Christmas Eve Quotes: Cheer & Goodwill

Christmas Eve has come at last,
That day of all most glad—
The angels sing with joy and praise,
Christmas Eve has come at last—
That day of all most blest.
~Amy Campbell, “Christmas Hymn,” c.1872 [a little altered –tg]

Christmas Eve came at last. The day was bright and beautiful, the ground crisp and hard, and the hoary trees shining like diamonds! What a happy day it brought to many, to most! Even in the poorest village a little green fir branch testified that it was Christmas Eve. ~Amy Campbell, “Christmas Eve,” 1872

Christmas Eve ought to be a very joyful evening to us in all its associations, in all the truths which it naturally brings to the soul…. A man’s soul is to be as the heavens were on the night when the shepherds looked up and saw them full of angels as well as stars. ~Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887)

O child… it is only for thirty-six hours of the three hundred and sixty-five days, that all people remember that they are all brothers and sisters, and those are the hours that we call, therefore, Christmas eve and Christmas day. ~Edward E. Hale, “Christmas Waits in Boston,” 1867

I had been jostled by the hurrying crowd all day. Women hurrying into or out of dry goods stores, toy shops, china stores, men coming from or going into jewelry stores, all were bright, merry, and good-natured…. It was snowing hard, but no one minded it; no umbrellas were raised to impede the energetic progress of those busy feet. Christmas Eve! Who cares for rain or wind or sleet? for hearts and minds are engaged with pleasant works and thoughts, and everything is forgotten but the joy of making others happy. And snow! It is received with shouts of welcome, and people walk around like white feathered creatures, thinking of the merry bells that will signal a crowning joy for the holiday. ~Mrs. C. K. Reifsnider, “The Implement Man’s Christmas Vision,” in The Coming Age, December 1899

Unbar your heart this evening
And keep no stranger out,
Take from your soul’s great portal
The barrier of doubt…
~Joyce Kilmer, “Gates and Doors: A Ballad of Christmas Eve,” 1915

All my heart this night rejoices,
      As I hear,
      Far and near,
Sweetest angel voices…
Their choirs are singing,
      Till the air
      Everywhere
Now with joy is ringing.
~Paul Gerhardt, “All My Heart This Night Rejoices,” 1656, translated from German by Catherine Winkworth

Why is Christmas Eve such a happy day? I say a little hymn about happy, happy Christmas. ~Amy Campbell, “Christmas Eve,” 1872