Saturday, November 30, 2013

Charles Dickens on Christmas

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       "It is a wonderful thing" wrote Charles Dickens, "the period of Christmas! I wonder how many hundreds of thousands of parents have discovered at Christmas time, under the magic of the season--through some little, little thing done by son or daughter--that those they thought estranged from them, by those things which come between, still loved them with a memory more tender than they had dreamed of.
       "I wonder how many sons and daughters, under the magic influence of Christmas, have had their hearts softened so as to be moved by some little manifestation of love by father or mother, which they would have thought little of, perhaps despised, at any other season."

      The following pictures were restored by Kathy Grimm for the purpose of reprinting on Christmas Cards or including a little print with a handwritten letter for a loved one. Visitors should read The Terms of Use before downloading them from here. Use them in your own personal crafts and letters freely but do not redistribute them over the web or profit from them by selling the work in it's original state. (This means burning the jpgs. to CDs or using them to draw traffic to web pages.) The quotes are from the same book, "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens. The paintings were originally painted by A. C. Michael for "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens - Published by New York : Hodder and Stoughton 1911, A Bound / Flex Cover / Reprint / FBRE, Ltd., 1911.
"For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas,
when its mighty Founder was a child Himself."
"There is nothing in the world so irresistibly
contagious as laughter and good humor."
"I wear the chain I forged in life...
 I made it link by link,
 and yard by yard;
 I girded it on of my own free will,
 and of my own free will I wore it."
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