Christmas, that inspirational time for family and friends across the world (ok, ok we're not forgetting Hanukkah, Thanksgiving..) when we all wish we were kids again and it really did snow on Christmas Day.. instead of rain. If you need motivation to get into the festive spirit read on, waste a few minutes of your day and feel jolly.
1. Santa is very jolly because he knows where all the bad girls live. ~Dennis Miller 2. Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale 3. Christmas is a time when you get homesick — even when you're home. ~Carol Nelson 4. He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Smith 5. 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 6. Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year — and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority. ~W.J. Cameron
7. The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~Burton Hillis 8. 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 9. 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 10. There has been only one Christmas — the rest are anniversaries. ~W.J. Cameron 11. 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 12. 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 13. May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! ~Author Unknown 14. I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. ~Charles Dickens 15. Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. ~Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas 16. Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. ~Washington Irving 17. Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. ~Peg Bracken 18. Isn't it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for — I don't know what exactly, but it's something that you don't mind so much not having at other times. ~Kate L. Bosher 19. At Christmas, all roads lead home. ~Marjorie Holmes 20. 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 21. It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. ~W.T. Ellis 22. For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home. ~W.J. Ronald Tucker 23. Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it. ~Richard Lamm 24. Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! ~Hamilton Wright Mabie 25. Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen. ~Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby 26. 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? ~G.K. Chesterton 27. I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~Harlan Miller 28. Christmas is the day that holds all time together. ~Alexander Smith 29. From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it. ~Katharine Whitehorn 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 "Hanukka" and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say "Merry Christmas!" or "Happy Hanukka!" or (to the atheists) "Look out for the wall!" ~Dave Barry, "Christmas Shopping: A Survivor's Guide" 31. I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays — let them overtake me unexpectedly — waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: "Why, this is Christmas Day!" ~David Grayson 32. Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. ~Janice Maeditere 33. "It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!... Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!" ~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 34. Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. ~Author Unknown 35. Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer.... Who'd have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously? ~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes 36. Only in souls the Christ is brought to birth, And there He lives and dies. ~Alfred Noyes 37. For the spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind. ~Loring A. Schuler 38. This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone. ~Taylor Caldwell 39. Tradition: sit with husband in a room lit only by tree lights and remember that our blessings outnumber the lights. Happy Christmas to all. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon 40. At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year ~Thomas Tusser 41. Christmas is for children. But it is for grown-ups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts. ~Lenora Mattingly Weber 42. To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every year. ~E.B. White, "The Distant Music of the Hounds," The Second Tree from the Corner, 1954 43. Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. ~Author Unknown 44. I can understand people simply fleeing the mountainous effort Christmas has become... but there are always a few saving graces and finally they make up for all the bother and distress. ~May Sarton 45. Fail not to call to mind, in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month, that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth was born on that day; and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it; for mirth is also of Heaven's making. ~Leigh Hunt 46. The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect! ~Charles N. Barnard 47. I do like Christmas on the whole.... In its clumsy way, it does approach Peace and Goodwill. But it is clumsier every year. ~E.M. Forster 48. Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money. ~Author Unknown 49. The Church does not superstitiously observe days, merely as days, but as memorials of important facts. Christmas might be kept as well upon one day of the year as another; but there should be a stated day for commemorating the birth of our Saviour, because there is danger that what may be done on any day, will be neglected. ~Samuel Johnson 50. As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is. ~Eric Sevareid 51. 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 52. [I]t is the one season of the year when we can lay aside all gnawing worry, indulge in sentiment without censure, assume the carefree faith of childhood, and just plain "have fun." Whether they call it Yuletide, Noel, Weinachten, or Christmas, people around the earth thirst for its refreshment as the desert traveller for the oasis. ~D.D. Monroe 53. 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 54. The best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature. ~Andy Rooney 55. 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 56. The Christmas season has come to mean the period when the public plays Santa Claus to the merchants. ~John Andrew Holmes 57. If "ifs" and "buts" were candy and nuts, wouldn't it be a Merry Christmas? ~Don Meredith 58. 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, "Christmas Shopping: A Survivor's Guide" 59. The message of Christmas is that the visible material world is bound to the invisible spiritual world. ~Author Unknown 60. Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive. ~Robert Lynd 61. Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas. ~Pope John XXIII 62. There are no strangers on Christmas Eve. ~Mildred Cram and Adele Comandini 63. There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime. Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them. ~P.J. O'Rourke 64. The Christmas bells from hill to hill, Answer each other in the mist. 65. ~Alfred, Lord Tennyson 66. 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, 1927 67. No matter how carefully you stored the lights last year, they will be snarled again this Christmas. ~Robert Kirby 68. Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance — each beautiful, unique and too soon gone. ~Deborah Whipp 69. When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, we hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago, and etched on vacant places are half-forgotten faces of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know. ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox 70. 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. ~Charles Dickens 71. There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. ~Erma Bombeck 72. The one thing women don't want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband. ~Joan Rivers 73. The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin. ~Jay Leno 74. I hear that in many places something has happened to Christmas; that it is changing from a time of merriment and carefree gaiety to a holiday which is filled with tedium; that many people dread the day and the obligation to give Christmas presents is a nightmare to weary, bored souls; that the children of enlightened parents no longer believe in Santa Claus; that all in all, the effort to be happy and have pleasure makes many honest hearts grow dark with despair instead of beaming with good will and cheerfulness. ~Julia Peterkin, A Plantation Christmas, 1934 75. The earth has grown old with its burden of care, But at Christmas it always is young.... ~Phillips Brooks 76. Nothing's as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas. ~Kin Hubbard 77. The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other. ~Johnny Carson 78. Have yourself a merry little Christmas, make the Yuletide gay. ~Ralph Blane 79. It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself. ~Charles Dickens 80. Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included. ~Author Unknown 81. I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included. ~Bernard Manning 82. Christmas begins about the first of December with an office party and ends when you finally realize what you spent, around April fifteenth of the next year. ~P.J. O'Rourke, Modern Manners: An Etiquette Book for Rude People 83. Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit. ~Kin Hubbard 84. 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 85. Keep your Christmas-heart open all the year round. ~Jessica Archmint 86. The universal joy of Christmas is certainly wonderful. We ring the bells when princes are born, or toll a mournful dirge when great men pass away. Nations have their red-letter days, their carnivals and festivals, but once in the year and only once, the whole world stands still to celebrate the advent of a life. ~Author Unknown 87. I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark. ~Dick Gregory 88. Christmas is a time to open our hearts to God and his gifts. Just like the rest of the year. ~Author Unknown 89. 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 90. Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas. ~Johnny Carson 91. Even as an adult I find it difficult to sleep on Christmas Eve. Yuletide excitement is a potent caffeine, no matter your age. ~Terri Guillemets 92. Christmas — that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. 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. Rundel 93. It is the most human and kindly of seasons, as fully penetrated and irradiated with the feeling of human brotherhood, which is the essential spirit of Christianity, as the month of June with sunshine and the balmy breath of roses. ~George William Curtis 94. People can't concentrate properly on blowing other people to pieces if their minds are poisoned by thoughts suitable to the twenty-fifth of December. ~Ogden Nash 95. Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. ~Oren Arnold 96. Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love. ~Lucinda Franks 97. We hear the beating of wings over Bethlehem and a light that is not of the sun or of the stars shines in the midnight sky. Let the beauty of the story take away all narrowness, all thought of formal creeds. Let it be remembered as a story that has happened again and again, to men of many different races, that has been expressed through many religions, that has been called by many different names. Time and space and language lay no limitations upon human brotherhood. ~New York Times, 1937 December 25th 98. Which Christmas is the most vivid to me? It's always the next Christmas. ~Joanne Woodward