Christmas Quotes: 16 Sayings for the Holiday Season

December 24, 2013 Updated: December 25, 2013

Here’s a list of quotes and sayings from writers, celebrities, and others about Christmas.

“A good conscience is a continual Christmas” – Benjamin Franklin

“This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone” – Taylor Caldwell, novelist

“At Christmas, all roads lead home” – Marjorie Holmes, author

“The best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature” – Andy Rooney, CBS News writer

“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, 19th century author

“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” – Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States

“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, CBS News journalist

“It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself” – Charles Dickens

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together,” – Garrison Keillor, writer

“Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree” T.S. Eliot, writer

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph,” – a young Shirley Temple, actress

“Always winter but never Christmas,” – C.S. Lewis from “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?” – Dr. Seuss from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

“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

“Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas” – Johnny Carson, TV host

“That’s the true spirit of Christmas: people being helped by people other than me” – Jerry Seinfeld, comedian