There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.
—Sister Mary Rose McGeady (1928–2012)
We should make the Yuletide season an occasion not merely for the giving of material things but an occasion for the giving of that which counts infinitely more … the giving of self.
—J. C. Penney (1875–1971)
Of course, this is the season to be jolly, but it is also a good time to be thinking about those who aren’t.
The Christmas spirit—love—changes hearts and lives.
—Pat Boone (b. 1934)
Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes—goodwill among men and peace on earth.
—Albert Einstein (1879–1955)
There is no ideal Christmas; only the Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.
—Bill McKibben (b. 1960)
Be an angel to someone else whenever you can, as a way of thanking God for the help that another angel has given you.
—Eileen Elias Freeman
Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show.
The secret lies in an inner glow.
It’s lighting a fire inside the heart.
Good will and joy a vital part.
It’s higher thought and a greater plan.
It’s glorious dream in the soul of man.
—Wilfred A. Peterson (1900–1995)
It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you ... yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.
—Mother Teresa (1910–1997)
One can pay back the loan of gold, but one lies forever in debt to those who are kind.
It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
—W. T. Ellis (1845–1925)
Ask your children two questions this Christmas. First: “What do you want to give to others for Christmas?” Second: “What do you want for Christmas?” The first fosters generosity of heart and an outward focus. The second can breed selfishness if not tempered by the first.
To give and then not feel that you have given is the very best of all ways of giving.
—Max Beerbohm (1872–1956)
Christmas is most truly Christmas when you celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.
—Ruth Carter Stapleton (1929–1983)