Apple Seeds of Inspiration – December and JanuaryBy Barb Stutesman
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.
~ Calvin Coolidge
The ornaments of our house are the friends who frequent it. ~ Ralph Waldo
Christmas –- that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that
something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. ~ Augusta E. Rundell
There is no better time than Christmas to enjoy the wonders of nature, to share
with others out of our abundance, and to celebrate the presence of special
people in our lives. ~ Unknown
We shall find peace, we shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with
diamonds. ~ Anton Chekhov
Today’s Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving
those of yesterday. ~ Gladys Taber
December 7, 1941 – a date that will live in infamy. ~ President Franklin D.
Christmas comes softly, silently, sweetly – wrapping its loveliness about the
world . . . and once again the most beautiful message on earth is repeated:
Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward All. ~ Helen Steiner Rice
The gift without the giver is bare. ~ James Russell Lowell
It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmastime.
~ Charles Dickens
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family
all wrapped up in each other. ~ Burton Hillis
Christmas . . . a season of special joy, the most beautiful time of the year.
~ Rachel Davies
Christmas is the time to let your heart do the thinking. ~ Patricia Clafford
What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope
for the future. ~ Agnes M. Pharo
Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but it will be a day of
remembrance — a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.
~ Augusta E. Rundell
The joy of brightening others’ lives, bearing each other’s burden, easing others’
loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes
for us the magic of Christmas. ~ W. C. Jones
At this special time of year: Follow the children. Hear the joy in their laughter.
See the love in their eyes. Feel the hope in their touch. ~ Unknown
The things we do at Christmas are touched with a certain extravagance, as
beautiful, in some of its aspects, as the extravagance of nature in June.
~ Robert Collyer
There is love at Christmas because Christmas was born of love.
~ Josepha Emms
The winter season is a time of joy and celebration; of friends and family. It’s a
time of reflection and a time for renewal; a time to share the dream of
peace upon the earth and harmony among all beings. ~ Laurel Burch
A very important part of the joy of living is the joy of giving. ~ William Buck
Let us hear one another, Let us see one another, Let us touch one another.
~ Louise Magnuson
All the world is young at Christmastime. ~ Unknown
And so we come again to Christmas, with all its color and joy, its magic and
wonder, its spirit of goodwill and warmth. ~ Esther Baldwin York
Christmas is here and now for everyone who is able and willing to receive it.
~ Ida Belle McGill
We are a gift to one another . . . we are a family. ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Love is what’s in the room with you if you stop opening presents and listen.
~ Bobby – age 07
If you didn’t get all the things you wanted, you can still be grateful for all the
things you didn’t get that you didn’t want. ~ Michael Nolan
Th, 12-29: Happy faces, glowing with love – the Christmas decorations we should never put
away! ~ Margaret Benton
The most vivid memories of Christmases past are usually not of gifts given or
received, but of the spirit of love, the cherished little habits of the home.
~ Lois Rand
Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be
happier. ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson (read on)
01-01: No one ever regarded the first day of January with indifference.
~ Charles Lamb
01-02: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next
week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. ~ Mark Twain
01-03: And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
01-04: One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: to rise above
the little things. ~ John Burroughs
01-05: Encourage one another. Many times, a word of praise or cheer has kept a person
on her/his feet. ~ Charles Swindoll
01-06: You can’t get too much winter in the winter. ~ Robert Frost
01-07: Giving never moves in a straight line – it always moves in circles. ~ Dr. Robert
01-08: One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness – it is usually returned.
~ Cory Flint
01-09: You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too
late. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
01-10: Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on. ~ Henry Burton
01-11: Time is finite. ~ Randy Pausch
01-12: We had only one simple rule in our home: Live harmlessly. ~ Sally Browne
01-13: Winter is not a season; it is an occupation. ~ Sinclair Lewis
01-14: We are all here on earth to help others. ~ W. H. Auden
01-15: The time is always right to do what is right. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
01-16: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
01-17: Love people. Use things. Not vice-versa. ~ Kelly Ann Rothaus
01-18: Time must be explicitly managed, like money. ~ Randy Pausch
01-19: Let no one ever come to you without leaving better. ~ Mother Teresa
01-20: Winter forms our character and brings out our best. ~ Tom Allen
01-21: Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare think. ~ Henry
01-22: Love lights more fires than hate extinguishes. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
01-23: It is when we forget ourselves that we do things that are lost likely to be
remembered. ~ Parker Sweetwater
01-24: We must not only give what we have, we must also give what we are. ~ Cardinal Mercier
01-25: You can always change your plan, but only if you have one. ~ Randy Pausch
01-26: What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for others? ~ George Eliot
01-27: Winter strips the leaves from around us, so that we may see the distant regions they
formerly concealed. ~ Jean Paul
01-28: We must be the change we wish to see in the world. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
01-29: Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.
~ Frank A. Clark
01-30: It matters not how long we live, but how. ~ Phillip James Bailey
01-31: You have to reach out your hand – that’s what it’s there for. ~ Mackinlee Barton