One of our wonderful Czech Center Museum board members gave everyone little books full of old Christmas rhymes, sentiments and advice. Below we’ll share a few of our favorites.
“Of all animals of the deer kind, the Rein-Deer is the most extraordinary and the most useful.” -Oliver Goldsmith 1774
“It is a good idea to every caller bring in a token gift, which may be practically anything: the end of a branch, a few pecans from your yard, your garden shears. Some people have been know to meet guests outside and hand them a little item to bring in, ‘just to make sure we have luck in this place.'” -Harnett Kane, The Southern Christmas Book, 1958
“The only real blind person at Christmastime is he who has not Christmas in his heart.” -Helen Keller, 1906
“Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies…Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those which neither children nor men can see. Thank God! he lives and he lives forever.” -Francis Church, New York Sun, 1897
“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” -Clement Clarke Moore, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” 1823.