Christmas quotes

Quotes are a unique way to describe the way we think about something, to describe the way we feel. There is something about a good quote from someone respected (and sometimes even from someone unknown) that is just really, really inspiring. Enjoy this list of more than 50 Christmas quotes to put you in a holiday state of mind, listed alphabetically by author.

Christmas quotesThere’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.”
~ Erma Bombeck (1927-1996), American author and humorist.

Christmas quotesGifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”
~ Peg Bracken.

Christmas quotesThe earth has grown old with its burden of care But at Christmas it always is young, The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair And its soul full of music breaks the air, When the song of angels is sung.”
~ Phillips Brooks (1835-93), American Episcopal bishop, wrote ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’.

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Quotes – words of wisdom

Christmas quotesChristmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given–when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.”
~ Joan Winmill Brown, American author and editor.

Christmas quotesThis is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.”
~ Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985), English novelist.

Christmas quotesRemember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.”
~ Charlotte Carpenter.

Christmas quotesThere are no strangers on Christmas Eve.”
~ Adele Comandini and Edward Sutherland. Michael O’Brien (Charles Winninger), Beyond Tomorrow, after proposing that the partners invite three strangers to dinner (1940).

Christmas quotesTo the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.”
~ Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), American president. Presidential message (December 25, 1927).

Christmas quotesChristmas, in its final essence, is for grown people who have forgotten what children know. Christmas is for whoever is old enough to have denied the unquenchable spirit of man.”
~ Margaret Cousins (1905- ), senior editor Doubleday Publishing Company.

Christmas quotesUnless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.”
~ Bing Crosby (1904-1977), American singer and film actor.

Christmas quotesIt is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one’s fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit.”
~ Isabel Currier.

Christmas quotesI will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
~ Charles Dickens (1812-1870), English author. From ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Christmas quotesSomething about an old-fashioned Christmas is hard to forget.”
~ Hugh Downs (1921- ), American newscaster.

Christmas quotesThey err who thinks Santa Claus comes down through the chimney; he really enters through the heart.”
~ Mrs. Paul M. Ell.

Christmas quotesIt is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”
~ W. T. Ellis

Christmas quotesChristmas, my child, is love in action.”
~ Dale Evans (1912-2001), American film actress, singer and songwriter. Wife of Roy Rogers.

Christmas quotesDo give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.”
~ Lenore Hershey

Christmas quotesMy first copies of Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn still have some blue-spruce needles scattered in the pages. They smell of Christmas still.”
~ Charlton Heston (1923- ), American film actor.

Christmas quotesAt Christmas, all roads lead home.”
~ Marjorie Holmes, American writer.

Christmas quotesIt comes every year and will go on forever. And along with Christmas belong the keepsakes and the customs. Those humble, everyday things a mother clings to, and ponders, like Mary in the secret spaces of her heart.”
~ Marjorie Holmes, American writer.

Christmas quotesMy idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
~ Bob Hope, American film actor and comedian.

Christmas quotesWhen we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.”
~ Bob Hope, American film actor and comedian.

Christmas quotesChristmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”
~ Washington Irving (1783-1859), American short-story writer and essayist.

Christmas quotesThe joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.”
~ W. C. Jones

Christmas quotesA lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.”
~ Garrison Keillor (1942-), American author. ‘Exiles,’ Leaving Home (1987).

Christmas quotesWere I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive.”
~ Robert Lynd (1892-1970), American sociologist.


Christmas quotesChristmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart…filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.”
~ Bess Streeter Aldrich (1881-1954), American author, ‘Song of Years’.

Christmas quotesChristmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”
~ Oren Arnold

Christmas quotesI sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays–let them overtake me unexpectedly–waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: ‘Why this is Christmas Day!'”
~ Ray Stannard Baker, pseud. David Grayson (1870-1946), American author, journalist.

Christmas quotesThe perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!”
~ Charles N. Barnard, American author, travel writer.


Quotes makes you think

Christmas quotesBlessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
~ Hamilton Wright Mabie (1845-1916), American author, essayist and critic.

Christmas quotesI wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.”
~ Harlan Miller

Christmas quotesChristmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence.”
~ Joan Mills

Christmas quotesChristmas is, of course, the time to be home – in heart as well as body.”
~ Garry Moore

Christmas quotesWhat is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”
~ Agnes M. Pahro

Christmas quotesChristmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993), American Protestant religious leader, author.

Christmas quotesI 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 (1898-1993), American Protestant religious leader, author.

Christmas quotesMankind is a great, an immense family… This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.”
~ Pope John XXIII

Christmas quotesOne of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”
~ Andy Rooney (1919-), American writer, producer, humorist.

Christmas quotesThe best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature.”
~ Andy Rooney (1919-), American writer, producer, humorist.

Christmas quotesChristmas–that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance–a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.”
~ Augusta E. Rundell

Christmas quotesChristmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”
~ Charles Schulz (1922-2000), American cartoonist ‘Peanuts’.

Christmas quotesAs long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.”
~ Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), American newscaster.

Christmas quotesMaybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more.”
~ Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), American author of children’s books. From ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’.

Christmas quotesChristmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.”
~ Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), American newscaster.

Christmas quotesChristmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion.”
~ Ralph Sockman (1889-1970), American religious leader.

Christmas quotesHe who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.”
~ Sunshine Magazine

Christmas quotesChristmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.”
~ Margaret Thatcher (1925- ), English political leader.

Christmas quotesAt Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year.”
~ Thomas Tusser (c. 1515-1580), author ‘The Farmer’s Daily Diet’.

Christmas quotesChristmas is for children. But it is for grownups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts.”
~ Lenora Mattingly Weber (1895-1971), American author.

Christmas quotesLike snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance – each beautiful, unique and too soon gone.”
~ Deborah Whipp (1964-), web designer.

Christmas quotesNever worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.”
~ Larry Wilde, author ‘The Merry Book of Christmas’.

Christmas quotesWhich Christmas is the most vivid to me? It’s always the next Christmas.”
~ Joanne Woodward (1930- ), American film actress.

External links:

QUOTELADY CHRISTMAS QUOTES: QuoteLady.com offers a nice selection of Christmas quotations.

AMUSING CHRISTMAS QUOTES: Holiday quotes from AmusingQuotes.com with a humorous twist.

DAILY CELEBRATIONS CHRISTMAS QUOTES: Several pages of Christmas sayings and poetry snippets.

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