Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve for some means food and family, for others, a quiet night before the festivities began. But whatever your plans for the night before Christmas, there are words of wisdom to bring a smile to your face and spread holiday cheer.

The quotes below, compiled from Goodreads and BrainyQuote, perfectly capture the spirit of Christmas.

“Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart…filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.” Beth Street Aldrich

“Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be brought and given — when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.” Joan Winmill Brown

“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” Dr. Seuss

“Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Calvin Coolidge

“Christmas always rustled. It rustled every time, mysteriously, with silver and gold paper, tissue paper, and a rich abundance of shiny paper, decorating and hiding everything and giving a feeling of reckless extravagance.” Tove Jansson

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

“Mankind is a great, immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.”  Pope John XXIII.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself.” Francis C. Farley

“Christmas — the magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance — a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” Augusta E. Rundel

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” Hamilton Wright Mabie

“The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things.” Thomas S. Monsoon

“Some 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 am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.” Taylor Caldwell

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Clement Clark Moore

“Christmas isn’t a parade or concert but a piece of home you keep in your heart wherever you go.” Donna VanLiere

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.” Bob Hope

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