CHRISTMAS & CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: Greatest Quotations on Christmas and the Christmas Spirit – compiled by Michael Josephson

Here are the best quotes about Christmas that I could find. If you have any to add to the list, please post them in the comment box below.

  1. What is Christmas?  It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.  It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.  ~Agnes M. Pahro
  2. Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day. ~Helen Steiner Rice
  3. Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!  ~Hamilton Wright Mabiea
  4. 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
  5. If you don’t have Christmas in your heart, you’ll never find it under a tree.
  6. Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.  ~Ruth Carter Stapleton
  7. The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~Burton Hillis
  8. Christmas has a certain universal appeal that gives it meaning well beyond a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but Christians have a special duty to experience its sacred and profound spiritual significance and non-Christians have a duty to treat the day with special respect. – Michael Josephson
  9. Mankind is a great, an immense family.  This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.  ~Pope John XXIII
  10. I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.  ~Harlan Miller
  11. The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each other’s’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas. ~W.C. Jones
  12. Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.  ~Norman Vincent Peale
  13. Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. ~Charles Schulz
  14. I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. Christmas is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. Dale Evans Rogers
  18. 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
  19. It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.  ~W.T. Ellis
  20. Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home.  ~Carol Nelson
  21. 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. Peace on Earth, good will to men, kind thoughts and words of cheer, are things we should use often and not just once a year. – Norman Wesley Brooks
  22. As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.  ~Eric Sevareid
  23. Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind.  To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.  ~Calvin Coolidge, U.S. President
  24. May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, /The gladness of Christmas give you hope,/ The warmth of Christmas grant you love. ~Author Unknown
  25. 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
  26. Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. ~Janice Maeditere
  27. 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 traveler, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!  ~Charles Dickens
  28. At Christmas, all roads lead home.  ~Marjorie Holmes
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. The spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind.  ~Loring A. Schuler
  32. Roses are reddish/ Violets are bluish / If it weren’t for Christmas / We’d all be Jewish. ~Benny Hill
  33. 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
  34. May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; The spirit of Christmas which is peace; The heart of Christmas which is love. ~Ada V. Hendricks
  35. 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
  36. If “ifs” and buts” were candy and nuts, wouldn’t it be a Merry Christmas?  ~Don Meredith
  37. 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.  ~Author Unknown
  38. 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
  39. If I decorate my house perfectly with holiday ribbons, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator. If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook. If I crochet snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on love, I have missed the point. ~Unknown
  40. Love stops the cooking to kiss the child. / Love sets aside the decorating to hug the family member. / Love is kind, though.
  41. A good conscience is a continual Christmas. ~Benjamin Franklin
  42. 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? ~Gilbert K. Chesterton
  43. It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul. ~Caroline Kennedy
  44. Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.- ~Bing Crosby
  45. Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling. ~Edna Ferber
  46. I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness. ~Carrie Fisher
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  3. The good thoughts behind the occasion is inspiring.
    However as time passes, this celebration is heading more on commercialism than on the original objective of family, friends enjoying time together.

    Crime rate – specially on so called 3rd work countries like mine – is on the rise during these times. If you can just see the stress on people to buy the best gifts.
    Teens give away their virginity as gift.
    The original objective has gone.

    So why not do the heartfelt giving, being kind and nice to one another be done everyday in our life – a part of our life – instead of once in a year.

  4. A truly beautiful collection of memorable quotations about Christmas and the season of Christmas. I will print a copy to share with others and save the collection to my personal file of poetry and quotations. Thank you, Michael Josephson for sharing this with all of your readers.

  5. Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

    “DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
    “Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
    “Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
    “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

    “VIRGINIA O’HANLON.
    “115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.”

    VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical 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 childlike 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 they 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 may 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.

  6. Merry Christmas! Enjoy this wonderful story!
    > The True Story of Rudolph
    >
    > A man named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night. His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing.
    >
    > Bob’s wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer.
    >
    > Little Barbara couldn’t understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dad’s eyes and asked, “Why isn’t Mommy just like everybody else’s Mommy?” Bob’s jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears.
    >
    > Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob’s life. Life always had to be different for Bob.
    >
    > Small when he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he’d rather not remember. From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in. Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn’s bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938.
    >
    > Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn’t even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn’t buy a gift, he was determined a make one – a storybook! Bob had created a character in his own mind and told the animal’s story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling.
    >
    > Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose.
    >
    > Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day. But the story doesn’t end there.
    >
    > The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book.
    >
    > In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter. But the story doesn’t end there either.
    >
    > Bob’s brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore, it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of “White Christmas.”
    >
    > The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn’t so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing.
    >

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