Christmas Quotes

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night.

Christmas is really a time for families to unite. It is a time to share all the laughter and cheers. Without you, this family will not be called a family. You complete our lives. Merry Christmas . . . !!!

The Christmas quotes from notable figures, famous Christmas movies, The Bible, celebrities, funny ones, Christmas songs, prayers and more …  for sharing with your loved ones as you wish them a Merry Christmas.

Christmas Quotes

Christmas is love in action. – Dale Evans

Christmas is not a date but a state of mind. – Ellen Chase

Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind. – Mary Ellen Chase

Christmas is over and Business is Business. – Franklin Pierce Adams

Christmas is a stocking stuffed with sugary goodness. – Mo Rocca

Christmas is the day that holds all time together. – Alexander Smith

Christmas is love come down to earth, a gift of infinite worth. – Unknown

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. – Charles M. Schulz

Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show.
The secret lies in an inner glow.
It’s lighting a fire inside the heart.
Good will and joy a vital part.
It’s higher thought and a greater plan.
It’s glorious dream in the soul of man. – Wilfred A. Peterson

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing, but of reflection. – Winston Churchill

Christmas is a day of joy and charity. May God make you rich in both. – Phillips Brooks

Christmas is Family, Friends, Hope, Joy, Memories, Peace and Love. – Unknown

Christmas is the glorious time of great Too-Much. – James Henry Leigh Hunt

Christmas is for everyone, adults and children alike.
Allow this season fill your heart, and let go of the things you dislike. – Julie Hebert

Christmas is not only where you find it, it’s what you make of it. – Trina Schart Hyman

Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money. – Unknown

Christmas is a race to see which gives out first – your money or your feet. – anonymous

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. – Janice Maeditere

Christmas is a feeling true friends share with laughter and love to show that they care. – Unknown

Christmas is a time of giving, and a time to share, all the love you harbor close. – Julie Hebert

Christmas is a time when everybody wants his past forgotten and his present remembered. – Phyllis Diller

Christmas is forever, not for just one day. For loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away. – Norman Wesley Brooks

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends. – Margaret Thatcher

Christmas is a time to celebrate family and friends so this is my chance to tell you how much you mean to me. – Unknown

Oh, Christmas is a time of year I love with all my heart; And best of all, I think I like The getting-ready part! – Doris Wilder

Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving, and of families united. – Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving. – B.C. Forbes

Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home. – G.K. Chesterton

Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most. – Ruth Carter Stapleton

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. – Washington Irving

Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever. – Richelle E. Goodrich

Christmas is an indictment before it becomes a delight. It will not have its intended effect until we feel desperately the need for a Savior. – John Piper

Christmas 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

Christmas is not just a day, an event to be observed and speedily forgotten. It is a spirit which should permeate every part of our lives. – William Parks

Christmas is a time for giving love, best wishes and mending damaged relationships. Let this be your guide this Christmas Eve as we celebrate the birth of Christ. – Unknown

Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today’s Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday. – Gladys Taber

Christmas is not just a time for festivity and merry making. It is more than that. It is a time for the contemplation of eternal things. The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving. – J. C. Penney

Christmas is for children. But it is for grown-ups 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

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It’s discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. – Thomas S. Monson

Christmas is the celebration of the event that set heaven to singing, an event that gave the stars of the night sky a new brilliance. – Billy Graham

Christmas is a time for sharing with friends and family where joy, love and happiness seem more evident than any other time of the year. – Catherine Pulsifer

Christmas is taken very seriously in this household. I believe in Father Christmas, and there’s no way I’d do anything to undermine that belief. – Carol Ann Duffy

Christmas is all about love, family and children. it doesn’t matter what we eat or what presents we get as long as the holidays are spent with loved ones. happy happy happy Christmas. – Anonymous

Christmas is definitely the season of lights. But a modern Christmas song – ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’ reminds us of the light that shone at the very first Christmas. – David Jeremaih

Christmas is God lighting a candle; and you don’t light a candle in a room that’s already full of sunlight. You light a candle in a room that’s so murky that the candle, when lit, reveals just how bad things really are. – N.T. Wright

Christmas is much more than a season for feeling good. It is about knowing our need for healing and celebrating the coming of a Savior who alone can give us the healing and sight we all need. – S. Joseph Krempa

Christmas is all about Good News. But it’s not the good news of special gifts. It’s not the good news of a big meal. It’s not even the good news of spending time with friends and family. Christmas is about the Good News of God’s love. – Rick Warren

Christmas is the time for looking ahead courageously through the gates of the swiftly approaching new year … of resolving that the coming months will reflect a kinder, more forgiving and less heedless person than mirrored in the past. – Ellen V. Morgan

Christmas is a rare occasion when we are reminded that we have obligations to people we did not choose to be related to, and that love is not just a spontaneous feeling but something we sometimes really have to work at, with people we may not even much like. – Julian Baggini

Christmas is a charming and memorable season for children, and it is perfectly reasonable for well-informed adults to enjoy cribs, candles, and carols, decorated trees, presents, and family feasts. It is not possible, however, to be a well-informed adult believer without adding to the value of the Christmas celebration by searching for the deeper meaning of the gospels, a meaning that is beyond the comprehension of young children. – Noel Cooper

Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas. – Pope John XXIII

The world has grown weary through the years but at Christmas it is young – Phillips Brooks

There is no sadder thing that to wake up on Christmas day and not be a child – Erma Bombeck

The true message of Christmas is this, we are never alone – Taylor Caldwell

Christmas that is not found in the heart, can’t be found under a tree – Charlotte Carpenter

We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill

At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year. – Thomas Tusser

Love the giver more than the gift. – Brigham Young

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. – W.T. Ellis

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! – Edward Pola and George Wyle

For it is in giving that we receive. – Francis of Assisi

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. – Peg Bracken

A good conscience is a continual Christmas. – Benjamin Franklin

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. – Charles Dickens

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. – Mary Ellen Chase

The greatest and most momentous fact which the history of the world records is the fact of Christ’s birth. – Charles H. Spurgeon

Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes – goodwill among men and peace on earth. – Albert Einstein

The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has no Christmas in his heart. – Helen Keller

Even as an adult I find it difficult to sleep on Christmas Eve. Yuletide excitement is a potent caffeine, no matter your age. – Carrie Latet

Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold! – Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year. – Victor Borge

Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world. – C.S. Lewis

This Christmas, celebrate the season as though it were your last. One day, you’ll be right. – Kathleen M. Carroll

All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ. – David Jeremiah

Some businessmen are saying this could be the greatest Christmas ever. I always thought that the first one was. – Art Fettig

There must always be a secret to be unwrapped at Christmas—that’s the rule – John Geddes

Something of eternal significance transpired there. Not only was the calendar of the world changed, but heaven itself and eternity were affected. – J. Vernon McGee

God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If He gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it. – Pope Francis

Christmas always rustled. It rustled every time, mysteriously, with silver and gold paper, tissue paper and a rich abundance of shiny paper, decorating and hiding everything and giving a feeling reckless extravagance. – Tove Jansson

What is Christmas? It is the tenderness of the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future. – Agnes M. Pahro

The joy of brightening other lives becomes for us the magic of the holidays. – W.C. Jones

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. – Washington Irving

Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance — each beautiful, unique and too soon gone. – Deborah Whipp

For somehow, not only at Christmas, but all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you. – John Greenleaf Whittier

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

I heard the bells on Christmas Day; their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the word repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men! – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The thing about Christmas is that it almost doesn’t matter what mood you’re in or what kind of a year you’ve had — it’s a fresh start. – Kelly Clarkson

This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone. – Taylor Caldwell

Christmas time is cherished family time. family time is sacred time. – Anonymous

Heap on the wood! the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
We’ll keep our Christmas merry still. – Walter Scott, Sr.

The only blind person at Christmas time is he who has not Christmas in his heart. – Helen Keller

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. – Hamilton Wright Mabi

Love came down at Christmas; love all lovely, love divine; love was born at Christmas, stars and angels gave the sign. – Christina G. Rossetti

I get a little behind during Lent, but it comes out even at Christmas. – Frank Butler

My mother-in-law has come round to our house at Christmas seven years running. This year we’re having a change. We’re going to let her in. – Leslie Dawson, Jr.

Bloody Christmas, here again, let us raise a loving cup, peace on earth, goodwill to men, and make them do the washing up. – Wendy Cope

Most of the soap operas always use the Christmas special to kill huge quantities of their characters. So they have trams coming off their rails, or cars slamming into each other or burning buildings. It’s a general clean-out. – Baron Fellowes

Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better than to arrive. – Stephen John Fry

It may be a cliche, but it’s true – the build-up to Christmas is so much more pleasurable than the actual day itself. – Julie Burchill

The best Christmas present I got from my husband was a week to do whatever I wanted. – Olivia Haigh Williams

If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. – Bob Hope

Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand. – Dr. Seuss

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, 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 all will shine a star – sending its gleam of hope to the world.  – Calvin Coolidge

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. – Norman Vincent Peal

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending. – Fred Rogers

Christmas Day is in our grasp, as long as we have hands to clasp! Christmas Day will always be, just as long, as we have we! Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand! – Dr. Seuss

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. – Clement Clarke Moore

The 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

Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us. – David Cameron

One 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

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. – Burton Hills

As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same. – Donald E. Westlake

Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. – Dale Evans

When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness. – Bob Hope

As we give presents at Christmas, we need to recognize that sharing our time and ourselves is such an important part of giving. – Gordon B. Hinckley

It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you. Yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand. – Mother Teresa

I believe in miracles, I believe in magic too. Oh, I believe in Santa Claus and I believe in you. – Dolly Parton

What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine. – Oprah Winfrey

As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is. – Eric Sevareid

When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, we hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago, and etched on vacant places are half-forgotten faces of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more… – Dr. Seuss

I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season. – Ashley Tisdale

There is nothing sadder in this world than to awake on Christmas morning and not be a child. – Erma Bombeck

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. – Larry Wilde

Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing: Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again. – Grace Noll Crowell

Christmas… 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 Rundel

A little smile, a word of cheer, A bit of love from someone near, A little gift from one held dear, Best wishes for the coming year … These make a Merry Christmas! – John Greenleaf Whittier

Let us keep Christmas beautiful without a thought of greed. – Ann Garnett Schultz

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. – Agnes M. Pahro

Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance – each beautiful, unique, and gone too soon. – Deborah Whipp

You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell Him you have received His Christmas gift. – John R. Rice

Adults can take a simple holiday for Children and screw it up. What began as a presentation of simple gifts to delight and surprise children around the Christmas tree has culminated in a woman unwrapping six shrimp forks from her dog, who drew her name. – Erma Bombeck

He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute. – Augustine

There is no connection between the worship of idols and the use of Christmas trees. We should not be anxious about baseless arguments against Christmas decorations. Rather, we should be focused on the Christ of Christmas and giving all diligence to remembering the real reason for the season. – John MacArthur 

Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life. – Corrie Ten Boom

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time.
Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs? – G.K. Chesterton

If God would grant us the vision, the word sacrifice would disappear from our lips and thoughts; we would hate the things that seem now so dear to us; our lives would suddenly be too short, we would despise time-robbing distractions and charge the enemy with all our energies in the name of Christ. May God help us ourselves by the eternities that separate the Aucas from a Comprehension of Christmas and Him, who, though he was rich, yet for our sakes became poor so that we might, through his poverty, be made rich. – Nate Saint

The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation. – J.I. Packer

Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. – Anonymous

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 now surrounds us,
Happiness is everywhere
Our hands are busy with many tasks
As carols fill the air. – Shirley Sallay

Heap on the wood!-the wind is chill; 
But let it whistle as it will, 
We’ll keep our Christmas merry still. – Sir Walter Scott

Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen. – Unknown

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

Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; Teach us to be patient and always to be kind. – Helen Steiner Rice

When we recall Christmas past we usually find that the simplest things, not the great occasions, give off the greatest glow of happiness. – Bob Hope

The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things. – Thomas S. Monson

Good news from heaven the angels bring, Glad tidings to the earth they sing: To us this day a child is given, To crown us with the joy of heaven. – Martin Luther

Christmas Quotes

It’s that wonderful time again,
When Christmas isn’t far.
Lights, ornaments and tinsel too,
Then lastly put on that star! – Julie Hebert

Great little one!
Whose all-embracing birth
Lifts earth to heaven,
stoops heaven to earth. – Richard Crashaw

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
There old familiar carols play
And wild and sweet, the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The real Santa Claus is at the mall. – Lemony Snicket

Advent creates people, new people. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The spirit of Christmas is found when we lift the load of others. – Toni Sorenson

She was so busy doing Christmas, there wasn’t time to experience Christmas. – Lori Copeland

Its Christmas Eve! Its the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be. – Bill Murray

Christmas 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 Street Aldrich

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. – Clement C. Moore

What Eve is like the Christmas Eve?… In any land, A day so grand – So pure as Christmas Day. – Louis Charles

The Christmas cards we receive each year remind us of the importance of friends and family not only at this special time of year but for the whole year. – Catherine Pulsifer

Because – don’t you know, Santa Claus is the spirit of Christmas: and ever and ever so many years ago when the dear little Baby was born after whom we call Christmas, and was cradled in a manger out in the stable. – Jacob Riis

Whatever the circumstances around your Christmas are this year – may you find peace and hope in inviting Jesus right into the mess. – Jenni Hunt

Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas. – Ronald Reagan

An angel spoke these words. Shepherds heard them first. But what the angel said to them, God says to anyone who will listen. There has been born for you . . . Jesus is the gift. Max Lucado

All the world is young at Christmas. Author Unknown

The secular Christmas is a festival of lights, a time for family gatherings, and a season to generously give to those closest to us and to those in greatest need. These practices are enriching to everyone, and they are genuinely congruent with the Christian origins of the celebration. Timothy Keller

There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas. Charles Dickens

With His birth there came into the world a new song of gladness, a song so joyous that after nearly two thousand years we are still singing it. ….Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Jane Palmer

It’s not the giving and getting of gifts (but I have joy with giving) that makes this holiday so memorable, but the coming together with friends and family and sharing the joy of Christ’s birth. Robin Redmon Dreyer

The meaning of Advent: ‘the arrival of a special person or event’. That first Christmas, the arrival of Jesus was a special event, a miraculous event. As Christians we are inspired to look forward with confidence to the advent of when Jesus returns. Catherine Pulsifer

For many generations Christmas has been joyously observed … because on that day was born one who grew to be the only perfect man and became the Savior of the world. No other fact, no other influence in human experience has compared with the birth and life of Christ. Calvin Coolidge

My brothers and sisters, the celebration of Jesus’ birth should ignite hearts of all humanity; humanity; especially Christian to rejoice. Why? Because this is a joyous time, a reverent time, and a humbling time. Dr. Joseph R. Rogers, Sr.

We have had difficult problems, and that is why we can understand the problems of other peoples. Our own struggle fostered this feeling of good will. And good will, after all, is the very essence of Christmas: peace and friendship to men of good will. Harry S. Truman

The 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

What has happened to the old-fashioned, spiritual Christmas? The cause is our disregard of Advent. The church set aside this four-week pre-Christmas season as a time of spiritual preparation for Christ’s coming. It is a time of quiet anticipation. John R. Brokhoff

We can scarcely hope to have a full Christmas if we turn a deaf ear to the suffering of even the least of Christ’s little ones. Harry S. Truman

The real spirit of Christmas is the joy of giving. We all of us enjoy what we receive, primarily because of the fact that behind each gift lies the loving thought of some individual. But for everyone the real thrill is the thrill of being able to give something no matter how small. Eleanor Roosevelt

The event which Christmas commemorates means more to the world as a whole than any other holiday that we observe. Lucretia Walker Hardy

But there is nothing better than a Christmas card with a personal message in it. . . A Christmas card tells people you are thinking of them and that you are grateful for having them in your life. Natalie Snow White

If each one of us gave only $to a charity that helped people who are less fortunate what a difference that would make! Especially at Christmas time, I would ask that you be that Angel that helps others by %. Catherine Pulsifer

My heart longs for you to realize that you can still celebrate, bless others, and truly enjoy Christmas while spending and doing less. Cherie Lowe

A good conscience is a continual Christmas. Benjamin Franklin

Apart from the living Word of Jesus, God’s greatest tangible Christmas present to us is His written Word, which is packed with promises about the future. Dr. David Jeremiah

More than , years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could find rest only in a stable, among the cattle and the sheep. But this was not just any child. Christ’s birth made the angels rejoice and attracted shepherds and kings from afar. He was a manifestation of God’s love for us. President Barack Obama

Snowflakes falling from the sky, not quite enough to stay. But soon it’ll be time for us to say, Merry Christmas on a marvelous day! Julie Hebert

If you gave me a Christmas gift and I never opened it, you would be disappointed. And it would be a worthless gift, because I don’t receive the benefit of a gift I never opened. Jesus Christ is God’s Christmas gift to you. Yet some of us have gone Christmas after Christmas and never opened the best gift of all: God’s gift of salvation. Why even celebrate Christmas if you’re not going to open the biggest gift? Rick Warren

Yes. I want us all to have a merry Christmas. But more than that I long for us to have a meaningful Christmas. Not one that is consumed with consuming or lost in senseless secondary conversations, but one that is fixed on adoration, celebration, consideration and awe. One that reflects on and gives thanks to God for sending Jesus to be our hope. Gwen Smith

Don’t let this Christmas season overwhelm you. Don’t feel you have to do everything, or go into debt just to impress other people. Focus instead on Jesus. Billy Graham

Pray that God would guide your search for Jesus this Christmas, and that He would open your heart to the revelation of His truth. Christine Trevino, Experience Christmas

It is not very practical to stand in the open door at midnight and let the snow blow in. But it has been my habit for years to close Christmas Day just so, sending my blessing out to all people in the world, those I know well and love greatly, and those I shall never see. Gladys Taber

The season of Advent, in effect, kicks off the Christmas celebrations. The parties start, the decorations and lights go up, and the Christmas music begins to play. Ronald Rolheiser

It always amazes me how people will dress in Jeans and a T-shirt for church and Christmas but wear a nice dress to a wedding. I think that we need to give the same amount of respect to Jesus and his birthday that we would give someone getting married. Tawra J. Kellam; Jill Cooper

I believe that cultural holidays give us an opportunity to reflect the light that we have received from God. In so doing, we may be God’s instrument in bringing men, women, and children to experience the forgiveness and eternal life that Christ came to offer. Gary Chapman

God doesn’t want us to live disconnected from him. Peace with God doesn’t come from something we do. Peace with God comes from what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. God wants to give you that important peace this Christmas season. Rick Warren

As we prepare ourselves for this Christmas season, we need to remember there is a reason to celebrate! It has nothing to do with anything ordinary. It is something that happened , years ago. We were given an incredible gift: the Christ Child who ultimately sacrifices his very life that we may have eternal life with him. Margie Harding, Christmas Countdown

The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In a thousand ways, I cause the weary world to look up into the face of God, and for a little moment forget the things that are small and wretched. E. C. Baird, Christmas Spirit

Angels have always been part of Christmas … Mary Hollingsworth 

Angels have always been part of Christmas . . . from the first Christmas until today. They are the glorious beings who announced the miraculous arrival of God’s Holy Son on earth in the form of a tiny baby. Mary Hollingsworth

What we’re not so keen on is the amount of money a family of our size can drop on Christmas gifts, decor and ‘stuff’ during the holiday season. Instead, we try to limit the number of gifts we’re actually buying for each other, focusing on charity, handmade gifts from the heart and simple celebrations. Mandi Ehman

This season look for the single threads, either from Scripture or from direct revelation, that together weave a tapestry of how much God loves you and wants you to know Him. Nan Corbitt Allen

The Christmas carols familiar to contemporary Christians in the West deserve our Christmas attention. They are biblical, beautiful, bountiful, and often breathtaking in the praise and honor they ascribe to Christ. Dr. David Jeremiah

As you prepare to celebrate Christmas this year, ask yourself this question: Have you left room in your inn for Jesus? Rick Warren

Each one of us who is fortunate not to have to deal with despair or lack of caring at Christmas can do much to help those who have so little. And, it doesn’t have to be a huge commitment either. Byron Pulsifer

What is Christmas at its best? It is a glimpse of things to come – the beauty, the worshipful music, the adoring angels, the love, the warmth, the promise, the hope. . .all things promised to us in a life to yet come. Greg Laurie

For me, this holiday–celebrating Christ’s birth–represents God’s infinite potential to save our souls, to fill us up, to connect us with loved ones, and to restore what’s been lost or stolen. Susie Larson, God With Us

Advent is the season of hope, joyful expectation and peaceful preparation for Christmas. Wayne Evans

At Christmas I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies also at the heart of the Christmas story. Queen Elizabeth II

We miss the purpose of Christ’s birth if we do not accept it as a living link which joins us together in spirit as children of the everliving and true God. Harry S. Truman

Unlike some of our Christmas traditions, our God does not change from year to year, from generation to generation, or even from century to century. Jack Countryman

Christmas can be the end of emptiness and waywardness; The beginning of happiness and purposefulness. William A Ward

Ground yourself in the real meaning of the season and let this focus bring calm and purpose to all the Christmas preparations surrounding you. Kathryn Shirey, Pray Deep for Advent

Late on a sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you would tear open a sparkling Christmas present. Then, with light and joy pouring out of Heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing the message that baby Jesus had been born. The world had a Saviour! Larry Libby

Traditions give us something to look forward to. We can look forward to the Christmas holiday season when we know that certain things will happen every year no matter what else is going. Rebekah Martin, Family Christmas Traditions

The day after Thanksgiving, we kick-off the Christmas season with a mad dash to get ‘great deals’ on all those great gifts we want to give to our friends and family (and of course ourselves :-)). Jose Figueroa, What Do You Mean is Not My Money?

It seems to be easier for people to receive at Christmas, but after the New Year people tend to go back to their old ways. Yet our need to give love, time and caring goes on the whole year round. Cathy Grant, The Journey

Now I make a point of donating to children in need every Christmas season. I know what it’s like to be on the receiving end. Lorraine C Ladish, Reach!

Missions should not be treated as a yearly event like Christmas. It must be a way of life. As Christians, we have no greater purpose than to tell the world about Christ. Shannon Scott, Influence

Perhaps we’re a little more the angels at Christmas than we are during the rest of the year. Jostein Gaarder, Through a Glass

Let’s face it: the Holiday Season brings up mixed emotions. Many times it is a mixed bag of conflicting feelings. Dr. Chrys Ghiraldini, Holiday Blues to Bliss

But if you could see into my children’s hearts, you would understand that, to them, Christmas is not only about the birth of Jesus – it’s also about celebrating the birth of Jesus. Lisa Whelchel, The Adventure of Christmas

We have quite a large collection of movies at our house, and we put it to good use during our family Christmas celebrations. Kurt Zimmerman, Christmas Traditions Your Family Can Start This Year!

Our culture and television tells us that Christmas is about buying stuff but actually Christmas is about loving others and the promise of love, forgiveness, and grace that the Savior brings. Henry Owen, How to Have a Green Christmas

Make an effort this Christmas season, along with your family, to see Who deserves to be seen. Yes, enjoy this holiday! Gifts, food, music, fellowship – there is much that can remind us of who Christ is and what He was born to accomplish in our lives. – Dr. David Jeremiah

On Christmas Eve, they came with arms filled with toys, candy, nuts and fruits! How dismal Christmas would have been for my sisters and me but for the kindness and thoughfulness of God’s children. – W. B. Knight

Like Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, what if you could see the end of your life, learn from it, and then come back to the present? – Drew Scott Pearlman

During the Octave of Christmas it is well to review the gifts we received at Christmas. But there is one gift in particular which is of supreme importance – the gift of a grateful heart. – Robert F. Morneau

This Christmas, let’s keep our focus on Jesus and celebrate the reason He came. – Sharon Jaynes

Sometimes, the very people we love get lost in the hustle and bustle of packed schedules, holiday parties, and Christmas musicals. This Christmas, let’s keep our focus on Jesus and celebrate the reason He came. – Sharon Jaynes

There is something each of us knows quite well, we do them every year.
Traditions passed down throughout the years, when holidays are finally here. – Julie Hebert

If you would like to do some entertaining during the holiday season but aren’t sure where to begin, try choosing a theme for a party. – Shanna Hatfield

The rituals of the holiday season give a rhythm to the years and create a foundation for your family lives. – Amy Newmark

Of all nights of the year there is not one that is more anxiously awaited by young people than the night that precedes Christmas. Then begins the great festival of the year; the festival in honour of the birth of Christ; the festival that reminds us of the Child born in a manger, of the shepherds near Bethlehem watching their flocks by night, and of the angels that sang of peace and goodwill to men. – Hamish Hendry

Whether you serve the plump crispy turkey, or something exotic wrapped in pandanus leaves, the feeling of Christmas is there. It is in the mind and in the heart. The faith we have in the good rises like a tide and wherever we are, we feel it. Christmas graces any board and gives a new lift to our life, and as we hear once more the familiar carols, we thank God for the birth of his Son. – Author Unknown

But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas-time, when it has come around-apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can apart from that – as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant 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 people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. – Charles Dickens

Jesus was born, lived, died, and rose again from the dead so that you could come into a relationship with God, receive the gift of eternal life, and live life with meaning and purpose. That is the real message of Christmas. Let every glimpse of red remind you of the greatest gift of all. – Greg Laurie

The true beauty of this season is that Christmas is a story of hope for the broken. – Christine Trevino

Christmas wishes to you and your family, from a family who cares for you. We wish you many smiles and delights, a celebration that is amazing too. – Kate Summers

One Christmas William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, wanted to send a message of encouragement to Salvationists throughout the world. A lengthy message was prohibitive, so he chose a message of but one word: Others! – Walter B Knight

This is a time to give thanks for loved ones, and look back on the past year. We come together – in places of worship, around the table, or under the tree – to celebrate the spirit of the season. – Justin Trudeau

Look outside at night, and you might still see the twinkling of Christmas lights. Let them remind you today that on your street, in your circles, in your life, your opportunities to shine God’s light into the darkness are countless, and the needs are desperate. – Christine Caine

Christmas became because of one, and we have him to thank. Next time you see that star shine bright, say a prayer for Jesus sake. – Julie Hebert

No matter what you want to do in a room, you have to first turn on the light, or you can’t see to do anything else. Christmas contains many spiritual truths, but it will be hard to grasp the others unless we grasp this one first. That is, that the world is a dark place, and we will never find our way or see reality unless Jesus is our Light. – Timothy Keller

After all the shopping is finished, the gifts are wrapped, and the food is prepared, we might rush off to a Christmas Eve service. But even then, we often feel distracted. Though it may take deliberate refocusing, this year let’s intentionally make Jesus the priority of Christmas. – Dr. Charles Stanley

This Christmas, perhaps your greatest gift can be volunteering, giving blood, or contributing to a charity. Such a gift may evoke the greatest joy. – Amy E. Dean

And, yet, it is Jesus Christ’s generous love and example which has inspired me through good times and bad. Whatever your own experience is this year, wherever and however you are watching, I wish you a peaceful and very happy Christmas. – Queen Elizabeth II

Every year I am reminded of the very heart of Christmas – – Emanuel, God with us. – Mary Southerland

. . . many people enjoy giving gifts because it demonstrates their love. This is the preferred way to give gifts – out of love. – Dr. David Jeremiah

The Christmas story is not another beautiful legend in the world’s gallery of myths, but is sober and solid reality; its story is history. Our religion is truth, and we will worship at no other altar. – James H. Snowden

Christmas is the birthday of one whose chief contribution to the human heart and mind was his message of boundless, universal love, He brought to the world the greatest thing in the world and that is why the season of his birth has won such an intimate place in our hearts. – Henry Van Dyke

Driving around my neighborhood, I see so many Christmas lights. It gets me in the holiday mood, with so many beautiful sights. – Julie Hebert

Christmas is more that a time of festivities, family, and friends; it is a season of generosity, gladness, and gratitude. – William Arthur Ward

The word advent means to come, and it refers to Jesus’ coming to earth as a baby on Christmas Day. The season of Advent is all about looking forward to celebrating the day when our almighty God stepped into history as a human being. – Lisa Whelchel

Let us then show our good will toward men by doing good and bringing happiness to someone–if not to everyone–at this Christmas season. – Cyrus Townsend Brady

. . . .Christmas is something far more complex than a Church holy-day alone, that the celebration of the Birth of Jesus, deep and touching as is its appeal to those who hold the faith of the Incarnation, is but one of many elements that have entered into the great winter festival. – Clement A. Miles

May we have the opportunity this Christmas to share the story of Jesus’ birth and the reasons for our hope in Him. – Jack Countryman

Christmas is a way of life that celebrates the presence of God in the simple, ordinary happenings of daily life: the smile we give the harried stranger. . .the patience we offer in the crowd of impatient shoppers. . . the love that prompts the secret gift . . . the heart that constantly celebrates His birth through every sparkling light, every beautifully wrapped gift,. . . every special meal, card, phone call, and visit. – Mary Southerland

Christmas was very special that year. It didn’t matter if there were gifts or not under the tree the next morning. – Byron Pulsifer

If you’ve been feeling a little down, a little anxious, a little fatigued, a little worried this Christmas season, come home to God. He’s the one who made you, who created you, who’s watched every moment of your life, who knows everything about you and still loves you, who forgives you and says, ‘Come home to my peace and strength.’ – Rick Warren

People need it to be Christmas every day, and every day they pray for a miracle. – James Fullerton

From the palace to the hut, Yule-tide is a season of peace, rest, joy, and devotion. For three days, that is the day before Christmas, Christmas, and the day after–known as Boxing-day–all business not absolutely necessary to the welfare of the community is suspended. – Mary P. Pringle

Christmas and its equivalent celebrations in all faiths are funny times. Every human emotion, joy, sadness or laughter. Is contained within this period. Shaun Dickinson

We miss the purpose of Christ’s birth if we do not accept it as a living link which joins us together in spirit as children of the ever-living and true God. – Harry S. Truman

For Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph these announcements were mind-boggling. For us they are brief parts of the Christmas Story, but for them they were words that changed the course of their lives. – Melanie Wilber

What I’m talking about is Operation Christmas Child. Every year, children around the world receive gifts because of the generosity of believers packaging and sending them a gift for Christmas. It is likely that is the only present they will receive all year. – Alex Bricker

Jesus is still being ignored, or even worse, held in contempt categorized to Christmas and Easter. Aaron Mamuyac

Giving your presence might be the best Christmas gift you could give someone this year. Ken Fite

When you embrace forgiveness, gratitude, acceptance and ultimately love you are at peace and the world is at peace – this is the ultimate goal of the teachings of Christ and the celebrations of Christmas which rekindle the joy of the birth of new beginnings! – Bernadette Dimitrov

I’m not much of a fan of winter, for example, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its good parts – like Christmas, Santa, snow, hot chocolate and more. What seasons can teach us about change is that change will come and go. – Vishnu

Is Christmas coming? Having a tree in the office is well and good, but go ahead and institute a Reindeer Day, where all employees must come dressed in Reindeer Hats or wear those Red-Noses. It will keep the atmosphere light and fun and everyone will want to work for you, giving you their best. – Justin Chua

I thought Christmas and Easter were about Santa Claus and bunny rabbits, and truthfully, I didn’t know anything about Jesus until I was in my ‘s. – David Paul Doyle

My family has a Christmas tradition of watching, It’s A Wonderful Life. – Lisa Cook

Only those who have actually been through it can understand the complete sense of worthlessness and hopelessness you feel when Christmas is right around the corner and you have nothing to give to your children. – Willow Cross

. . . instead of receiving birthday or Christmas gifs from those you love, ask them to put the money they would usually spend on gifts for you into a fund hat you will use for the new house. This keeps things easy and can even solve the Christmas shopping problem. – Nancy Ross

Every good thing in your life – including your life itself – is a gift of God’s generosity. But God’s greatest act of generosity came on the very first Christmas when he gave us Jesus. – Rick Warren

But Christmas is not only the mile-mark of another year, moving us to thoughts of self-examination: it is a season, from all its associations, whether domestic or religious, suggesting thoughts of joy. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Night would no longer be dark because of a new Light. Night would not ever be silent again because of good news that must be shouted and proclaimed. …Christ the Lord is born today… – Robert F. Morneau

The real Santa Clause lives within the spirit of the human mind embodied by the deeds that are done for no gain or recognition. You do not need a Santa suit, or a beard, or be pot bellied. – Catherine Pulsifer

A Christmas without debt might be more magical than any other you’ve experienced and will certainly bring a happier new year. – Cherie Lowe

The battle, for some, is that Christ – the reason for the season – is being removed from Christmas and the moral and spiritual consciousness of society is in steep decline because of it. Jason – E. Royle

Christmas has always meant family and sharing, and showing love and appreciation for those around you. – Morris Fenris

It’s time to slow down a little so we can enjoy Christmas and rediscover its meaning. It wouldn’t hurt us to tap the brakes and relish the trip. By giving it some forethought, we can bypass the Christmas frenzy. We need time for reflection, for rest, for contemplation. – Dr. David Jeremiah

By virtue of the children’s faith, the reindeer are still tramping the sky, and Christmas Day is still something above and beyond a day of the week; it is a day out of the week. – Arnold Bennett

Yes, Christmas is for children – except that children grow up to be adults who just might love Christmas as much as they did in their younger years. – Cherie Lowe

Remember, plan ahead, make your lists, designate where you can, shop early, get prep out of the way and you’ve just rocked out a terrific holiday! – Jan Charles

Let us not forget that Christmas is truly a time for giving. Not just for our friends and family but for those who are less fortunate. That is the miracle of Christmas! – Catherine Pulsifer

When I talk about Christmas and its celebrations, you will notice, Christmas has never been one day but all month long. This is always a sentimental time for me from the times as far back as my memory can take me, all the way past the present and into the future. – Robin Redmon Dreyer

If every gift is the token of a personal thought, a friendly feeling, an unselfish interest in the joy of others, then the thought, the feeling, the interest, may remain after the gift is made. – Henry Van Dyke

Keep one Christmas decoration out all year long. When you begin packing away all of the Christmas decorations, keep one or two of your favorite ornaments out in plain sight as a reminder that we are to celebrate the birth and life of Jesus Christ every day of the year. – Mary Southerland

The Christmas message has not changed after two thousand years. Christmas still reminds us that God is with us. – Billy Graham

Sometimes it seems almost as if it is wrong to feel so glad and happy when one knows there are so many of God’s little ones friendless, and even cold and hungry, but if we are to let their misfortunes banish the gladness from our heart they would not be any happier, so I am sure it is right to be as happy as we can, and do whatever we may, be it ever so little, to make those around us happy and look forward forward hopefully to the beautiful time when Christmas shall bring to everyone joy untouched with sorrow. – Helen Keller

Tonight, on Christmas Eve, all men and women everywhere who love Christmas are thinking of that ancient town and of the star of faith that shone there more than nineteen centuries ago. – Franklin Roosevelt

Christmas forces us to deal with all the mess of our humanity in the context of God who has already entered that mess in the glorious birth of Jesus. Eugene Peterson

The Christmas story is told in the Bible in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Each gospel writer reports different aspects of the story. – George C. Dagnall

Christmas is, after all, the story of the Creator entering into his creation – a creation that has been marred by human sin and weakness. It is the story of a God who does not disdain this world, despite its frailty, ambiguities, and messiness. The God who became a helpless babe in a stable entered into our human anxieties and confusions and redeemed them. – Greg Pennoyer

The Hope that was born that night continues to radiate down through the years until it envelops your heart and mine. – Anne Graham Lotz

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas – – perhaps – – means a little bit more! – Dr. Seuss

How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts! – Benjamin Franklin

I heard the bells on Christmas Day, Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet, The words repeat, Of peace on earth, good-will to men! – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Yet as I read the birth stories about Jesus I cannot help but conclude that though the world may be tilted toward the rich and powerful, God is tilted toward the underdog. – Philip Yancey

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

And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans–and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused–and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself. – Sigrid Undset

And how did little Tim behave?” asked Mrs Cratchit, when she had rallied Bob on his credulity and Bob had hugged his daughter to his heart’s content.
As good as gold,” said Bob, and better. Somehow he gets thoughtful, sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see. – Charles Dickens

Christmas! 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

The reality of loving God is loving him like he’s a Superhero who actually saved you from stuff rather than a Santa Claus who merely gave you some stuff. – Criss Jami

Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weaknesses and lonliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thougts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open? Are you willing to do these things for a day? Then you are ready to keep Christmas! – Henry van Dyke

God is here. This truth should fill our lives, and every Christmas should be for us a new and special meeting with God, when we allow his light and grace to enter deep into our soul. – Josemaría Escrivá

Were 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

The human life cycle no less than evolves around the box; from the open-topped box called a bassinet, to the pine box we call a coffin, the box is our past and, just as assuredly, our future. It should not surprise us then that the lowly box plays such a significant role in the first Christmas story. For Christmas began in a humble, hay-filled box of splintered wood. The Magi, wise men who had traveled far to see the infant king, laid treasure-filled boxes at the feet of that holy child. And in the end, when He had ransomed our sins with His blood, the Lord of Christmas was laid down in a box of stone. How fitting that each Christmas season brightly wrapped boxes skirt the pine boughs of Christmas trees around the world. – Richard Paul Evans

Fail not to call to mind, in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month, that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth was born on that day; and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it; for mirth is also of Heaven’s making. – Leigh Hunt

I 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 find morning and suddenly saying to myself: ‘Why, this is Christmas Day! – Ray Stannard Baker

Let the children have their night of fun and laughter. Let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play. Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstinted pleasures before we turn again to the stern task and the formidable years that lie before us, resolved that, by our sacrifice and daring, these same children shall not be robbed of their inheritance or denied their right to live in a free and decent world. – Winston Churchill

Except the Christ be born again tonight, In dreams of all men, saints and sons of shame, The world will never see his kingdom bright. – Vachel Lindsay

For outlandish creatures like us, on our way to a heart, a brain, and courage, Bethlehem is not the end of our journey but only the beginning – not home but the place through which we must pass if ever we are to reach home at last. – Frederick Buechner

There are some wonderful aspects to Christmas. It’s magical. And each year, from at least November, well, September, well, if I’m honest, May, I look forward to it hugely. – Miranda Hart

We must look to Mary’s example to know how to deal with the glorious impossibilities of God. Look how she turned the world upside down by making one simple statement … – Calvin Miller

The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect! – Charles N. Barnard

Christmas comes but once a year, starts in August ends in July. – Benny Bellamacina

I say that my value is based on my accomplishments. Christmas is God saying that I am His accomplishment and that will forever be enough. – Craig D. Lounsbrough

There’s a new boss in town, this Jesus, and not only is he not the Roman Emperor, but he has won a great victory.  – Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

It’s Christmas, and no matter what historical usage you choose to assign to mass” be it mission or Lord’s Supper, Christ’s Mass refers to WHY he came, not THAT he came. Christ’s mission was to be a sacrifice. – William Branks

At the end of the school day, we walked the long, cold way home feeling happy and hungry. There we found a warm fire, country ham with gravy and hot biscuits, and a mother to hug us! If snow blew under the doors that night, what did it matter? Christmas time was just around the corner. – Jenny Lee Ellison

I wonder whether the Christmas feeling has anything to do with the sixth sense. Perhaps we’re a little more the angels at Christmas than we are during the rest of the year. And Christmas is about all the other senses. I can smell Christmas, I can taste Christmas, and I can see and hear it. – Jostein Gaarder

And then, just when everything is bearing down on us to such an extent that we can scarcely withstand it, the Christmas message comes to tell us that all our ideas are wrong, and that what we take to be evil and dark is really good and light because it comes from God. Our eyes are at fault, that is all. God is in the manger, wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succor in abandonment. No evil can befall us; whatever men may do to us, they cannot but serve the God who is secretly revealed as love and rules the world and our lives. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern. – Mother Teresa

Friendship is a precious gift. To give at Christmas time. A Cherished gift, a treasured gift that lasts through all time. – Unknown

A woman spent all Christmas Day in a telephone box without ringing anyone. If someone comes to phone, she leaves the box, then resumes her place afterwards. No one calls her either, but from a window in the street, someone watched her all day, no doubt since they had nothing better to do. The Christmas syndrome. – Jean Baudrillard

Midnight, and the clock strikes. It is Christmas Day, the werewolves birthday, the door of the solstice still wide enough open to let them all slink through. – Angela Carter

Call a truce, then, to our labors – – let us feast with friends and neighbors, and be merry as the custom of our caste; for if faint and forced the laughter, and if sadness follow after, we are richer by one mocking Christmas past. – Rudyard Kipling

The other day I bumped into Santa Claus. A good bump it was, too! I ought to have been arrested, for there is no open season on Santa Claus. But sometimes a first class collision is an exciting thing. It will knock the wind out of you, and it may knock an idea into your head.
True, this Santa Claus did not have the white cotton whiskers or a red coat, but she was the real thing all right! Santa Claus in the flesh and plenty of it.
A lady who looked like an animated Christmas tree with packages dangling from very limb and I bumped and spilled. As I was trying to pick up the packages she gasped out, Oh, I hate Christmas anyhow! It turns everything upside down.
To which I said, That is just what it was made for. This lofty sentiment did not stop her dirty looks at all. But it is the big thing about Christmas.  Halford E. Luccock

There are some people who want to throw their arms round you simply because it is Christmas; there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas. – Robert Lynd

Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time! – Phyllis Mcginley

‘Twas Christmas broach’d the mightiest ale; ’twas Christmas told the merriest tale; a Christmas gambol oft could cheer the poor man’s heart through half the year. – Sir Walter Scott

From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it. – Katharine Whitehorn

I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old familiar carols play. And wild and sweet the words repeat. Of peace on earth goodwill to men. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

One of the joys our technological civilization has lost is the excitement with which seasonal flowers and fruits were welcomed; the first daffodil, strawberry or cherry are now things of the past, along with their precious moment of arrival. Even the tangerine – – now a satsuma or clementine – – appears de-pipped months before Christmas. – Derek Jarman

One Christmas was so much like another,…that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six. – Dylan Thomas

The three phases of Santa belief: 
(1) Santa is real.
(2) Santa isn’t real.
(3) Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. – Alton Thompson

Christmas makes me schmaltzy. I’m proud to be level-headed, even a little tough most of the time. But once a year I like to believe that peace on earth may be possible and calories don’t count. – Sue Merrell

Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear him–and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds. – Max Lucado

And girls in slacks remember Dad/And oafish louts remember Mum/And sleepless children’s hearts are glad/And Christmas-morning bells say ‘Come! – Poet Laureate John Betjeman

The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God. – C.S.Lewis 

The giving of gifts is not something man invented. God started the giving spree when he gave a gift beyond words, the unspeakable gift of His Son. – Robert Flatt

The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethlehem stable. – Ralph W. Sockman

While all the universe and my family are still sleeping, I will walk among the red and blue twinkle-lights of the living room, to sit and gaze upon the pretty white angel atop the tree and say silent prayers, remembering what was good in the world and why I was brought here to remember. – Carew Papritz

Frank: I’d known her for years. We used to go to all the police functions together. Ah, how I loved her, but she had her music. I think she had her music. She’d hang out with the Chicago Male Chorus and Symphony. I don’t recall her playing an instrument or be able to carry a tune. Yet she was on the road days of the year. In fact I bought her a harp for Christmas. She asked me what it was.
Simon: They can’t evict you on Christmas! Then you’d be ho-ho-homeless!
The actor searches vainly for the sound of a vanished tradition, and critic and audience follow suit. We have lost all sense of ritual and ceremony – – whether it be connected with Christmas, birthdays or funerals – – but the words remain with us and old impulses stir in the marrow. We feel we should have rituals, we should do something about getting them and we blame the artists for not finding them for us. So the artist sometimes attempts to find new rituals with only his imagination as his source: he imitates the outer form of ceremonies, pagan or baroque, unfortunately adding his own trapping – – the result is rarely convincing. And after the years and years of weaker and waterier imitations we now find ourselves rejecting the very notion of a holy stage. It is not the fault of the holy that it has become a middle-class weapon to keep the children good. – Peter (Stephen Paul) Brook

Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree. – TS (Thomas Stearns) Eliot

My only objection to the custom of giving books as Christmas presents is perhaps the selfish one that it encourages and keeps in the game a number of writers who would be far better employed if they abandoned the pen and took to work. – P. G. [Sir Pelham Grenville] Wodehouse, Just What I Wanted,
There is nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. – Erma Bombeck

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

Success four flights Thursday morning all against twenty one mile wind started from Level with engine power alone speed through air thirty one miles longest second inform Press home Christmas. – Orville Wright

Christmas Quotes

The Bible

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. – Luke 2:7

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:11

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. – Luke 2:10

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. – Luke 2:13-14

We have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him. – Matthew 2:2

She shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call His name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins. – Matthew 1:21

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6

When they saw the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. – Matthew 2:10

And there were shepherds out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them. – Luke 2:8-9

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. – Romans 15:13

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable Gift. – 2 Corinthians 9:15

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. – James 1:17

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. Joseph, son of David, the angel said, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:20

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means God with us). – Mathew 1:23

Christmas Quotes

Christmas Prayers and Wishes

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! – Unknown

May this Christmas be bright and merry. Happy Holidays! – Unknown

May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas eve. – Anonymous

May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter. – Anonymous

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, the gladness of Christmas give you hope, the warmth of Christmas grant you love. – Anonymous

May the hope, the peace, the joy, and the love represented by the birth in Bethlehem this night fill our lives and become part of all that we say and do. – Rev. Richard J. Fairchild

May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

May Santa bring your heart’s desire, and land safely with his reindeers. May he slid down your chimney quietly, and deliver your presents with ease. Have an amazingly joyous Christmas!

May this Christmas bring you joy and peace, and all of your heart’s desires. May you experience the warmth of family and friends, dressed up in their colourful Christmas attires. Have a super special Christmas!

May your hearth be warm, your holidays grand,
and your heart held gently in the good Lord’s hand. Irish Saying

May Santa bring you the gifts you want and may you never take your blessings for granted. Be thankful and Merry Christmas! Happy holiday wishes to you!

May the joy and peace of Christmas be with you all through the Year. Wishing you a season of blessings from heaven above. Happy Christmas!!

It’s that joyous time of year again, when Christmas cheer fills the air. May your loved ones be close to you, whilst revelling in Christmas cheer!

Christmas day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both. – Phillips Brooks

Peace and love to you on this special Christmas day. May joy envelop you and loved ones be near. Wishing you a very special and blessed Christmas!

It’s that special time of year again, when loved ones hold each other dear. May you experience the special joy of this day, and revel in its special cheer. Happy Christmas!

On this Christmas day, may you celebrate and have merry. And keep the spirit of Christmas all through the New Year. Merry Christmas and happy New Year

It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, ‘God bless us, every one!’ – Charles Dickens

It is true that Christmas makes us become children again. As we remember the memories of the past and pass them on to our children to make more memories. Merry Christmas

Christmas is the time to touch every heart with love and care. Christmas is the time to receive and send blessings. It is the time to breathe the magic in the air. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

Having you as my friend makes me feel as if it is Christmas every day. Merry Christmas to my dear friend, may this season be filled with joy and laughter for your and your family.

I want to become small again this Christmas. So that I can feel again the entire joy of Christmas without the worries of the world on my mind.

If someone tries to steal your Christmas away this year, let them. Because the spirit of Christmas is far greater than the Grinch who stole Christmas.

Pray that the heavens hear you this Christmas rather than to pray for wealth. Because if the heavens do hear you, you will indeed get everything you desire.

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. Randel

Christmas Prayer: Guardian angel pure and bright, please lead Santa here tonight. – Unknown

Many merry Christmases, friendships, great accumulation of cheerful recollections, affection on earth, and Heaven at last for all of us. – Charles Dickens

The lights, the tree, the food, the gifts can never compare to the gift God, the Father, gave us all. His Son, born to us on the day we now recognize as Christmas. May our faith be strong and never let the lights, the tree, the food, the gifts come before the most precious of all gifts, Jesus! Catherine Pulsifer

Happy Day After Christmas, Merry Rest of the Year, even when Christmas is over, The Light of the World is Still Here! – Matthew West

May each day bring thee something
Fair to hold in memory–
Some true light to shine
Upon thee in the after days. Helen Van Anderson Gordon

May joy be yours today,
And radiantly abide
Within your heart until
Another Christmastide. – Gail Brook Burket

Blessed is
The season which
Engages the whole
World in a
Conspiracy of love. – Hamilton Wright Mabie

Where there is faith, there is love;
Where there is love, there is peace;
Where there is peace, there is God;
And where there is God; there is no need. – Leo Tolstoy

When we ask our children ‘What do you want for Christmas?’, 
we are asking a question that breeds selfishness.  
In order to develop selflessness we should be asking
‘What are you going to give?’  
Christmas is the celebration of God’s great gift  giving –
‘For God so loved the world that he gave…'(John 3:16) – Robert Flatt

And in despair I bowed my head;
There is no peace on earth, I said;
For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
God is not dead, nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
the Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!”  – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The light of the Christmas star to you,
The warmth of home and hearth to you,
The cheer and good will of friends to you,
The joy of a thousand angels to you,
The love of the Son,
And God’s peace to you. – Irish Christmas Blessing

May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch at your door, and happiness be guided to your home by the candle of Christmas. – Irish Christmas Blessing

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. – Garrison Keillor

Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. – George Mathew Adams

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. – Mother Theresa

From home to home and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth of joy Christmas brings us closer to each other. – Emily Matthews

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small. – Eva K. Logue

There are no strangers on Christmas Eve – Adele Comandini

When we were young, we were grateful to those that filled our stockings with gifts on Christmas Eve. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stocking with legs? – G. K Chesterton

Even as an adult, I still find it hard to sleep on Christmas Eve – Carrie Latet

Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day. – Helen Steiner Rice

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play
And wild and sweet, the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

At Christmas, all roads lead home. – Marjorie Holmes

Always winter but never Christmas. C.S. Lewis

There’s nothing cozier than a Christmas tree all lit up. – Jenny Han

Mankind is a great, an immense family… This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas. – Pope John 

Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance — each beautiful, unique, and gone too soon. – Deborah Whipp

Christmas now surrounds us, Happiness is everywhere. Our hands are busy with many tasks as carols fill the air. – Shirley Sallay

That’s what Christmas memories are made from, they’re not planned, they’re not scheduled, nobody puts them in their blackberry, they just happen. – Deck the Halls

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. – Roy L. Smith

Teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings. – Zuzu Bailey, It’s A Wonderful Life

Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. – Pindar

Let’s be naughty and save Santa the trip. – Gary Allan

Santa Claus has the right idea – visit people only once a year. – Victor Borge

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. But if the white runs out I’ll drink the red. – Anonymous

Three Wise WOMEN would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, bought practical gifts, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and there would be peace on earth! – Anonymous

Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas. – Stephen Graham Jones

Christmas Eve, a perfect night to express affection for your family, to forgive those who failed you, and to forget past mistakes. – Unknown

Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it – You feel it. You know it. You believe it. – Kevin Alan Milne

Love is what is in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen. – Anonymous

Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. – Dale Evans Rogers

Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love Divine, Love was born at Christmas, Star and Angels gave the sign. – Christina Rossetti

Christmas 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

I love the Christmas-tide, and yet,
I notice this, each year I live;
I always like the gifts I get,
But how I love the gifts I give!- Carolyn Wells

Heap on the wood! – the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
We’ll keep our Christmas merry still. – Sir Walter Scott

It’s Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. – W. T. Ellis

Let us not be justices of the peace, but angels of peace. – Saint Theresa of Lisieu

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included. – Bernard Manning

For the spirit of Christmas fulfills the greatest hunger of mankind – Loring A. Schuler

Merry Christmas image: Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. – Anonymous

Quotes from Movies

Christmas Quotes

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. – Will Ferrell, Elf

The only thing you need to worry about is where you’re going to buy your sweaters after the circus pulls out of town. – The Santa Clause (1994)

Why am I such a misfit? I am not just a nitwit. Just because my nose glows… why don’t I fit in? – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle! – A Christmas Story

OK, This Is Extremely Important. Will You Please Tell Santa That Instead Of Presents This Year, I Just Want My Family Back? – Home Alone

I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite – Elf

Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see. – The Conductor, Polar Express

I believe… I believe… It’s silly, but I believe. – Susan, Miracle on 34th Street

I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas – Bing Crosby’s White Christmas (1954)

There’s a certain magic that comes with the very first snow. For when the first snow is also a Christmas snow, well, something wonderful is bound to happen – Frosty the Snowman (1969)

That’s what Christmas memories are made from, they’re not planned, they’re not scheduled, nobody puts them in their blackberry, they just happen – Deck the Halls (2006)

Just because you can’t see the air doesn’t keep you from breathing. And just because you can’t see God doesn’t keep you from believing. – Jeremiah, The Preacher’s Wife

It was the afternoon of Christmas Eve and Scrooge was conscious of a thousand odors, each one connected with a thousand thoughts and hopes and joys and cares long, long forgotten. – Gonzo, The Muppet Christmas Carol

We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. – Buddy, Elf

Out upon merry Christmas! What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer…? If I could work my will,” said Scrooge indignantly, every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ upon his lips should be boiled with his won pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should! – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Story

You know you’re getting old, when Santa starts looking younger. – Bart Simpson, The Simpsons: Miracle on Evergreen Terrace

Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer… Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously? – Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

Charlie, stay away from those things. They’re reindeer, you don’t know where they’ve been. They all look like they’ve got key lime disease. – Scott Calvin in The Santa Clause

Rats. Nobody sent me a Christmas card today. I almost wish there weren’t a holiday season. I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it? -Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown Christmas Movie

From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it. – Katharine Whitehorn, Roundabout

One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books. – Professor Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I hate Christmas. The mall is full of nothing but women and children. All you hear is, ‘I want this,’ ‘Get me this,’ ‘I have to have this’… and then there’s the children. And they’re all by my store ’cause they stuck the mall Santa right outside ringing his stupid bell. As if you need a bell to notice a 300-pound alcoholic in a red suit. ‘Ho, ho, ho,’ all day long. So, nice as can be, I go outside, ask him to shut the hell up. He takes a swing at me. So I lay a hook into his fat belly and he goes down. Beard comes off, all the kids start crying and I’m the bad guy. – Al Bundy in Married With Children

My 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

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. – Shirley Temple

Christmas is a time when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ. – Bart Simpson in The Simpsons

Christmas Is Just About My Favorite Time. Ever Since I Was A Little Kid, I Always Felt Like It Was My Own Personal Holiday – Ernest Saves Christmas

Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling. – Edna Ferber

Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind. – Valentine Davies

Christmas isn’t about candy canes or lights all aglow, it’s the hearts that we touch, and the care that we show. – Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’. – Bing Crosby

No man is a failure who has friends. – It’s a Wonderful Life

Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart. – The Polar Express

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime. – Laura Ingalls Wilder

I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another. – Carrie Fisher

Christmas shopping. Never an easy or a pleasant task. – Harry in Love Actually

If you see a sign that says ‘Peep Show’, that doesn’t mean they’re letting you look at presents before Christmas. – Father Christmas in Elf

Damn. How can you give Kris Kringle a parking ticket on Christmas Eve? What’s next, rabies shots for the Easter Bunny? – Santa Claus in Home Alone

Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see. – The Conductor, The Polar Express

Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and receipts for all major purchases. – Bridger Winegar

Do you know why so many people love Jesus? Without Jesus, no Christmas. – Melanie White

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from the store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more! – The Grinch, by Dr Seuss

Calvin: Dear Santa, before I submit my life to your scrutiny, I demand to know who made YOU the matter of my fate?! Who are YOU to question my behavior, HUH??? What gives you the right?! 
Hobbes: Santa makes the toys, so he gets to decide who to give them to.
Calvin: Oh. – Bill Watterson

Funny

What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic. – Anonymous

Christmas is a baby shower that went totally overboard. – Andy Borowitz

Christmas: the only time of year you can sit in front of a dead tree eating candy out of socks. – Anonymous

A Christmas tree, the perfect gift for a guy. The plant is already dead. – Jay Leno

You’re a lot like some of my Christmas tree ornaments. bright, colorful. and a little bit cracked! – Unknown

That’s the true spirit of Christmas; people being helped by people other than me. – Jerry Seinfeld

Yes! Yes I do! I like Christmas! I love Christmas! – Ebenezer Scrooge

Christmas is a time when you get homesick, even when you’re home. – Carol Nelson

Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas. You know, the birth of Santa? – Matt Groening

There’s no experience quite like cutting your own live Christmas tree out of your neighbor’s yard. – Dan Florence

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year. – Victor Borge

Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas. – Kin Hubbard

What I like about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with the present. – Don Marquis

I hate the radio this time of year because they play All I Want For Christmas Is You” like, every other song. And that’s just not enough. – Bridger Winegar

I love Christmas. I receive a lot of wonderful presents I can’t wait to exchange. – Henny Youngman

Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall. We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who , years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space. – Dave Barry

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying: ‘Toys not included.’ – Bernard Manning

I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays. – Henry Youngman

No self-respecting mother would run out of intimidations on the eve of a major holiday. – Emma Bombeck

Santa is very jolly because he knows where all the bad girls live. – Dennis Miller

Why is Christmas just like a day at the office? You do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit. – Unknown

I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark. – Dick Gregory

The one thing women don’t want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband. – Joan Rivers

Many banks have a new kind of Christmas club in operation. The new club helps you save money to pay for last year’s gifts. – Unknown

I bought my brother some gift wrap for Christmas. I took it to the gift wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping. – Steven Wright

Be careful with drinking this Christmas. I got so drunk last night I found myself dancing in a cheesy bar… or, as you like to call it, delicatessen. – Sean Hughes

There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. – Erma Bombeck

Christmas, here again. Let us raise a loving cup; Peace on earth, goodwill to men, and make them do the washing up. – Wendy Cope

Anyone who believes that men are the equal of women has never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas present. – anonymous 

From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other. – Emily Matthews

Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas. – Johnny Carson

Although it is pleasant to think about poison at any season, there is something special about Christmas, and I found myself grinning. – Alan Bradley

Christmas sweaters are only acceptable as a cry for help. – Andy Borowitz

Merry Christmas, nearly everybody! – Ogden Nash

People can’t concentrate properly on blowing other people to pieces properly if their minds are poisoned by thoughts suitable to the twenty-fifth of December. – Ogden Nash

A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours. – John B. Priestly

Pets, like their owners, tend to expand a little over the Christmas period. – Pets, like their owners, tend to expand a little over the Christmas period.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. – Maya Angelou

The light in a child’s eyes is all it takes to make Christmas a magical time of the year. – Unknown

Hang a shining star upon the highest bough. – Hugh Martin

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. – Edith Wharton

Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show. The secret lies in an inner glow. It’s lighting a fire inside the heart. Good will and joy a vital part. It’s higher thought and a greater plan. It’s glorious dream in the soul of man. – Wilferd Peterson

The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There’s a kind of glory to them when they’re all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy. – Andy Rooney

For they traveled by night and they slept by day, for their guide was a beautiful wonderful star. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

O star of wonder, star of night, Guide us to thy perfect light. – John Henry Hopkins Jr.

Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace. – Pope Francis

May the beautiful lights of every holiday season remind us of Him who is the source of all light. – David A. Bednar

My husband’s idea of getting the Christmas spirit is to become Scrooge. – Melanie White

There are 17 more shopping days until Christmas. So, guys, that means 16 more days till we start shopping, right? – Conan O’Brien

Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice. – Dave Barry

Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and receipts for all major purchases. – Bridger Winegar

I haven’t taken my Christmas lights down. They look so nice on the pumpkin. – Winston Spear

At Christmas, tea is compulsory. Relatives are optional. – Robert Godden

This holiday season, no matter what your religion is, please take a moment to reflect on why it’s better than all the other ones. – Guy Endore Kaiser

The principal advantage of the non-parental lifestyle is that on Christmas Eve you need not be struck dumb by the three most terrifying words that the government allows to be printed on any product: Some assembly required. – John Leo

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.’ – Bernard Manning

The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other. – Johnny Carson

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

For Christmas this year, try giving less. Start with less attitude. There’s more than enough of that in the world as it is – and people will usually just give it back anyway! – Anne Bristow

Let me see if I’ve got this Santa business straight. You say he wears a beard, has no discernible source of income and flies to cities all over the world under cover of darkness? You sure this guy isn’t laundering illegal drug money? – Tom Armstrong

Who’s the bane of Santa’s life? The elf and safety officer. – Catherine Tate

Santa Claus wears a Red Suit, he must be a communist. And a beard and long hair, must be a pacifist. What’s in that pipe that he’s smoking? – Arlo Guthrie

Nothing says holiday like a cheese log. – Ellen DeGeneres

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it. – Richard Lamm

Did you ever notice that life seems to follow certain patterns? Like I noticed that every year around this time, I hear Christmas music. – Tom Sims

Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall. We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2,000 years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space. – Dave Berry

A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world! – Charles Dickens

Next to a circus there ain’t nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit. – Frank McKinney Hubbard

One thing I learned from drinking is that if you ever go Christmas caroling, you should go with a group of people. And also go in mid-December. – Louis C.K.

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. – Unknown

A Christmas shopper’s complaint is one of long-standing. – Unknown

The magi, as you know, were wise men — wonderfully wise men who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. – O. Henry

Wretched excess is an unfortunate human trait that turns a perfectly good idea such as Christmas into a frenzy of last-minute shopping. – Jon Anderson

One good thing about Christmas shopping is it toughens you for the January sales. – Grace Kriley

Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included. – Unknown

Christmas and the New Year are actually two holidays. So there is a plural, which in the English language, necessitates the use of ‘s.’ I suppose you could say ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Happy New Year,’ but you probably have sh*t to do. – Jon Stewart

I left Santa gluten-free cookies and organic soy milk and he put a solar panel in my stocking. – Unknown

The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin. – Jay Leno

There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime. Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them. – P.J. O’Rourke

Ever wonder what people got Jesus for Christmas? It’s like, Oh great, socks. You know I’m dying for your sins right? Yeah, but thanks for the socks! They’ll go great with my sandals. What am I, German? – Jim Gaffigan

Every year, Christmas gets longer and longer, and you don’t care, do you? Every year, you just take more of the calendar for yourself. How long does it take you people to shop? It’s beyond belief! It’s insane! When I was a kid, Halloween was Halloween, and Santa wasn’t poking his ass into it! – Lewis Black

This past Christmas, I told my girlfriend for months in advance that all I wanted was an Xbox. That’s it. Beginning and end of list, Xbox. You know what she got me? A homemade frame with a picture of us from our first date together. Which was fine. Because I got her an Xbox. – Anthony Jeselnik

Dear Santa, Before I explain, how much do you know already? – Anonymous

There are three stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus; he does not believe in Santa Claus; he is Santa Claus. – Bob Phillips

It’s all fun and games until Santa checks the naughty list. – Anonymous

You know you’re getting old when Santa starts looking younger. – Robert Paul

I hope Santa leaves me a skinny body and a fat wallet, not the other way around like it was last year.Let’s be naughty and save Santa the trip. – Gary Allan

Me: I want a magical Unicorn for Christmas.”
Santa: Be realistic.”
Me: Okay. I want 5 minutes to myself each day to drink my coffee hot and pee in peace.”
Santa: What color Unicorn would you like?”

Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago. – Tom Baker

It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters, it’s who is around it. – Anonymous

Freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night. – John Geddes

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are thy branches! – Traditional German Carol

The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect! – Charles N Barnard

Lessons from a Christmas Tree
Be a light in the darkness.
We all fall over sometimes.
You can never wear too much glitter.
Bring joy to others.
Sparkle and twinkle as often as possible.
It’s okay to be a little tilted. – Jane Lee Logan

I’ve had this look for about a year. I usually grow this beard out around Christmas. I like to go to malls dressed as Jesus, and I like to then walk around the mall and go, ‘No! No! This wasn’t what it was supposed to be about, people!’ Then if there’s a Santa at the mall, I walk up to him and say, ‘Listen, fat man, you’re just a clown at my birthday party.’ – Marc Maron

I set a personal record on Christmas. I got my shopping done three weeks ahead of time. I had all the presents back at my apartment, I was halfway through wrapping them, and I realized, ‘Damn, I used the wrong wrapping paper.’ The paper I used said, ‘Happy Birthday.’ I didn’t want to waste it, so I just wrote ‘Jesus’ on it. – Demetri Martin

If you can’t wrap Christmas presents well, at least make it look like they put up a good fight. – Unknown

Christmas: it’s the only religious holiday that’s also a federal holiday. That way, Christians can go to their services, and everyone else can sit at home and reflect on the true meaning of the separation of church and state. – Samantha Bee

What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day. – Phyllis Diller

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. – Unknown

Mentally I am ready for Christmas, financially I am not ready for Christmas. – Unknown

Christmas is a magical time of year… I just watched all my money magically disappear. – Unknown

Even before Christmas has said Hello, it’s saying ‘Buy Buy’. – Robert Paul

Sending Christmas cards is a good way to let your friends and family know that you think they’re worth the price of a stamp. – Melanie White

Christmas Shopping: Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find one gift that you didn’t have to dust, that had to be used right away, that was practical, fit everyone, was personal and would be remembered for a long time? I penciled in Gift certificate for a flu shot. – Erma Bombeck

The outdoor Christmas lights, green and red and gold and blue and twinkling, remind me that most people are that way all year round — kind, generous, friendly and with an occasional moment of ecstasy. But Christmas is the only time they dare reveal themselves. – Harlan Miller

There are some people who want to throw their arms round you simply because it is Christmas; there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas. – Robert Staughton Lynd

I had sinus surgery the day after Christmas and it has been the worst surgery of my life. Very painful. And on top of it everyone of course thought I got a nose job. Which is so funny because if you know me I would have told you I got a nose job I’m not gonna keep it a secret. – Kaley Cuoco

I felt overstuffed and dull and disappointed, the way I always do the day after Christmas. – Sylvia Plath

Glen had a disability more disfiguring than a burn and more terrifying than cancer. Glen had been born on the day after Christmas. My parents just combine my birthday with Christmas, that’s all,” he explained. But we knew this was a lie. Glen’s parents just wrapped a couple of his Christmas presents in birthday-themed wrapping paper, stuck some candles in a supermarket cake, and had a dinner of Christmas leftovers. – Augusten Burroughs

I felt overstuffed and dull and disappointed, the way I always do the day after Christmas, as if whatever it was the pine boughs and the candles and the silver and gilt-ribboned presents and the birch-log fires and the Christmas turkey and the carols at the piano promised never came to pass. – Sylvia Plath

The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting. – Louisa May Alcott

Christmas! ‘Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. – Washington Irving

Fine old Christmas, with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in the noblest fashion, and had set off his rich gifts of warmth and color with all the heightening contrast of frost and snow. – George Eliot

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more! – Dr. Seuss

It was the beginning of the greatest Christmas ever. Little food. No presents. But there was a snowman in their basement. – Markus Zusak

I know what I really want for Christmas. I want my childhood back. Nobody is going to give me that. I might give at least the memory of it to myself if I try. I know it doesn’t make sense, but since when is Christmas about sense, anyway? It is about a child, of long ago and far away, and it is about the child of now. In you and me. Waiting behind the door of our hearts for something wonderful to happen. A child who is impractical, unrealistic, simpleminded and terribly vulnerable to joy. – Robert Fulghum

I think you mean: Christmas Day will always be just as long as we have we. Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand. – Dr Seuss

“Ma!” Laura cried. “There IS a Santa Claus, isn’t there?”
“Of course there’s a Santa Claus,” said Ma. She set the iron on the stove to heat again.
“The older you are, the more you know about Santa Claus,” she said. “You are so big now, you know he can’t be just one man, don’t you? You know he is everywhere on Christmas Eve. He is in the Big Woods, and in Indian Territory, and far away in York State, and here. He comes down all the chimneys at the same time. You know that, don’t you?”
“Yes, Ma,” said Mary and Laura.
“Well,” said Ma. “Then you see–“
“I guess he is like angels,” Mary said, slowly. And Laura could see that, just as well as Mary could.
Then Ma told them something else about Santa Claus. He was everywhere, and besides that, he was all the time.
Whenever anyone was unselfish, that was Santa Claus.
Christmas Eve was the one time when everybody was unselfish. On that one night, Santa Claus was everywhere, because everybody, all together, stopped being selfish and wanted other people to be happy. And in the morning you saw what that had done.
“If everybody wanted everybody else to be happy, all the time, then would it be Christmas all the time?” Laura asked, and Ma said, “Yes, Laura.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

Jesus is God’s perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift, but we are able to share it with others on Christmas and every other day of the year. Joel Osteen

We send out Christmas greetings to friends and family near and far, we put up the tree in hopes Santa will arrive, but most of all we take the time to thank God for His Son. Kate Summers

And so, seven hundred years before the Wise Men gave, before the angels sang, and before the shepherds arrived, Isaiah explains for us in wonderful detail what Christmas is all about. Daniel Akin

When we remember a special Christmas, it is not the presents that made it special, but the laughter, the feeling of love, and the togetherness of friends and family that made that Christmas special. Catherine Pulsifer

Christmas can’t be bought from a store . . .
Maybe Christmas means a little bit more. Dr.Seuss

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies. Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell

How can we best keep Christmas? How can we best defeat the little bit of Scrooge in all of us and experience the glory of the Great Day? By sinking the shafts of our spirits deep beneath the sparkling tinsel of the surface of Christmas and renewing within us the radiance of the inner meaning of the season. Wilfred Peterson

Many people pray and only dream of what we often take for granted. Especially at Christmas, help change the world one person at a time, help change a person’s life by giving to the less fortunate. Catherine Pulsifer

Did you know the word ‘joy’ appears times in the Christmas Story? And if we aren’t careful, we will miss out on the joy that God promises us this Christmas. Rick Warren

What a wonderful story it is, the Christmas story. Only God could have thought of it. Here the greatest storytellers of the ages have found their art outmarched. Norman Vincent Peale

I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone! The Savior – yes the Messiah, the Lord – has been born tonight in Bethlehem! Luke : –

Advent is a season of wise women and men following the example of Jesus and thereby constructing a spiritual life on solid principles. Robert F. Morneau

It amazes me that something that happened over years ago is still recognized today. The birth of Jesus Christ – the reason for Christmas. Catherine Pulsifer

The spirit of Christmas is in every shared joy and in every act of kindness during this wondrous time of year. Editors Of Adams Media

During the holiday season, I watch as people scurry about swiping those plastic cards through the credit card machines faster than a speeding bullet. And yet, God has already shown us that the most precious gift cannot be bought or sold. – Sharon Jaynes

Let us wrap each gift we give with kind, loving thoughts about all those who have helped to make the gift possible and the person who will receive the gift. Barbara Benson

The angels’ visit to the shepherds became the first Christmas celebration. It’s as though heaven and earth were celebrating it together, as though a portal to glory had been opened up. Greg Laurie

In God’s sight, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas whenever we rediscover the simplicity of His love and bow down in thankfulness and worship, where we are and whatever our circumstances. Dr. David Jeremiah

Wonderful counselor and heavenly father, guide us to see the true meaning of the gifts we have and that we share this Christmas. D. Duane Engler

From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another the warmth and joy of Christmas brings us closer to each other. – Emily Matthews

Christmas holds its place in the hearts of men because they know that love is the greatest thing in the world. Christmas is celebrated in its true spirit only by those who make some sacrifice for the benefit of their fellow men. Calvin Coolidge

Christmas Quotes

Christmas Song

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know,
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow. – Irving Berlin

Tis the season to be jolly, tralala lala lala lala
Good tidings we bring, to you and your kin. – We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on your troubles will be out of sight. – Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Heap on the wood!-the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
We’ll keep our Christmas merry still. – Sir Walter Scott

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away;
While quite unselfish, it grows small. – Eva K. Logue

Let us have music for Christmas…
Sound the trumpet of joy and rebirth;
Let each of us try, with a song in our hearts,
To bring peace to men on earth. – Mildred L. Jarrell

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I love the Christmas-tide, and yet,
I notice this, each year I live;
I always like the gifts I get,
But how I love the gifts I give! – Carolyn Wells

May Christmas lend a special charm
To all you chance to do.
And may the season light your way
To hopes and dreams anew. – Garnett Ann Schultz, My Christmas Wish”

The merry family gatherings–
The old, the very young;
The strangely lovely way they
Harmonize in carols sung.
For Christmas is tradition time–
Traditions that recall
The precious memories down the years,
The sameness of them all. – Helen Lowrie Marshall

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself. – Norman Wesley Brooks

This time of year means being kind
to everyone we meet,
To share a smile with strangers
we may pass along the street. – Betty Black

There is a Christmas song upon the air,
There is a joy innate within the heart;
An inner sense of peace, a holy light
Illumines life and sets these days apart. – Edna Greene Hines

A little child,
A shining star,
A stable rude,
The door ajar.
Yet in that place,
So crude, forlorn,
The Hope of all
The world was born. – Anonymous

Oh Christmas lights
Light up the street
Light up the fireworks in me
May all your troubles soon be gone
Oh Christmas lights keep shining on – Christmas Lights

You better watch out,
You better not cry,
Better not pout,
I’m telling you why,
Santa Claus is coming to town. – Haven Gillespie

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight
…War is over
If you want it
War is over
Now… – John Lennon 

Ave Maria! maiden mild!
Listen to a maiden’s prayer!
Thou canst hear though from the wild,
Thou canst save amid despair. – Sir Walter Scott

Oh, holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth…
..A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices…
…Fall on your knees, oh, hear, hear the Angels’ voices – Adolphe Adam

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
…Sleep in heavenly peace.
…Christ the Savior is born! – Mohr and Gru­ber

Be merry all, be merry all,
With holly dress the festive hall;
Prepare the song, the feast, the ball,
To welcome merry Christmas. – William Robert Spencer

Heap on the wood! – the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
We’ll keep our Christmas merry still. – Sir Walter Scott

Through a frosty winter night
In a sleigh with reindeer flight
Bringing joy to large and small
Merry Christmas one and all. – Unknown

I am dreaming of white Christmas,
with every Christmas card I write,
May your days be Merry and bright,
and May all your Christmases be white. – Bing Crosby

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Your friendship is a glowing ember
Through the year; and each December
From its warm and living spark
We kindle flame against the dark
And with its shining radiance light
Our tree of faith on Christmas night. – Thelma J. Lund

Christmas Quotes

  • The purpose and cause of the incarnation was that He might illuminate the world by His wisdom and excite it to the love of Himself.
    • Peter Abelard, as quoted in The Abelardian Doctrine Of The Atonement (1892), published in Doctrine and Development : University Sermons (1898) by Hastings Rashdall, p. 138
  • Ach, könnte nur dein Herz zu einer Krippe werden,
    Gott würde noch einmal ein Kind auf dieser Erden.

    • [Could but your heart become a manger for his birth,
      God would again become a child upon this earth.]
    • Angelus Silesius, Der Cherubinische Wandersmann 2:53
  • Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide–open–heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years… Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.
    • George Matthew Adams in The Christmas Heart
  • I have often thought, says Sir Roger, it happens very well that Christmas should fall in the Middle of winter.
    • Joseph Addison in The Spectator (January 1712)
  • In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!’
    • Dave Barry in Christmas Shopping: A Survivor’s Guide
  • I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
    • Irving Berlin White Christmas (1942)
  • And is it true? And is it true,
    This most tremendous tale of all,
    Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue,
    A Baby in an in ox’s stall?
    The Maker of the stars and sea
    Became a Child on earth for me?

    • Sir John Betjeman (1954)
  • There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.
    • Erma Bombeck in I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression (1970)
  • [The Christmas story] is as simple as was the Man himself and His teaching. As simple as the Sermon on the Mount which still remains as the ultimate basis … of the belief of free men of good will everywhere.
    • Hal Borland in The Wonder
  • And so, this Christmas season may our hearts with gladness glow, As we read the blessed story That took place so long ago.
    • Alpha L. Buntain in The First Christmas
  • During the beautiful and holy season of Christmas, our hearts are filled with the same wonder, gratitude, and joy that led the psalmist of old to ask, When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained, What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that Thou visitest him?” At Christmas, we, too, rejoice in the mystery of God’s love for us – love revealed through the gift of Christ’s birth. Born into a family of a young carpenter and his wife, in a stable shared by beasts of the field, our Savior came to live among ordinary men. Yet, in time, the miraculous nature of this simple event became clear. Christ’s birth changed the course of history, bringing the light of hope to a world dwelling in the darkness of sin and death. Today, nearly 2,000 years later, the shining promise of that first Christmas continues to give our lives a sense of peace and purpose. Our words and deeds, when guided by the example of Christ’s life, can help others share in the joy of man’s Redemption.
    • George H. W. Bush, Message on the Observance of Christmas,” December 18. 1989
  • Now once again, we celebrate Christmas in a time of testing, with American troops far from home. . . . It is worth recalling the words from a beautiful Christmas hymn. In the third verse of Oh Holy Night” we sing, His law is love, and His gospel is peace. Chains ye shall break, for the slave is our brother. And in His name all oppression shall cease. . . . We fight so that oppression may cease, and even in the midst of war, we pray for peace on Earth and good will to men.
    • George W. Bush, Remarks on Lighting the National Christmas Tree,” December 6, 2001
  • Throughout the Christmas season our thoughts turn to a star in the east, seen 20 centuries ago, and to a light that can guide us still. . . . The story of Christmas is familiar to us all, and it still holds a sense of wonder and surprise. When the good news came first to a young woman from Nazareth, her response was understandable. She asked, How can this be?” The news would bring difficulty to her family and suspicion upon herself. Yet, Mary gave her reply, Be it unto me according to Thy word.” The wait for a new king had been long, and the manner of his arrival was not as many had expected. The king’s first cries were heard by shepherds and cattle. He was raised by a carpenter’s son. Yet this one humble life lifted the sights of humanity forever. And in His words we hear a voice like no other. . . . We don’t know all of God’s ways, yet the Christmas story promises that God’s purpose is justice and His plan is peace. At times this belief is tested. During the Civil War, Longfellow wrote a poem that later became a part of a Christmas carol, Hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on Earth, good will to men.” That poem also reminds us that hate is not the final word: Then pealed the bells more loud and deep, `God is not dead, nor doth He sleep, the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on Earth, good will to men.”‘
    • George W. Bush, Remarks on Lighting the National Christmas Tree,” December 4, 2003
  • Regarding public Christmas displays: At some point, someone who worked at Rockefeller Center must have said, Boys, I have a great idea for Christmas. Let’s kill a beautiful tree that’s been alive for seventy-five years and bring it to New York City. We’ll stand it up in Rockefeller Plaza and conceal its natural beauty by hanging shiny, repulsive, man-made objects on it, and let it stand there slowly dying for several weeks while simpleminded children stare at it and people from Des Moines take pictures of it. That way, perhaps we can add our own special, obscene imprint to Christmas in Midtown. –
    • George Carlin, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? (2004), p. 88
  • Christmas has a special meaning for those of us who are Christians, those of us who believe in Christ, those of us who know that almost 2,000 years ago, the Son of Peace was born to give us a vision of perfection, a vision of humility, a vision of unselfishness, a vision of compassion, a vision of love.
    • Jimmy Carter, Christmas Pageant of Peace Remarks on Lighting the National Community Christmas Tree,” December 15, 1977
  • In the first Christmas, the people who lived in the land of the Jews were hoping for a Messiah. They prayed God to send them that savior, and when the shepherds arrived at the place to see their prayers answered they didn’t find a king, they found a little baby. And I’m sure they were very disappointed to see that God had not answered their prayers properly, but we Christians know that the prayers had been answered in a very wonderful way. God knew how to answer prayer.
    • Jimmy Carter, Christmas Pageant of Peace Remarks on Lighting the National Community Christmas Tree,” December 18, 1980
  • Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the scepticism of a sceptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no child-like faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

    • Francis Pharcellus Church in Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
  • Christmas is a time to expand our giving encompassing the friendless and needy … near and far. Christmas is sharing. – Patricia Claffor in Christmas
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  • The beloved Christmas story itself is a story of light, for, as the Gospel of John tells us, Jesus came into the world as the true Light” [John 1:9] that illumines all humankind. Almost 2,000 years later, that Light still shines amid the dark places of our world.
    • Bill Clinton, Message on the Observance of Christmas,” December 22, 1997
  • Saint Matthew’s Gospel tells us that on the first Christmas 2000 years ago, a bright star shone vividly in the eastern sky, heralding the birth of Jesus and the beginning of His hallowed mission as teacher, healer, servant, and savior. . . . His luminous teachings have brought hope and joy to generations of believers. . . . His timeless message of God’s enduring and unconditional love for each and every person continues to strengthen and inspire us. . . . Love, peace, joy, hope – so many beautiful words are woven through our Christmas songs and prayers and traditions.
    • Bill Clinton, Message on the Observance of Christmas,” December 21, 1999
  • God rest ye, little children; let nothing you afright,
    For Jesus Christ, your Saviour, was born this happy night;
    Along the hills of Galilee the white blocks sleeping lay,
    When Christ, the child of Nazareth, was born on Christmas day.

    • Dinah Craik in Christmas Carol, St. 2
  • I do come home at Christmas. We all do, or we all should. We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday — the longer, the better — from the great boarding-school, where we are forever working at our arithmetical slates, to take, and give a rest.
    • Charles Dickens in A Christmas Tree
  • Once upon a time — of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve — old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house.
    • Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol
  • A merry Christmas, uncle! God save you! cried a cheerful voice. Bah! said Scrooge. Humbug!
    • Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol
  • At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge, said the gentleman, taking up a pen, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. … We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices. –
    • Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol
  • Out upon merry Christmas! What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer… If I could work my will, said Scrooge indignantly, every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ upon his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!
    • Ebeneezer Scrooge  in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round — apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that — as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant 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 people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!’
    • Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol
  • Somehow he gets thoughtful sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant for them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.
    • Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol
  • Then Bob proposed: A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us! Which all his family re-echoed. God bless us every one! said Tiny Tim, the last of all.
    • Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol
  • It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!
    • Charles Dickens on Scrooge after his visitations, in A Christmas Carol
  • A song was heard at Christmas
    To wake the midnight sky:
    A saviour’s birth, and peace on earth,
    And praise to God on high.
    The angels sang at Christmas
    With all the hosts above,
    And still we sing the newborn King
    His glory and his love.

    • Timothy Dudley-Smith in A Song was Heard at Christmas
  • Christmas is an awfulness that compares favorably with the great London plague and fire of 1665-66. No one escapes the feelings of mortal dejection, inadequacy, frustration, loneliness, guilt and pity. No one escapes feeling used by society, by religion, by friends and relatives, by the utterly artifical responsiblities of extending false greetings, sending banal cards, reciprocating unsolicated gifts, going to dull parties, putting up with acquaintances and family one avoids all the rest of the year…in short, of being brutalized by a ‘holiday’ that has lost virtually all of its original meanings and has become a merchandising ploy for color tv set manufacturers and ravagers of the woodlands.
    • Harlan Ellison in No Offense Intended, But Fuck Xmas! (1972), The Harlan Ellison Hornbook
  • I’d like a stocking made for a giant,
    And a meeting house full of toys,
    Then I’d go out in a happy hunt
    For the poor little girls and boys;
    Up the street and down the street,
    And across and over the town,
    I’d search and find them everyone,
    Before the sun went down.

    • Eugene Field in A Christmas Wish.
  • As we gather here before our Nation’s Christmas tree, symbolic of the communion of Americans at Christmastime, we remind ourselves of the eternal truths by which we live. . . . In our 200 years, we Americans have always honored the spiritual testament of 2,000 years ago. We embrace the spirit of the Prince of Peace so that we might find peace in our own hearts and in our own land, and hopefully in the world as well.
    • Gerald Ford, Remarks at the Lighting of the National Community Christmas Tree,” December 18, 1975
  • … and now Christmas is for shoppin’ and the shoppin’ god is everything …
    • Matthew Good – ‘The Future Is X-Rated’, from his 1999 album, ‘Beautiful Midnight’
  • Christmas will always be in the hearts of God’s children everywhere as they extend a helping hand to a friend in need … as they go about reflecting God’s goodness in the little quiet and unheralded expressions of a loving heart … as they share the light of the world with those who live in darkness .
    • Jane Hillsmen in Christmas
  • The happiness and love on this one day
    Bring thoughts which warm and cheer.
    May we keep Christmas in our hearts
    Through every day of all the year.

    • Gertrude B. Holman in The Little Things at Christmas
  • Your annual Christmas service . . . is a dramatic and inspiring event of national interest. It symbolizes and vivifies our greatest Christian festival with its eternal message of unselfishness, joy, and peace.
    • Herbert Hoover, Message to the Nation’s Christmas Trees Association,” December 25, 1931
  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulders; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
    • Isaiah 9:6
  • We were taught by Him whose birth we commemorate that after death there is life. . . . In these last 200 years we have guided the building of our Nation and our society by those principles and precepts brought to earth nearly 2,000 years ago on that first Christmas.
    • Lyndon B. Johnson, Remarks at the Lighting of the Nation’s Christmas Tree,” December 22, 1963, Lyndon B. Johnson’s Christmas Eve Radio and T.V. Broadcast
  • In a few days we shall all celebrate the birth of His Holiness on earth. . . . We shall acknowledge the Kingdom of a Child in a world of men. That Child – we should remember – grew into manhood Himself, preached and moved men in many walks of life, and died in agony. But His death – so the Christian faith tells us – was not the end. For Him, and for millions of men and women ever since, it marked a time of triumph – when the spirit of life triumphed over death.
    • Lyndon B. Johnson, Remarks at the Lighting of the Nation’s Christmas Tree,” December 15, 1967
  • The star of Bethlehem was a star of hope that led the wise men to the fulfillment of their expectations, the success of their expedition. Nothing in this world is more fundamental for success in life than hope, and this star pointed to our only source for true hope: Jesus Christ.
    • D. James Kennedy in Following the Star from Christmas Stories for the Heart
  • Now out upon you, Christmas !
    Is this the merry time
    When the red hearth blazed, the harper sung,
    And the bells rung their glorious chime ? . . .
  • I saw an aged woman turn
    To her wretched home again —
    All day she had asked charity,
    And all day asked in vain. . . .
  • Is this the curse that is laid on the earth ?
    And must it ever be so,
    That there can be nothing of human good
    But must from some evil flow ? . . .
  • Then out on the folly of ancient times—
    The folly which wished you mirth :
    Look round on the anguish, look round on the vice,
    Then dare to be glad upon earth !

    • Letitia Elizabeth Landon, The London Literary Gazette, 14th January 1832, ‘Christmas’ (extracts)
  • A very Merry Christmas
    And a happy New Year
    Let’s hope it’s a good one
    Without any fear.
    War is over, if you want it
    War is over now.

    • John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Happy Xmas (War is over) (1971)
  • Late on a sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you would tear open a sparkling Christmas present. Then, with light and joy pouring out of Heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing the message that baby Jesus had been born. The world had a Savior! The angels called it Good News, and it was.
    • Larry Libby in The Angels Called it Good News from Christmas Stories for the Heart
  • It was the Yuletide, that men call Christmas, though they know in their hearts it is older than Bethlehem and Babylon, older than Memphis and Mankind.
    • H.P. Lovecraft in The Festival
  • Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear him — and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.
    • Max Lucado in The Arrival from Christmas Stories for the Heart
  • Were it not for the shepherds, there would have been no reception. And were it not for a group of stargazers, there would have been no gifts.
    • Max Lucado, God Came Near
  • There is far-reaching appropriateness in the fact that the world’s immortal baby story, that of Bethlehem, should be a story of turning things upside down — for that is a baby’s chief business. It is a gross slander on babies that their chief passion is food. It is rearrangement. Every orthodox baby rearranges all that he sees, from the order of importance in the family to the bric-a-brac and window curtains. The advent of every baby completely upsets his little world, both physically and spiritually. And it is not one of the smallest values of the fact that the Saviour of the world came into it as a baby, that it reminds men that every baby is born a savior, to some extent, from selfishness and greed and sin in the little circle which his advent blesses.
    • Halford Edward Luccock, in Essay XXXV : Everything Upside Down, in Fares, Please!: And Other Essays on Practical Themes (1915); 1916 edition, p. 185
  • Christmas turns everything upside down. This is the central truth of the incarnation — Immanuel, God with us. – The upside of heaven come down to earth. The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, . . . full of grace and truth. – Men miss the entire meaning of Jesus when they see in him the highest upreach of man; he is God reaching down and making common cause with man’s struggle. The meaning of Christmas puts down the mighty things in men’s minds from their seats — place, riches, talents — and exalts the things of low degree — humility, simplicity, and trust.
    • Halford Edward Luccock, in Essay XXXV : Everything Upside Down, in Fares, Please!: And Other Essays on Practical Themes (1915); 1916 edition, p. 185
    • Variant, :
    • The central core of truth is that Christmas turns everything upside down, the upside of heaven come down to earth. The Christmas story puts a new value on every man. He is not a thing to be used, not a chemical accident, not an educated ape. Every man is a V.I.P., because he has divine worth. That was revealed when Love came down at Christmas.” A scientist said, making a plea for exchange scholarships between nations, The best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person.” That was what happened at Christmas. The idea of divine love was wrapped up in a person.
      Christmas is good news in a world of bad news. … Christmas brings hope to a dark world.

      • Halford Luccock, in Whoops! It’s Christmas (1959) a re-working of his 1915 essay, published in The Abbott Christmas Book (1960) edited by Herbert W. Luthin
  • Charles Lamb, in one of his most delightful essays, sets high worth on the observance of All Fools’ Day, because it says to a man: You look wise. Pray correct that error! Christmas brings the universal message to men: You look important and great; pray correct that error. – It overturns the false standards that have blinded the vision and sets up again in their rightful magnitude those childlike qualities by which we enter the Kingdom.
    Christmas turns things inside out. Under the spell of the Christmas story the locked up treasures of kindliness and sympathy come from the inside of the heart, where they are often kept imprisoned, to the outside of actual expression in deed and word. … It is the vision of the Christ-child which enables all men to get at the best treasures of their lives and offer them for use.

    • Halford Edward Luccock, in Essay XXXV : Everything Upside Down, in Fares, Please!: And Other Essays on Practical Themes (1915); 1916 edition, p. 185
  • And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men…
    • Luke 2:9-14
  • Have you any old grudges you would like to pay,
    Any wrongs laid up from a bygone day?
    Gather them now and lay them away
    When Christmas comes.
    Hard thoughts are heavy to carry, my friend,
    And life is short from beginning to end;
    Be kind to yourself, leave nothing to mend
    When Christmas comes.

    • William Lytle in When Christmas Comes
  • Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
    • Matthew 2:1 – 2
  • Huey Freeman: Look, Granddad, it’s clear from the scripture that Jesus was not born in winter. The shepherds, who saw the angels announcing his birth, would not have been out in their fields in December. The Palestinian winters are too cold. If you believe in that sort of thing. The truth is, Christmas evolved from the Roman holiday Saturnalia, a winter festival where men gave gifts to each other. They also would get drunk, have sex with each other and beat their wives. People would act so crazy on Christmas, the holiday was outlawed by the Protestant church until the 1800s.
    • Aaron McGruder The Boondocks (TV series) A Huey Freeman Christmas
  • There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.
    • Bill McKibben in Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case For a More Joyful Christmas
  • The outdoor Christmas lights, green and red and gold and blue and twinkling, remind me that most people are that way all year round — kind, generous, friendly and with an occasional moment of ecstasy. But Christmas is the only time they dare reveal themselves.
    • Harlan Miller in Better Homes and Gardens
  • Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
    Alles schläft; einsam wacht
    Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
    Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
    Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh!

    • Silent night! Holy night!
      All are sleeping, alone and awake
      Only the intimate sacrosanct pair,
      Lovely boy with curly hair,
      Sleep in heavenly peace!
    • Josef Mohr, original German lyrics and translation of Stille Nacht (Silent Night). These have traditionally been altered to:
Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
round yon Virgin Mother and Child,
Holy infant so tender and mild,
sleep in Heavenly peace!
  • We hear the beating of wings over Bethlehem and a light that is not of the sun or of the stars shines in the midnight sky. Let the beauty of the story take away all narrowness, all thought of formal creeds. Let it be remembered as a story that has happened again and again, to men of many different races, that has been expressed through many religions, that has been called by many different names. Time and space and language lay no limitations upon human brotherhood.
    • The New York Times (25 December 1937)
  • As you chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive the greatest news the world had ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart. May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving. Amen.
    • Karen L. Oberst (Light Came at Christmas: Services for the Advent Wreath)
  • Forasmuch as the feast of the nativity of Christ, Easter, Whitsuntide, and other festivals, commonly called holy-days, have been heretofore superstitiously used and observed; be it ordained, that the said feasts, and all other festivals, commonly called holy-days, be no longer observed as festivals; any law, statute, custom, constitution, or canon, to the contrary in anywise not withstanding.
    • Puritan legislation in the British Parliament, abolishing the festival celebration of Christmas and other holidays (June 1647); as quoted in The History of the Puritans (1837) by Daniel Neal
  • I hear that in many places something has happened to Christmas; that it is changing from a time of merriment and carefree gaiety to a holiday which is filled with tedium; that many people dread the day and the obligation to give Christmas presents is a nightmare to weary, bored souls; that the children of enlightened parents no longer believe in Santa Claus; that all in all, the effort to be happy and have pleasure makes many honest hearts grow dark with despair instead of beaming with good will and cheerfulness.
    • Julia Peterkin in A Plantation Christmas (1934)
  • At this special time of year, we all renew our sense of wonder in recalling the story of the first Christmas in Bethlehem, nearly 2,000 year ago. Some celebrate Christmas as the birthday of a great and good philosopher and teacher. Others of us believe in the Divinity of the child born in Bethlehem, that He was and is the promised Prince of Peace. . . . Tonight, in millions of American homes, the glow of the Christmas tree is a reflection of the love Jesus taught us. . . . Christmas means so much because of one special child.
    • Ronald Reagan, Address to the Nation About Christmas and the Situation in Poland,” December 23, 1981, Reagan’s Christmas Address from the Oval Office
  • In this holiday season, we celebrate the birthday of One Who, for almost 2,000 years, has been a greater influence on humankind than all the rulers, all the scholars, all the armies and all the navies that ever marched or sailed, all put together. He brought to the world the simple message of peace on Earth, good will to all mankind. Some celebrate the day as marking the birth of a great and good man, a wise teacher and prophet, and they do so sincerely. But for many of us it’s also a holy day, the birthday of the Prince of Peace, a day when God so loved the world” that He sent us His only begotten Son to assure forgiveness of our sins.
    • Ronald Reagan, Remarks on Lighting the National Community Christmas Tree,” December 16, 1982
  • Many stories have been written about Christmas. Charles Dickens’ Carol” is probably the most famous. Well, I’d like to read some lines from a favorite of mine called, One Solitary Life,” which describes for me the meaning of Christmas. [He then read the full story.] . . . I have always believed that the message of Jesus is one of hope and joy. I know there are those who recognize Christmas Day as the birthday of a great and good man, a wise teacher who gave us principles to live by. And then there are others of us who believe that He was the Son of God, that He was Divine. If we live our lives for truth, for love, and for God, we never need be afraid.
    • Ronald Reagan, Remarks on Lighting the National Community Christmas Tree,” December 15, 1983
  • We do not know the exact moment the Christ Child was born, only what we would have seen if we’d been standing there as we stand here now: Suddenly, a star from heaven shining in our eyes, shining with brilliant beauty across the skies, a star pointing toward eternity in the night, like a great ring of pure and endless light, and then all was calm, and all was bright. Such was the beginning of one solitary life that would shake the world as never before or since. When we speak of Jesus and of His life, we speak of a man revered as a prophet and teacher by people of all religions, and Christians speak of someone greater – a man Who was and is Divine. He brought forth a power that is infinite and a promise that is eternal, a power greater than all mankind’s military might, for His power is Godly love, love that can lift our hearts and soothe our sorrows and heal our wounds and drive away our fears. . . . If each of us could give but a fraction to one another of what He gave to the whole human family, how many hearts could heal, how much sorrow and pain could be driven away.
    • Ronald Reagan, Remarks on Lighting the National Christmas Tree,” December 12, 1985
  • It is not even the beginning of Christmas unless it is Christmas in the heart.
    • Richard Roberts in Contemporary Christ
  • Around the Manger of the Babe of Bethlehem all Nations and kindreds and tongues” [Revelation 7:9] find unity. . . . The spirit of Christmas breathes an eternal message of peace and good-will to all men. We pause, therefore, on this Holy Night and . . . rejoice that nineteen hundred years ago, heralded by angels, there came into the world One whose message was of peace, who gave to all mankind a new commandment of love. In that message of love and of peace we find the true meaning of Christmas. And so I greet you with the greeting of the Angels on that first Christmas at Bethlehem which, resounding through centuries, still rings out with its eternal message: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good-will to men.”
    • FDR, Christmas Greeting to the Nation,” December 24, 1935
  • In the happiness of this Eve of the most blessed day in the year, I give to all of my countrymen the old, old greeting – Merry Christmas – Happy Christmas.” . . . Let us rather pray that we may be given strength to live for others – to live more closely to the words of the Sermon on the Mount and to pray that peoples in the nations which are at war may also read, learn and inwardly digest these deathless words. May their import reach into the hearts of all men and of all nations. I offer them as my Christmas message:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

    • FDR, Radio Christmas Greeting to the Nation,” December 24, 1939
  • There are many men and women in America – sincere and faithful men and women – who are asking themselves this Christmas. . . . How can we meet and worship with love and with uplifted spirit and heart in a world at war, a world of fighting and suffering and death? . . . How can we put the world aside . . . to rejoice in the birth of Christ? . . . And even as we ask these questions, we know the answer. There is another preparation demanded of this Nation beyond and beside the preparation of weapons and materials of war. There is demanded also of us the preparation of our hearts – the arming of our hearts. And when we make ready our hearts for the labor and the suffering and the ultimate victory which lie ahead, then we observe Christmas Day – with all of its memories and all of its meanings – as we should. Looking into the days to come, I have set aside a day of prayer.
    • FDR, Christmas Eve Message to the Nation,” December 24, 1941
  • Here, at home, we will celebrate this Christmas Day in our traditional American way – because of its deep spiritual meaning to us; because the teachings of Christ are fundamental in our lives; and because we want our youngest generation to grow up knowing the significance of this tradition and the story of the coming of the immortal Prince of Peace and Good Will. [He then led in a prayer for the troops] We pray that with victory will come a new day of peace on earth in which all the Nations of the earth will join together for all time. That is the spirit of Christmas, the holy day. May that spirit live and grow throughout the world in all the years to come.
    • FDR, Address to the Nation,” December 24, 1944
  • No one can celebrate a genuine Christmas without being truly poor. The self-sufficient, the proud, those who, because they have everything, look down on others, those who have no need ever of God — for them there will be no Christmas. Only the poor, the hungry, those who need someone to come on their behalf, will have that someone. That someone is God, Emmanuel, God-with-us. Without poverty of spirit there can be no abundance of God.
    • Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero, as quoted in Dionne, E J (Dec. 24, 2004). Washington Post (Washington, DC): p. A17.
  • All the Whos down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot,
    but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did not.
    The Grinch hated Christmas — the whole Christmas season.
    Oh, please don’t ask why, no one quite knows the reason.
    It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
    Or maybe his head wasn’t screwed on just right.
    But I think that the best reason of all
    may have been that his heart was two sizes too small. – Dr. Seuss, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  • And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more? – Dr. Seuss, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  • At Christmas I no more desire a rose
    Than wish a snow in May’s newfangled mirth;
    But life of each thing that in season grows. – William Shakespeare
  • Christmas … is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart. – Freya Stark
  • This is the Christmas that a war-weary world has prayed for through long and awful years. . . . We meet in the spirit of the first Christmas, when the midnight choir sang the hymn of joy: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Let us not forget that the coming of the Savior brought a time of long peace to the Roman World. . . . From the manger of Bethlehem came a new appeal to the minds and hearts of men: A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another.” . . . Would that the world would accept that message in this time of its greatest need! . . . We must strive without ceasing to make real the prophecy of Isaiah: They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” In this day, whether it be far or near, the Kingdoms of this world shall become indeed the Kingdom of God and He will reign forever and ever, Lord of Lords and King of Kings. – Harry Truman, December 24, 1945
  • Since returning home, I have been reading again in our family Bible some of the passages which foretold this night. . . . We miss the spirit of Christmas if we consider the Incarnation as an indistinct and doubtful, far-off event unrelated to our present problems. We miss the purport of Christ’s birth if we do not accept it as a living link which joins us together in spirit as children of the ever-living and true God. In love alone – the love of God and the love of man – will be found the solution of all the ills which afflict the world today. – Harry Truman, December 24, 1949
  • At this Christmastime we should renew our faith in God. We celebrate the hour in which God came to man. It is fitting that we should turn to Him. . . . But all of us – at home, at war, wherever we may be – are within reach of God’s love and power. We all can pray. We all should pray. . . . We should pray for a peace which is the fruit of righteousness. The Nation already is in the midst of a Crusade of Prayer. On the last Sunday of the old year, there will be special services devoted to a revival of faith. I call upon all of you to enlist in this common cause. . . . We are all joined in the fight against the tyranny of communism. Communism is godless. Democracy is the harvest of faith – faith in one’s self, faith in one’s neighbors, faith in God. Democracy’s most powerful weapon is not a gun, tank, or bomb. It is faith. . . . Let us pray at this Christmastime for the wisdom, the humility, and the courage to carry on in this faith. – Harry Truman, December 24, 1950
  • Through Jesus Christ the world will yet be a better and a fairer place. This faith sustains us today as it has sustained mankind for centuries past. This is why the Christmas story, with the bright stars shining and the angels singing, moves us to wonder and stirs our hearts to praise. Now, my fellow countrymen, I wish for all of you a Christmas filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and many years of future happiness with the peace of God reigning upon this earth. – Harry S. Truman,  December 24, 1952
  • For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home. – W. J. Tucker
  • At Christmas be merry and thankful withal,
    And feast your poor neighbors, the great and the small. – Thomas Tusser
  • Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you … to remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are growing old … Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world — stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death — and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas! But you can never keep it alone. – Henry van Dyke
  • Gloria, Gloria! they cry, for their song embraces all that the Lord has begun this day: Glory to God in the highest of heavens! And peace to the people with whom he is pleased! And who are these people? With whom does the good Lord choose to take his pleasure? The shepherds. The plain and nameless — whose every name the Lord knows well. You. And me. – Walter Wangerin Jr.
  • So here comes Gabriel again, and what he says is Good tidings of great joy … for all people. – … That’s why the shepherds are first: they represent all the nameless, all the working stiffs, the great wheeling population of the whole world. – Walter Wangerin Jr.
  • I love the Christmas-tide, and yet,
    I notice this, each year I live;
    I always like the gifts I get,
    But how I love the gifts I give!
    ‘Tis blessed to bestow, and yet,
    Could we bestow the gifts we get,
    And keep the ones we give away,
    How happy were our Christmas day! – Carolyn Wells
  • To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every year. – E. B. White
  • I like the Christmas that fulfills my needs … to be forgiven from greed and selfishness, to fill my empty soul with peace and compassion, for hope and faith and charity, for myself renewed and hope restored in an erring world. – Robert D. Wigert
  • When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow,
    We hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago,
    And etched on vacant places
    Are half-forgotten faces
    Of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • God’s visit to earth took place in an animal shelter with no attendants present and nowhere to lay the newborn king but a feed trough. … For just an instant the sky grew luminous with angels, yet who saw the spectacle? Illiterate hirelings who watched the flocks of others, nobodies who failed to leave their names… – Philip Yancy
  • This Advent we look to the Wise Men to teach us where to focus our attention. We set our sights on things above, where God is. We draw closer to Jesus… When our Advent journey ends, and we reach the place where Jesus resides in Bethlehem, may we, like the Wise Men, fall on our knees and adore him as our true and only King. – Mark Zimmermann
  • I find Christmas very difficult. – Morrissey on stage at Earl’s Court
  • The mistletoe hung in the castle hall,
    The holly branch shone on the old oak wall. – Thomas Haynes Bayly
  • And the Baron’s retainers were blithe and gay,
    And keeping their Christmas holiday. – Thomas Haynes Bayly
  • No trumpet-blast profaned
    The hour in which the Prince of Peace was born;
    No bloody streamlet stained
    Earth’s silver rivers on that sacred morn. – William Cullen Bryant
  • Christians awake, salute the happy morn
    Whereon the Saviour of the world was born. – John Byrom
  • For little children everywhere
    A joyous season still we make;
    We bring our precious gifts to them,
    Even for the dear child Jesus’ sake. – Phoebe Cary
  • It was the calm and silent night!
    Seven hundred years and fifty-three
    Had Rome been growing up to might
    And now was queen of land and sea.
    No sound was heard of clashing wars,
    Peace brooded o’er the hushed domain;
    Apollo, Pallas, Jove and Mars,
    Held undisturbed their ancient reign,
    In the solemn midnight,
    Centuries ago. – Alfred Domett
  • How bless’d, how envied, were our life,
    Could we but scape the poulterer’s knife!
    But man, curs’d man, on Turkeys preys,
    And Christmas shortens all our days:
    Sometimes with oysters we combine,
    Sometimes assist the savory chine;
    From the low peasant to the lord,
    The Turkey smokes on every board. – John Gay
  • What babe new born is this that in a manger cries?
    Near on her lowly bed his happy mother lies.
    Oh, see the air is shaken with white and heavenly wings—
    This is the Lord of all the earth, this is the King of Kings. – Richard Watson Gilder
  • As I sat on a sunny bank
    On Christmas day in the morning
    I spied three ships come sailing in. – Washington Irving
  • High noon behind the tamarisks, the sun is hot above us—
    As at home the Christmas Day is breaking wan,
    They will drink our healths at dinner, those who tell us how they love us,
    And forget us till another year be gone! – Rudyard Kipling
  • Shepherds at the grange,
    Where the Babe was born,
    Sang with many a change,
    Christmas carols until morn. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • I heard the bells on Christmas Day
    Their old, familiar carols play,
    And wild and sweet
    The words repeat
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men! – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Hail to the King of Bethlehem,
    Who weareth in his diadem
    The yellow crocus for the gem
    Of his authority! – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • What means this glory round our feet,
    The Magi mused, more bright than morn!
    And voices chanted clear and sweet,
    To-day the Prince of Peace is born. -James Russell Lowell
  • Let’s dance and sing and make good cheer,
    For Christmas comes but once a year. – G. Macfarren
  • Ring out, ye crystal spheres!
    Once bless our human ears,
    If ye have power to touch our senses so;
    And let your silver chime
    Move in melodious time,
    And let the bass of Heaven’s deep organ blow;
    And with your ninefold harmony
    Make up full consort to the angelic symphony. – John Milton
  • This is the month, and this the happy morn,
    Wherein the Son of Heaven’s eternal King,
    Of wedded maid and virgin mother born,
    Our great redemption from above did bring,
    For so the holy sages once did sing,
    That He our deadly forfeit should release,
    And with His Father work us a perpetual peace. – John Milton
  • ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
    Not a creature was stirring,—not even a mouse:
    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
    In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. – Clement C. Moore
  • God rest ye, little children; let nothing you affright,
    For Jesus Christ, your Saviour, was born this happy night;
    Along the hills of Galilee the white flocks sleeping lay,
    When Christ, the Child of Nazareth, was born on Christmas day. – Dinah Craik
  • As many mince pies as you taste at Christmas’ so many happy months will you have. – Old English Saying
  • England was merry England, when
    Old Christmas brought his sports again.
    ‘Twas Christmas broach’d the mightiest ale;
    ‘Twas Christmas told the merriest tale;
    A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
    The poor man’s heart through half the year. – Walter Scott
  • At Christmas I no more desire a rose,
    Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth. – William Shakespeare107
  • The time draws near the birth of Christ:
    The moon is hid; the night is still;
    The Christmas bells from hill to hill
    Answer each other in the mist. – Alfred Tennyson
  • Christmas is here:
    Winds whistle shrill,
    Icy and chill,
    Little care we:
    Little we fear
    Weather without,
    Sheltered about
    The Mahogany-Tree. – William Makepeace Thackeray
  • At Christmas play, and make good cheer,
    For Christmas comes but once a year. – Thomas Tusser
  • The sun doth shake
    Light from his locks, and, all the way
    Breathing perfumes, doth spice the day. – Henry Vaughan
  • Hark the herald angels sing,
    Glory to the new-born king. –
    Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
    God and sinners reconciled! – Charles Wesley
  • Blow, bugles of battle, the marches of peace;
    East, west, north, and south let the long quarrel cease;
    Sing the song of great joy that the angels began,
    Sing the glory to God and of good-will to man! – John Greenleaf Whittier

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