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" My mom is a really good cook. I didn't get the cooking gene, but she cooks this really amazing dinner every Christmas, and that's always really fun. "
" I love singing Christmas carols. I know every harmony to every music-hall Christmas song. "
" A typical Christmas is me shucking oysters. I love them and I always get them in at Christmas. "
" One of the best Christmas presents I ever got was the globe that I now keep right beside my desk. "
" November is auspicious in so many parts of the country: the rice harvest is already in, the weather starts to cool, and the festive glow which precedes Christmas has began to brighten the landscape. "
F. Sionil Jose
" The truth is that our way of celebrating the Christmas season does spring from myriad cultures and sources, from St. Nicholas to Coca-Cola advertising campaigns. "
" My family background is Mexican, and I was born in Chicago. It's pretty much family tradition every time we get together for Christmas and major holidays to sing. Our family time is centered around the food and a little bit of performing for one another. "
" Come Christmas Eve, we usually go to my mom and dad's. Everybody brings one gift and then we play that game when we all steal it from each other. Some are really cool, others are useful and some are a bit out there. "
" Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. "
" My family is Jamaican and Cuban, but we would go to see our Jamaican side every summer for three months and every Christmas. One of the things I used to love was climbing trees and picking ackee fruit for breakfast. "
" When I was six years old, I fell in love with magic. For Christmas, I got a magic box and a very old book on card manipulation. Somehow, I was more interested in pure manipulation than in all the silly little tricks in the box. "
" I love Christmas tree bulbs, and I started putting them in my paintings. You've got to plug this painting in, and it's got a rig in the back, so that each one can be replaced if it burns out. "
" A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. "
" I got up one Christmas morning and we didn't have nothing to eat. We didn't have an apple, we didn't have an orange, we didn't have a cake, we didn't have nothing. "
" The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live. "
" When it comes to referring to Dickens's life, performing plays with your nine children for friends and family during Christmas is Dickensian. "
" The eight years of war since 9/11 had meant several Christmases away from home for most of these men. For soldiers at war, there's comforting continuity in the traditions and inevitability of Christmas. "
Stanley A. McChrystal
" The smell of pine needles, spruce and the smell of a Christmas tree - those to me, are the scents of the holidays. "
" Classic Christmas cookies are really time-consuming. Instead, make a bar you can bake in a pan and just cut up, like a brownie or a blondie or a shortbread, which still has that Christmas vibe. "
" The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school. "
" At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year. "
" On Christmas morning, before we could open our Christmas presents, we would go to this stranger's home and bring them presents. I remember helping clean the house up and putting up a tree. My father believed that you have a responsibility to look after everyone else. "
" 'Bond' was like Christmas: can't wait for it to come around. Being in the films brought me to a global audience, and I have had the opportunity to meet incredible people. "
" For many of us, Christmas lunch is the most special meal of the year - and I certainly want nothing but the very best for this celebration. "
" Pets, like their owners, tend to expand a little over the Christmas period. "
" I love London in the rare parts of the year when it's quiet, and no time is more reliably quiet than the week between Christmas and New Year. "
" During the first 13 centuries after the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, no one thought of setting up a creche to celebrate Christmas. The pre-eminent Christian holiday was Easter, not Christmas. "
" I realised that you could easily turn any room into a cinema with a projector, so I went on and on at my parents for one. They eventually got me a projector for Christmas when I was ten, and I realised I'd made a ridiculous mistake - I'd forgotten to say 'movie' projector; I got a still one. "
" My son is a tree surgeon and gets me a lovely tree. I like to put it up early, as I can't wait for Christmas. We dress it with decorations that have been in the family for years. "
" My earliest, most impactful encounter with a book was when I was seven and awoke early on Christmas morning to find Roald Dahl's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' in my stocking. I had never been so excited by the sight of a book - and have possibly never been since! "
" Contemplating Christmas when you are isolated and far from home brings its own unique pain. "