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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at Christmas quotes

HISTORY COLUMN: Christmas is a time people share their thoughts about

Mary Braswell

Mary Braswell

From actors to authors, it seems everyone has something to say about Christmas.

— I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. — Charles Dickens

— Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeer, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas. — Ronald Reagan

— 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

— I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. - Shirley Temple

— Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. — Larry Wilde

— Christmas, my child, is love in action. — Dale Evans Rogers

— And so this is Christmas…what have you done? — John Lennon

— Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.— Bing Crosby

— The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live. — George Carlin

—A good conscience is a continual Christmas. - Benjamin Franklin

—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. - Pope Paul VI

— He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. - Roy L. Smith

— 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

— What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day. - Phyllis Diller

— A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. - Garrison Keillor

— One of the problems we have in this country is that too many adults believe in Santa Claus, and too many children don’t. - Lee Lauer

— Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice. - Dave Barry

— There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. - Erma Bombeck

— I wanted an electric train for Christmas but I got the saxophone instead. - Clarence Clemons

— I know that a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania is about the most random place for a country singer to come from, but I had an awesome childhood. - Taylor Swift

— Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas. - Johnny Carson

— 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. - Caroline Kennedy

— I remember a great America where we made everything. There was a time when the only thing you got from Japan was a really bad cheap transistor radio that some aunt gave you for Christmas. - Cher

— The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school. - Alice Cooper

— People will buy anything that is one to a customer. - Sinclair Lewis

— Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. - Norman Vincent Peale

— If “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts, wouldn’t it be a Merry Christmas? - Don Meredith

— This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone. - Taylor Caldwell

— My first copies of “Treasure Island” and “Huckleberry Finn” still have some blue-spruce needles scattered in the pages. They smell of Christmas still. - Charlton Heston

— I was Christmas shopping and ran into a guy on the street. I noticed his watch and said that it runs slow. He said, “So does the guy I stole it from.” - David Letterman

— They err who thinks Santa Claus comes down through the chimney; he really enters through the heart. - Paul M. Ell

— No self-respecting mother would run out of intimidations on the eve of a major holiday. – Erma Bombeck

— Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, goodwill to men, and batteries not included. – Unknown

— I played Santa Claus many times, and if you don’t believe it, check out the divorce settlements awarded my wives.- Groucho Marx

— Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. - Unknown

— Christmas is not just a time for festivity and merry making. It is more than that. It is a time for the contemplation of eternal things. The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving. - J. C. Penney

— Christmas gift suggestions: 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. - Oren Arnold

— I celebrate everyone’s religious holidays. if it’s good enough for the righteous, it’s good enough for the self-righteous, I always say. - Bette Midler

— Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy; who gives himself by thought or word or deed in every gift that he bestows. - Edwin Osgood Grover

— That’s the true spirit of Christmas; people being helped by people other than me. - Jerry Seinfeld

— I think Christmas is about celebration and come on, on the inside everyone wants to dance. - TobyMac

— Christmas is the day that holds all time together. - Alexander Smith

— Santa is our culture’s only mythic figure truly believed in by a large percentage of the population. It’s a fact that most of the true believers are under eight years old, and that’s a pity. - Chris Van Allsburg