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70 Best Christmas Quotes That Capture the Warmth of the Holiday

However you celebrate, let these Christmas quotes warm your heart and remind you of the true spirit of the season.

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Christmas quotes that fill you with holiday spirit

Christmas is a holiday that has inspired plenty of art and entertainment, including some of our favorite books, movies, and songs. This joyous holiday has also inspired people to reflect on what it means and how it’s celebrated. As such, we have plenty of Christmas quotes that truly capture the essence of the season and how we feel about it.

If you’re looking for just the right words to express how you feel about Christmas, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up some of the best Christmas quotes to share around the holidays—you can even use them as lovely Christmas wishes to write in your Christmas cards to loved ones. If you’re looking for other quotes to include, check out these Christmas movie quotes for inspiration (you could also use them as fun Christmas captions for your Instagram pictures).

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"Freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin—inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night." —John J. Geddesrd.com, Getty Images

“Freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin—inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night.”—John J. Geddes. Check out these Christmas tree ideas that are sure to make your home merry and bright.

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"A holiday is an opportunity to journey within." —Prabhasrd.com, Getty Images

“A holiday is an opportunity to journey within.”—Prabhas. This is a great quote to keep in mind when participating in fun Christmas activities.

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"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 Rogersrd.com, Getty Images

“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. The holiday season is a great time to reflect on what you’re grateful for (like the ability to do your favorite Christmas traditions).

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"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love." —Hamilton Wright Mabierd.com, Getty Images

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”—Hamilton Wright Mabie. This is a wonderful Christmas quote and love quote to remember year-round.

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"It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you." —Saint Teresa of Calcuttard.com, Getty Images

“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you.”—Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Read more religious Christmas quotes that capture the spirit of the holiday.

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"Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts." —Janice Maeditererd.com, Getty Images

“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”—Janice Maeditere. This is a truly uplifting quote that will stay with you long after the holidays pass.

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"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear." —Buddy the Elfrd.com, Getty Images

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”—Buddy the Elf. A lovely quote from a funny Christmas movie!

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"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." —Norman Vincent Pealerd.com, Getty Images

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

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"Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing, but of reflection." —Winston Churchillrd.com, Getty Images

“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing, but of reflection.”—Winston Churchill

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"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 Mae Pharord.com, Getty Images

“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 Mae Pharo

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"At Christmas, all roads lead home." —Marjorie Holmesrd.com, Getty Images

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.”—Marjorie Holmes

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“T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”—Clement Clarke Moore

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“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”—Roy L. Smith. Share a few laughs this holiday with these hilarious Christmas jokes, Christmas puns, and Christmas memes.

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

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

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

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“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”—Bob Hope

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“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

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“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.”—Mary Ellen Chase

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

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“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 Severeid

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“Christmas is a stocking stuffed with sugary goodness.”—Mo Rocca

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“The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood!”—Richard Paul Evans

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“Christmas is never over, unless you want it to be…Christmas is a state of mind.”—Lauren Myracle

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“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”—Charles M. Schulz

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“Christmas is, of course, the time to be home—in heart as well as body.”—Garry Moore

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“Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.”—Helen Steiner Rice

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“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.”—Dr. Seuss

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“Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it—you feel it, you know it, you believe it.”—Kevin Alan Milne

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“Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas.”—Stephen Graham Jones

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“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.”—Ruth Carter Stapleton

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

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“The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much.”—Henry David Thoreau

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“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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“For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.”—William Jewett Tucker

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“Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.”—Charlotte Carpenter

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“The true spirit of Christmas is love.”—Linda Willis

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“Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind.”—Calvin Coolidge

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“As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.”—Eric Sevareid

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“We should try to hold on to the Christmas spirit, not just one day a year, but all 365.”—Mary Martin

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“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.”—Harlan Miller

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“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”—William Thomas Ellis

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“Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.”—Margaret Thatcher

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“Christmas moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves & directs our thoughts to giving.”—B. C. Forbes

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“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”—Chris Van Allsburg

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“Heap on more wood! The wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, we’ll keep our Christmas merry still.”—Walter Scott

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“Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence.”—Joan Mills

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“Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing.”—Grace Noll Crowell

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“And so this is Christmas…what have you done?”—John Lennon

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“The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale.”—Vera Nazarian

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“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

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“Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.”—Dr. Seuss

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“Let the children have their night of fun and laughter, let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play. Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstinted pleasures.”—Winston Churchill

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“Christmas works like glue, it keeps us all sticking together.”—Rosie Thomas

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“At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year.”—Thomas Tusser

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“The only blind person at Christmas time is he who has not Christmas in his heart.”—Helen Keller

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“I think Christmas is about celebration and come on, on the inside everyone wants to dance.”—TobyMac

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“From home to home and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth of joy Christmas brings us closer to each other.”—Emily Matthews

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“Christmas, when observed with the right spirit, still has the power to call miracles from Heaven to Earth.”—Richelle E. Goodrich

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“There are no strangers on Christmas Eve.”—Adele Comandini

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“Have yourself a merry little Christmas, make the Yuletide gay.”—Ralph Blane

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“A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small.”—Eva K. Logue

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“Even as an adult, I still find it hard to sleep on Christmas Eve.”—Carrie Latet

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“The Christmas bells from hill to hill answer each other in the mist.”—Alfred the Great

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“I’ve always loved Christmas and that’s not really gone away from me from being a child to now. It’s always a magical time and I’m unashamed in my love for Christmas.”—Martin Freeman

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“There’s nothing crazier than a Christmas tree all lit up.”—Jenny Han

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“The bell still rings for all who truly believe.”—Chris Van Allsburg

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“Don’t spoil Christmas Day by anticipating how it will be. Let is unfold as it does, and be grateful for whatever comes.”—Toni Sorenson

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“Christmas Day is the festival of optimism.”—Helen Keller

Kelly Kuehn
Kelly Kuehn is an associate editor for Reader’s Digest covering entertainment, trivia, and history. When she’s not writing you can find her watching the latest and greatest movies, listening to a true crime podcast (or two), blasting ‘90s music, and hiking with her dog, Ryker, throughout New England.