Christmas: The Event That Inspired It

“Christmas is far and away my favorite holiday.
I love everything about it, from the event that inspired it,
hoping for a white one, to wrapping presents.
But, mostly, I love having family and friends gathered,
and sharing traditions.”
~ Ellen Hopkins,
Novelsit
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Hanukkah & Christmas: We Do Both

“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

The Spirit of Togetherness

The Nativity

“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

With a Full Heart

“Greet every morning with open arms
and say thanks every night with a full heart.
Each day is a precious gift to be savored and used,
not left unopened and hoarded for a future that may never come.
~ Regina Brett,
Author, Newspaper Columnist & Inspirational Speaker

Twenty-year Old Boxes!

“Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society.
We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago.”
~ Erma Bombeck,
Humorist, Syndicated Columnist, Author & Writer

So Many Gifts

“Our mothers give us so many gifts.
They give us the precious gift of life, of course,
but they also leave treasured lessons that can guide us
along our journeys even when they are no longer with us.”
~ Maria Owings Shriver,
Journalist, Author,
First Lady of California (November 2003-January 2011)
Peabody Award Winner, Emmy Awards Winner,
& Academy of Television Art & Sciences Award Winner

It’s Your Hour to Cherish

“Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all.
Cherish each hour of this day for it can NEVER return. Welcome every morning with a smile.
Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator,
another golden opportunity.”

Og Mandino a.k.a Augustine Mandino II
Author

It Liberates Us!

“I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator.
Forgiveness liberates the victim. It’s a gift you give yourself.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

He Stuck With

“Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that.
It’s a gift…. I didn’t always stick with Him, but He stuck with me.”
~ Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.,
Golden Globe Awards recipient (2x), Tony Award,
Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor

Gift Yourself, Today, If You Haven’t Already!

“Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.”
~ Suzanne Somers,
Actress, Author, Singer, Businesswoman and Health Spokesperson

A Priceless Gift

“Friendship is a priceless gift that cannot be bought nor sold,
but its value is far greater than a mountain made of gold;
for gold is cold & lifeless – it can neither see nor hear,
in time of trouble its powerless to cheer –
it has no ears to listen, no heart to understand,
it cannot bring you comfort or reach out a helping hand.
So when you ask God for a gift, be thankful if God sends not diamonds,
pearls or riches but the love of real true friends.”
~ Muhammad Ali
a.k.a Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
,
Boxer & Heavyweight Champion of the World (1964-1979, 3X)

YOUR Gift, Given

“The meaning of life is to find your gift.
The purpose of life is to give it away.”
~ Pablo Picasso,
Ceramicist, Sculptor, Printmaker, Poet, Painter,
Playwright and Stage Designer

A Wealth of Sunshine

“Inside everyone is a wealth of sunshine!
You don’t know how bright you can shine until you open up,
and let your goodness, your love and your potential shine!”
~ Jennifer Gayle

History, Mystery & The Present

“Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery,
today is God’s gift, that’s why we call it the present.”
~ Joan Alexandra Molinsky a.k.a Joan Rivers,
Actress, Comedian, Writer, Producer,
Television Host & Emmy Award Winner