Christmas Quotes and Sayings

vintage cowgirl hangs sign for Christmas quotesJust in case you need a great quote for a Christmas card or post here is a wonderful collection of Christmas sayings from the famous, not so famous and anonymous, plus some well known blurbs about Christmas from the movies and literature.  Enjoy!

    "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, Little Women

"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 Streeter Aldrich, Song of Years

   "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 Christmas-time."–Laura Ingalls Wilder

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!"–Hamilton Wright Mabie

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

 

“There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,' returned the nephew. 'Christmas among the rest. But 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 A Christmas Carol

    “Christmas... is not an external event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart”.  - Freya Stark

 

“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'.” ―  Bing Crosby

   “For the spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind.” - Loring A. Schuler

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

   “At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”  ―  Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express

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

       “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 or hearts for something wonderful to happen. A child who is impractical, unrealistic, simpleminded and terribly vulnerable to joy.”    ―  Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

 

“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.” -   Harlan Miller

     " Were it not for the shepherds, there would have been  no reception. And if it were not for a group of stargazers there would have been no gifts".  -- Max Lucado

 

   “There has been only one Christmas -- the rest are anniversaries.”   ― W.J. Cameron

 

“Christmas works like glue, it keeps us all sticking together.”   ― Rosie Thomas, Iris and Ruby

 

   “Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home! “- Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers

 

 “Christmas is the day that holds all time together" Alexander Smith

   “A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away.”
Eva Logue

 

“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

 

   “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 Tabor

 

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

 

   “Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love Divine; Love was born at Christmas; Star and angels gave the sign.”      

 

“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

   “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

 

  "He came, not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as one whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. God tapped humanity on its collective shoulder, "Pardon me," he said, and eternity interrupted time, divinity interrupted carnality, and heaven interrupted the earth in the form of a baby. Christianity was born in one big heavenly interruption." --  Max Lucado

   “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!” -   Francis P. Church (From the New York Sun, September 21, 1897.)

“The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school.” -Alice Cooper


   “I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.” -  Taylor Caldwell

“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

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

    "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 renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion.” --  Ralph Sockman 

Funny Christmas Quotes

 

“Let’s just say that on this day, a million years ago, a dude was born who most of us think was magic.  But others don’t, and that’s cool.  But we’re probably right.  Amen.”  – Homer Simpson

   “The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington DC .  This was not for any religious reasons.  They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin.” –  Jay Leno

 “The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.” ― George Carlin

 

"According to a new CBS poll, 33 percent of Americans say they won't have enough money to cover their holiday spending. I believe these people are called Congress." –Jay Leno

 

   “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

 

"Every year Americans spend millions of dollars on Christmas gifts for their pets, which makes no sense to me. Your pet doesn't know it's Christmas. In fact, your pet doesn't even know it's a pet, so giving your cat a sweater is about as useful as giving your microwave a hat." –Jimmy Kimmel


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

 

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

 

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

 

“They know you need a tree. I was at a lot last night. I went to buy a tree. Needles sold separately. I couldn't believe it." -Jay Leno

   “I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.” -  Will Ferrell in Elf 

 

“Folks, my firm’s done a tremendous amount of marketing research and we’ve discovered two critical things, one; most Americans feel that Christmas is a time for family. Two; most Americans feel that in order to stand being around their family, for even one or two days, they need to swill as much alcohol as humanly possible.”  - Ben Affleck in Surviving Christmas 

 

   Crook One: "I’m going to buy them their Christmas turkey."
Crook Two: "Buy? Do you really mean ‘buy'?"
Crook One: "Yes, buy! In the Spirit of Christmas. The hard part’s going to be stealing the money to pay for it." -  Humphrey Bogart in We’re No Angels 

 

  “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 Barry

   " If you can't wrap presents well, at least make it look like they put up a good fight".  -- unknown

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