As Christmas Grows Nearer...

Twas the night before ChristmasTwas the night before Christmas (Photo credit: TempusVolat)

 “Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.” Unknown
My dad loved that sentiment... my mom, not so much lol!

 “I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”
Charles Dickens

 “Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.” Eric Sevareid

Did your family do anything different during the holiday season? During the last week or two, we made the rounds of relatives that we didn't see throughout the year!

 “‘Twas Christmas broach’d the mightiest ale;
‘Twas Christmas told the merriest tale;
A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
The poor man’s heart through half the year.”
Walter Scott

This December,
That love weighs more than gold!”
Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

Have you continued any  Christmas traditions that you enjoyed as a kid??