Christmas is Close at Hand
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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.
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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