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Editorial: 'God bless us every one' — a sample of Christmas quotations
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Jim Powell, For The Times

This year, our weekly Sunday editorial falls on Christmas Eve, the day we gather with loved ones, light candles at evening church services, hang the stockings for Santa and enter the year’s warmest celebration.

Rather than pontificate on politics or public issues today, we’d like to defer to some of the world’s great writers and share their thoughts on Christmas and why its meaning resonates through the ages. They can say it far better than we can, so we gladly turn our page over to them. And, for fun, we threw in a few from your favorite holiday movies as well. We hope you enjoy. 

On this special day, we wish a very Merry Christmas to all who share this season with us in North Georgia.

‘So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.’

Luke 2: 16-21 

‘Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.’

Laura Ingalls Wilder

‘Look Daddy — teacher says every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.’

Little Zuzu Bailey (Karolyn Grimes), ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

‘I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old, familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

‘Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp. Christmas Day will always be just as long as we have we. Welcome, Christmas. While we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand..’

Dr. Seuss, ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’

‘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

‘Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved.’

Ralphie, ‘A Christmas Story’

‘Christmas! ‘Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.’

Washington Irving

‘... I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round — apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that — as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant 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, ‘A Christmas Carol’

‘Call a truce, then, to our labors — let us feast with friends and neighbors, and be merry as the custom of our caste; for if faint and forced the laughter, and if sadness follow after, we are richer by one mocking Christmas past.’

Rudyard Kipling, ‘Christmas in India’

‘It’s Christmas Eve. It’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year we are the people that we always hoped we would be.’

Frank Cross (Bill Murray), ‘Scrooged’

‘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 Sevareid

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

Erma Bombeck

‘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.’

President Calvin Coolidge

‘Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.’

Norman Vincent Peale

‘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

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