Quoting Christmas: Words to Put You in the Christmas Spirit

BY Barbara Danza TIMEDecember 23, 2017 PRINT

The commercialization of Christmas can be a bit much. Coming off of the Black Friday push, how about a moment to take a step back with a warm cup of cocoa and, perhaps, some fuzzy socks by the fire, to reflect on the true spirit of Christmas. It may be just what you need to reignite the magic of the season.

Here are 14 quotes that will help to renew your appreciation for the true spirit of Christmas.

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 Christmastime.”

—Laura Ingalls Wilder

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

— Norman Vincent Peale

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

—Hamilton Wright Mabie

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day,

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet, the words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men”

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“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 the season for kindling the fire of hospitality.”

—Washington Irving

“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.”

—Alexander Smith

“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

Barbara Danza
Barbara Danza is a mom of two, an MBA, a beach lover, and a kid at heart. Here, diving into the challenges and opportunities of parenting in the modern age. Particularly interested in the many educational options available to families today, the renewed appreciation of simplicity in kids’ lives, the benefits of family travel, and the importance of family life in today’s society.
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