December 20, 2006

The Spirit of the Season

2006 1535 page21 capo not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” —The Angel of the Lord (Luke 2:10, 11)
“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 W. Brooks, “Let Every Day Be Christmas”
“There has been only one Christmas—the rest are anniversaries.” —W. J. Cameron
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” —Charles Dickens
“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” —W. T. Ellis
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”—Isaiah (Isa. 9:6)
“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
“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’—which means, ‘God with us.’” —Matthew (Matt. 1:22, 23)
“This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ.”—Frank McKibben
“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.”—Harlan Miller
“Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.”—Helen Steiner Rice
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”—Roy L. Smith
“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.”—Ruth Carter Stapleton
“I love the Christmas-tide,
And yet, I notice this, each year I live;
I always like the gifts I get,
But how I love the gifts I give!”—Carolyn Wells
“I entreat you, my brethren and sisters, to make . . . Christmas a blessing to yourselves and others.”—Ellen G. White (Review and Herald, Dec. 9, 1884)
“For somehow, not only at Christmas, but all the long year through, the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.”John Greenleaf Whittier