"To have good health throughout the next year, eat an apple on Christmas Eve."
"Eat plum pudding on Christmas and avoid losing a friend before next Christmas."
"On Chrismas Eve all animals can speak. However, it is bad luck to test this superstition."
"The child born on Christmas Day will have a special fortune."
"Wearing new shoes on Christmas Day will bring bad luck."
In Ireland it is believed the gates of Heaven open at midnight on Christmas Eve. Those who die then go straight to Heaven.
If you refuse a mince pie at Christmas dinner, you will have bad luck for the coming day.
If you eat a raw egg before eating anything else on Christmas morning, you will be able to carry heavy weights.
"Snow on Christmas means Easter will be green."
"Good luck will come to the home where a fire is kept burning throughout the Christmas season.
"Place shoes by side on Christmas Eve to prevent a quarreling family."
"A clear star-filled sky on Christmas Eve will bring good crops in the summer."
"A blowing wind on Christmas Day brings good luck."
In Greece, some people burn their old shoes during the Christmas season to prevent misfortunes in the coming year.
In the Swedish countryside, from cock crow to daybreak on Christmas morning the trolls (wicked elves) roam about.
In Devonshire, England, a girl raps at the henhouse door on Christmas Eve. If a rooster crows, she will marry within the year.
You will have as many happy months in the coming year, as the number of houses you eat mince pies in during Christmastime.
"Shout 'Christmas Gift' to the first person knocking on your door on Christmas Day and expect to receive a gift from the visitor.
A three year old once gave this reaction to her Christmas dinner:
"I don't like the turkey, but I like the bread he ate."
"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Charles Dickens.
"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
"He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree." - Sunshine Magazine.
"Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year" - John Lennon and Yoko Ono (Christmas 1971).
"You might as well do your Christmas hinting early." - Anon.
"No Santa Claus! Thank God, he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood." - Francis P. Church
A three-year-old gave this reaction to her Christmas dinner. "I don't like the turkey, but I like the bread he ate."
Mother decided that 10-year-old Cathy shoud get something "practical" for Christmas. "Suppose we open a savings account for you?" mother suggested. Cathy was delighted.
"It's your account, darling," mother said as they arrived at the bank, "so you fill out the application."
Cathy was doing fine until she came to the space for "Name of your former bank." After a slight hesitation, she put down "Piggy."
For many of us, sadly, the spirit of Christmas is "hurry". And yet, eventually, the hour comes when the rushing ends and the race against the calendar mercifully comes to a close. It is only now perhaps that we truly recognize the spirit of Christmas. It is not a matter of days or weeks, but of centuries-nearly twenty of them now since that holy night in Bethlehem. Regarded in this manner, the pre-Christmas rush may do us greater service than we realize. With all its temporal confusion, it may just help us to see that by contrast, Christmas itself is eternal. - Burton Hills
There was the little boy who approached Santa in a department store with a long list of requests. He wanted a bicycle and a sled, a chemical set, a cowboy suit, a set of trains, a baseball glove and roller skates.
"That's a pretty long list," Santa said sternly. "I'll have to check in my book and see if you were a good boy."
"No, no," the youngster said quickly. "Never Mind checking. I'll just take the roller skates."
"'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring-not even a mouse:
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. - Clement C. Moore
At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year. - from "A Hundred Points of Good Husbandry", 1557
Let the children have their night of fun and laughter, let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play. Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstinted pleasures.... Sir Winston Churchill 1874-1965
BIRON. At Christmas I no more desire a rose
Than wish a snow in May's newfangled mirth;
But life of each thing that in season grows.
- William Shakespeare Love's Labour's Lost 1:1
I have often thought, says Sir Roger, it happens very well that Christmas should fall in the Middle of winter.
- Joseph Addison 1672-1719
As I sat on a sunny bank,
On Chrismas Day in the morning,
I spied three ships once sailing by.
- Anonymous As I Sat on a Sunny Bank
I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas.
- Irving Berlin 1888-1989
Christians awake, salute the happy morn,
Whereon the Saviour of the world was born.
- John Byron 1692-1763
The first day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.
- Nursery Rhyme mirth without mischief
It is Christmas Day in the workhouse.
- George R. Sims 1847-1922
While shepherd's watch'd their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The Angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.
- Nahum Tate 1652-1715
At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year.
- Thomas Tusser 1524-80
To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every year.
- Elwyn Brooks White 1809-1985
Little Jack Horner
Sat in a corner
Eating a Christmas Pie;
He put in his thumb,
And said, What a good boy Am I!
- Nursery Rhyme Namby Pamby (Henry Carey)
Christmas comes but once a year. - Proverb
I'm walking backwards till Christmas.
- Spike Milligan the Goon Show
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