December 24, 2009

Christmas is a State of Mind



The Joys of Decorations

Reds and yellows, blues and greens-
Christmas paints her Yuletide scenes:
Brilliant cards in colors bold,

Ornaments of red and gold,


Festive stores and scenery,

Frosty panes in filigree,

Trees ashine in silvered snow,

Star strung avenues aglow...

-Nora M. Bozeman


"Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles." -Author Unknown

"Happy, Happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!" -Charles Dickens


Carol of the Brown King

Of the three Wise Men
Who cam to the King,
One was a brown man,

So they sing.


Of the three Wise Men
Who followed the Star,
One was a brown king

From afar.

They brought fine gifts
Of spices and gold
In jeweled boxes
Of beauty untold.


Unto His humble

Manger they came

And bowed their heads

In Jesus' name.


Three wise Men,

One dark like me--

Part of His

Nativity.

-Langston Hughes



"Christmas is not a date. It's a state of mind." -Mary Ellen Chase

The time draws near the birth of Christ;
The moon is hid; the night is still;
The Christmas bells from hill to hill

Answer each other in the midst.

-Alfred, Lord Tennyson

"Best of all are the decorations the grandchildren have made--fat little stars and rather crooked Santas, shaped out of dough and baked in the oven." -Gladys Taber

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb;

If I were a Wise Man
I would do my part--

Yet what I can, I give Him,

Give my heart.

-Christina G. Rossetti



Among the many gifts life sends,

None are more dear than loyal friends;

That's why no words can quite express

The many ways in which you bless.


May Christmas be a happy day,

Bringing all its gifts your way;
And when we reach another year,

May passing moments offer cheer.

-Beatrice Branch



What Is Christmas?

It's not the lights or mistletoe
Or gifts we give with cheer:
Our Christmastime is not complete

Unless our friends are near.

It's not the 'Merry Christmas' voiced,
But love within the heart,

The memories of the ones who are

So much of us a part.


The spirit of this blessed day
I only can express
By wishing all dear friends of ours
Peace, joy, and happiness.

-Goldie Williams



These quotes and poems, along with stories are all compiled in the wonderful book, The Joy of Christmas, edited by Kelly Riley Baugh and published by Ideals Publications.

10 comments:

  1. Beautiful quotes, Rebecca!

    Merry Christmas, and have a Happy New Year!

    Mardel

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  2. What nice reading for us today!

    Merry Christmas!!!

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  3. Wonderful quotes and poems.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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  4. Merry Christmas! I particularly like the Langston Hughes poem.

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  5. Thanks for these lovely thoughts! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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  6. Love all these quotes - hope your holiday is (was) wonderful.

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