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The purpose and cause of the incarnation was that He might illuminate the world by His wisdom and excite it to the love of Himself.

Peter Abelard (1079-1142) French theologian and philosopher.

A woman spent all Christmas Day in a telephone box without ringing anyone. If someone comes to phone, she leaves the box, then resumes her place afterwards. No one calls her either, but from a window in the street, someone watched her all day, no doubt since they had nothing better to do. The Christmas syndrome.

Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) French sociologist, and philosopher.

Call a truce, then, to our labors -- let us feast with friends and neighbors, and be merry as the custom of our caste; for if ''faint and forced the laughter,'' and if sadness follow after, we are richer by one mocking Christmas past.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) British writer.

This is the month, and this the happy morn, wherein the Son of heaven's eternal King, of wedded Maid and Virgin Mother born, our great redemption from above did bring.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet.

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

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) Protestant preacher and author.

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