Christmas Quotes

christmas quotesHow I love Christmas! Here are some of our favorite Christmas quotations, from short Christmas Quotes, to classic Christmas quotes, and even a few from Charlie Brown and friends.

Short Christmas Quotes

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” Charles M. Schulz

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Charles Dickens

“Christmas is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.” Freya Stark

“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” Ruth Carter Stapleton

“If there is no joyous way to give a festive gift, give love away.” Author Unknown

“Christmas, my child, is love in action.” Dale Evans

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” Mary Ellen Chase

“Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.” Helen Steiner Rice

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” Edna Ferber

Classic Christmas Quotes

“But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round… as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant 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.” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old familiar carols play. And wild and sweet the words repeat. Of peace on earth goodwill to men.” Henry. W. Longfellow

“May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.” Author Unknown

“Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you.” Traditional Christmas Rhyme (England)

“Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
Star and angels gave the sign.” Christina Rossetti

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

“From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another.The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.” Emily Matthews

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” Andy Rooney

“‘One can never have enough socks,’ said Dumbledore. ‘Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.’” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?” Dr. Seuss

“Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer,but always it will be a day of remembrance -a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” Augusta E. Rundel

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” Bob Hope

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Charlie Brown Christmas Quotes

“I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel. I just don’t understand Christmas, I guess.” Charlie Brown.

“Charlie Brown, you’re the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem.” Linus Van Pelt

“I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.” Linus Van Pelt

“We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big Eastern syndicate you know.” Lucy Van Pelt.

“It’s too early. I never eat December snowflakes. I always wait until January.” Lucy Van Pelt

And here’s my favorite Christmas quote of all:

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Buddy the Elf, Elf.

Merry Christmas from my home to yours.

You might also enjoy:
Momscape’s Favorite Christmas Gifts

More Great Quotes:

Mother Quotes
- Funny Mom Quotes
- Love Quotes
- Cute, Funny Love quotes.
- Top 50 Father Quotes
- Forgiveness Quotes
- The Power of Failure: 10 Quotes on Learning from Your Mistakes
-
Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

5 NEW Ways to Enjoy the Holidays

If, so far, your holiday season has been reduced to shopping for others, wrapping up projects at work, planning a trip home, thinking about hosting relatives, or worrying about budgets, then you really are not enjoying the most the holiday season has to offer.

Although the holidays can be stressful, hectic and overwhelming, they are also a great opportunity to branch out and try new things before the New Year.

As you plan your next few weeks, start thinking about all the things you can do this year to truly enjoy the most the holiday season has to offer. Here are five new ways to enjoy the holidays:

  • Playing Architect: True, the tradition of building gingerbread houses has been around for a while, but with the increasing popularity of Pinterest and extreme cooking shows, these days, you can find some pretty out-there designs to try at home. Take some time aside with your friends and have an adult gingerbread house competition to see who can build the most extreme – with plenty of eggnog to go along with the show.
  • Going Out More (to Holiday Shows): Holiday entertainment doesn’t stop at Nutcrackers and Christmas Carols. And you can only let your family watch A Christmas Story so many times before they start thinking they should get their own leg lamp for next year. Branch out and discover new shows by using sites like Goldstar.com to uncover unexpected shows your city has to offer—many at half-price.
  • Skip the Holiday Party Hop: All too often, we get stuck in the same social situations over and over again—the office holiday party, followed by the neighbors, and maybe a visit to a friend or two. This year, try to branch out and meet new people by hosting your own fest where everyone brings someone new to their social circle, as well as a bottle of wine.
  • Giving the Gift of Giving: Volunteering at a homeless shelter or a community kitchen is something that you can do any time of year, but the need is most apparent in the cold winter months. Visit sites like Networkforgood.org for tons of volunteer options.
  • Go Traditional: Skip the fake Fir and the canned snow. Take a group trip to a local Christmas tree farm get a real tree. Plan a tree trimming party with your family or friends and ask everyone to create their own ornament to display. You’ll have a great time, and some great ornaments to save the memories.

Five Fun, Free Christmas Apps

gingerbread-crazy-chef

If you have a long winter’s drive to grandmother’s house this holiday season, help your child to download one of these five, fun Christmas apps – sure to entertain the entire family.

Hungry Santa
Fatten up Santa before Christmas. Tilt the device to move Santa’s mouth under falling treats, but watch out for the healthy broccoli. Santa gets fatter and fatter as he chomps on all the goodies. Give him some fatty bonuses by bouncing the treats off his belly before he eats them, or eating long strings of treats all in a row. Go for the elusive “Crazy Chomp” bonus. You can’t play this one without laughing out loud.

gingerbread-crazy-chefGingerbread Crazy Chef Cookie Maker
The tradition of leaving cookies for Santa has never been as fun and no-fuss as this. Gingerbread Crazy Chef is an innovative app that kids and parents can use together to create the most colorful, playful and crazy holiday cookies to leave for the Jolly Old Elf on Christmas Eve. Choose the shape, mix the ingredients and make “digital cookies” for Santa. Best of all? No mess and no clean-up! Great for kids, families and parents with children.

Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift
From the creators of Cut the Rope, comes the Special Holiday Gift game, which combines all the outstanding physics, devilishly tricky levels, and bright colorful visuals of the original — with a festive winter feel. SHAKE your iPhone for a special surprise! Swipe your finger to cut the ropes and feed Om Nom candy. Don’t forget to collect stars as you play. Think before you cut, and be sure to avoid spiders, spikes and other obstacles … getting that candy to Om Nom won’t be easy!

Santa’s Village
The perfect game for the whole family. Help Santa by building a bigger and better village, and save Christmas from being ruined by the Grumpkins. Start by building homes for Santa’s elves, create a toy factory and make lots of toys, teach reindeer how to fly, and meet magical neighbors like Yobo the Yeti. Unlock special buildings and colorful decorations to make your village even merrier.

Snowman Maker Plus
The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful … and since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Yes, you can sit by the fire AND build an adorable, realistic looking snowman when you play Snowman Maker.

 

Things We Love: Weight Watchers 360

You might have read our Weight Watchers review here. Now, WeightWatchers.com has introduced a brand new program called Weight Watchers 360.

Here are the details:

Weight Watchers 360° gives you the power to lose weight like never before!

Nobody’s perfect, and neither is the world we live in. Temptation is everywhere, and science shows us that our brains are hardwired to give in to it. That’s why Weight Watchers has created a new program, built on their proven PointsPlus® plan and backed up with 50 years of helping real people in the real world lose weight. And it’s changing the face of weight loss.

With Weight Watchers 360° you will:

* Eat real food. Really. Learn to make the smart choices that let you eat the foods you love, when you want to. Nothing is forbidden.
* Learn new routines and great habits. Pretty soon you can find yourself making healthy choices without even thinking about it.
* Learn how to take control of temptation. At home, at the office, out on the town. Anywhere and everywhere.

You will learn all about the Weight Watchers 360° Program after joining a Meeting or signing up for Weight Watchers Online. Learn more about Weight Watchers 360° and get Get Weight Watchers Coupons here.

Things We Love: Holiday Cards that Help End Childhood Hunger

holiday-cards

Just in time for the holiday season, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign is offering a holiday card that embodies the true spirit of giving.

Purchase just one, and you can help connect a kid with up to 100 meals.

The No Kid Hungry Campaign is helping to end childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. Visit the No Kid Hungry website to take the pledge to end childhood hunger, donate or become a community advocate. Every little bit counts. In fact, just a $10 donation can help connect a kid with up to 100 meals!

Hanukkah Treats for Babies and Toddlers

hanukah-1

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the re-dedication of the Holy Temple after it was reclaimed from the Syrian-Greeks more than 21 centuries ago. Fried foods are traditional fare during Hanukkah, commemorating the miracle of the Hanukkah oil that lasted eight days when it should have only last one.

Here are delicious Hanukkah recipes your toddler will love.

Toddler Treat: Potato Pancakes

2 medium Russet potatoes
2-3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 egg
2 Tbsp. flour
4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
¼ tsp of each salt and pepper
Dash of nutmeg
Perfect Applesauce (see below for recipe)

Wash, peel and grate potatoes (for grating use a box grater or a food processor). In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat the egg, scallions, flour, salt, pepper, nutmeg and egg. Add potatoes and mix thoroughly.

Pour oil into a large, frying pan. The oil should cover the bottom of the pan about 1/8-inch deep. Heat oil on medium high heat. Using about 1/3 cup, drop the potato mixture into hot oil and flatten with the back of a spoon. Fry 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and keep warm in low oven until serving time. Repeat until all potato mixture is used.

Makes about 8 potato pancakes. Serve warm with applesauce

Perfect Applesauce

Cooking apples (such as Golden Delicious or McIntosh)
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1/3 cup water
¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp. cinnamon

Wash, peel, and remove the core from the apples
Place apples, butter, sugar, water and cinnamon in a heavy pan.
Cook on low heat until apples are soft and mushy, about 25-30 minutes.

Make about 3 cups, 6 servings

About the author: Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food and the new book So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.

New Giveaway: Momscape’s Sweet “Bee Raw Honey” Giveaway {Contest Closed}

bee-raw-honey

Congratulations to Lle. S. who won our Sweet “Bee Raw Honey” Giveaway. Stay tuned for more giveaways!

 

Enter to win a package of 3 jars of artisanal, fair trade honey from Bee Raw Honey...

The essence of BeeRaw Honey’s products is in their simplicity, skipping processing to feature honey as nature created it: raw, real and so pleasing to the palate that you’ll stash away that old honey bear for good.

To celebrate and support America’s rich beekeeping heritage, Bee Raw partners with family-owned apiaries around the country and derives each varietal from a single local floral source to achieve a distinct flavor, color and aroma.

Each Bee Raw varietal honey is “fairly traded,” meaning the local beekeepers that produce them receive a premium price for their premium product. Bee Raw also strives to be socially and environmentally sustainable by employing local manual laborers and using postconsumer paper and glass packaging.

The company’s assortment of innovative honey flights, classic honey jars, and honey gift assortments can be purchased at www.beeraw.com, along with a brand new line of estate-grown loose teas.

We love Bee Raw Honey so much, we’re giving away a selection of 3 10.5 ounce jars from The Bee Raw single varietal honey collection:

Our winner will receive a 10.5 ounce jar in each of the following flavors:

Wild Raspberry Honey, Maine—Light yellow in color and floral with a unique raspberry finish intertwined with the aroma of warm cocoa butter. Try it with raspberries, peaches, pears or sour cream.

Wild Black Sage Honey, California—Sage gets its name from the Latin salvia (meaning “to heal”). This honey is mild with a mouth-warming hint of pepper and a smooth, clean finish. Pair with Parmigiano Reggiano, wine-poached pears or goat cheese ice cream.

Star Thistle Honey, Colorado—Thick and creamy with soft notes of cinnamon and a long, sweet finish. Perfect for oven-roasted apples, hot apple cider or in a recipe for pan-seared prawns. 10.5 ounce jar

Enter to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now enter to win a $50 Target Gift Card.

Terms and Conditions: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email: susie – at – momscape.com.

Disclosure: This prize package of Bee Raw Honey was provided to Momscape.com free of charge for promotional purposes.

Winter Skin Care Products

Peter Thomas Roth

Winter temperatures and dry air can leave your skin dry and flaky.

Here are a variety of affordable yet luxurious skin care products, recommended by the pros at SkinStore.com, that can help you return to a more hydrated natural glow during this cold weather season.

 

Alchimie Forever Excimer Gentle Cream Cleanser 6.6oz
Alchimie Forever Excimer Gentle Cream Cleanser 6.6oz
$41, SkinStore.com (Get SkinStore Coupons.)
This antioxidant cream cleanser glides on the skin to gently remove impurities and all traces of makeup from face, eyes and neck, while leaving the skin silky and luminous. Alchimie Forever’s signature Blueberry extract brightens the skin and reduces redness, while Rose softens and enhances elasticity. Natural antioxidants derived from Cucumber and Mallow help to fight free radical damage and promote a youthful appearance. Hydrating and soothing, this pH-balanced face wash is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin. Gentle enough for even the those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

Alchimie Forever Kantic Plus Intensely Nourishing Cream 1.7oz
Alchimie Forever Kantic Plus Intensely Nourishing Cream 1.7oz
$79, SkinStore.com (Get SkinStore Coupons.)
This ultra-nourishing cream is rich in emollients such as Jojoba and Vitamin E, infusing the skin with moisture. Natural antioxidants derived from Blueberries and Grape Seeds reduce redness and prevent the formation of free radicals. Red Clover, packed with plant estrogen, lifts the skin and restores its youthful elasticity and resilience by stimulating natural collagen and elastin production.

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Lotion, 8.5 fl oz
Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Lotion, 8.5 fl oz
$18, Beauty.com. Get Beauty.com coupons here
Rich with Vitamins C, E, and Pro Vitamin B5 for soft, smooth, nourished, moisturized skin. A mega-effective body lotion that helps to instantly soothe and nourish dehydrated skin, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturized. Mega-Rich Body Lotion.

Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask 3.3oz
Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask 3.3oz
$60, SkinStore.com (Get SkinStore Coupons here.)
This luscious, creamy mask is packed with natural botanicals to soothe, protect and brighten dull skin. Oats, known for their softening properties, are combined with wild pansies to speed the recovery of distressed skin and calm irritation. Antioxidants from Grape extracts protect the skin from environmental stress, while the powerful Blueberry reduces facial redness.

 

Alchimie Forever 532nm Antioxidant Relief for Hands and Feet 5oz
Alchimie Forever 532nm Antioxidant Relief for Hands and Feet 5oz
Price: $39, SkinStore.com (Get SkinStore Coupons here.)
This award-winning cream blends natural antioxidants to soften, nourish, detoxify, heal and protect both hands and feet. Jojoba and Shea Butter are combined for a powerfully moisturizing treatment, while Willow Bark sloughs away rough skin, minimizes brown spots and naturally alleviates pain and discomfort. Watercress has detoxifying and purifying properties to reduce swelling and invigorate tired legs.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free 50ml/1.7oz
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free 50ml/1.7oz
$21.50, Strawberry.net (Get Strawberry.net Coupons)
An efficacious soothing cream for face & body
Contains super emollients & antioxidant vitamin E
Helps shield cracked dry skin even on hands elbows knees & feet
Relieves minor skin irritations sunburn windburn scratches & abrasions and leaves skin eased revived & comfortable.

And don’t forget to use your sunscreen – even in the winter months! Here’s an award-winning sunscreen:

La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid 1.7oz
La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid 1.7oz
Price: $29.95, Skinstore.com (Get SkinStore Coupons.)
Skin Cancer Foundation Recommendation
The Seal of Recommendation is granted to products that provide effective UV sun protection and safely aid in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin.
Allure Best of Beauty 2010 in Category: Best of Skin – Facial Sunscreen
Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid with Cell-Ox Shield is a synergistic combination of patented high efficacy sun filters and powerful anti-oxidants to further protect your skin. This ultra light, fast absorbing sunscreen fluid provides SPF 60 and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with the breakthrough Cell-Ox Shield, to protect your skin, even at the cellular level. It’s excellent for use outdoors and at the beach. The advanced UV filtering system of Anthelios 60 is a unique association of photostablized sunscreens for broad-spectrum and longer-lasting protection, with advanced efficiency against UVA rays.

5 Fun New Apps for Kids

life-size-farm

Traveling for the holidays?  This year brings a new crop of fun apps that help keep your kids occupied while you travel to see family and friends. Here are five fun apps for kids:


1.       Spellwood

Spellwood is set in a charming magical world where wizards use words to cast their spells in fun word battles.  Friends and family can play together through Game Center or Facebook Connect with as many as 50 like-minded spelling wizards. Each new tower provides a new challenge, with magical spells to change letters, restore health, and change the size of the board playing area. With several difficulty levels and a variety of game-play modes, Spellwood is perfect for all ages.  Available for $1.99 on the App Store and Google Play.
ipad and iphone apps for kids angry bird

2.       Angrybirds

Angry Birds has started a bit of a franchise. Now you can even play AngryBirds Star Wars. No matter which Angry Birds game you play, the survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the greedy pigs who stole their eggs. Use the unique powers of each bird to destroy the pigs’ defenses. Angry Birds features challenging physics-based gameplay and hours of replay value. Each level requires logic, skill and force to solve.  Available for $4.99/0.99/free on the App Store and Google Play.

https://lh4.ggpht.com/tB2KAS82FElbjDNlni7VNDT1lDaNDT_VfTjZhBVyu07o3o328GDBdrcR1YC4PUb3OP8=w124
3.       Fruit Ninja

Become the ultimate bringer of sweet, tasty destruction with every slash.  Swipe up across the screen to deliciously slash fruit like a true ninja warrior. With three games modes in single player and worldwide leaderboards using Openfeint, the addictive gameplay will keep you coming back for even higher scores.  Available for $2.99/$0.99/$1.26 on the App Store and Google Play.

 

SpinArt

4.       SpinArt        

SpinArt is based on one of our favorite childhood crafts! It’s fun & creative.  Whether it’s waiting in line at the bank, at the dentist, or on a really boring date, you can always take a spin.  Available for $1.99/$0.99/$0.99 on the App Store and Google Play.

5.        Bookworm

Link letters left, right, up and down to build words to keep Lex the Bookworm sated and smiling. Bigger words return better bonuses. But watch out for burning letters — they could spell disaster!  Available for $2.99 on the App Store.

New Momscape Giveaway: The Heart of Christmas on DVD {Contest Closed}

the-heart-of-christmas

Congratulations to Heather A., Austin B., and Jamie L. – who each won a Heart of Christmas DVD!

Enter more contests on our sister site, Susies-Coupons.com!

 

Christmas time is nearly here, and, with it, some of the most heartwarming, inspiring movies. I’ve recently been introduced to a new holiday film, sure to become one of your family’s treasured movies of the season.

Inspired by a true story, THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS (rated PG) tells the story of Austin and Julie Locke, who are devastated to learn that their young son, Dax, has been diagnosed with cancer. With courage, determination and faith, they decide to give Dax one last Christmas – even if it has to be in October.

When the community sees the holiday decorations and learns the heartbreaking truth, what happens next is a miraculous outpouring of care and support. The Heart of Christmas will touch your heart and bring home the spirit of the holidays.

We think you’ll love this movie, so we’re giving away three DVDs of “The Heart of Christmas.”

There are multiple easy ways to enter, and they are all detailed on the rafflecopter form below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email: susie – at – momscape.com.

Disclosure: These DVDs were provided to Momscape.com free of charge for promotional purposes.