After weeks of build up, the big day is almost here. It's easy to forget amidst all the madness and frantic gift buying that Christmas is a time for experiencing the joy of being around those you love the most. Though it'means something different for everyone, this is the basis of the festive season. When it's difficult to put your feelings into words, we can always turn to some beautiful prose written by those who came before us for inspiration. Yours truly?is a sucker for Christmas sentiment and was introduced to the following literary?works and words over many years. These 18?beautiful quotes, written by many fine writers, poets and authors?truly sum up the spirit of the season, and are worth a read as we continue to enjoy this special time of year.
1.??The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.?
? Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
2.?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.?
? Bess Streeter Aldrich, Song of Years
? Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
4. ?Christmas was close at hand, in all his bluff and hearty honesty; it was the season of hospitality, merriment, and open-heartedness; the old year was preparing, like an ancient philosopher, to call his friends around him, and amid the sound of feasting and revelry to pass gently and calmly away.?
-?Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
5. "It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."
- W. T. Ellis
7.??Fine old Christmas, with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in the noblest fashion, and had set off his rich gifts of warmth and colour with all the heightening contrast of frost and snow.?
? George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
8. "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."
- Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol ?
10.??A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.?
? Garrison Keillor, Leaving Home
11.?It was the beginning of the greatest Christmas ever. Little food. No presents. But there was a snowman in their basement.?
? Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
13. "Christmas is a day that holds all time together."
- Alexander Smith?
14.??Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.?
? Dr. Seuss
16. ?Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today's Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday.?
? Gladys Taber
17. "My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?"
- Bob Hope?
18. "At Christmas I no more desire a rose/Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows."
- William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost