To be a joy-bearer & a joy-giver says everything,
for in our life, if one is joyful, it means that one is faithfully living
for God, & that nothing else counts; & if one gives joy
to others, one is doing God's work; with joy without & joy
within, all is well...I can think of no higher way.
--Janet Erskine Stuart
'The joy of the Christmas season is what you create. So make time for joy this season. Celebrate the wonder of starry nights & manger scenes; the warmth of memories of family & friends; the joy of music & laughter & being together. Take time to savor this most joyful season of the year.'
'The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much!'
--Henry David Thoreau
'Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace & goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us all will shine a star, sending its gleam of hope to the world.'
** taken from 'The Season of Joy' by Chip Davis of Manheim Steamroller