26 Christmas Quotes To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

UPDATED: March 13, 2024
PUBLISHED: December 18, 2023
Happy family in front of their Christmas tree reading quotes about Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of year, with sparkling snowflakes and twinkling lights, happy carols and rosy cheeks, good cheer and warm fuzzy feelings. And although the holiday’s sweetest moments may look different for some of us this year, remember what truly matters: love, which still surrounds us, near or far. These Christmas quotes will help remind you of that.

Merry Christmas to you and yours—and may these quotes about Christmas warm your heart.

Christmas quotes to start the festivities

1. “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!

2. “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

Norman Vincent Peale

3. “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.”

—Bob Hope

4. “Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.”

—Helen Steiner Rice

5. “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”

—Hamilton Wright Mabie

Heartwarming quotes for Christmas

1. “I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.” 

—Norman Vincent Peale

2. “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” 

—Ebenezer Scrooge, in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

3. “Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.” 

—Washington Irving

4. “A good conscience is a continual Christmas.”

—Benjamin Franklin

5. “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

Quotes about Christmas to get those sleigh bells jingling

1. “Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today’s Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday.”

—Gladys Taber

2. “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.”

—Winston Churchill

3. “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

4. “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”

—Peg Bracken

5. “Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.”

—Dale Evans

A magic Christmas quote or two to get you in the spirit

1. “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the happy presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” 

—Burton Hillis

2. “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.”

—Kris Kringle, in Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies

3. “Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand!”

—Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the 1966 animated classic

4. “We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.”

—Laura Ingalls Wilder

5. “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 spirit quotes to toast to

1. “At Christmas, all roads lead home.” 

—Marjorie Holmes

2. “What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.”

—Agnes M. Pahro

3. “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”

—Roy L. Smith

4. “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.”

—Edna Ferber

5. “Christmas is forever, not for just one day, for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself.” 

—Norman Wesley Brooks, Let Every Day Be Christmas

6. “May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve.” 


This article was published in December 2018 and has been updated. Photo by bbernard/Shutterstock.com

Lydia Sweatt is a freelance writer, bookworm, and bass guitar enthusiast. When she goes outside, a bicycle goes with her.

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