…the gallop…


…”A-List Doctor can show you how to party (healthy) like a rock star”…”Five steps that can help you win the battle against aged related weight-gain”…”Toronto TV-lovers attempt to set world viewing record”…”15 fun & original toys for the little ones on your list”…”24 cookies of Christmas: Day 8’s sweet surprise keeps it easy–no bake!…”75 book ideas for Christmas, for everyone on your list (and we mean everyone!)…”Hospitals look to horses to help with the healing process”…

Cheers to the plethora of headlines that at this time of year can sometimes be overwhelming and scream—NAY!!!…

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of all people below as if they really are fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ~Charles Dickens adapt.

Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year — and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority. ~W.J. Cameron

Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a human has to be themself. ~Francis C. Farley adapt.

In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it “Christmas” and went to church; the Jews called it “Hanukka” and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say “Merry Christmas!” or “Happy Hanukka!” or (to the atheists) “Look out for the wall!” ~Dave Barry, “Christmas Shopping: A Survivor’s Guide”

“It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!… Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” ~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

No matter how carefully you stored the lights last year, they will be snarled again this Christmas. ~Robert Kirby

Let Christmas not become a thing
Merely of merchant’s trafficking,
Of tinsel, bell and holly wreath
And surface pleasure, but beneath
The childish glamour, let us find
Nourishment for soul and mind.
Let us follow kinder ways
Through our teeming human maze,
And help the age of peace to come
From a Dreamer’s martyrdom.
~Madeline Morse

Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. ~Author Unknown

Cheers2 a ‘festive season’ full of smiles—enjoy the gallop!!!



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