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The universal joy of Christmas is certainly wonderful. We ring the bells when princes are born, or toll a mournful dirge when great men pass away. Nations have their red-letter days, their carnivals and festivals, but once in the year and only once, the whole world stands still to celebrate the advent of a life. Only Jesus of Nazareth claims this world-wide, undying remembrance. You cannot cut Christmas out of the Calendar, nor out of the heart of the world.
      - Anonymous

The kindness of Christmas is the kindness of Christ. To know that God so loved us as to give us His Son for our dearest Brother, has brought human affection to its highest tide on the day of that Brother's birth. If God so loved us, how can we help loving one another?
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

We see Jesus in the manger. We adore Him; we worship Him; we glorify Him. We stand oppressed before such love--a love stronger than death--a love so strong that it did die that we might live. We thank Thee for the sweetness of human love, but how could we ever have dared to think that such love was in the heart of God for us! We look on nature and see Thy beauty and Thy majesty, but we are afraid, for we have sinned. And then we learn that Thou has sent Thy Son, to be bone of our bone, flesh of our flesh; and before such inconceivable love we can only worship and adore. We are so weary of our failures and our slow growth toward Thee. Cleanse us deeply from sin, strengthen our moral purposes.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

And the Baron's retainers were blithe and gay,
  And keeping their Christmas holiday.
      - Thomas Haynes Bayly (Bayley),
        The Mistletoe Bough

The mistletoe hung in the castle hall,
  The holly branch shone on the old oak wall.
      - Thomas Haynes Bayly (Bayley),
        The Mistletoe Bough

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
      - Bible, Luke (ch. II, v. 11)

O little town of Bethlehem!
  How still we see thee lie;
    Above thy deep and dreamless sleep,
      The silent stars go by.
        Yet, in thy dark street shineth
          The everlasting Light;
            The hopes and fears of all the years
              Are met in thee, to-night.
      - Phillips Brooks

The earth has grown old with its burden of care,
  But at Christmas it always is young;
    The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair,
      And its soul, full of music, breaks forth on the air
        When the song of the angels is sung.
          It is coming, Old Earth, it is coming tonight!
            On the snowflakes which cover thy sod
              The feet of the Christ-child fall gentle and white,
                And the voice of the Christ-child tells out with delight
                  That mankind are the children of God.
      - Phillips Brooks

No trumpet-blast profound
  The hour in which the Prince of Peace was born;
    No bloody streamlet stained
      Earth's silver rivers on the sacred morn.
      - William Cullen Bryant, Christmas in 1875

Blessed be God for His unspeakable gift, We need Him. Souls desire Him as the hart panteth after the water brooks. He came to the world in the fullness of time. He comes at this advent season to us. To-day may be for some soul here the fullness of time. Let us open the gates and admit Him, that this Christ may be our Christ forever; that living with Him and dying with Him, we may also be glorified together with Him.
      - David James Burrell

Christians awake, salute the happy morn
  Whereon the Saviour of the world was born.
      - John Byrom, Hymn for Christmas Day

For little children everywhere
  A joyous season still we make;
    We bring our precious gifts to them,
      Even for the dear child Jesus' sake.
      - Phoebe Cary, Christmas

The church-bells of innumerable sects are all chime-bells to-day, ringing in sweet accordance throughout many lands, and awaking a great joy in the heart of our common humanity.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

The herald angels are singing still, and we hear their "Peace on earth, good will to men," once more, as we have often done. What can we do but answer back in glad strains: "Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace"? It is His presence that fills our homes with mirth and song. If he will come again, turning life's water into wine, touching our sick that they may be healed, cleansing, pardoning, blessing us all--as He will if we make room for Him--then, indeed, we must be glad.
      - Christian at Work

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
      - Francis Pharcellus Church,
        in an editorial, in the "New York Sun", 1897

We therefore welcome our Christmas in December. The "worship of Christ" could not have a better setting than amid the domestic festivities, social forces, and generous and man helping deeds of our merry Christmas-tide. In no more fitting way can we say farewell to the closing year, and All hail! to the new. "Christ is born." We therefore must put off the old man--his moroseness and selfishness, his sadness and despair, his peevishness and fretfulness, his feebleness and decay--and put on the new man, which, after Christ, is created in true joy, large faith, energetic service, lowly duty, devout obedience, and death-daring self-sacrifice.
      - John Clifford

O most illustrious of the days of time!
  Day full of joy and benison to earth
    When Thou wast born, sweet Babe of Bethlehem!
      With dazzling pomp descending angels sung
        Good will and peace to men, to God due praise,
          Who on the errand of salvation sent
            Thee, Son Beloved! of plural Unity
              Essential part, made flesh that mad'st all worlds.
      - Abraham Coles

We ring the bells and we raise the strain,
  We hang up garlands everywhere
    And bid the tapers twinkle fair,
      And feast and frolic--and then we go
        Back to the same old lives again.
      - Susan Coolidge (pseudonym of Sarah Chauncey Woolsey)

If we were to fancy a wholly Christianized world, it would be a world inspired by the spirit of Christmas--a bright, friendly, beneficent, generous, sympathetic, mutually helpful world. A man who is habitually mean, selfish, narrow, is a man without Christmas in his soul. Let us cling to Christmas all the more as a day of the spirit which in every age some souls have believed to be the possible spirit of human society. The earnest faith and untiring endeavor which see in Christmas a forecast are more truly Christian, surely, than the pleasant cynicism of Atheists, etc., which smiles upon it as the festival of a futile hope. Meanwhile we may reflect that from good natured hopelessness to a Christmas world may not be farther than from star dust to a solar system.
      - George William Curtis

It is the most human and kindly of seasons, as fully penetrated and irradiated with the feeling of human brotherhood, which is the essential spirit of Christianity, as the month of June with sunshine and the balmy breath of roses.
      - George William Curtis

The lovely legends of the day; the stories and the songs and the half-fairy lore that gather around it; the ancient traditions of dusky woods and mystic rites; the magnificence or simplicity of Christian observance, from the pope in his triple tiara, borne upon his portative throne in gorgeous state to celebrate pontifical high mass at the great altar of St. Peter's, to George Herbert humbly kneeling in his rustic church at Bemerton, or to the bare service in some missionary chapel upon the American frontier; the lighting of Christmas trees and hanging up of Christmas stockings, the profuse giving, the happy family meetings, the dinner, the game, the dance they are all the natural signs and symbols, the flower and fruit, of Christmas. For Christmas is the day of days which declares the universal human consciousness that peace on earth comes only from good will to men.
      - George William Curtis

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.
      - Charles Dickens

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

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.
      - Charles Dickens

It was the calm and silent night!
  Seven hundred years and fifty-three
    Had Rome been growing up to might
      And now was queen of land and sea.
        No sound was heard of clashing wars,
          Peace brooded o'er the hushed domain;
            Apollo, Pallas, Jove and Mars,
              Held undisturbed their ancient reign,
                In the solemn midnight,
                  Centuries ago.
      - Alfred Domett, Christmas Hymn

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