Quotations for Christmas & Hanukkah
To the American People:
Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior
and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.
~Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), United States President
Presidential message (December 25, 1927)
Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first.
~George Matthew Adams
Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it "white."
Our holiday traditions are about connecting with one another.
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, American film actor and comedian
My Christmas wish is that we will continue to be thoughtful throughout the year.
At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light… At such times, we yearn for the sun, and the light and warmth that it provides. Often, it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light.
~Rabbi Rafael Goldstein
If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.
Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.
~Marianne Williamson, Author of A Return To Love
The lights of the Hanukkah menorah that we kindle in our homes are a reminder both of the Menorah in the Temple in Jerusalem and the light that shines brightly within each one of us.
When a person is "being with" or "present in the moment" their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual "being-nesses" are in the same place at the same time.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.
~Roy L. Smith
Giving really starts to be better than receiving. I guess that’s a sign of growing up.
Home is familiar and filled with tradition. It’s aunts, uncles, cousins and lifelong friends.
Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.
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.
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.
There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.
It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one’s fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit.
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."
~Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)
Pastor, Speaker and Author
For Yuletide quotations, stories, poems, traditions and treasures, see the book Heart of the Holidays, by Sheryl Roush
Heart of the Holidays book is available only here with a BONUS MUSIC CD of Christmas and Hanukkah selections, by talented pianist Laurie Z., and beloved actor Jack Palance.