Christmas comes but once a year!

In both our business and personal lives, Christmas time has an impact of some sort, positive or negative.

So, before all the stress and frenzy takes over our lives, (which it probably has already!), let's all just take a deep breath and quietly ponder on what that impact is going to be. Next, we have to take control of it and, should it be gradually edging us towards the 'Dark Side', make it change direction!

Take heed of some key words like 'Joy', 'Generosity' and 'Giving' . That way we, along with our families, are more than likely to end up in the right place. To get us into the zone, there are many, many quotes about Christmas, some inspiring, some cynical, some funny and some downright depressing.

Here's a random selection coupled with BLA's Christmas wish that only the inspiring ones will make the grade for you this season:

The Good (and very true)

"We should make the Yuletide season an occasion not merely for the giving of material things but an occasion for the giving of that which counts infinitely more … the giving of self"— J. C. Penney

"Christmas day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both" — Phillips Brooks

"Your children need your presence more than your presents"— Jesse Jackson

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" — Winston Churchill

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other” — Burton Hills

"A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great" — Proverbs 18:16

“To be rich in admiration and free from envy, to rejoice greatly in the good of others, to love with such generosity of heart that your love is still a dear possession in absence or unkindness – these are the gifts which money cannot buy" — Robert Louis Stevenson

The Not so Good (but sadly also very true!)

"Even before Christmas has said Hello, it’s saying ‘Buy Buy.’" — Robert Paul

"Christmas is the season when people run out of money before they run out of friends"- Larry Wilde

"What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer." Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens ‘ "A Christmas Carol"

"The Christmas season has come to mean the period when the public plays Santa Claus to the merchants"— John Andrew Holmes

"Wretched excess is an unfortunate human trait that turns a perfectly good idea such as Christmas into a frenzy of last-minute shopping" — Jon Anderson

The Funny

"One good thing about Christmas shopping it toughens you for the January sales". — Grace Kriley

"Let me see if I’ve got this Santa business straight. You say he wears a beard, has no discernible source of income and flies to cities all over the world under cover of darkness? You sure this guy isn’t laundering illegal drug money?" — Tom Armstrong

The Thought-Provoking

"Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words"— Harlan Miller

Ted Beecher
BLA Director