Christmas and the holiday season are important because they are a shared experience for people across the country and around the world – and even across time.
All one need do is reflect back on the words of writers, religious and political leaders, entertainers and inspirational speakers.
Here is a sampling of which we speak, staring with the words of the late writer and humorist Erma Bombeck: There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.
Dr. Seuss: Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.
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!
Phyllis Diller: What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.
Washington Irving: Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.
Norman Vincent Peale: Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
President Calvin Coolidge: Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Bing Crosby: Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it “white.”
Jerry Seinfeld: That’s the true spirit of Christmas; people being helped by people other than me.
Alice Cooper: The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school.
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?
Caroline Kennedy: You have to remind kids to stay connected to the meaning of Christmas. Sometimes it takes a little bit of effort, but it’s so worth it.
E.B. White: To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year.
Pope Paul VI: We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice.
Andy Rooney: 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.
Garrison Keillor: A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
We hope that you and yours will make this Christmas and holiday season a shared experience to remember.