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It's A Wonderful Life

I never thought about a category of quotes devoted to Christmas, but here are ten for your review.  I think a few of them would be wonderful as a tag line below your signature on your Christmas cards!

  1. A Quote from It’s a Wonderful Life

    “Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”

  2. A Quote from Calvin Coolidge

    “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.”

  3. A Quote from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

    “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

  4. A Quote from Jesse Jackson

    “Your children need your presence more than your presents.”

  5. A Quote from Peter Kreeft

    Thanksgiving comes after Christmas.”

  6. A Quote from Edna Ferber

    “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.”

  7. A Quote from Gladys Taber

    “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.”

  8. A Quote from Gladys Taber

    “Christmas is a kindling of new fires.”

  9. A Quote from Freya Stark

    “Christmas is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.”

  10. A Quote from Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    “When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, / We hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago, / And etched on vacant place / Are half-forgotten faces / Of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know.”

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I was in a meeting this week and my manager said, “I’ll bet that scared the Dickens out of you”.  This got me thinking about what possible Charles Dickens story could be so scary that this phrase was born???  NONE- because that’s not the origin of the phrase and over the years we Americans have further obscured the origin due to the capitalization of the word, Dickens.

the merry wives of windsor, what the dickens?, scare the dickens out of you, devil

What the dickens does this mean?

Dickens or rather, dickens was used by Shakespeare as a euphemism for the devil.  In his play, The Merry Wives of Windsor the question is asked, “What the dickens”? to mean “What the devil”? So when someone says scare the dickens out of you – they mean to scare the devil out of you and I guess there’s  a little devil in all of us!

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