Keep your Christmas-heart open all the year round. ~J. L. W. Brooks
I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays — let them overtake me unexpectedly — waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: “Why, this is Christmas Day!” ~David Grayson, “A Day of Pleasant Bread,” Adventures in Friendship, 1908 [Pseudonym of Ray Stannard Baker.
I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. ~Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, 1843
So remember while December
Brings the only Christmas Day
In the year let there be Christmas
In the things we do and say
Wouldn’t life be worth the living
Wouldn’t dreams be coming true
If we kept the Christmas spirit
All the whole year through.
~Author unknown, c.1962
May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! ~Author unknown
Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself…
~Norman Wesley Brooks (1923–2002), “Let Every Day Be Christmas,” 1976 [Read full poem here.
I wish we could put some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~Gerald Stanley Lee, unverified
Open your presents at Christmastime but be thankful year round for the gifts you receive. ~Terri Guillemets
We ring the bells and we raise the strain,
We hang up garlands everywhere
And bid the tapers twinkle fair,
And feast and frolic—and then we go
Back to the same old lives again…
~Susan Coolidge, “Christmas,” 1878 [Pseudonym of Sarah Chauncey Woolsey.
Next to a circus there ain’t nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit. ~Kin Hubbard, unverified
The Church does not superstitiously observe days, merely as days, but as memorials of important facts. Christmas might be kept as well upon one day of the year as another: but… there is a danger that what may be done on any day, will be neglected. ~Samuel Johnson, 1776, quoted in James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., 1791
There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas. Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you; to ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world; to put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance, and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground; to see that your fellow-men are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy; to own that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give to life; to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness — are you willing to do these things even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas. And if you can keep it for a day, why not always? ~Henry Van Dyke, “The Spirit of Christmas: Keeping Christmas,” Counsels by the Way, 1908
Year-Round Christmas Spirit Quotations
Original post date: 2001 Sept 25
1st major revision: 2018 Sept 6