Christmas is Close at Hand

Inspired by Cozy Classics’ blog post of Christmas quotes, I did a quick search myself and soon learned there aren’t that many Christmas quotes in classic literature. Among the few I found, the majority are from Charles Dickens.

Pickwick Christmas #quote | gimmesomereads.com

Who else would personify Christmas in all its “bluff and hearty honesty” and compare the waning year to an ancient philosopher? Oh, Dickens.

A Christmas Carol

Of course, the majority of Dickens’ quotes are from A Christmas Carol. I remember the Carol‘s general storyline (probably more from watching the Muppet movie multiple times, than from the book), but when I read some of its quotes, it was as if I saw them for the first time; so I definitely need to read the story again soon.

Among the many sides of Scrooge, I of course love thoughtful Scrooge (as seen above), but was particularly endeared to giddy Scrooge…

a non-Dickens surprise discovery

In my Christmas quote search, I was also surprised to discover that the Christmas carol, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, was originally a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, during the Civil War. Definitely sheds a whole new light on the song and adds real weight to the words.

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do you have any favourite Christmas quotes?

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Bet Mercer is a poet-photographer who writes at Gimme Some Reads and Everyday Poetry. She loves quotes, reading her favourite books over again, great conversation, laughter, trees, films, and travelling the world. Follow along with Bet on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, Etsy and Google+.

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