A message on Christmas
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
Dec 24, 2012 | 2182 views |  0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On the day of Christmas, allow us to celebrate by casting our vision a bit higher. We were inspired by some anonymously written advice to “end a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion, and replace it with trust. Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Gift a soft answer. Keep a promise. Find the time. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. ...” In that spirit, we scanned the words of thinkers, great and not so great, to help us contemplate the true meaning of the holiday. • At Christmas play, and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year. (Thomas Tusser) • Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect (Oren Arnold) • Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. (Norman Vincent Peale) • ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. (Clement C. Moore) • You’ll shoot your eye out, kid. (Santa Claus to Ralphie in A Christmas Story) • Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood 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) • Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. (Mary Ellen Chase) • Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. (Washington Irving) • Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling (Edna Ferber) • Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year — and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority. (W.J. Cameron) • Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having it, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas time. (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
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