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Article: 125+ Christmas Quotes to Wish Friends and Family a Holiday of Cheer

125+ Christmas Quotes to Wish Friends and Family a Holiday of Cheer
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125+ Christmas Quotes to Wish Friends and Family a Holiday of Cheer

Embrace the Christmas Spirit with these beloved Christmas quotes, sourced from renowned figures of the past and present. From Bing Crosby and Charles Dickens to Kelly Clarkson and Joanna Gaines, we have carefully selected the finest quotes that capture the essence of the holiday season, offering humor, depth, and a religious perspective.

Peruse our collection of 100 quotes, thoughtfully categorized into eight different themes, providing you with a delightful dose of Christmas cheer to inspire your festive decorations. These quotes also serve as wonderful additions to social media captions or heartfelt messages in Christmas cards, lending a beautifully crafted touch that can be particularly helpful if you struggle with writing, find yourself at a loss for words, or simply wish to fill empty spaces with meaningful sentiments. Incorporating one of our Christian Christmas quotes into your daily prayer routine can create a prayerful advent calendar, allowing you to reflect on the true meaning of the season.

The possibilities for enjoying these quotes are endless, so take your time, savor each line, and let the infectious Christmas spirit fill your heart with joy!

For more Christmas quotes and sayings, explore our articles on renowned Christmas poems, inspiring Christmas Bible verses, and amusing Christmas jokes.

Christmas Quotes for Friends and Family

  • "The best of all gifts, around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family, all wrapped up in each other." — Burton Hills
  • “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
  • “Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” — Margaret Thatcher
  • “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 is all about family, eating, drinking, and making merry.” — Malaika Arora Khan
  • "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
  • “Your children need your presence more than your presents.” — Jesse Jackson
  • “Christmas is a time when you get homesick — even when you're home.” — Carol Nelson
  • "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
  • “At Christmas, all roads lead home.” — Marjorie Holmes
  • “Christmas is a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.” — Freya Stark
  • “I don't think Christmas is necessarily about things. It's about being good to one another.” — Carrie Fisher
  • "Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us." — David Cameron
  • "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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” – Janice Maeditere
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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 gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us.” – David Cameron
  • “At Christmas, all roads lead home.” – Marjorie Holmes
  • “Christmas works like glue. It keeps us all sticking together.” – Rosie Thomas
  • “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

Christmas Quotes For Cards

  • “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 the season for kindling the fire of hospitality.” – Washington Irving
  • “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Will Ferrell
  • “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens
  • “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” – Peg Bracken
  • “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie
  • “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

Merry Christmas Quotes to Get You in the Spirit

  • “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
  • “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 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
  • "Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too sad when you've got a Christmas tree in the living room." — Nora Roberts
  • "City sidewalks, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style. In the air, there's a feeling of Christmas..." — Bing Crosby, “Silver Bells”
  • "Freshly cut Christmas trees, smelling of stars and snow and pine resin — inhale deeply, and fill your soul with wintry night.” — John J. Geddes
  • "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
  • “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
  • "Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." — Norman Vincent Peale
  • “There's nothing cozier than a Christmas tree all lit up.” — Jenny Han"Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago." — Tom Baker
  • “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 the day that holds all time together." — Alexander Smith
  • “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
  • "Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day." — Helen Steiner Rice

Short Christmas Quotes

  • “Christmas is a togethery sort of holiday. That's my favorite kind.” — A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
  • “Nothing seems to bring people together like Christmas.” — Steven Dodrill
  • “Christmas isn't a date on a calendar: It's a feeling in the heart.” — Toni Sorenson
  • “Even as an adult, I still find it hard to sleep on Christmas Eve.” — Carrie Latet
  • “Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” — Mary Ellen Chase
  • “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” — Charles Schulz
  • “Christmas is a stocking stuffed with sugary goodness.” — Mo Rocca
  • “Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold.” — Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon
  • "Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling." — Edna Ferber
  • “Christmas is not a story of hope. It is hope.” — Craig D. Lounsbrough
  • “Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence.” — Joan Mills
  • "It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air." — W. T. Ellis
  • “Christmas will always be, as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand." — Dr. Seuss
  • "At Christmas, play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year." — Thomas Tusser
  • "Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas." — Peg Bracken

Inspirational Christmas Quotes

  • “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
  • “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
  • “Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.” – Helen Steiner Rice
  • “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” – Roy L. Smith
  • “We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • “Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.” – Washington Irving
  • “Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white.’” – Bing Crosby
  • “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
  • “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
  • “All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.” – David Jeremiah
  • “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

Religious Christmas Quotes

  • “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 began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man.” — Robert Hughes
  • “All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.” — David Jeremiah
  • “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” — Charles Dickens
  • “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.” — Saint Josemaría Escrivá
  • “It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you.” — Mother Teresa
  • “The son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” — C.S. Lewis
  • “It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” — Mother Theresa
  • "Before we took down the tree each year, Dad would always say a prayer that we would be together the next Christmas. I cling to that prayer, which serves as a reminder that it's important to be grateful in the present for the people you love because, well, you never know." — Catherine Hicks
  • "My brothers and sisters, may the spirit of love, which comes at Christmastime, fill our homes and our lives, and linger there long after the tree is down, and the lights are put away for another year." — Thomas S. Monson
  • "Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world." — C.S. Lewis
  • "We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly: Let Him rejoice." — Pope Paul VI

Meaning of Christmas Quotes

  • "Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas." — Dale Evans
  • "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…” — Taylor Caldwell
  • “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
  • “What is Christmas? It is the tenderness of the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future." — Agnes M. Pahro
  • “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 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 Severeid
  • “The joy of brightening other lives becomes, for us, the magic of the holidays.” — W. C. Jones
  • "He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree." — Roy L. Smith
  • "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
  • “Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer — home.” — W.J. Tucker
  • "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 is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values." — Thomas S. Monson
  • "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
  • "Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts." — Janice Maeditere
  • “Christmas is forever, not for just one day. For loving, sharing, giving are not to put away.” — Norman Wesley Brooks
  • "Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most." — Ruth Carter Stapleton

Funny Christmas Quotes

  • “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
  • "There are three stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus; he does not believe in Santa Claus; he is Santa Claus." — Bob Phillips
  • “I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, ‘Toys not included.’” — Bernard Manning
  • “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” — George Burns
  • “Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.” — Victor Borge
  • “I haven’t taken my Christmas lights down. They look so nice on the pumpkin.” — Winston Spear
  • “Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.” — Kin Hubbard
  • “I love Christmas. I receive a lot of wonderful presents I can’t wait to exchange.” — Henry Youngman
  • “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, here again. Let us raise a loving cup; peace on earth, goodwill to men, and make them do the washing up.” — Wendy Cope
  • “Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money.” — Unknown
  • “Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included.” — Unknown
  • “I left Santa gluten-free cookies and organic soy milk, and he put a solar panel in my stocking.” — Unknown
  • “There’s no experience quite like cutting your own live Christmas tree out of your neighbor’s yard.” – Dan Florence
  • “Christmas is a baby shower that went totally overboard.” – Andy Borowitz
  • “Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.” – Victor Borge
  • “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.” – Kelly Finch (from Deck the Halls)
  • “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
  • “Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.” – Kin Hubbard
  • “Christmas is a togethery sort of holiday. That’s my favorite kind.” – A. A. Milne (from Winnie the Pooh)
  • “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
  • “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
  • “A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” – Garrison Keillor
  • “I love Christmas. I receive a lot of wonderful presents I can’t wait to exchange.” – Henny Youngman
  • “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Buddy (from Elf)
  • “Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas.” – Stephen Graham Jones
  • “You’re skipping Christmas! Isn’t that against the law?” – Spike Frohmeyer (from Christmas With the Kranks)

Christmas Quotes From Movies

  • “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” — Elf
  • “There's frost on every window. Oh, I can't believe my eyes! And in my ones, I feel the warmth that's coming from the inside!” — The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • “It is Christmas Eve, and we are going to sit out on that patio. We’re gonna make ourselves a little fire, pop some bubbly, and we are gonna celebrate being young and being alive.” — The Holiday
  • "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." — A Christmas Carol
  • “Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.” — The Polar Express
  • “Seeing is believing, but sometimes, the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” — The Polar Express
  • “Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!” — How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love is, actually, all around.” — Love Actually
  • “I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe, it just needs a little love.” — A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • “Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned, family Christmas.” — National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • “I suppose it all started with the snow. You see, it was a very special kind of snow. A snow that made the happy happier and the giddy even giddier.” — Frosty the Snowman
  • “Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.” — The Santa Clause
  • “Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.”  Miracle on 34th Street

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