Christmastime, whether you actually celebrate Christmas or not, is a time that means so many different things to so many people. To some it is a very spiritual time; a time for us to reflect on the greater context of life and to be thankful for the blessings that we’ve been given. To others it is a sad time; a time to reflect on our lives, the losses we’ve endured, the regrets that seize our hearts and sometimes paralyze us, preventing us from moving freely and unencumbered each day in the manner we had hoped for in the lighter times of our past. To yet others it is joyous, celebratory, festive time to be spent at parties, at gatherings and at dinner tables, filling ourselves with food and drink, cheering our friends and loved ones, laughing the nights away, sparkling and soothing each other’s cores like the comfortable, hearty flames of warmth that perfectly fill the fireplaces of our souls. Of course to many, it is a time of sparkling lights and decorated trees and brightly wrapped presents and of the magical innocence and unimaginable importance felt by a 5-year old that tightly holds one of those brightly wrapped presents, relishing in the pure joy that the gift came to them simply because they were good.
No matter what late December means to you, it’s hard to not find some familiarity and comfort in the symbols and traditions that flood our senses and fill us to the top with kindly spirit, reflective meaning and melancholic satisfaction. Fortunately, some of those symbols and traditions can be found in iconic quotes from some of our favorite holiday movies.
Here’s hoping that your Christmastime was spent the way you wanted, with loved ones close and time slowing enough to enjoy it all.
“It’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be.” –Bill Murray in Scrooged
“I don’t know what to say, except its Christmas and we’re all in misery.” –Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation
“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” –Tom Hanks in The Polar Express
“Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” –Karolyn Grimes in It’s a Wonderful Life