A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.
As we prepare for our traditional celebrations, let us remember those who will not be looking forward to this festival. Let us remember too how Jesus identified with the oppressed and the homeless. Let the joy of the festival touch more of the people of our world this year than ever before. May God be glorified and may people of good will once again experience His peace.
At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.
At Christmas, all roads lead home.
Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name “Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!
Hamilton Wright Mabie
Christmas albums are not something you do frequently.
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
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 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.
Christmas has lost its meaning for us because we have lost the spirit of expectancy. We cannot prepare for an observance. We must prepare for an experience.
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.
Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.
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.
Christmas is a stocking stuffed with sugary goodness.
Christmas is a time to open our hearts to God and his gifts. Just like the rest of the year.
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.
Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home.
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
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.
Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.
Christmas is the day that holds all time together.
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
Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.
Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money.
Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.
Christmas makes everything twice as sad.
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale
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
Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.
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
Eternal God, this holy night is radiant with the brilliance of your one true light. May that light illuminate our hearts and shine in our words and deeds. 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. May we share the divine life of your son Jesus Christ, even as he humbled himself to share our humanity. Amen.
Rev. Richard J. Fairchild
Even as an adult I find it difficult to sleep on Christmas Eve. Yuletide excitement is a potent caffeine, no matter your age.
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.
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
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For the spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind.
Loring A. Schuler
For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.
Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.
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!
Have yourself a merry little Christmas, make the Yuletide gay.
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.
Roy L. Smith
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.
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
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.
I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark.
I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.
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!”
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.
If “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts, wouldn’t it be a Merry Christmas?
If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: “God with us.” We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!
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!’
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
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
It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
W. T. Ellis
It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.
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
It 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
Keep your Christmas-heart open all the year round.
Late on a sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you would tear open a sparkling Christmas present. Then, with light and joy pouring out of Heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing the message that baby Jesus had been born. The world had a Savior! The angels called it “Good News,” and it was.
Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years… Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.
Let’s approach Christmas with an expectant hush, rather than a last-minute rush.
Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance – each beautiful, unique and too soon gone.
Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.
Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.
Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.
Pope John XXIII
May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!
Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.
Next to a circus there ain’t nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit.
No matter how carefully you stored the lights last year, they will be snarled again this Christmas.
Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
O Christmas Sun! What holy task is thine! To fold a world in the embrace of God!
Guy Wetmore Carryl
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?
Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.
Santa is very jolly because he knows where all the bad girls live.
The best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature.
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
The Christmas season has come to mean the period when the public plays Santa Claus to the merchants.
John Andrew Holmes
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.
The event of Christ is the only event in human history that promises relocation and centering, meaning and purpose. This promise and its fulfillment evoke passionate and heartfelt praise and thanks, especially for those aware of their own brokenness and the healing which Christ brings into their lives.
The message of Christmas is that the visible material world is bound to the invisible spiritual world.
The one thing women don’t want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband.
The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!
Charles N. Barnard
The spirit of Christmas needs to superseded by the Spirit of Christ. The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product, the Spirit of Christ is a divine person. That makes all the difference in the world.
The star of Bethlehem was a star of hope that led the wise men to the fulfillment of their expectations, the success of their expedition. Nothing in this world is more fundamental for success in life than hope, and this star pointed to our only source for true hope: Jesus Christ.
D. James Kennedy
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.
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.
The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.
There are no strangers on Christmas Eve.
Mildred Cram and Adele Comandini
There has been only one Christmas – the rest are anniversaries.
W. J. Cameron
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
There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.
This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.
Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included.
To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year.
E. B. White
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
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.
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
Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing: Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, let us hold close one day, remembering Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again.
Grace Noll Crowell
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
When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.
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
Which Christmas is the most vivid to me? It’s always the next Christmas.