“One Christmas my father kept our tree up ’til March.
He hated to see it go. I loved that.”
~ Mo Rocca
a.k.a Maurice Alberto Rocca,
Humorist, Journalist, Actor,
Creator & Host of My Grandmother’s Ravioli
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“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,
Author, Radio and Television Writer, Writers Guild Award (3X),
Emmy Award (5X) & Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism (2003)
“Balance provides the chance for longevity.
You can be a champion at work and at home.”
~ Tony Dungy,
Analyst – NBC Football Night in America, National Spokesman – All Pro Dad, Pro Football Hall of Fame (2016),
NFL Head Coach – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), NFL Head Coach – Indianapolis Colts (2002-2008)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award (2007), IWU’s Society of World Changers (2008),
President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (2007)
“I always wanted to be a father and thought it would be great,
but it just took the right woman
and the right time to make it all happen.”
~ Matthew McConaughey,
Actor, Director, Producer, Writer &
Founder – just keep livin Foundation
“A man should never neglect his family for business.”
~ Walter Elias Disney,
Business Magnate, Animator, Cartoonist,
Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Philanthropist,
Voice Actor, Co-Founder of Walt Disney Productions,
Academy Awards (22x), Golden Globe Awards (3x) & an Emmy Award
“I want to get old gracefully. I want to have good posture,
I want to be healthy and be an example to my children.”
a.k.a. Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, & Actor
“I was a wife and a mother, and I was completely fulfilled.
But my husband recognized the signals in me which said,
“I’ve been doing enough gardening, I’ve cooked enough good dinners,
I’ve sat around the house and mooned about what more interior decoration
I can get my fingers into.”
It’s a curious thing with actors and actresses,
but suddenly the alarm goes off.
My husband is a very sensitive person to my moods
and he recognized the fact that I had to get on with something.
‘Mame’ came along out-of-the-blue, just at this time.
Now isn’t that a miracle?”
~ Angela Lansbury
a.k.a Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury,
Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer
Golden Globe Awards (6x), Tony Awards (5x),
& Grammy Award
Actress, singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer
“When I was in school, my mother stressed education. I am so glad she did.
I graduated from Yale College and Yale University
with my Master’s
and I didn’t do it by missing school.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe & Black Reel Award
“The hardest thing to find in life is balance –
especially the more success you have,
the more you look to the other side of the gate.
What do I need to stay grounded, in touch, in love,
connected, emotionally balanced? Look within yourself.”
~ Celine Dion,
Singer, Founder of Nickels Restaurant & Philanthropist
“When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug,
and everything that’s happened that day just melts away.”
~ Hugh Jackman,
Actor, Singer, Producer, Tony Award,
Emmy Award, Golden Globe (2013) & Philanthropist
“It’s an ongoing joy being a dad.”
~ Liam Neeson,
“I know I did the right thing
by taking time off to raise my son.”
~ Arsenio Hall,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host,
NAACP Image Award (1988) & American Comedy Award (1989)
“All kids want from their dad
is for them to be around –
and to show up
when they say they’re going to show up.”
~ Nicole Ari Parker,
“The moment you have a child, in an instant your life is not for you,
and your life is completely, 100 percent dedicated to another human being,
and they will always come first.
It changes you forever. It changes your perspective,
and it gives you a nice purpose and focus.”
~ Angelina Jolie,
Actress, Filmmaker, Humanitarian, Academy Awardee,
Screen Actors Guild Awardee (2X) & Golden Globe Awardee (3X)
Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael & St George
“It’s really all about family, love and the children for me.
I work at that every day.”
~ Celine Dion,
Singer, Founder of Nickels Restaurant & Philanthropist
I am a full-time mom; that is my first job. The most important job ever.
I started my business when he started school.
When he is in school, I do my meetings, my sketches, and everything else.
I cook him breakfast. Bring him to school. Pick him up.
Prepare his lunch. I spend the afternoon with him.
I do it myself.
You know, those hours with your child are really important ones,
even if it’s just the two of you, being quiet in the car together.
~ Melania Trump,
Model (former), Jewelry Designer &
First Lady of the United States (2017 – )
“I like being a woman, even in a man’s world.”
~ Whitney Elizabeth Houston,
Singer, Actress, Producer & Model
“Fatherhood is a very natural thing;
it’s not something that shakes up my life
but rather it enriches it.”
~ Andrea Bocelli,
Classical-Crossover Tenor, Singer,
Songwriter & Record Producer
“It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers.
But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life,
you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories.
Those memories, good and bad, are really what help
to keep a family together over the long haul.”
~ Caroline Kennedy,
Author, Attorney, Diplomat &
United States Ambassador to Japan
“Well, because I have twin seven-year-old boys, I enjoy the gift giving stuff a great deal.
We do both Hanukkah and Christmas, so it is a costly, though extremely pleasing proposition.”
~ Fred Melamed,
Actor, Producer & Writer
“Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will
never give up on them, who understands the power of connection
and insists that they become the best that they can become
the best that they can possibly be.”
~ Rita F. Pierson,
Educator, Car Enthusiast, Author, Humanitarian, & Speaker – TED Talks Education TV
“At Christmas, I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness
lies, also, at the heart of the Christmas story.
A young mother and a dutiful father with their baby
were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar.
They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child.”
~ Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom
& the other Commonwealth realms,
Longest-Reigning Queen Regnant in History &,
Longest-Reigning British Monarch
“Everything we say signifies; everything counts, that we put out into the world.
It impacts on kids, it impacts on the zeitgeist of the time.”
~ Meryl Streep,
Actress & Singer
“A good father is
one of the most
unsung, unpraised, unnoticed
one of the most valuable assets in our society.”
~ William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,
Evangelist, Orator & Author
“I’m very at ease, and I like it.
I never thought I would be such a family-oriented guy;
didn’t think that was part of my makeup.
But somebody said that as you get older
you become the person you always should have been,
and I feel that’s happening to me.
I’m rather surprised at who I am,
because I’m actually like my dad!”
~ David Bowie,
Actor & Record Producer