Sunday Dinner: Merry Christmas !
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
“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.”
“Are you willing to stoop down and consider
the needs and desires of little children;
to remember the weaknesses and loneliness
of people who are growing old;
to stop asking how much your friends love you,
and to ask yourself if you love them enough;
to bear in mind the things that other people
have to bear on their hearts;
to trim your lamp so that it will give more light
and less smoke, and to carry it in front
so that your shadow will fall behind you;
to make a grave for your ugly thoughts
and a garden for your kindly feelings,
with the gate open?
Are you willing to do these things for a day?
Then you are ready to keep Christmas!”
Henry Van Dyke
“Christmas, my child, is love in action.”
Dale Evans Rogers
“Learn to light a candle
in the darkest moments of someone’s life.
Be the light that helps others see;
it is what gives life its deepest significance.”
Roy T. Bennett
“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell,
but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them.
Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer
hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old,
the bell still rings for me,
as it does for all who truly believe.”
Chris Van Allsburg
Colonial Williamsburg 2017
“The Warrior of the Light is a believer.
Because he believes in miracles,
miracles begin to happen.
Because he is sure that his thoughts
can change his life, his life begins to change.
Because he is certain that he will find love,
“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit
in jars and open a jar of it every month.”
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016
at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
Lifelong teacher and gardener.
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Love this series of wreaths. CW always puts out such great holiday decorations…thanks for sharing them with us!
You are welcome, and there are more…. We went to photo a gigantic light draped tree last night to photograph it at dusk, with a bit of light left in the sky. But alas, after a long cold wait it still was dark. But as we arrived back in town tonight we checked for it again. And Voila! it was alive with lights. Will post that soon- Yes, CW really goes all out. And so does Merchant’s Square at the end of the street with trees dripping with white lights, an ice skating rink, and lots of bright decorations. Hope you have enjoyed the day! Cheers! WG
Looking forward to it!