A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 20, 2016
“Living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world”

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) spent 52 years at Marble Collegiate Church and was one of New York City’s most famous preachers. Peale wrote in the book My Christmas Treasury (1991):

“I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.”

Peale’s Christmas message has been printed on many GIFs.


Wikipedia: Norman Vincent Peale
Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) was an American minister and author (most notably of The Power of Positive Thinking) and a progenitor of “positive thinking”. His ideas were not accepted by mental health experts.
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Raised as a Methodist and ordained as a Methodist minister in 1922, Peale changed his religious affiliation to the Reformed Church in America in 1932 and began a 52-year tenure as pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. During that time the church’s membership grew from about 600 to over 5,000, and he became one of New York City’s most famous preachers.

OCLC WorldCat record
My Christmas treasury
Author: Norman Vincent Peale
Publisher: [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, ©1991.
Edition/Format: Print book : English : 1st ed
Database: WorldCat
Summary:
A collection of the Christmas hymns, carols, poems, and stories and meditations that have provided inspiration

Google Books
Norman Vincent Peale: Words that Inspired Him:
A Lifetime of Favorite Writings, Poems, and Quotations.

By Norman Vincent Peale
New York, NY: Inspirational Press
1994
Pg. 149 (My Christmas Treasury):
I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world. I hope that these selections will help you do this.

Merry Christmas to you! May the glory that we celebrate in this Christmas season fill your life forever and ever.

Google Books
In the Spirit of Christmas
By Criswell Freeman
New York, NY: Dorset Press
2001
Pg. 81:
I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.
Norman Vincent Peale

B Here Today
31 Christmas Quotes to Keep You Mindful
1 Dec, 2014
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17. I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Google Books
Christmas Blessings:
Prayers and Poems to Celebrate the Season

By June Cotner
Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing
2015
Pg. ?:
I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world. —NORMAN VINCENT PEALE .

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Bobbe Brooks
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“Tell the #Christmas story, sing Christmas songs, live the Christmas spirit…bring joy to th world.”
― Dr Norman V Peale #Quotes
3:40 PM - 20 Dec 2016

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