With all of the wonder, whimsy, and occasional wistfulness that comes along with Christmastime, sometimes it's hard to put into words just how the holiday season makes us feel. Whether you're looking for a festive photo caption, the perfect holiday card inscription, or perhaps you're battling your inner Scrooge, here are 50+ Christmas quotes sure to make the season just a little brighter. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year.
"Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling." —Edna Ferber
"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
"May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve."
"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 piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart." – Freya Stark
"City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style. In the air, there’s a feeling of Christmas." – Ray Evans, "Silver Bells"
"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
"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." – Calvin Coolidge
"Some Christmas tree ornaments do a lot more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago." – Tom Baker
"The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood." – Richard Paul Evans
"The thing about Christmas is that it almost doesn't matter what mood you're in, or what kind of year you've had–it's a fresh start." – Kelly Clarkson
"I love the excitement, the childlike spirit of innocence, and just about everything that goes along with Christmas." – Hillary Scott
"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
"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
"The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much." – Henry David Thoreau
"Christmas, to me, is as many people as possible happy." – Tupac Shakur
"We count down the days just to experience it nearly exactly as we always have. It is so comfortable, familiar, and perfectly nostalgic that, frankly, we have no desire to improve upon it at all." – Joanna Gaines
"Even as an adult, I still find it hard to sleep on Christmas eve." – Carrie Latet
"Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” – Charles M. Schulz
"Christmas Eve will find me, where the lovelight gleams. I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams." – Kim Gannon and Walter Kent, "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
“Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.” – Helen Steiner Rice
“Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” – Margaret Thatcher
"The joy of brightening other lives becomes for us the magic of the holidays." – W. C. Jones
"Christmas magic is silent. You don't hear it–you feel it. You know it. You believe it." – Kevin Alan Milne
"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know. Where the treetops glisten, and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow." – Irving Berlin, "White Christmas"
"It’s Christmas Eve. It’s 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." – Frank Cross
"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." – Mother Theresa
"The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek ways to make life better for those around us." – Anonymous
"We should learn the true Christmas lesson of gentle, thoughtful kindness to those we love and to all we meet in life's busy ways." – J. R. Miller
"Don't get caught up in the wrapping paper and forget that the gift of the Christmas season is simply love." – Toni Sorenson
"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month." – Harlan Miller
“There's nothing cozier than a Christmas tree all lit up.” ― Jenny Han
"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
"Freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin–inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night." – John J. Geddes
"During the holiday season, in fact all year long, wrap yourself around another's presence, not presents." – Christine E. Szymanski
"The mood is right, the spirit's up. We're here tonight, and that's enough. Simply having a wonderful Christmas time." – Paul McCartney, "Wonderful Christmas Time"
"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other." — Burton Hills
"Christmas is the day that holds all time together." — Alexander Smith
"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear." – Will Ferrell, Elf
"Have yourself a merry little Christmas. Let your heart be light. From now on, your troubles will be out of sight." – Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
"At Christmas, all roads lead home." – Marjorie Holmes
"I don't think Christmas is necessarily about things. It's about being good to one another." — Carrie Fisher
"Mankind is a great, an immense family... This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas." ― Pope John XXIII
"Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!" – Theodor Seuss Geisel, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." – Norman Vincent Peale
"And so I'm offering this simple phrase to kids from one to 92. Although it's been said many times, many ways, merry Christmas to you." – Robert Wells, "The Christmas Song"
"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future." – Agnes M. Pahro
"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas." ―Peg Bracken
"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 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 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
"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
"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air." – W.T. Ellis
"Christmas is forever, not for just one day. For loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away." – Norman Wesley Brooks
"The world has grown weary through the years, but at Christmas, it is young." – Phillips Brooks
"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)
"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
"It's the most wonderful time of the year. There'll be much mistletoe-ing, and hearts will be glowing when loved ones are near." – George Wyle and Eddie Pola, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree." – Roy L. Smith
"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love." – Hamilton Wright Mabie
"Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection." – Pindar
"Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home." – G.K. Chesterton
"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 will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand." — Dr. Seuss
"But I did know that nobody ever asked me what I wanted for Christmas. Had any adult with the power to fulfill my desires taken me seriously and asked me what I wanted, they would have known that I did not want to have anything to own, or to possess any object. I wanted, rather, to feel something on Christmas Day." — Toni Morrison
"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 best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature." — Andy Rooney
"I sincerely hope your Christmas...may abound in the gaieties which the season generally brings…" — Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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