Christmas in the Heart
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.
—Roy L. Smith
Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.
—Mary Ellen Chase
Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!
—Hamilton Wright Mabie
Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.
—Attributed to a seven-year-old named Bobby
Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.
—Norman Wesley Brooks, “Let Every Day Be Christmas”
Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold!
—Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon
The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing others’ loads, and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.
—W. C. Jones
Christmas takes place in the heart. It is opening our hearts to others, giving of our time and energy to others, forgiving when needed, and accepting others as they are, in our hearts. It’s doing for others what Jesus did for us. It’s letting God’s Spirit reign in our hearts, and giving His love preeminence in our relations with others.
Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.
The spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind.
—Loring A. Schuler
Open your presents at Christmastime but be thankful year round for the gifts you receive.
—Lorinda Ruth Lowen
The message of Christmas is that the visible material world is bound to the invisible spiritual world.
The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young.
Let Christmas not become a thing
Merely of merchant’s trafficking,
Of tinsel, bell and holly wreath
And surface pleasure, but beneath
The childish glamour, let us find
Nourishment for soul and mind.
Let us follow kinder ways
Through our teeming human maze,
And help the age of peace to come
From a Dreamer’s martyrdom.
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