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Holidays

  • As a kid, you await holidays with a wide-eyed, passionate, almost maniacal enthusiasm. Heavy breathing is involved.

  • Whoever decided that comic valentines were a good idea should have been sent away to think it over.

  • All entertainments on St. Valentine's Day should be of a gay and frivolous nature. The "Lovers' Luncheon" is a favourite; "Hearts and Showers," a special Valentine shower for the bride-to-be, is increasingly popular; the Valentine masquerade dance is particularly appropriate for the occasion; and, of course, Valentine teas, luncheons, and dinners are always enjoyable. Recently the Valentine bridge party has come into favour.

  • A holiday gives one a chance to look backward and forward, to reset oneself by an inner compass.

  • Passover, I think, will always be my happiest holiday, because no matter how old I'll be, at Passover time I'm always the little girl at my grandma's house.

    • Gertrude Berg,
    • in Gertrude Berg and Myra Waldo, The Molly Goldberg Jewish Cookbook ()
  • A holiday isn't a holiday, without plenty of freedom and fun.

  • We each have a litany of holiday rituals and everyday habits that we hold on to, and we often greet radical innovation with the enthusiasm of a baby meeting a new sitter. We defend against it and — not always, but often enough — reject it. Slowly we adjust, but only if we have to.

  • ... fireworks had for her a direct and magical appeal. Their attraction was more complex than that of any other form of art. They had pattern and sequence, colour and sound, brilliance and mobility; they had suspense, surprise, and a faint hint of danger; above all, they had the supreme quality of transience, which puts the keenest edge on beauty and makes it touch some spring in the heart which more enduring excellences cannot reach.

  • I love the holidays! I hate the holidays!

  • My favorite time of the holidays is when the children have torn open their loot and delivered their verdicts and are looking to you for something else ... memories that have nothing to do with things bought.

    • Jamie Lee Curtis,
    • in Leonard Louis Levinson, ed., Bartlett's Unfamiliar Quotations ()
  • ... everyone should wear a costume on Halloween, except those for whom it would be redundant.

  • Holidays are enticing only for the first week or so. After that, it is no longer such a novelty to rise late and have little to do.

  • Upon an Easter Morning, / So early in the day, / The organ in the chancel / Sang both grand and gay ...

  • Upon an Easter Morning, / So early in the day, / The bird raised up his whistle / To tune the night away ...

  • It is Easter morning. / Children who are still / as gentle as milk / wake to its wonder; / the children will eat sweets / and sing with angels and birds. / The bells have come home / from Rome / on a flight of silver.

  • Public holidays are like air-raids — it is fatal to be caught out in the open.

  • As we mark this Memorial Day and pay tribute to those who died in the military, let us recognize two critical things we can do for our vets. One is to take better care of them here at home — the homeless vets, the jobless vets, the vets suffering from the mental wounds that haunt them and contribute to a heart-wrenching suicide rate of twenty-two a day. The second thing we can do is stop sending our young men and women off to die in unwinnable wars of choice that will only make more enemies. Stop squandering our precious resources, including the lives of poor youth, to fight for rich men's military contracts.