1. "For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas." Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
2. "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit
3. "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own.
4. "You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." Khalil Gibran, The Prophet
5. "Christmas it seems to me is a necessary festival; we require a season we can regret all our flaws in our human relationships: it is the feast of failure, sad but consoling." Graham Greene, Travels with my Aunt
6. "Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them." Carlos Ruiz Zafron
7. "Hey great idea: If you have kids give your partner reading vouchers next Christmas. Each voucher entitles the bearer to two hours' reading time *while the kids are awake.* It might look like a cheapskate present, but parents will appreciate that it costs more in real terms than a Lamborghini." Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree
8. "Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind." William Shakespeare,
9. "One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books." J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
10. "After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations." Oscar Wilde,
11. "One day you will do things for me that you hate. That is what it means to be family."
12. "Later, when you've grown up, you realize you never really get to hang out with your family. You pretty much have only eighteen years to spend with them full time, and that's it." Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Without with Me?
13. "I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves." Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
14. "And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who demand of it necessary, serious, and great things." Ranier Maria Rilke, Letters of Ranier Maria Rilke, 1892-1910
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