There is nothing like Christmas.
As we Americans live more divergent and peripatetic lives, Christmas is the shared experience that brings us together, that gives us a common purpose and shared rituals.
Like millions of others, we participate in holiday rituals, such as The Rose Hotel’s lobby Christmas tree, pictured here with Vishakha Bhadra, our front desk supervisor, and Phylis Grisham, the hotel’s general manager.
Those of us at The Rose Hotel are blessed to have many guests during the holidays that bring the magic of the season right to our workplace. It reminds us that this is a time for filling our lives with friends, family, food, gift giving and celebration.
It’s also a time to remember the true meaning of Christmas. That’s why we’re in agreement with writer Oren Arnold who made the following gift suggestions for Christmas.
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
We at The Rose Hotel don’t want this holiday season to pass without wishing all of our guests, friends and acquaintances a merry Christmas and a happy New Year filled with peace, prosperity and lots of exciting travel.
We’ll end this blog post with some Christmas quotes from the All Things Christmas website.
Humorist Erma Bombeck: “There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.”
American essayist Washington Irving: “Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”
President Calvin Coolidge: “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.”
Charlotte Carpenter: “Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.”
English novelist Taylor Caldwell: “This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.”
American writer Marjorie Holmes: “At Christmas, all roads lead home.”
American writer Garrison Keillor: “A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.”
Charlton Heston: “My first copies of Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn still have some blue-spruce needles scattered in the pages. They smell of Christmas still.”
American sociologist Robert Lynd: “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.”
Episcopal bishop Phillips Brooks: “The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young, the heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, and its soul full of music breaks the air, when the song of angels is sung.”
Bob Hope: “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?”
W.C. Jones: “The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.”
Bing Crosby: “Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.”
Isabel Currier: “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.”
Charles Dickens: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
Written by Mike Consol