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Christmas is the antithesis of Thanksgiving.
by John Clayton

Christmas is the antithesis of Thanksgiving.
Christmas is pretty much a man-made holiday.
- John Clayton

The emphasis on the birth of Christ tends to polarize
our pluralistic society and create legal and ethnic belligerence.
- John Clayton

Not only are Christians writing about Jesus,
but also Communists, Jews, atheists and agnostics are
taking up their pens to paint a portrait of Jesus.
- John Clayton

Between 1910 and 1950 approximately 350 lives of Jesus
were published in the English language alone.
- John Clayton

 

What is the origin of God?
- John Clayton

Why is it any more reasonable to believe that God has
always been than it is to say that matter has always been?
- John Clayton

The purpose of this study is to offer a logical,
practical, pragmatic proof of the existence of God
from a purely scientific perspective.
- John Clayton

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All holidays can be good times.
- John Clayton

I guess none of us like to look back in our lives to
a time when we made poor judgments and foolish mistakes.
- John Clayton

Just as a puppy can be more of a challenge than a gift,
so too can the holidays.
- John Clayton

There was no instruction to be thankful that the Christians were special people,
chosen people.
There was no nationalistic, political or ethnic superiority to be thankful for.
- John Clayton

In the surface of the paper there is only length and
width-there is no such thing as thickness.
- John Clayton

I believe any question that man can ask has a reasonable
answer-at least an answer that is as consistent with
God's existence as it is in opposition to God's existence.
- John Clayton

Thanksgiving is a season that is very much in accord
with the themes and teachings of Jesus Christ.
- John Clayton

We are assuming that we exist, that there is reality,
and that the matter of which we are made is real.
- John Clayton

Since I was an atheist for many years and came to believe
in God through my studies in science,
it frustrated me to see students and parents who viewed
faith and science as enemies.
- John Clayton

Is it possible that the portrait of the divine Son
of God is an exaggeration,
at best, or a complete fabrication, at worst,
of the original Jesus?
- John Clayton

Christians were instructed to serve others,
and the thanksgiving was for the grace of God and the
fact that God offered a way for man to return to a
positive relationship with Him.
- John Clayton

The denominational world tries to pressure its members
to focus on the birth of Christ,
but in doing so layers of guilt are imposed,
and competition gets complicated as one Christmas program
tries to outdo the other.
- John Clayton

Could the one whom Christians worship be merely a mythological creation,
or is he real? These questions have exercised many
great minds and have been the dominant issue in New
Testament studies during this century.
- John Clayton

Almost every time I am in a lectureship on a college campus,
young people will say, If there is a God and if he
is a loving and merciful God,
how do you explain the problems of suffering and death
and all the tragedies that happen to people?
- John Clayton

It is my fervent hope and prayer that by exposing my
mistakes and by pointing out the things that were a part of my early life,
some who might be following the same paths might not
make those same mistakes.
- John Clayton

There is no racial or ethnic involvement in Thanksgiving,
and people who may be very distant from the Christian
system can see the beauty and the positive spirit that comes from the holiday.
- John Clayton

Was the real Jesus of history one and the same as the
Christ of faith whom we read about in the New Testament
and worship in the church? Was Jesus really raised
from the dead? Is he really the divine Lord of lords?
- John Clayton

Thanksgiving is a time when the world gets to see just
how blessed and how workable the Christian system is.
The emphasis is not on giving or buying,
but on being thankful and expressing that appreciation
to God and to one another.
- John Clayton

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Lighten up! Slow down the shopping.
Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
Consider gifting hand-made cards with messages
of true appreciation in place of store-bought presents.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
- Dr. Seuss

Christmas ... is not a date. It is a state of mind.
- Mary Ellen Chase

Every day is Christmas when you are open to receiving love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
- Benjamin Franklin

No sane local official who has hung up an empty stocking
over the municipal fireplace,
is going to shoot Santa Claus just before a hard Christmas.
- Alfred E. Smith

From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not
exist it would be necessary to invent it.
- Katherine Whitehorn

Christmas makes me happy no matter what time of year it comes around.
- Bryan White

Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder.
The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty,
for in it are born our art, our science,
our religion.
- Ralph W. Sockman

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

Now I'm an old Christmas tree, the roots of which have died.
They just come along and while the little needles fall
off me replace them with medallions.
- Orson Welles

To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes
more difficult with every year.
- E. B. White

Lately I did a film called All I Want for Christmas
and it was well received.
This gave me a new point of view and a new respect
for my work as an actress.
- Sarah Polley

T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
- Clement Clarke Moore

When I was 12, all I wanted for Christmas was a trampoline or a four-wheeler.
I ended up getting both presents for Christmas.
- Chris Brown

My favorite traditional Christmas movie that I like
to watch is All Quiet on the Western Front.
It's just not December without that movie in my house.
- Tom Hanks

At Christmas our house is like a Donnie and Marie Christmas Special.
- Kevin Richardson

I have a musical called Goodbye and Good Luck,
based on a Grace Paley short story.
I also have King Island Christmas, and there are 20
different productions of it this year.
- David Friedman

Besides the two Christmas things, we've got a about
a dozen new tracks we're working on.
- Chris Frantz

Christmas...
is not an external event at all, but a piece of one's
home that one carries in one's heart.
- Freya Stark

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall,
the genial flame of charity in the heart.
- Washington Irving

My grandson sees me as Lois on TV every Christmas,
and that scores me points.
- Margot Kidder

There are very few people who have done more than one Christmas album.
- Isaac Hanson

Christmas isn't a season.
It's a feeling.
- Edna Ferber

Our whole family assembles in Chicago at Christmas
and usually in Aspen in the summer.
- James Cronin

But Tammy Faye calls me, and Ron Jeremy calls me,
Erik Estrada sends me a Christmas card every year.
- Trishelle Cannatella

I went to Sunday School and liked the stories about
Christ and the Christmas star.
They were beautiful.
They made you warm and happy to think about.
But I didn't believe them.
- Frances Farmer

Those worship songs on the Christmas project will air on PBS television.
That's highly unusual.
- John Tesh

I was thrilled one year when I was younger when not
only did my brothers get hockey sticks for Christmas -
but I did too!
- Nancy Kerrigan

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas
with a note on it saying,
toys not included.
- Bernard Manning

I stone got crazy when I saw somebody run down them
strings with a bottleneck.
My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree and I said that I had to learn.
- Muddy Waters

According to an ancient Sardinian legend,
the bodies of those who are born on Christmas Eve will
never dissolve into dust but are preserved until the end of time.
- Grazia Deledda

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory,
like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
- Garrison Keillor

I love Christmas, not just because of the presents
but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.
- Ashley Tisdale

Orphans, dead parents, lonely children at Christmas,
morose spoken word recordings, everything you love about the holidays.
Move the turkey over so you can fit your head in the oven.
- April Winchell

I don't think Christmas is necessarily about things.
It's about being good to one another,
it's about the Christian ethic, it's about kindness.
- Carrie Fisher

I love Christmas.
I really do love Christmas.
I love being with my family and I love snow.
I love the music and the lights and all of it.
- Christina Applegate

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they
want and adults pay for it.
Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want -
and their kids pay for it.
- Richard Lamm

To understand this Christmas record,
you have to understand our ministry.
- John Tesh

I get a little behind during Lent, but it comes out even at Christmas.
- Frank Butler

I actually share her view and understand her frustration
when any government attempts to ban secular symbols
like Santa Claus or Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer or Christmas lights.
- Steve Israel

I'm so depressed.
Christmas is the worst of all.
Holidays are terrible, worse than Sundays.
I get melancholia.
- David O. Selznick

Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought,
doesn't come from a store.
- Dr. Seuss

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.
- Roy L. Smith


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