Christmas is almost here. Are you burned out already? Hopefully you’ll find something in this post that cheers you up, makes you smile, warms your heart and strengthens your faith.
“There has been only one Christmas – the rest are anniversaries.”
— W.J. Cameron
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”
— Roy L. Smith
“Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it.”
— Richard Lamm
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!”
— Hamilton Wright Mabie
“Roses are reddish,
violets are bluish.
If it weren’t for Christmas,
we’d all be Jewish.”
— Benny Hill
“The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.”
— Jay Leno
“Great little One! whose all-embracing birth
Lifts Earth to Heaven, stoops Heaven to Earth.”
— Richard Crashaw
Now, for those who are weary of Santa Claus and fed up with the other secular and commercial aspects of the Christmas holiday, here are a few additional messages, including authoritative quotes from the Good Book, to remind us of the true reason for the season.
“To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.”
— Calvin Coolidge, Presidential message (December 25, 1927).
“Christmas has been a season of mixed interests and meanings, but the very foundation, of course, is its religious significance. No matter what other personal desires or crises we have faced, I’ve never forgotten that this is the time to celebrate the birth of the Baby Jesus, and the impact of this event on the history of the world.”
— Jimmy Carter, Christmas in Plains: Memories, p. 11.
Christ’s birth was foretold about 700 years prior to the event.
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
— Bible, Isaiah 7:14
“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
— Bible, Isaiah 9:7
The first Christmas as recorded by the apostle Matthew …
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”
So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,”which is translated, “God with us.”
Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.
— Bible, Matthew 1:18-25
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