I’m taking a week off and turning the whole thing over to Will. After all, President Trump is playing golf in Florida and Congress is off to who-knows-where. Now, if by chance you read these quotes originally 90 to 95 years ago, I figure you have forgotten half of ‘em and they will appear fresh.
Historic quotes on Christmas by Will Rogers:
“And a Merry Christmas to…the Senate and the House. May the literacy test never be applied to your constituents.” DT #752, Dec. 24, 1928
“I am too busy replacing presents to write today. I bought some mechanical and electric things for the kids and wore ’em out playing with ‘em myself.” DT #120, Dec. 23, 1926
“Merry Christmas, my constant readers… No scandal today. There is some, but it will be more scandalous by tomorrow.” DT #121, Dec. 24, 1926
“This was a very merry Christmas for me, in fact the best I have enjoyed in years. The shirts my wife gave me were the right size. Of course they were the wrong color, but if married, one must not be too particular. For a while it looked like I would spend a perfect Christmas. Then about noon a necktie arrived.” WA #108, Jan. 4, 1925
“It just don’t look like there is much left to the old time Christmas but socks, neckties and handkerchiefs. Mothers’, children’s and friends’ presents have undergone a great change, but the old Father still can rest assured that he can dig in the ribbon-wrapped package and dig out three handkerchiefs, a misfit pair of socks or a red tie.” WA #315, Jan. 6, 1929
“Well the Christmas spirit is over now… If we spent as much with the Salvation Army as we do with the telegraph companies every Christmas, why the poor would be fat all Winter. [replace “telegraph” with internet, cell phone, cable and live streaming] But we can all go back to work with a clear conscience. We fed ’em Christmas and New Years; now all the poor have to do is just to fill in a few meals till next Christmas.” DT #753, Dec. 25, 1928