75+ Christmas Quotes to Help You Celebrate the Season

Sending a thoughtful message in Christmas cards, holiday emails, or festive social media posts is a great way to deepen your connections in the holiday season. And why strain to arrive at the perfect wording when there are so many heartfelt, witty, and downright funny Christmas quotes at your fingertips? We’ve collected the very best Christmas quotes so you can choose one that perfectly expresses your sentiments this year—quotes from celebrated cultural figures, statesmen, authors, and popular films. Add them to your photo Christmas card or personalized Christmas party invitation and soak up the inspired responses you’re sure to receive.

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Christmas Quotes for Cards

The following quotes are perfect for any holiday card. Customize your Christmas card this year with your favorite family photo, then pick a quote from the list below to include.

"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 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
  • A Merry Christmas photo card with festive illustrations of reindeer in red“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

Family Christmas Quotes

The following family Christmas quotes help remind us of the importance of spending time with loved ones on the holidays. 

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped in each other." - Burton Hills

  • “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
  • A modern Christmas card with festive gold polka dots and family photo“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
  • “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 Quotes For Friends

Looking for the perfect Christmas wishes for your friends? The following quotes are sure to do the trick, but you can also visit our resource on holiday card sayings and messages for more ideas. 

"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas." - Peg Bracken

  • “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” – Charles M. Schulz
  • “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’s discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.” – Thomas S. Monson
  • “Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” – Dale Evans
  • Custom Christmas or holiday party invitation with the words Oh What Fun“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
  • “As we give presents at Christmas, we need to recognize that sharing our time and ourselves is such an important part of giving.” – Gordon B. Hinckley
  • “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” – Peg Bracken
  • “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”Chris Van Allsburg (from Polar Express)
  • “Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it — you feel it, you know it, you believe it.” – Kevin Alan Milne
  • “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
  • “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” – Peg Bracken
  • “The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood.” – Richard Paul Evans

Inspirational Christmas Quotes

Looking for a more inspirational message to include in your holiday or Christmas cards? If so, check out the Christmas quotes below to figure out what to write on a holiday card.

"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future." - Agnes M. Pahro

  • “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
  • A photo Christmas card with a unique arched, art deco design“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

Short Christmas Quotes

These Christmas quotes are short, sweet, and to the point. So whether you’re looking for a cute phrase to add to an personalized Christmas ornament or a social media post, we have you covered. 

"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. - W.T. Ellis

  • “Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.” – Valentine Davies
  • “Love the giver more than the gift.” – Brigham Young
  • “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” – W.T. Ellis
  • “Christmas is a stocking stuffed with sugary goodness.” – Mo Rocca
  • “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” – Edna Ferber
  • “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” – Edward Pola and George Wyle
  • “Nothing seems to bring people together like Christmas.” – Steven Dodrill
  • “A good conscience is a continual Christmas.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Christmas, my child, is love in action.” – Dale Evans
  • “Christmas is the day that holds all time together.” – Alexander Smith
  • “For it is in giving that we receive.” – Francis of Assisi
  • “Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold” – Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon
  • “What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day. – Phyllis Diller

Funny Christmas Quotes

If you or your loved ones have a great sense of humor, these funny Christmas quotes are just for you. 

"Christmas is a baby shower that went totally overboard." - Andy Borowitz

  • “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
  • A fun, playful Christmas card with red illustrations of ornaments, stars, snowflakes, candy canes, presents and family photos“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)

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