December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

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

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

Ah friends, dear friends,
years go on and heads get gray,
How fast the guest do go!
Touch hands, touch hands,
With those that stay.
Strong hands to weak,
Old hands to young, around the
Christmas board
touch hands.
The false forget, the foe forgive,
For every guest will go
And every fire burn low
And cabin empty stand.
Forget, forgive,
For who may say that Christmas day
May ever come to host or guest again.
Touch hands!
~ William Henry Harrison Murray


  1. Those are lovely quotes. I wish you a very Merry Christmas, Les.

  2. And a very Merry Christmas to you, Lesley!

  3. Merry Christmas Les!

  4. Aw these are beautiful quotes. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  5. Anonymous11:40 AM

    Very nice. I wish you guys a lovely day tomorrow and hope the new year brings many wonderful things!

  6. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas! :)

  7. Wonderful quotes for Christmas, Les, especially the Grinch!

    Have a very merry, very blessed Christmas!

  8. Merry Christmas, Les! I hope you had a beautiful day!

  9. Those are all very lovely. I hope you and your family had a glorious Christmas and that you enjoy the rest of the holiday season.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  10. Anonymous3:50 AM

    Its true enjoy the spirit of X-mas through a child's soul

  11. Thanks, everyone. We had a lovely day (thank goodness, no more snow!) with friends and family, eating far too much good food. We'll continue with our celebration later this week after our daughter arrives.

  12. I just finished reading The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder for the billionth time. She was such a wise woman, and every time I read a quote from her (or a work of hers) I feel so enriched. Your stocking is just too cute! Merry Christmas!

  13. Mele Kalikimaka!
    have a wonderful holiday

  14. Bellezza - I'm pretty sure that stocking is 46 years old! I wonder what it looked like that first year and if some of the adornments have gotten lost over the years.

    Pat - Thanks! I hope you had a lovely holiday. I suspect it was a bit warmer than ours!

  15. Did you see that I used part of the Murray piece on my sidebar for the month of December? It is so fitting, especially when I write my cards and see who has "gone" in the past year.

  16. Nan - Not only did I see it, but when I Googled the poem to see if there were any other verses (I found the first part in a Susan Branch book), your blog came up as the very first entry! You should've seen the look on my face when I realized it was you! :)


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