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The Best Christmas Quotes of All Time

From Shirley Temple to the Grinch, these are some of T&C's favorite holiday sayings.

"Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling." Edna Ferber

"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

"May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve."

"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."Shirley Temple

"Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind."Mary Ellen Chase

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

"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

"Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'."Bing Crosby

"No man is a failure who has friends."It's a Wonderful Life

"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 is doing a little something extra for someone.”Charles M. Schulz

"I don't think Christmas is necessarily about things. It's about being good to one another."Carrie Fisher

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


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

"Christmas is a time when everybody wants his past forgotten and his present remembered."Phyllis Diller

"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

“Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.”The Polar Express

"At Christmas, all roads lead home."Marjorie Holmes

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

“There's nothing cozier than a Christmas tree all lit up.”Jenny Han

"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

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

"Christmas is the day that holds all time together."Alexander Smith

"A good conscience is a continual Christmas."Benjamin Franklin

"Christmas, my child, is love in action."Dale Evans

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."Will Ferrell, Elf

“Mankind is a great, an immense family... This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.” Pope John XXIII


"Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"Theodor Seuss Geisel, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

"Love the giver more than the gift."Brigham Young

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