Merry Christmas Eve to one and all. For those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays to you too. It seems to me that this day has been coming at break neck speed for about a month now. Well, it actually seems like it has been coming since Halloween since that is when I heard the first Christmas song on the radio.

Merry Christmas Eve to one and all. For those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays to you too. It seems to me that this day has been coming at break neck speed for about a month now. Well, it actually seems like it has been coming since Halloween since that is when I heard the first Christmas song on the radio.


But this isn’t a rant about Christmas sales starting too early. This is a wish that everyone reading this newspaper today finds love in their heart, food in their fridge and a roof over their head. It is a wish that every reader has a sense of purpose, peace and joy as the world slows just a bit to celebrate the next 48 hours.


While I could wax on poetic a bit more here but instead I would like to leave you all with a few gems from Christmas movies that have thrilled us all over the years. Those who find themselves stuck for a little time filler might try turning them into a guessing game with family and friends.


• "Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?" — Clarence from "It’s A Wonderful Life."


• "What is the matter with you? I thought Mothers were sweet and nice a-a-and Patient. I know loan sharks who are more forgiving than you. Your husband ain’t dead, lady. He’s hiding." — Gus from "The Ref".


• "For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself." — narrator "A Christmas Carol.


• "Over the years I got to be quite a connoisseur of soap. My personal preference was for Lux, but I found Palmolive had a nice, piquant after-dinner flavor - heady, but with just a touch of mellow smoothness. Life Buoy, on the other hand…" — Ralphie the narrator in "A Christmas Story."


• "We’re kicking off our fun old fashion family Christmas by heading out into the country in the old front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select that most important of Christmas symbols. —Clark from "A Christmas Vacation."


• "If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around," — The Prime Minister, "Love Actually."


• "Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near. Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp. Christmas Day will always be just as long as we have we. Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand," — the Narrator from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."


• "God Bless us, every one." — Tiny Tim from "A Christmas Carol."