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" Grief is a room without doors - but somehow, with its tinsel and cliches, Christmas finds a way in. "
Simon Van Booy
" It's a sad commentary on our time - to use a phrase much favored by my late father - that people increasingly celebrate Christmas Day by going to the movies. "
" Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace. "
" Halloween isn't the only time for ghosts and ghost stories. In Victorian Britain, spooky winter's tales were part of the Christmas season, often told after dinner, over port or coffee. "
" Growing up in Northern California, I've only seen snow at Christmas maybe twice in my life! I was always jealous of my cousins on the East Coast with their white Christmases. "
" I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up - they have no holidays. "
" It kills me when people talk about California hedonism. Anybody who talks about California hedonism has never spent a Christmas in Sacramento. "
" Traditions are always puzzling to those who don't share them. I'm Jewish, so the idea of a 'perfect family Christmas' is foreign to me. "
" During the holiday season, Christmas specifically, it can be hard to be away from family and friends. "
" My mom used to keep all her Christmas cards in a basket bedecked with red ribbon, and I loved to look at them all and read all the letters. "
" I didn't know the full dimensions of forever, but I knew it was longer than waiting for Christmas to come. "
" I love Halloween, trick or treating and decorating the house. And I love Thanksgiving, because of the football and the fall weather. And of course, I love Christmas - that's my favorite of all! "
" I'm Jewish and my wife isn't so right now we're literally decorating a Christmas tree with Jewish stars draped around it. "
" I eat everything I want on Christmas day. I really don't watch what I eat. It's not like you have Christmas every day! "
" I love Halloween. I love Thanksgiving. I love Christmas. I love New Year's. "
" We play everybody's Christmas records at our house, and sometimes you think, 'I'm not gonna play my own record; I'd be embarrassed.' But I'm gonna play our record this Christmas, because I love the songs! "
" Kind 'Guardian' readers have been forwarding me round robin Christmas newsletters for years now: lengthy missives full of perfect children, exotic holidays, talented pets and endless, tedious detail. The notes that accompanied them revealed they had inspired in the original recipients everything from mild irritation to absolute rage. "
" From the leg lamp to Ralphie's tongue getting stuck on a frozen pole to that BB-gun incident, 'A Christmas Story' has left its mark on all our brains, so much so that it sometimes feels like this story is our own. "
" I am a veteran of the War on Christmas. I am just emerging from a battlefield strewn with dead trees and torn shreds of brightly colored wrapping paper. "
" I spent 250 to 300 days of every year on the road. But in the end, I felt something was missing. I needed to be anchored so I could concentrate, so in 2000, I established a new methodology - the one I use today. I spent the week in my office and travelled every weekend, even at Christmas. "
" I love singing Christmas carols. I know every harmony to every music-hall Christmas song. "
" When I cook for my family on Christmas, I make feijoada, a South American dish of roasted and smoked meats like ham, pork, beef, lamb, and bacon - all served with black beans and rice. It's festive but different. "
" I was talking to one of my aunties at Christmas and she said she didn't think it was ever in my nature to go against the grain, that I was always a good boy. I think she was right - I did always want to be good. "
" Throughout history, Hanukkah was a relatively minor festival, but it's become very popular in America due to its proximity to Christmas. "
" My garden in England is full of eating-out places, for heat waves, warm September evenings, or lunch on a frosty Christmas morning. "
" The most frustrating part of trying to direct everything is not that it alienates you from people who genuinely want to help, but that it's actually impossible. "
Simon Van Booy
" People say I don't write books, I make Christmas presents. "
" Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want - and their kids pay for it. "
" In London the day after Christmas (Boxing Day), it began to snow: my first snow in England. For five years, I had been tactfully asking, 'Do you ever have snow at all?' as I steeled myself to the six months of wet, tepid gray that make up an English winter. 'Ooo, I do remember snow,' was the usual reply, 'when I were a lad.' "
" The whole point of me doing a Christmas record and what I centered it around was the song 'Christmas with You' from the point-of-view of the soldiers in Iraq. "
" To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year. "
E. B. White