Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the weather office is suggesting a 40% chance of flurries late in the day. There’s still snow on the ground from previous storms, especially on the north side of buildings, but a new snowfall would be extra nice for a White Christmas.
This year, I am mostly ready for the celebration — turkey thawing in the fridge, all the groceries bought and stowed.
We don’t do a lot of presents but we have some token ones under the tree. And we have lots of Christmas cards. The best part, of course, is sitting down to dinner with family.
Here are 10 of my favourite Christmas quotes.
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
— Charles Dickens, A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.
— Edna Ferber
Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?
— Clarence, in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!”
— Dr. Seuss, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!
Do give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.
“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
— J.K. Rowling, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE
A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
— Garrison Keillor
I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad.
— William Shakespeare
“It’s Christmas Eve! It’s… it’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we … we … we smile a little easier, we … w-w-we … we … 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, in SCROOGED
Have yourself a merry little Christmas.
— Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Do you have any favourites that sum up the season for you?
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