can get pretty much anything online, and ‘yes’ it saves hours upon hours trawling around endless shops but it doesn’t give you the same satisfaction or that personal touch of going from shop to shop and actually looking for that little something you know they will love. I hope that when you are out and about that you remain safe and sound.

I thought that I would do Christmas quotes this week, as we are now in December and a lead up to Christmas. Just to get you into the festive season. Three weeks today to be exact, it will be Christmas Eve.

Something For Everyone…

  • “Christmas… is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.” Freya Stark
  •  “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale
  • “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”  W. T. Ellis
  • “The magic of Christmas never ends and its greatest of gifts are family and friends,” Unknown
  • “Christmas is the day that holds all time together.” Alexander Smith
  •  “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” Peg Bracken.
  • “At Christmas, all roads lead home.” Marjorie Holmes
  • “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring – not even a mouse: The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.” Clement C. Moore
  •  “It comes every year and will go on forever. And along with Christmas belong the keepsakes and the customs. Those humble, everyday things a mother clings to, and ponders, like Mary in the secret spaces of her heart.” Marjorie Holmes 
  • “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” Charles Schulz
  •  “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
  • “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:  the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” Burton Hillis 
  • “Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree.  In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.” Larry Wilde 
  • “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 
  • “Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” Janice Maeditere 

Funny Christmas Quotes

  • “Christmas is a baby shower that went totally overboard.” Andy Borowitz
  • “My husband’s idea of getting the Christmas spirit is to become Scrooge.” Melanie White
  • “Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and receipts for all major purchases.”  Bridger Winegar
  • “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” Roy L. Smith
  •  “At Christmas, tea is compulsory. Relatives are optional.” Robert Godden
  • “What I like about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with the present.” Don Marquis
  • “I love Christmas. I receive a lot of wonderful presents I can’t wait to exchange.” Henny Youngman
  • “Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.” Larry Wilde
  • “Who’s the bane of Santa’s life? The elf and safety officer.” Catherine Tate
  • “Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.” – Johnny Carson
  • “Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not included.” – Author Unknown
  •  “I left Santa gluten-free cookies and organic soy milk and he put a solar panel in my stocking.”– Unknown
  • “If you can’t wrap Christmas presents well, at least make it look like they put up a good fight.”– Author Unknown
  • “Christmas is a magical time of year… I just watched all my money magically disappear.”– Unknown
  • “My mother-in-law has come round to our house at Christmas seven years running. This year we’re having a change. We’re going to let her in.”– Leslie ‘Les’ Dawson, Jr.
  • “Anyone who believes that men are the equal of women has never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas present.” – Unknown
  •  “The best Christmas present I got from my husband was a week to do whatever I wanted.”– Olivia Haigh Williams

Christmas Movie Quotes

  • “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more.” How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Elf
  • “Look, Daddy. Teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” it’s A Wonderful Life 
  •  “Some people are worth melting for. Just maybe not right this second.” Frozen
  • “Charlie, stay away from those things. They’re reindeer, you don’t know where they’ve been. They all look like they’ve got key lime disease.” The Santa Clause
  • “I need some peace and quiet…or whatever it is people go away for.” The Holiday
  • “We’re your worst nightmare. Elves with attitude.” The Santa Clause
  • “How can you give Kris Kringle a parking ticket on Christmas Eve? What’s next, rabies shots for the Easter Bunny?” Home Alone
  •  “One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • “What happened to the hickory honey ham?” Christmas with the Kranks
  • “Oh, I love it. It’s so cute. It like a little baby unicorn.” Frozen
  • “If you see a sign that says ‘Peep Show’, that doesn’t mean they’re letting you look at presents before Christmas.” Elf

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Keep safe, and I will see you all next week!

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONNER and BLITZEN!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!

By Clement Clarke Moore

Merry Christmas everyone!

The Story Behind Santa Claus?

How Santa Claus Came To Be:

This is the true story of St. Nicholas whom we have all grown up with, and known as, Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, Pelznickel and many other names he goes by. He is the one that has brought joy to us when we were children and now we get to see the same excitement on our children’s faces every year when they open their present’s on Christmas morning.

Nicholas was born during the third century in a village called Patara, Lycia which at the time was in the area that was Greek, which is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His parents were very wealthy people and they brought Nicholas up to be a devout Christian, but his faith was tested when his parents died from an epidemic while he was still very young. To help him get through is grief, it was Jesus’ words that helped, which were “to sell what you own and give the money to the poor.” He took those words to heart and used his whole inheritance to help the sick, needy and those that are suffering, and a way of showing their appreciation for all his hard work that he was doing and because of his commitment to his faith and his dedication to serving God, he was made a bishop of Myra, while still a young man.

There have been so many stories about St. Nicholas over the years, but the most famous one we have heard of, tells the story of ‘hanging the stocking up’ to put present’s in, this is how it first began.

There was a very poor man who had three daughters. He was so poor that he did not have enough money for one dowry let alone three so it would be impossible for his daughters to get married. (A dowry is something a father would give to the bridegroom on their wedding day, The bigger the dowry the better chance at finding a husband for each of his daughters, without dowries they will be destined to be sold into prostitution and slavery, I’m sorry to say, this still occurs in some countries today). One particular night Nicholas secretly visited the house, and dropped a bag of gold down the chimney, and ended up in one of the hanging stockings. Now, this meant his eldest daughter could get married. This happened a second time where Nicholas would drop a bag of gold down the chimney which meant his second daughter could also get married, but by now he was determined to finally find out who this generous person was, so he hid down by the fireplace every night just so he could catch a glimpse of him. He didn’t have to wait too long before Nicholas showed up, and the man caught him when he was leaving the money for the third time. Nicholas pleaded with the man to keep his identity a secret, as he didn’t want to draw attention to himself, but his secret soon got out and whenever anyone received a gift, it was thought it could be from Nicholas. This is where the idea of hanging a stocking came from…

Through his kindness, Nicholas was made a saint, not just of children, but of sailors too. There is a story of him helping some sailors at sea that was caught in a very bad storm on the border of Turkey. The men were very terrified as to what the outcome will be and left wondering when their ship would sink beneath the massive waves that came there way, as the storm was savagely beating down on the ship. The men were that desperate that they prayed so hard to St. Nicholas pleading him for help, suddenly there in front of them stood St. Nicholas, he commanded for the sea to be calm and still, the storm died away and the sea became calm, then the sailors had safe passage to carry on safely to port…

Under the Roman Emperor Diocletian every Christian, bishop, priest, and deacon, were imprisoned for their faiths, and Nicholas was no exception as he was exiled from Myra… to be later put in prison, where he bared the brunt of it, by being tortured. The prison was full of people from the clergy, and because of that, they did not have any room left for the real criminals… thieves, murderers, and robbers instead they were free to re-offend over and over again!!! Eventually, he was released and died years later.

Did You Know?

  • Rudolph and the other reindeer’s might well have been all girls.
  • There are only female reindeer’s that keep their antlers throughout winter. By the time it is Christmas most of the males have discarded their antlers, and have to save their energy so that they can grow new ones in the spring.
  • Over the years the UK Father Christmas and the US Santa Claus have become one of the same.
  • There is some that say Santa lives at the North Pole. In Finland, they say that he lives in the North part of the country called Lapland.
  • All around the world agrees that he travels through the sky on a sleigh and that he is pulled by reindeer’s and that he comes down the chimney, and places present’s for children either in socks, bags, by the bed, under the Christmas tree or even by the fireplace.
  • Most children receive their present’s on Christmas Eve night or early Christmas morning, but some countries celebrate and get there presents on St. Nicholas Eve, December 5th
  • Nicholas putting gold into the stocking is probably where the custom of having a satsuma or tangerine at the bottom of a stocking, because some couldn’t afford gold so a golden fruit was a good substitute… Until 50 years ago there were quite unusual fruits that was still so special too.
  • The largest stocking was 51 m 35 cm (168ft. 5.65in) in length and 21m 63cm (70ft. 11.57in) in width (heel to toe). It was made by the Volunteer Emergency Service Organisation, in Carrara, Tuscany, Italy, on 5th January 2011. Just imagine how many presents you could fit in a stocking that size.
  • Saint Nicholas is patron saint in various cities in Europe and countries around the world of children, students, archers, sailors, merchants, pawnbrokers, brewers, and repentant thieves.
  • Coca-Cola commissioned a Michigan born illustrator called Haddon Sundblom to come with an advertising image of Santa Claus that showed Santa himself, not a man who was dressed as Santa. It was Clement Clark Moore’s poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (commonly known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas”).
  • William the Conqueror in 1066, before he set sail and began his voyage to England, he prayed to Saint Nicholas asking him for safe passage, and that his quest would go well.
  • In 1087, Nicholas’ bones were stolen from Turkey by a few Italian sailors. The bones are now kept in a church that is named after him in Bari.
  • Once a year the sailors of Bari take the statue of Saint Nicholas from the cathedral out to sea so that he can bless the ocean, to keep them safe on each voyage they take throughout the year.

Enjoy your Christmas holiday and have a good New Year!!!

A Christmas Feel

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“I’ll always feel you close to me and though you’re far from sight, I’ll search for you among the stars that shine on Christmas Night.”  By An Unknown Author                                            

 

 

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May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace. The gladness of Christmas give you hope. And the warmth of christmas grant u love. Happy Christmas.

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

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

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When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make anow angels.

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Christmas now surrounds us. Happiness is everywhere. Our hands are busy with many tasks. As carols fills the air. Shirley Sallay

Have a good week!