Holiday highlights... in passages and pics

It was quite indescribable. It was like what happens when you shake a kaleidoscope. The parts of it are the same parts, but they are arranged differently; they are arranged in a new pattern...
~Agatha Christie "The Water Bus"

family at Christmas 

They err who thinks Santa Claus comes down through the chimney; he really enters through the heart.
~Charles W. Howard

Santa jammies

They pressed their noses against the squares of glass in the windows that Pa had made, and they were glad they could see out. But they wished they could see snow.
~Laura Ingalls Wilder, "Mr. Edwards Meets Santa Claus"

 dog at window

In the eyes of children we find the joy of Christmas. In their hearts we find its meaning.
~Leland Thomas

 child with candle

toddler with Christmas gift

boy at Christmas

At Christmas, play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.
~Thomas Tusse

 holiday glasses

sisters at Christmas

The best of all gifts around any Christmas Tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
~Burton Hillis

 gift from sister

Christmas eve gift

When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest thing — not the great occasions — give off the greatest glow of happiness.
~Bob Hope

 pit-pointer at Christmas

Christmas treats for dogs

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
~W. Somerset Maugham

Breaking Bad for Christmas

opening Christmas gift

There was a good deal of laughing and kissing and explaining, in the simple, loving fashion which makes these home-festivals so pleasant at the time, so sweet to remember long afterward, and then all fell to work.
~Louisa May Alcott, "Christmas at Orchard House"

 man in apron

Keep your Christmas-heart open all the year round.
~Jessica Archmint

dogs at Christmas

happy brothers at Christmas 

Today's fill-in-the-blank:

Highlights of my holiday included _____________.