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It is the season of giving and, in this post, we’re going to give you some help getting in the holiday spirit with some great Christmas quotes.
Christmas is a special time all over the world, where people gather together with friends and loved ones to exchange gifts, decorate their homes, and eat special meals. It’s also a time of reflection, in which people are reminded that to love each other and be kind are the real greatest gifts that we can give each other.
As we start to celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, here are a few great Christmas quotes that will really help you get into the Christmas spirit.
While celebrating Christmas may no longer be something only Christians enjoy, we shouldn’t forget that it originated from the need to celebrate the birth of the Christian savior, Jesus Christ.
Christmas didn’t start out as a fun holiday but rather as a holy day, so it’s not surprising that many important religious figures have some inspirational thoughts on the meaning of Christmas.
This quote about Christmas from the current Pope, Pope Francis, reminds us that it is Christmas itself that is the greatest gift we will receive during this season
Pope John XXIII would like us to remember that Christmas is all about family. With this quote, he’s encouraging us to look beyond our immediate family and remember that all of humanity is our brothers and sisters.
Norman Vincent Peale was an American minister who became popular as an author of the best-seller, “The Power of Positive Thinking”. He shares this positive thought about the wonder of the Christmas season.
One of the most influential religious leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Brigham Young issues this reminder about the true spirit of giving during Christmas.
Roy L. Smith is an American clergyman with the Methodist Church. He is also a published author and editor, writing syndicated columns in the newspapers and a series of influential religious books. He has this wise reminder about what is really important during Christmas. Not the trimming and décor, but what it in your heart.
Of all the religious leaders on this list, American Episcopal clergyman Phillips Brooks is probably the one who is most associated with the holiday. He is the lyricist of the popular Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. He is also known for this hopeful view of the Christmas season.
Ruth Carter Stapleton was a Christian evangelist who was also the sister of former US President Jimmy Carter. She has this inspiring quote about the true meaning of Christmas.
Sure, children eagerly wait for “Santa Claus” to visit but, as Rev. Jesse Jackson, points out the true joy on Christmas morning comes from family togetherness.
Mother Theresa is known for being selfless, so it’s not that surprising to hear her say that the intent behind a Christmas gift matters more than the gift itself.
The best of the world’s politicians know that their job isn’t just to consolidate power but to lead and inspire people.
These politicians below have some great thoughts on how the Christmas holidays can inspire everyone to be their best selves and live their best lives.
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, was nicknamed “Silent Cal”, because while he was capable of a good public speaker, he was known to be a naturally quiet person in private. He does, however, have some fine and stirring words to say about Christmas.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was nicknamed “The Iron Lady”. But, as you can see from her quote above, she had a soft spot for the Christmas holidays as it gave her the chance to spend quality time with those dear to her.
United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin was also known for his scientific endeavors and wise sayings. He has this piece of advice on how to capture the special feeling of Christmas all year round.
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron urges people to think of Christmas not just as a time for gift-giving but also for reflection on the things we are already blessed to possess.
Writers make a living communicating and describing events as well as thoughts and feelings in their work. It’s not surprising that a lot of the best Christmas quotes can be traced back to those who write for a living.
American essayist Hamilton Wright Mabie had this to say about the true meaning of Christmas around the world.
Christian author and columnist Marjorie Holmes talk about one of the greatest joys of the Christmas season, going home to family and friends.
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Washington Irving may be more associated with Halloween, he did write the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and create the Headless Horseman, but he shows a fine appreciation for the cozy warmth of the Christmas season in this quote.
Charles M. Schulz is known for his wise and witty “Peanut” comics, which spawned the animated Christmas special “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Here is what he has to say about the true meaning of Christmas.
Dr. Seuss was the author of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and he knew that nothing could really “steal” Christmas from those who realized it was more than gifts and decorations.
This quote comes from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short story writer Edna Ferber.
Similar sentiments from Ferber come from the American educator and author, Mary Ellen Chase
Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote about growing up in a frontier family where hardships were often only overcome by love, looked forward to Christmas. Though the Wilder family Christmas celebrations were rather Spartan compared to modern-day celebrations, they were always filled with love and laughter.
B.C. Forbes was a financial journalist who founded the business magazine, Forbes. That “serious” background doesn’t mean he couldn’t wax poetical about the joys of Christmas, as you can see from the quote above.
Eric Sevareid was an American author who made a name for himself as a war correspondent during World War II. Perhaps it was his experiences as a war correspondent that gave him such an appreciation of the hope and peace that the Christmas season brings.
Helen Steiner Rice was known for her inspirational Christian poetry. She had these inspirational and hopeful words to describe the magic of the Christmas season.
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Author, essayist, and radio personality Garrison Keillor had this to say about Christmas in his book “Leaving Home”.
There will be very few people who will disagree with author Jenny Hans’s thoughts about seeing a Christmas tree.
American humorist Peg Bracken has written several cookbooks, so she does have some experience in knowing the “right” ingredients to put in a dish. As we can see from the quote above, she’s also keenly aware of the “ingredients” that are needed for a good Christmas celebration.
American author Richelle E. Goodrich perfectly captures the sweetness of the holiday season with this quote.
Edwin Osgood Grover sums up the real magic of Santa Claus with this quote about the importance of generosity during Christmas.
Finally, let’s look at a few more great Christmas quotes from some beloved stars of the big and small screen.
The actress Carrie Fisher, is beloved as the princess turned general, Leia in the Star Wars trilogy. She had these wise words to say about Christmas.
American comedian Bob Hope believes that Christmas is a wonderful holiday, but raises a good point about how we can extend the feeling of Christmas year-round.
Some words of wisdom from actress, singer, and entertainer, Dale Evans Rogers. She’s also the wife and the on-screen partner of Roy Rogers.
Singer, actor, and all-around entertainer Bing Crosby may have made the Christmas carol “White Christmas” famous, but he knew that it was more than just the “trimmings” that really made Christmas a special time.
Comedienne Phyllis Diller had this to say about Christmas. She may be right, after all, all of us want to make happy memories during the season.
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