Cliche Sunday

As it ’tis the season, I thought I would do some Christmas quotes instead of my regular clichés.  I do love the season, and while there quotes  that can range from sweet to downright snarky, I have decided to go with meaningful hope as that is how I feel this year.  To start with, we do have at least one cliché:

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You: a favorite saying, although over used since it was written in 1843. It has a rich history as it was the very first saying printed on the very first Christmas card. Although hand printed cards had been passed around for centuries, in 1843 the first “modern” card was printed:  Sir Henry Cole, the founder of the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, had sent many handwritten cards previously but that year he commissioned John Calcott Horsley to paint a card showing the feeding and clothing of the poor.*  Since then thousands of cards have been sent bearing this phrase.  How many have you received??

And then on to sayings:*

At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year – Thomas Tusser

Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind;
Teach us to be patient and always to be kind – Helen Steiner Rice

Christmas … is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart – Freya Stark

Christmas is not a time nor 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 is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart – Washington Irving

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year― Charles Dickens

Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you — Steve Maraboli

I will end with  a quote from one of my very favoritist stories of the season:

       And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. – Dr. Seuss*

or perhaps:

 

 

 

Christmas is doing a little something extra for
someone — Charles M. Schulz  

 

And so I wish A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You and Yours!

* quotes were sourced from  www.phrases.uk & Goodreads

 

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