“The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale…” ~ Vera Nazarian
“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” ~ Burton Hillis
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” ~ Andy Rooney
“I think holidays create so much pressure because people feel they should be having a good time.” ~ Craig Ferguson
“I felt overstuffed and dull and disappointed, the way I always do the day after Christmas, as if whatever it was the pine boughs and the candles and the silver and gilt-ribboned presents and the birch-log fires and the Christmas turkey and the carols at the piano promised never came to pass.” ~ Sylvia Plath
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!”… Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” ~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
“There are no strangers on Christmas Eve.” ~Mildred Cram and Adele Comandini
“The earth has grown old with its burden of care. But at Christmas it always is young….” ~ Phillips Brooks
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!” ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie
from The Desk of MarDrag:
Well, here we are, it is Dec 26th, or by the time this is posted, Dec. 27th. No matter the date, it is “the days after Christmas” when all our efforts of the past weeks and the special day have been channeled and spent. This is such a special time of year when, as the quotes say above, “our hearts grow tender with memories” and open to embrace all mankind as “there are no strangers on Christmas eve”. The frantic pace has dimmed, the food was good and the laughter merry, and we bask in the afterglow of goodwill and satisfaction that a good time was had by all.
But so too, are there quotes above that speak to the other tender moments that can be felt, of sadder memories or sorrowful hearts, where pain may be buried in the stocking that is hung on the hearth. For some, the holidays bring distress and prickly thoughts, frosted with guilt for not being as happy as the season holds we should be. Joy can be elusive for some during the holidays, or the stress of putting it all together in less than desirable circumstances (and family) can take the pleasure away, and dim the sparkle of the lights that should make our hearts glow.
But, deep down in those hearts…is a tiny spark. It is there, in everyone. And, it is ours for us to cherish. It is our nugget of wishes and dreams of holiday gaiety that only we know about and harbor in that corner of our heart that holds the fragment of a childlike quality that is so delicate as we enfold it in gentle embrace. It is part of us, a prize to be treasured. Hold it there, and light a candle to it, to shed some light on it, if even for a moment.
For those whose holiday was brilliant and radiant and sparkled, oh my!……so wonderful for you and your family whose memories, both past and to be created, bring such joy, as they should. Shine that light as bright as the north star and revel in it, for it is to be cherished. May you continue to be Blessed throughout the year.
And for those whose season comes harder….look within, into that little corner of your heart where that tiny spark burns, and grasp it, look deeply into that flame and let yourself delight in the vision, let it warm your soul. For it is there to remind you that, no matter what things look like outside you……..within, you will always have the perfect holiday.
So much Love, so many Warm Thoughts, and so much Light is sent to you all!