The Best Quotes about Christmas

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Last Updated on: 9th August 2021, 11:03 pm

Christmas is love.–Lailah Gifty Akita

I love all things Christmas.–Samantha Barks

Have a holly jolly Christmas!–Burl Ives

Christmas is the alcoholidays–Sigmund Freud

Fashion Week is like Christmas.-Brad Goreski

She’s a warm fart at Christmas.–Jethro Tull

After a Christmas comes a Lent.–John Ray

I find Christmas very difficult–Steven Morrissey

All punk rockers hate Christmas.–Rhys Ifans

Christmas is a time for families.–Dorothy Koomson

Always winter but never Christmas.–C. S. Lewis

Christmas dresser feeling pleasure–Mike Penner

Christmas is at our throats again.–Noel Coward

I love being home at Christmastime.–Ashley Tisdale

Thanksgiving comes after Christmas.–Peter Kreeft

Easter means that Christmas worked.–Timothy Keller

The true spirit of Christmas is love–Linda Willis

Joy is the true gift of Christmas…–Pope Benedict XVI

Every day is Christmas Day to a dog.–Ray Bradbury

Christmas is a kindling of new fires.–Gladys Taber

At Christmas, I no more desire a rose.–William Shakespeare

Christmas makes everything twice as sad.–Douglas Coupland

A green Christmas makes a fat graveyard.–Inez Haynes Irwin

Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.–Edna Ferber

Jowa na kita? Thank you! Merry Christmas!–Toni Gonzaga

Christmas Day is the festival of optimism.–Helen Keller

…So put a gerbil on your Christmas list.–Ras Kass

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.–Benjamin Franklin

The Christmas spirit is not what you drink.–Jethro Tull

The spirit of Christmas is Christlike love.–Bonnie L. Oscarson

Christmas is not a season. It is a feeling.–Edna Ferber

Christmas is over and Business is Business.–Franklin P. Adams

Ive not cooked Christmas dinner since 1982.–Lesley Nicol

I’ve not cooked Christmas dinner since 1982.–Lesley Nicol

Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World–Aberjhani

It’s always winter but it’s never Christmas.–C. S. Lewis

I save every Christmas card. I keep them all.–Alison Sweeney

Christmas is a good excuse to eat everything.–Danny DeVito

I love everything about the Christmas season.–Max Lucado

Coming from Chicago, I like a white Christmas.–Dennis Franz

It lit up like a Christmas Tree Hazel Grace…–John Green

Biceps are like ornaments on a Christmas tree.–Ed Coan

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Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing…–Grace Noll Crowell

And so this is Christmas…what have you done?–John Lennon

Online, there’s no time. It’s always Christmas.–Lewis Black

Christmas is a time of year that’s so romantic.–Katharine McPhee

A merry Christmas to all my friends except two.–W. C. Fields

They talke of Christmas so long, that it comes.–George Herbert

To make the most of Christmas, focus on Christ.–J. B. Priestley

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

I’ll be home for Christmas. You can count on me.–Bing Crosby

If ifs were gifts, every day would be Christmas.–Charles Barkley

Christmas is the Disneyfication of Christianity.–Don Cupitt

Christmas is the glorious time of great Too-Much.–Leigh Hunt

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

A Christmas Story’ is my favorite Christmas movie.–Paul Pierce

Christmas is a blanket that warms our cold hearts.–Toni Sorenson

There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas.–Charles Dickens

Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts.–Joan Winmill Brown

A real Christmas baby was not to be lightly named.–Kate Douglas Wiggin

Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.–Louisa May Alcott

Memories and magic is what Christmas is all about.–Lynn Johnston

The season of Christmas brings joy, hope and peace.–Lailah Gifty Akita

May the sacredness of Christmas gladden your heart.–Lailah Gifty Akita

There’s been a concerted effort to steal Christmas.–Jerry Falwell

There would be no Christmas if there was no Easter.–Gordon B. Hinckley

I absolutely love everything about Christmas music.–Chris Tomlin

South Park started as a little video Christmas card.–Joel Hodgson

My idea of Christmas is love; so pure and so divine.–Lailah Gifty Akita

Tax cuts should be for life, not just for Christmas.–George Osborne

My family always makes a huge deal out of Christmas.–Jenna Morasca

I never had a Christmass at home for about 10 years.–Big Jim Sullivan

Christmas is a stocking stuffed with sugary goodness.–Mo Rocca

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Christmas albums are not something you do frequently.–Isaac Hanson

[Donald] Trump is a [Hillary] Clinton Christmas gift.–Carly Fiorina

There’s never really been a real hood Christmas movie.–Ice Cube

Love Actually [is] one of the cutest Christmas movies.–Danielle Campbell

I get really grinchy right up until Christmas morning.–Dan Aykroyd

I was a Christmas present that was delivered unwrapped.–Rod Serling

The Christmas spirit – love – changes hearts and lives.–Pat Boone

My idea of Christmas is love. Love exists at all times.–Lailah Gifty Akita

My scalp tingled like Christmas candy on a cold tongue.–Amber Dermont

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

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.–Charles M. Schulz

Every singer eventually gets around to a Christmas disc.–Renee Fleming

I wish you a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year.–Lailah Gifty Akita

Christmas has a way of bringing out the best in everyone–Bing Crosby

Feed the world. Let them know it’s Christmas time again.–Bob Geldof

Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind.–Calvin Coolidge

Miracles happen on Christmas, Pat. Everybody knows that.–Matthew Quick

Christmas is a good time to take stock of our blessings.–Pat Boone

Incoming is not the thing you want to hear at Christmas.–Robin Williams

I’m learning Spanish – I got Rosetta Stone for Christmas.–Karlie Kloss

My father died when I was really young, on Christmas Day.–David Ayer

The Christmas genre is a field that’s been well-ploughed.–John Oates

Don’t give me books for Christmas; I already have a book.–Jean Harlow

What kind of Christmas present would Jesus ask Santa for?–Salman Rushdie

My idea of Christmas is love. Love so pure and so divine.–Lailah Gifty Akita

My heart gladdens, knowing someone think of at Christmas.–Lailah Gifty Akita

Christmas sweaters are only acceptable as a cry for help.–Andy Borowitz

You are not practicing Judaism if you celebrate Christmas.–Elliott Abrams

Halloween starts earlier and earlier, just like Christmas.–Robert Englund

People say I don’t write books, I make Christmas presents.–Bryce Courtenay

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Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.–Mary Ellen Chase

For a Jewish guy, I’ve recorded a lot of Christmas albums.–Barry Manilow

May we love each other not only at Christmas but all year.–Lailah Gifty Akita

The ribbon on my wrist says: Do not open before Christmas.–Fall Out Boy

It’s, like, a rule. You can’t have Christmas without snow.–Chris Kaman

Comic-Con is nerd Christmas. People go wanting to have fun.–Chris Hardwick

A Christmas Story’ has always meant a lot to me personally.–Peter Billingsley

Michael Cole, what did you get for Christmas? Except drunk.–Jerry Lawler

The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood [p. 53]–Richard Paul Evans

I spent Christmas and the next thirty days in the hospital,–Ryan White

All I want for Christmas is a rock n roll electric guitar…–Chuck Berry

Merry Christmas, I whisper to myself. Merry Christmas, Nate.–Lisa Ann Sandell

‘A Christmas Story’ has always meant a lot to me personally.–Peter Billingsley

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.–William Thomas Ellis

The earliest you can play Christmas music is on Thanksgiving.–Tinashe

My parents still treat Christmas like I’m thirteen years old.–Mike Shinoda

Christmas works like glue, it keeps us all sticking together.–Rosie Thomas

Remembrance, like a candle, burns brightest at Christmastime.–Charles Dickens

Christmas hath a beauty … lovelier than the world can show.–Christina Rossetti

Times change; years speed by; but Christmas continues sacred.–Thomas S. Monson

The world can’t save itself. That’s the message of Christmas.–Timothy Keller

My very first acting role was Tiny Tim in ‘A Christmas Carol.’–Leland Orser

I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.–William Tecumseh Sherman

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.–Winston Churchill

A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to the world!–Charles Dickens

Have yourself a merry little Christmas, make the Yuletide gay.–Ralph Blane

In the United States Christmas has become the rape of an idea.–Richard Bach

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

Not everyone who sells Christmas trees believes in Santa Claus.–Matt Barr

It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you.–Mother Teresa

Waiting for a special occasion to kill me? Christmas is coming.–Cassandra Clare

Christmas is waiting to be born: in you, in me, in all mankind.–Howard Thurman

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting.–Thomas S. Monson

Christmas in L.A. is weird. There’s no snow. It’s not even cold.–Ellie Goulding

The Super Bowl is like Christmas shopping at Macy’s for bookies.–Larry Merchant

I want people to feel the hope that comes through Christmastime.–Danny Gokey

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

I bought my son a bat for Christmas. On New Year’s it flew away.–Milton Berle

Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.–Pope Francis

Christmas; silence breathed childlike anticipation in your heart.–Kristian Goldmund Aumann

Christmas is best pondered, not with logic, but with imagination.–Max Lucado

I wasn’t Santa in Santa Jr., but I was Santa in Cancel Christmas.–Judd Nelson

My Christmases have always just been very simple and about family.–Julie Roberts

I wish you a joyful time at Christmas and throughout the New Year.–Lailah Gifty Akita

My family has a Christmas tradition: Every year, they kill my mom.–James Aquilone

We shall have a harder Christmas than we have known since the war.–Edward Heath

I was only kicking down the Christmas tree to get the star on top.–Ray Bradbury

The miracle of Christmas is not on 34th street; it’s in Bethlehem.–Rick Warren

Christmas is not only where you find it; it’s what you make of it.–Trina Schart Hyman

A Christmas Carol is such a fool-proof story you can’t louse it up.–Leonard Maltin

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

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The true meaning of Christmas is actually centuries of gullibility.–Anthony Jeselnik

There’s nothing so obscene and depressing as an American Christmas.–Edward Abbey

Chill December brings the sleet, Blazing fire, and Christmas treat.–Sara Coleridge

I celebrate three holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Telluride.–Chris Thile

Truth out of season was sourer than strawberries at Christmas time.–Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

Christmas to me is very much about family and the depths of winter.–Ian Astbury

The thing about Christmas music is the recognizability. It’s great.–Jane Lynch

On the whole, I prefer Christmas as an adult than I did as a child.–Nigella Lawson

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

Come to me. I want to plow you like a Calgary driveway at Christmas.–John Cleese

When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day.–Jean Fritz

The Christmas bells from hill to hill Answer each other in the mist.–Alfred the Great

I was a postman one Christmas and I developed a morbid fear of dogs.–Diane Abbott

I wish you a blessed beautiful Christmas with the fullness of grace.–Lailah Gifty Akita

I’d like to do a Christmas album. I’ve never done a Christmas album.–Tanya Tucker

At Christmas our house is like a Donnie and Marie Christmas Special.–Kevin Richardson

I can’t remember the last live-action, non-animated Christmas movie.–Bob Newhart

Christmas is a mood, a quality, a symbol. It is never merely a fact.–Howard Thurman

Christmas makes me happy no matter what time of year it comes around.–Bryan White

Christmas is the spirit of love, peace and goodwill to all Humankind.–Lailah Gifty Akita

If my Valentine you won’t be,I’ll hang myself on your Christmas tree.–Ernest Hemingway

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know.–Irving Berlin

I don’t care about Christmas, we are going to train on Christmas Day.–Harry Redknapp

Fortunately, like all good things, Christmas Day does come to an end.–Lucille Kallen

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.–Roy L. Smith

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Christmas united us as holy beings. We experience love, joy and peace.–Lailah Gifty Akita

May we celebrate the sacredness of Christmas with joy, faith and hope.–Lailah Gifty Akita

There are very few people who have done more than one Christmas album.–Isaac Hanson

I get a little behind during Lent, but it comes out even at Christmas.–Frank Butler

Honestly, a lot of liberals are foot soldiers in the war on Christmas.–Tucker Carlson

Farmers’ markets are one of my favourite sources for Christmas goodies.–Sheherazade Goldsmith

I love writing Christmas stories, especially of the historical variety.–Linda Lael Miller

I send my thoughts afar, and let them paint your Christmas Day at home.–Edward Rowland Sill

Christmas tree stands are the work of the devil and they want you dead.–Bill Bryson

As popular as Christmas is, it would be even bigger if it had vampires.–Andy Borowitz

Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past.–Gladys Taber

My wife wants something foreign for Christmas – like a Mexican divorce.–Milton Berle

Although it’s been said many times, many ways…Merry Christmas to you!–Nat King Cole

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!–Will Ferrell

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

When did wishing someone a Merry Christmas become politically incorrect?–Suzanne Woods Fisher

May you find love, joy and hope at Christmas and every day of your life.–Lailah Gifty Akita

Christmas cards … are technically only junk mail from people you know.–Patricia Marx

I’m into the true meaning of Christmas – Faith, Family, and Facial hair.–Jase Robertson

The love we extend to one another at Christmas, should blossom all year.–Lailah Gifty Akita

I don’t know what to say, except it’s Christmas and we’re all in misery.–Beverly D’Angelo

I`m asking you to make at least some of your Christmas giving important.–Donald Trump

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The real spirit of Christmas lies in the life and mission of the Master.–Howard W. Hunter

A Christmas tree–the perfect gift for a guy. The plant is already dead.–Jay Leno

Windows are as essential to office prestige as Christmas is to retailing.–Enid Nemy

I grew up with a Christmas tree, I’m going to stay with a Christmas tree.–Thomas Menino

I wanted an electric train for Christmas but I got the saxophone instead.–Clarence Clemons

To understand this Christmas record, you have to understand our ministry.–John Tesh

Christmas is a box of tree ornaments that have become part of the family.–Charles M. Schulz

For children, Christmas is anticipation. For adults, Christmas is memory.–Eric Sevareid

We need a Savior. Christmas is an indictment before it becomes a delight.–John Piper

I think ‘Elf’ is funny, with Will Ferrell. That’s a great Christmas movie.–Robert Osborne

I hate Christmas, really. I don’t really give presents away or expect any.–Joy Bryant

The ideal Christmas gift is money, but the trouble is you can’t charge it.–Bill Vaughan

Christmas is a poor excuse every 25th of December to pick a man’s pockets.–Charles Dickens

Christmas may not bring a single thing; still, it gives me a song to sing.–Charles Dickens

Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God–George McDougall

Christmas it too large to be tucked away in the toe of a child’s stocking.–Gerald Stanley Lee

Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.–Kin Hubbard

The devil makes his Christmas-pie of lawyers’ tongues and clerks’ fingers.–Thomas Adams

At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.–Thomas Tusser

There’s something about a Christmas sweater that will always make me laugh.–Kristen Wiig

I loved ‘White Christmas’ for the music aspect. I was into musical theater.–Lana Parrilla

Well, they’ll bark you down like carneys, sell you Christmas cards in June.–Tom Waits

I haven’t taken my Christmas lights down. They look so nice on the pumpkin.–Winston Spear

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Pets, like their owners, tend to expand a little over the Christmas period.–Frances Wright

Christmas day is the children’s, but the holidays are youth’s dancing-time.–Booth Tarkington

Christmas is the celebration of the keeping of a promise. A saving promise.–Michael Card

Being half Jewish, we grew up with Christmas trees but had Jewish ornaments.–Gina Rodriguez

No matter where I am in the world, I will always be back home for Christmas.–Malaika Arora Khan

Sometimes the best Christmas present is remembering what you’ve already got.–Cathy Guisewite

If your fridge is full this Christmas, use nature’s refrigerator – your car!–Anthea Turner

It was two weeks before Christmas. A slow time of year for raising the dead.–Laurell K. Hamilton

One thing I love about Christmas music is that it has a tradition of warmth.–Zooey Deschanel

I’d rather do community service than sit and write a load of Christmas cards.–Paul O’Grady

I’ve never had a cold Christmas, as I always spend it back home in Australia.–Mallory Jansen

My grandson sees me as Lois on TV every Christmas, and that scores me points.–Margot Kidder

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

I don’t know what I believe. I guess that makes me a Christmas Tree Agnostic.–Stephanie Perkins

We are really quite lucky this yeara because Christmas falls on Christmas Day–Bobby Gould

George Brett could roll out of bed on Christmas morning and hit a line drive.–John Schuerholz

You can mess with a lot of things, but you can’t mess with kids on Christmas.–Kevin McAllister

I’m not going to put out a Christmas CD until it’s coming out of me naturally.–TobyMac

A Christmas gambol oft could cheer The poor man’s heart through half the year.–Walter Scott

A simplified Christmas isn’t about circumstances as much as it is about focus.–Ann Voskamp

Christmas day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both.–Phillips Brooks

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Pray, dear madam, another glass; it is Christmas time, it will do you no harm.–William Makepeace Thackeray

I hate feeling full, so Christmas is about the only time I really stuff myself.–Rupert Penry-Jones

I long to look at my holiday season with eyes that see the Christ in Christmas.–Ann Marie Stewart

I remember when I switched from Christmas to sex as the secret of happiness …–Garrison Keillor

So how was Christmas for you guys? Did you all get lots of nice black t-shirts?—Gerard Way

At Christmas time we couldn’t afford tinsel, so we’d wait till grandpa sneezed.–Rodney Dangerfield

Christmas is a holiday that persecutes the lonely, the frayed, and the rejected.–Jimmy Cannon

Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.–Johnny Carson

Aren’t we forgeting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa.–Matt Groening

Every day is Christmas. Everyday Christ embrace us with His love, peace and joy.–Lailah Gifty Akita

Christmas is not a myth, not a tradition, not a dream. It is a glorious reality.–Billy Graham

You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face–John R. Rice

If we discount the account of creation, we remove the significance of Christmas.–Ken Ham

When we kicked off and no one came to mark me I thought, ‘Hello, it’s Christmas’–Paul Merson

I’m a foot soldier in the war on Christmas. And the war on puppies and sunshine.–Tucker Carlson

That’s the true spirit of Christmas; people being helped by people other than me.–Jerry Seinfeld

I love Christmas. I receive a lot of wonderful presents I can’t wait to exchange.–Henny Youngman

I got a guitar when I was about 14, for a Christmas present, and went from there.–Robin Trower

Last Christmas someone stole my present. I’ve spent this year living in the past.–Terry Alderton

O Christmas Sun! What holy task is thine! To fold a world in the embrace of God!–Guy Wetmore Carryl

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Come, let us take a lesson from our forefathers, and enjoy the Christmas holyday.–Horace

Anyone who thinks Christmas doesn’t last all year just doesn’t have a Mastercard.–Kirk Kirkpatrick

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

The wonder of Christmas is that the God Who lived with us can now live within us.–Roy Lessin

A hardback’s harder at Christmas time because that’s a good hardback buying time.–Terry Pratchett

The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school.–Alice Cooper

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance.–Oren Arnold

Everyday should be Christmas. Christ first loved us, we ought to love one another.–Lailah Gifty Akita

One of the things that Christmas reminds us is that Jesus Christ was once a child.–Hark Herald Sarmiento

I admit I have Mental Illness so please no more ‘Fruit Cakes’ for Christmas Please–Stanley Victor Paskavich

What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.–Phyllis Diller

I like the idea of putting your Christmas wish list up and letting people share it.–Bill Gates

Pfft, I hate Christmas Day. It’s for children and families. Not for people like me.–Karl Lagerfeld

I went on iTunes and looked at versions of Christmas songs. Everyone has done them!–Vince Clarke

To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year.–E. B. White

The thoughtfulness and goodwill messages from loved ones brighten my Christmas day.–Lailah Gifty Akita

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

Gave a girl herpes in exchange for syphilis, put my LP on your Christmas gift list.–Eminem

If one isn’t parsimonious before Christmas one can’t be munificent when it arrives.–Grace S. Richmond

Christmas is believing that the salvation of the world is God’s work, and not mine.–Henri Nouwen

From someone whose dad buys him a spade for Christmas, I thought you’d be grateful!–Karl Pilkington

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When there’s no more room under the Christmas tree, Ken Foree will have a birthday.–Ken Foree

I give out Atlas Shrugged as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it.–Paul Ryan

Christmas means Jesus came down and got involved in suffering. He hears your cries.–Timothy Keller

The best Christmas present I got from my husband was a week to do whatever I wanted.–Olivia Williams

To celebrate the heart of Christmas is to forget ourselves in the service of others.–Henry C. Link

Roses are reddish Violets are bluish If it weren’t for Christmas We’d all be Jewish.–Benny Hill

Fresh, solid ideas feel like gifts to writers, therefore every morning is Christmas.–Criss Jami

The dog that I was given on The Hills for Christmas is with my best friend’s family.–Heidi Montag

Christmas is the season when people run out of money before they run out of friends.–Larry Wilde

I’m not going to tell you to meditate on what Christmas really means and be thankful.–Monica Johnson

I write seven days a week, starting at 4 o’clock in the morning, including Christmas.–Dan Brown

Three words for those who want to put the Christ back in Christmas: Jingle Bell Rock.–Christopher Hitchens

Our whole family assembles in Chicago at Christmas and usually in Aspen in the summer.–James Cronin

The only real blind person at Christmas time is he who has not Christmas in his heart.–Helen Keller

I’m not going to tell you to meditate on what Christmas really means and be thankful.–Monica Mcgowan Johnson

So many people release albums before Christmas and they get lost in the Christmas rush.–Bonnie Tyler

The only time I even entertain the tiniest element of religion is for Christmas carols.–Ian Watson

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

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

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It’s always consoling to know that today’s Christmas gifts are tomorrow’s garage sales.–Milton Berle

God put Santa Claus on earth to remind us that Christmas is ‘sposed to be a happy time.–Bil Keane

Even though Christmas can be a lot of work, we all know the bustle is worth the bother.–Lady Bird Johnson

There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.–Erma Bombeck

It’s my new single – please buy it so we can get Christmas gifts for the kids this year.–Stevie Wonder

Besides the two Christmas things, we’ve got a about a dozen new tracks we’re working on.–Chris Frantz

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, come forth from deep within me with Christmas luminous beauty.–Edward M Hays

A very Merry Christmas And a happy New Year Let’s hope it’s a good one Without any fear.–John Lennon

You fellows ever thought of hiring out as a Christmas lights crew? You’d make a fortune.–Ilona Andrews

Christmas is the antithesis of Thanksgiving. Christmas is pretty much a man-made holiday.–John Clayton

One Christmas my father kept our tree up till March. He hated to see it go. I loved that.–Mo Rocca

I love singing Christmas carols. I know every harmony to every music-hall Christmas song.–Zooey Deschanel

Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!–Phyllis McGinley

A new star, the Christ child, God’s gift to mankind; these are what Christmas is made of.–Richelle E. Goodrich

It’s the first day of spring. That means this weekend I’ll take down my Christmas lights.–David Letterman

All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.–David Jeremiah

You might be a redneck if your favorite Christmas present was a painting on black velvet.–Jeff Foxworthy

Christmas: the one time of year when you can’t avoid the nuts in your family muesli.–Charles Stross

Tanith has a sword.’ said Valkyrie. ‘I want a stick.’ ‘I’ll get you a stick for Christmas–Derek Landy

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What does Christmas mean if we can’t encourage small children to sit on a stranger’s lap?–Ian O’Doherty

The earth has grown old with its burden of care, But at Christmas it always is young….–Phillips Brooks

Christmas is sights, especially the sights of Christmas reflected in the eyes of a child.–William Saroyan

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

I love cooking during Christmas, all smells like the hot apple cider, the hot spiced wine.–Amy Smart

I say if a novelty Christmas song is funny one time, then it is funny every time. – Calvin–Bill Watterson

I might do ‘X Factor’ next year. It’s looking good that I won’t get the sack at Christmas.–Gary Barlow

They’ve got plastic Christmas trees now. They’re hard to tell from the real aluminum ones.–Milton Berle

At Christmas time I sat on Santa’s lap. His fly was open ! Boy what a present he gave me !–Rodney Dangerfield

I felt overstuffed and dull and disappointed, the way I always do the day after Christmas.–Sylvia Plath

In France, Christmas is a family holiday. You stay home. New Year’s Eve is when you go out.–Alain Ducasse

We always had lutefisk for Christmas dinner, after which Dad read from the Norwegian Bible.–Peter Agre

A Christian’s celebration of Christmas should be a lot different from that of nonbelievers.–Monica Johnson

I don’t know if anybody’s ever ready for another award season. It’s kind of like Christmas.–James McAvoy

Contemplating Christmas when you are isolated and far from home brings its own unique pain.–Amanda Lindhout

I was a homely kid with freckles that came out every spring and stuck on me till Christmas.–Myrna Loy

Kenny G has a Christmas album out this year. Hey, happy birthday Jesus! Hope you like crap!–Norm MacDonald

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, see my two front teeth!–Donald Yetter Gardner

I bought my mother-in-law a beautiful chair for Christmas, but she won’t let me plug it in.–Milton Berle

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Don’t let the past steal your present. This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.–Taylor Caldwell

Some enterprising youth should go from door to door on Christmas morning peddling batteries.–Jean Kerr

The Nightmare Before Christmas is my number one biggest influence artistically in every way.–Amy Lee

I’m a last-minute shopper. I end up at the mall or somewhere on Christmas Eve. It’s a shame.–Brad Paisley

Without Christ there would be no Christmas and without Christ there can be no fulness of JOY–Ezra Taft Benson

Peace on earth and mercy mild are still possible. On Christmas Eve, all things are possible.–Gregg Easterbrook

This Christmas, every Christmas, Santa Claus is everywhere and Jesus is nowhere to be found.–Paul Park

My father gave me a bat for Christmas. The first time I tried to play with it, it flew away.–Rodney Dangerfield

God pays twice as much attention on Christmas, like the media when a white kid goes missing.–Stan Smith

Starting to drink now in preparation for New Years. No more last minute stuff like Christmas.–Albert Brooks

Christmas never would have caught on if it had been called Celebrate a Little Jew’s Birthday.–Andy Borowitz

I have a sort of Christmas-morning sense of the library as a big box full of beautiful books.–Audrey Niffenegger

There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas.–Henry Van Dyke

I had a nice time over Christmas. I watched EastEnders – blimey, that makes my job look easy!–Mick McCarthy

My mother cooked her last Christmas standing rib roast in 1987 and died a few weeks afterward.–Michelle Huneven

A typical Christmas is me shucking oysters. I love them and I always get them in at Christmas.–Hugh Bonneville

Congress may be going home for the holidays soon. How can you beat a Christmas gift like that?–Bob Hope

‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ is my number one biggest influence artistically in every way.–Amy Lee

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I gave my wife a gift certificate for Christmas. She ran out to exchange it for a bigger size.–Milton Berle

What is the message of Christmas? It is the birth of the One who promised peace, joy and love.–Ravi Zacharias

I love the smell of a real Christmas tree – also, my mum’s Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.–Mallory Jansen

I don’t go back home to Sardinia as much as I would like, just for Christmas and family events.–Caterina Murino

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

As a very young man growing up in Texas, usually I got a shotgun or cowboy boots for Christmas.–Robert Wilson

Opened Christmas cards hum to me the hymn of love and teach me the sacrament of correspondence.–Edward M Hays

Taking down the Christmas tree makes it feel official: time to get back to joyless and cynical.–Greg Fitzsimmons

There’s a lot of cynicism. Let’s really enjoy Christmas, with all that’s going on in the world.–Bob Newhart

Those worship songs on the Christmas project will air on PBS television. That’s highly unusual.–John Tesh

From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.–Katharine Whitehorn

At Christmas you can get real bargains. I saw one item marked down ten dollars. It was a yacht.–Milton Berle

For many, Christmas is also a time for coming together. But for others, service will come first.–Queen Elizabeth II

I grew up as a photo nut. Every Christmas I would get a new camera. It’s a huge part of my life.–Kevin Systrom

For me, Christmas is about family, loving, forgiveness, compassion, understanding and comradery.–Anthony Mackie

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

Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier every year. Like, this time, it’s on December 25th.–Emo Philips

There is probably no greater anxiety in life than going home to visit your mother for Christmas.–Suzanne Falter-Barns

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Christmas is telling you that you could never get to heaven on your own. God had to come to you.–Timothy Keller

I’ve played D&D for years. I’m a comic book guy. Comic-Con in San Diego is nerd Christmas for me.–Brian Posehn

One of the best Christmas presents I ever got was the globe that I now keep right beside my desk.–Tess Gerritsen

I always like to serve the people some good soul music, and Christmas was just the cherry on top.–V. Bozeman

When it comes to kindness, paying it forward, and good deeds, every day should be like Christmas.–Brenda Priddy

The cheese board is my big treat at Christmas that I have to deny myself during the rest of year.–Johnny Vegas

I don’t like green Christmases. They’re not green—they’re just nasty faded browns and grays.–Lucy Maud Montgomery

We never really had any kind of a Christmas. This is one part where my memory fails me completely.–Frank McCourt

Next to a circus there ain’t nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit.–Kin Hubbard

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

Like kids who only ever get socks for Christmas, but still believe with all their hearts in Santa.–Barbara Kingsolver

It’s Christmas! Ah, Christmas, the time when all good people go about not decapitating each other.–Christopher Moore

Christ comes among us at Christmas: it is the perfect time for a personal encounter with the Lord.–Pope Francis

Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better than to arrive.–Stephen Fry

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.–Bernard Manning

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

Grief is a room without doors – but somehow, with its tinsel and cliches, Christmas finds a way in.–Simon Van Booy

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How do you survive Christmas? You drink a lot. And drink a lot, right. Drink a lot and drink a lot.–Christina Applegate

It’s pretty difficult to promote something the week after Christmas and the week before New Year’s.–Joel McHale

For Christmas the just came out with a battery-operated battery. But the batteries aren’t included.–Milton Berle

Christmas is a holiday that we celebrate not as individuals nor as a nation, but as a human family.–Ronald Reagan

A born terror, a rebel without a pause… Ain’t never had a good Christmas, so who is Santa Claus?–Shyheim

Jesus experienced homelessness at Christmas so that we could experience a love we could never lose.–Timothy Keller

But Tammy Faye calls me, and Ron Jeremy calls me, Erik Estrada sends me a Christmas card every year.–Trishelle Cannatella

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

The title of that great Christmas song was ‘Boogie Woogie Santa Claus,’ and no one ever heard of it.–Patti Page

Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; Teach us to be patient and always to be kind.–Helen Steiner Rice

If God is all powerful, and Jesus is the son of God, why did He make His birthday fall on Christmas?–Dana Gould

Yule””Yul log for the Christmas-fire tale-spinner””of fairy tales that can come true: Yul Brynner.–Marianne Moore

During the holiday season, Christmas specifically, it can be hard to be away from family and friends.–Monica Johnson

The war in Iraq – if Osama was a Christian – it’s the Christmas present he never would have expected.–Michael Scheuer

Christmas can be the end of emptiness and waywardness; The beginning of happiness and purposefulness.–William Arthur Ward

I grew up asking for everything under the sun for Christmas, but I knew I wasn’t going to get it all.–Faith Hill

Christmas, as a practicing Catholic child, was seen as a reward for lots and lots and lots of church.–Jenny Colgan

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God crowns us. Most people crown their Christmas trees with either an angel or a star. God uses both.–Max Lucado

What we celebrate at Christmas is not so much the birth of a baby, but the incarnation of God Himself–R. C. Sproul

For Christmas one year I bought my son a BB gun. He bought me a t-shirt with a bulls eye on the back.–Rodney Dangerfield

Well I looked in my moms closet and saw what I was getting for Christmas, an ultravibe pleasure 2000.–Trey Parker

I beg people not to accept the seasonal ritual of well-timed charity on Christmas Eve. It’s blasphemy.–Jonathan Kozol

Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving,and of families united.–Norman Vincent Peale

I made a French film called ‘Merry Christmas’ which is a very European film. It’s a World War I piece.–Diane Kruger

I read the Scriptures at the American Cathedral on Christmas and Easter; that’s it. It’s a task I love.–Olivia De Havilland

Shepherds at the grange, Where the Babe was born, Sang with many a change, Christmas carols until morn.–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My husband is so cheap. On Christmas Eve, he fires one shot and tells the kids Santa committed suicide–Phyllis Diller

Bruce was a genius, conveniently born on Christmas Eve with, according to my mother, Messiah potential.–Wendy Wasserstein

A Christian should resemble a fruit tree with real fruit, not a Christmas tree with decorations tied on–John Stott

And numerous indeed are the hearts to which Christmas brings a brief season of happiness and enjoyment.–Charles Dickens

This Christmas may we be consistent in living the Gospel, welcoming Jesus into the centre of our lives.–Pope Francis

Even though we’re a week and a half away from Thanksgiving, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.–Richard Roeper

Christmas… is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.–Freya Stark

My fondest memories are generally the day after Thanksgiving. I get the total decorating Christmas itch.–Katharine McPhee

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One lived in the impression that nobody could ever compete with the ‘Nutcracker’ or ‘A Christmas Carol.’–Gian Carlo Menotti

Christmas is here, Merry old Christmas, Gift-bearing Christmas, Day of grand memories, King of the year!–Washington Irving

My nearest and dearest have always been very careful. I’ve never had to send Christmas present back yet.–John Nettles

My girlfriend is Jewish. But it’s easier to buy her a Christmas present and then break it into 8 pieces.–Anthony Jeselnik

I have always thought of Christmas time… as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time.–Charles Dickens

I’m not gonna lie, I love the holidays. But Christmas was a lot more fun when you weren’t paying for it.–D. L. Hughley

It’s “Merry Christmas” at our house. Whatever it is at yours, have a happy one. And be good to somebody.–Stephen King

Like my dad, I have a Christmas party most years. I like to celebrate and see as many people as possible.–Lauren Graham

True love is a reflection of the Savior’s love. In December of each year we call it the Christmas Spirit.–Thomas S. Monson

The worst gift I was given is when I got out of rehab that Christmas; a bottle of wine. It was delicious.–Craig Ferguson

It’s for the hamster that I’m gonna buy! This is so perfect! (after opening a hamster wheel at Christmas)–Gerard Way

This flick is all I have to say about being 17, the United States Navy, Christmas and the Fourth of July.–Kenneth Anger

I celebrate the spirit of Christmas. It’s the winter solstice celebration, rebirth and new possibilities.–Ian Astbury

My son has a big Christmas problem – what do you buy for a father who has everything and you’re using it?–Milton Berle

November, I’ll give thanks that you belong to me. December, you’re the present beneath my Christmas tree.–Neil Sedaka

The perfect Christmas gift for a sportscaster, as all fans of sports clichés know, is a scoreless tie.–William Safire

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I love presents, But since I’ve gotten older, I haven’t really wanted anything. Christmas is about family.–Jacob Latimore

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

My mother would give my brothers and me a pile of catalogues and let us pick what we wanted for Christmas.–Kary Mullis

I started DJing, breakdancing and MCing in the ’70s and I got my record deal in 1979 with ‘Christmas Rap.’–Kurtis Blow

I didn’t know the full dimensions of forever, but I knew it was longer than waiting for Christmas to come.–Richard Brautigan

This boy turkied my Thanksgiving, but I won’t let him Grinch my Christmas. -Dean Hughes (Midway to Heaven)–Dean Hughes

Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first.–George Matthew Adams

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

I talked to him on Christmas, and again on March 5th. Neither one of us hung up the phone that whole time.–Jarod Kintz

Normally I wouldn’t spoil anything because I love surprises – I don’t even shake my presents at Christmas.–Taryn Manning

At the Christmas party, the secretary with the long red hair ate three pickles, and four salesmen panicked.–Milton Berle

Political advice is a bit like your average Christmas fruitcake: something everyone gives and no one wants.–Bob Dole

I have a brother who gives socks for Christmas. He gives socks. Every year, I get a pair of socks from him.–Bill Murray

I suggest a nationwide reading of the Holy Scriptures during the period from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas.–Franklin D. Roosevelt

Good families always ritualize the table. You can say, “This is a Christmas meal; this is a birthday meal.”–Henri Nouwen

What about putting Christ back into Christmas? It is simply not necessary. Christ has never left Christmas.–R. C. Sproul

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Christmas and the holidays are the season of giving. It’s a time when people are more kind and open-hearted.–Gisele Bundchen

The sharpest memory of our old-fashioned Christmas eve is my mother’s hand making sure I was settled in bed.–Paul Engle

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

Heap on more wood! – the wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, We’ll keep our Christmas merry still.–Walter Scott

Anyone who believes that men are the equal of women has never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas present.–Publilius Syrus

I hate, loathe, and despise Christmas. It’s a time when single people have to take cover or get out of town.–Kristin Hunter

Anything that inspires unselfishness makes for our ennoblement. Christmas does that. I am all for Christmas.–B. C. Forbes

This isn’t a Christmas special! This is my life. In the real world, miracles and goodness just don’t happen.–Richelle Mead

The good part of Christmas is not always Christian — it is generally Pagan; that is to say, human, natural.–Robert Green Ingersoll

I like to spend Christmas with family and friends, pigging out, exchanging gifts and basically doing nothing.–George Kotsiopoulos

Without social networks, you’re not the coolest thing on the Christmas list, and you’re not getting any bite.–Joe Green

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

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

Christmas is a celebration of Christ love for Humankind. And the love that bind us together as sacred family.–Lailah Gifty Akita

We even had a different word for Christmas in my language, Bengali: Baradin, which literally meant ‘big day.’–Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Christmas is about giving. Be outrageously generous. Have fun, enjoy the process….then keep it up all year.–Dave Ramsey

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Christmas can be transformed into a celebration more attuned to honoring the One whose birthday we celebrate.–Erwin W. Lutzer

So every year when Christmas comes, I realize a new, the best gift life can offer is having friends like you.–Helen Steiner Rice

Without social networks, you’re not the coolest thing on the Christmas list, and you’re not getting any bite.–Joe Greene

Every July, I look forward to taping a Christmas show – in July in Nashville. In 98-degree weather. I love it.–Larry the Cable Guy

When I was a child, I was living in the housing projects of Philadelphia. I didn’t even have a Christmas tree.–Bill Cosby

I’m so depressed. Christmas is the worst of all. Holidays are terrible, worse than Sundays. I get melancholia.–David O. Selznick

He’s one of those Christmas Eve guys. There are people like that… every day in their lives is Christmas Eve.–Joe Garagiola

Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!–George Bailey

Make your plate look like a Christmas tree,’ I tell people, ‘mostly green with splashes of other bright colors.–Victoria Moran

Like Mary, may we nurture the light born within us at Christmas. May we carry it everywhere in our daily lives.–Pope Francis

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

One Christmas build-up tradition, however, has totally bypassed me – that of going up to town and doing a show.–Julie Burchill

Christmas is telling time-wondering time. Wonder enough about it, and you’ll know, and you’ll tell about it….–Roy Rogers

Christmas is the beachhead of God’s campaign against sin and sadness, darkness and death, fear and frustration.–Tullian Tchividjian

Make your plate look like a Christmas tree,’ I tell people, ‘mostly green with splashes of other bright colors.’–Victoria Moran

Once you start a business, you have to grow it and grow with it – starting a business is not just for Christmas.–Natalie Massenet

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You can return all the Christmas gifts you want, but you will never get back the time spent with your relatives.–Andy Borowitz

Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago–Tom Baker

If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: ‘God with us.’–John F. MacArthur

Wrapping Christmas presents is tough. Even peeling a Mandarin orange is tough. I have to get my kids to help me.–Brendan Morrison

I try to nap through as much of it as possible. I didn’t even know about my Christmas movie until this February.–Grumpy Cat

I prefer Christmas, which is everybody’s holiday. It’s just my nature. I don’t like to be zeroed in on en masse.–Joni Mitchell

I bought a Christmas tree for twenty dollars. When I came home the next day, my wife was wearing it in her hair.–Milton Berle

I can go on and on. In the Appalachians. I fed the poorest part of this nation for years coming up at Christmas.–Paula White

In your hurry to keep Christmas, you have forgotten Christmas. The truest gift of Christmas is the gift of self.–Richard Paul Evans

Dickens was a part of how the whole celebration of Christmas as we know it today emerged during the 19th century.-Claire Tomalin

One Christmas build-up tradition, however, has totally bypassed me – that of going up to town and ‘doing a show.’–Julie Burchill

The sacredness of Christmas: glory to God in the highest holy heavens, peace on earth and goodwill to all people.–Lailah Gifty Akita

There are 17 more shopping days until Christmas. So, guys, that means 16 more days till we start shopping, right?–Conan O’Brien

Sometimes you’re just the sweetest thing. Like Christmas, summer vacation, and a brand-new puppy rolled into one.–Haruki Murakami

It’s confusing. I’ve had so many wives and so many children I don’t know which house to go to first on Christmas.–Mickey Rooney

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I love the excitement, the childlike spirit of innocence and just about everything that goes along with Christmas–Hillary Scott

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

White Christmas’ is one of my favorite movies, so I’ve always just had a love for that kind of golden era musical.–Jessie Mueller

The smell of pine needles, spruce and the smell of a Christmas tree – those to me, are the scents of the holidays.–Blake Lively

Do you want to feel insecure? Count the number of Christmas cards you sent out, and then count those you received.–Milton Berle

When we keep the spirit of Christmas, we keep the spirit of Christ, for the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit.–Thomas S. Monson

This Christmas and every Christmas will be richer by sharing and enjoying gifts that cannot be held but only felt.–James E. Faust

I always felt like I was right out of Dickens, looking in the window of the Christmas feast, but not at the feast.–John Baldessari

I have often thought, says Sir Roger, it happens very well that Christmas should fall out in the middle of Winter.–Joseph Addison

All of the promises of ObamaCare, all of those shiny objects that were sold in Christmas in 2009 didn’t come true.–Reince Priebus

Every Christmas people are so nice to me, they think I am Little Tim from A Christmas Story. But I’m not. *smiles*–Thom Yorke

As a child, I was bonkers for Christmas. The entire month of December, I couldn’t sleep at night from anticipation.–Rosecrans Baldwin

A Christmas Carol’ is an extravagantly symbolic thing – as rich in symbols as Christmas pudding is rich in raisins.–Michel Faber

Washington’s birthday is as close to a secular Christmas as any Christian country dare come this side of blasphemy.–Alistair Cooke

Love came down at Christmas love all lovely, love divine love was born at Christmas, stars and angels gave the sign–Christina G. Rossetti

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Christmas is a sacred festival. It is celebration of Christ love for Humankind. And the love that bind us together.–Lailah Gifty Akita

Making a Christmas album is looked upon by some people as the thing you do when you are heading towards retirement.–Annie Lennox

I grew up in Scotland in the 1970s. There was not much money. The most popular Christmas toy was probably a potato.–Craig Ferguson

In America, Christmas is the king of all holidays. To be left out of Christmas is the ultimate minority experience.–Firoozeh Dumas

All those poor elves I haven’t set free yet, having to stay over during Christmas because there aren’t enough hats!–J. K. Rowling

I am a worker, a tombstone mason, anxious to pleace averyburies and jully glad when Christmas comes his once ayear.–James Joyce

The irony of Christmas is always upon the poor in heart; the mystery of the solstice is always upon the rest of us.–John Cheever

Christmas carols always brought tears to my eyes. I also cry at weddings. I should have cried at a couple of my own.–Ethel Merman

She was an exotic flower amongst the snowdrifts, out of place, a Technicolor misfit in a monochrome Christmas movie.–Thomm Quackenbush

And then she realized that after that Christmas party, she didn’t really lose anything, except respect for everyone.–Crystal Woods

‘A Christmas Carol’ is an extravagantly symbolic thing – as rich in symbols as Christmas pudding is rich in raisins.–Michel Faber

I made a terrible mistake last Christmas. My wife made me swear that I wouldn’t give her a fancy gift. And I didn’t.–Milton Berle

I have a good house for hosting, so we had the barbecues, and some of the guys over for Thanksgiving, even Christmas.–Logan Mankins

I’m totally the ‘decorate early, start listening to Christmas songs super early’ guy. I’ve just always been that way.–Drake Bell

There is a public me and a private me, who, if they were separate people, probably wouldn’t exchange Christmas cards.–Robert Breault

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That quest for something pretty. A cheat. A cliche. Flowers and Christmas lights, it’s what we’re programmed to love.–Chuck Palahniuk

Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love Divine; Love was born at Christmas; Star and angels gave the sign.–Christina Rossetti

Happy Day After Christmas, Merry Rest of the Year, even when Christmas is over, The Light of the World is Still Here!–Matthew West

It’s to try to spread the Word of God – the true meaning of Christmas. And that is more important than anything else.–William Tucci

In my experience, clever food is not appreciated at Christmas. It makes the little ones cry and the old ones nervous.–Jane Grigson

Christmas is the spirit of love, peace and goodwill to all Humankind. It is within the reach of every heart and hand.–Lailah Gifty Akita

It may be a cliche, but it’s true – the build-up to Christmas is so much more pleasurable than the actual day itself.–Julie Burchill

Christmas comes during a season when the Earth is in its darkest time. It’s a holiday for the family and for everyone.–Melissa Etheridge

I eat everything I want on Christmas day. I really don’t watch what I eat. It’s not like you have Christmas every day!–Adriana Lima

Felixstowe, the United Kingdom’s largest port, stops work only for Christmas Day and for crane-toppling Force 9 gales.–Rose George

That’s it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.–Alan Rickman

I’m a disorganized mess. My purse is gross: I once found a shoulder pad, string cheese, and a Christmas ornament in it!–Hoda Kotb

The spirit of Christmas is – and hopefully always will be – about goodwill and generosity to others and peace on earth.–Nick Rahall

My earliest memory is of the best Christmas gift ever, a toy train. I remember riding that thing all through our house.–Coco Jones

I’m decorating my parents’ house for Christmas… I hope they find my manger with a baby yeezus in it as funny as I do!–Lisa Lampanelli

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Some holiday traditions are sacred. In our house one such tradition is the annual Christmas classic cinema celebration.–Sarah Ban Breathnach

When I was about 12, I wanted a CD player for Christmas, but instead my parents gave me a really crappy electric guitar.–Sam Endicott

Don’t send funny greeting cards on birthdays or at Christmas. Save them for funerals when their cheery effect is needed.–P. J. O’Rourke

I knew that I had been partially right in the storeroom above the bar on Christmas Day. Whoever I had become had to die.–Craig Ferguson

Time cannot be packaged and ribboned and left under trees for christmas morning.Time can’t be given.But it can be shared–Cecelia Ahern

Christmas is the one day of the year when it’s most obvious someone’s missing. It had to become less about the presents.–Jeff Brazier

Don’t send funny greeting cards on birthdays or at Christmas. Save them for funerals, when their cheery effect is needed.–P. J. O’Rourke

At Christmas, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ makes me cry in exactly the same places every time, even though I know it’s coming.–Nicholas Lea

If you want me to sing this Christmas song with the feeling and the meaning, you better see if you can locate that check.–Mahalia Jackson

Christmas cookies can’t help but be retro – they are memory first, sugar-flour-egg-redhot-gumdrop-sparkle reality second.–Dana Goodyear

My father used to always give me a basketball, a skate board, and a bike every Christmas. That’s all I wanted every year.–Amar’e Stoudemire

I’m Jewish and my wife isn’t so right now we’re literally decorating a Christmas tree with Jewish stars draped around it.–Max Greenfield

Ugster vinyl pumps, Partridge Family records, plastic daisy jewelry, old postcards. . . . It’s a magpie Christmas market.–Francesca Lia Block

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

You might be a redneck if you stand under the mistletoe at Christmas and wait for Granny and cousin Sue-Ellen to walk by.–Jeff Foxworthy

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I was thrilled one year when I was younger when not only did my brothers get hockey sticks for Christmas – but I did too!–Nancy Kerrigan

It was the beginning of the greatest Christmas ever. Little food. No presents. But there was a snowman in their basement.–Markus Zusak

The wind bit hard at Valley Forge one Christmas. Soldiers tied rags on their feet. Red footprints wrote on the snow . . .–Carl Sandburg

Focusing on the Lord and everlasting life can help us not only at Christmas, but through all the challenges of mortality.–Russell M. Nelson

Christmas is more that a time of festivities, family, and friends; it is a season of generosity, gladness, and gratitude.–William Arthur Ward

Bloody Christmas, here again, let us raise a loving cup, peace on earth, goodwill to men, and make them do the washing up.–Wendy Cope

At Christmas time, I spent an extortionate amount of money on Buzz Lightyear toys, baby clothes, Disney cars and the like.–Russell Tovey

My mother was a not-too-devoted atheist. She went to Episcopal church on Christmas Eve every year, and that was mostly it.–Anne Lamott

I really like the European carols, and I like that captivating sound that they have that isn’t usually in Christmas songs.–David Archuleta

It can’t be overstated how wonderful it is not to have to audition any more. Any actor will tell you, it’s like Christmas.–Bill Nighy

We can with confidence set a goal to make this Christmas brighter than the last and each year that follows brighter still.–Henry B. Eyring

If you don’t make Christmas presents, meaning making something that’s so emotionally connected to people, don’t talk to me.–Kanye West

Freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night.–John J. Geddes

One strain could call up the quivering expectancy of Christmas Eve, childhood, joy and sadness, the lonely wonder of a star–Maud Hart Lovelace

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I do like Christmas on the whole…. In its clumsy way, it does approach Peace and Goodwill. But it is clumsier every year.–E. M. Forster

Merry Christmas to all. A Pagan holiday (BC) becomes a Religious holiday (AD). Which then becomes a Shopping holiday (USA).–Neil deGrasse Tyson

She smiled with all the delight of a kid on Christmas morning and said, “Y’all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die.” – Alaska–John Green

By trying to live Christmas 12 months a year, we CAN make this world a better place to live – for others and for ourselves.–Mary Kay Ash

Christmas celebrations are often full of sound. It would be good for us to make room for silence, to hear the voice of Love.–Pope Francis

You might be a redneck if you go Christmas shopping for your mom, sister, and girlfriend, and you only need to buy one gift.–Jeff Foxworthy

I was going to buy my girl a Packard car for Christmas, but it took too long to deliver, so I bought her some handkerchiefs.–Jack Benny

Every time I get a script in my inbox, it’s like a little Christmas present. It’s so exciting to see what they’ve cooked up.–Amanda Schull

Christmas: the Son of God expressing the love of God to save us from the wrath of God so we could enjoy the presence of God.–John Piper

I manage a toast to the Christmas tree and one to the sweet absurdity in the miracle of the verb to be. Lucky you, lucky me.–Miller Williams

In the suburbs it’s hard to buy your Christmas gifts early in the year. You never know who your friends will be in December.–Milton Berle

I grew up on a Christmas tree farm with all this space to run around, and the [freedom] to be a crazy kid with tangled hair.–Taylor Swift

When I was 12, all I wanted for Christmas was a trampoline or a four-wheeler. I ended up getting both presents for Christmas.–Chris Brown

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I’ve also just finished filming the role of Robert Brown in ‘Just William,’ which is due to transmit on BBC One at Christmas.–Harry Melling

Celebrating Christmas without Christ is like celebrating George Washington’s birthday without mentioning the first president.–James N. Watkins

If God consistently sent lightning bolts in response to bad doctrine, our planet would sparkle nightly like a Christmas tree.–Philip Yancey

Now there’s a sight you don’t see every day, huh? Two punked-out Goths throwing a Christmas party for sick children. (Doctor)–Sherrilyn Kenyon

Christmas is fun anyway. It’s a myth organized over the years and gained different mythological qualities as the years go by.–William Shatner

It’s surprising to me how many of my friends send Christmas cards, or holiday cards, including my atheist and secular friends.–Christopher Hitchens

I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.–Ashley Tisdale

My younger brother will remember that he received a transistor radio for Christmas. I took it apart and it never worked again.–Stephen Elop

Stars of heaven, clear and bright, Shine upon this Christmas light, Vaster far than midnight skies Are its timeless mysteries.–Timothy Dudley-Smith

At Christmas I no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth; But like of each thing that in season grows.–William Shakespeare

If you do good work, it tends to stick around. People still come up to me and say, ”The Ref’ is my favorite Christmas movie.’–Denis Leary

I eat everything I want on Christmas day. I really don’t watch what I eat. It’s not like you have #‎ Christmas every day!–Adriana Lima

It is a rich storehouse for those who love quotations. It is as full of fine bon mots as a Christmas pudding is full of plums.–Fitz-Greene Halleck

Well, you’re expelling us aren’t you?” said Ron. “Not today, Mr. Weasley.” Snape looked as though Christmas had been canceled.–J. K. Rowling

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The holly green, the ivy green The prettiest picture you’ve ever seen Is Christmas in Killarney With all of the folks at home.–John Redmond

Still, as Christmas-tide comes round, They remember it again – Echo still the joyful sound “Peace on earth, good-will to men!”–Lewis Carroll

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

The first music I was ever exposed to was Irish folk music, like the Clancy Brothers. My father plays that and Christmas songs.–Matt Dillon

The answer is hard work. What are you doing on Christmas Eve? Are you riding your bike? January 1st – are you riding your bike?–Lance Armstrong

To catch the real meaning of the Spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the Spirit of Christ.–Thomas S. Monson

Where charity stands watching and faith holds wide the door the dark night wakes – the glory breaks, Christmas comes once more.–Phillips Brooks

You know you’ve had too much to eat for Christmas dinner when you slump down onto a beanbag and realize… there is no beanbag.–David Letterman

Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving.–B. C. Forbes

Then God spoke to me and said: People say only good things about Christmas. If they want to say something bad, they whisper.–Anne Sexton

The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way.–Ayn Rand

Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.–Gilbert K. Chesterton

Curious, how one remembered Christmas. Perhaps because other days might appeal to the head, but this one appealed to the heart.–Mary Roberts Rinehart

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This man’s wife told him, “For Christmas, surprise me.” On Christmas Eve he leaned over where she was sleeping and said, “Boo!”–Milton Berle

All my friends got dogs and cats for Christmas, and I got a starfish called Roy. I used to take him down to the park on a lead.–Noel Fielding

So many Christmas films either are twee, or try and go super edgy, then stick on something Christmassy at the end of the movie.–Peter Baynham

Hey everybody, this is Rob Halford from Fight wishing you all a crazy heavy metal Christmas and an insane, wild manic New Year!–Rob Halford

Christmas is an invitation by God to say: Look what I’ve done to come near to you. Now draw near to me…I want to be a friend.–Timothy Keller

My grandmother did all the cooking at Christmas. We ate fattened chicken. We would feed it even more so it would be big and fat.–Alain Ducasse

I don’t want Christmas season to end, because it’s the only time I can legitimately indulge in on particular addiction: glitter.–Eloisa James

In a world of war, pain and suffering, all I want for Christmas is an underwater watch and a silver clutch rod for my dirt bike.–Dana Gould

Every Christmas my hometown radio station would always play ‘Christmas In Dixie’ by Alabama. I always remember lovin’ that song.–Kenny Chesney

It’s Christmas time and my rhyme’s steady bumpin. Everybody happy, hair still nappy, Gonna steal a gift for my old grandpappy…–Snoop Dogg

…freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…–John Geddes

It is St. Patrick’s Day. And here in Scranton, that is a huge deal. It is the closest that the Irish will ever get to Christmas.–Michael Scott

Talk about cheap – on Christmas Eve, my neighbour shoots off three blanks and tells his kids Santa Claus just committed suicide.–Milton Berle

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I grew up with the classics. My mom and I would sit and watch ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘White Christmas’ – those kind of movies.–Lucas Grabeel

I’ve taught fifth-year Christmas leavers last thing on a Friday afternoon. Basically, if you can face that you can face anything.–Johann Lamont

My family know not to get me any tech for Christmas. I can never get it to work, and it all becomes very tearful and pressurised.–Peter Capaldi

Be merry all, be merry all, With holly dress the festive hall; Prepare the song, the feast, the ball, To welcome merry Christmas.–William Spencer

I worked every day – Christmas Eve, birthdays – trying to become a great basketball player. Everywhere I went, I had a basketball.–Harvey Mason, Jr.

Being a traditionalist, I’m a rabid sucker for Christmas. In July, I’m already worried that there are only 146 shopping days left.–John Waters

I do love Christmas, although my wife puts me to shame. She is a huge Christmas fan, so we do love us some Christmas in our house.–Sebastian Arcelus

I had a great teacher in India who said to me, ‘If you think you’re spiritual and evolved and enlightened, go home for Christmas.’–Elizabeth Gilbert

The Christmas tree, twinkling with lights, had a mountain of gifts piled up beneath it, like offerings to the great god of excess.–Tess Gerritsen

My garden in England is full of eating-out places, for heat waves, warm September evenings, or lunch on a frosty Christmas morning.–Mary Quant

I remember wishing there was snow in L.A. And how jealous we used to get of those Christmas specials with kids playing in the snow.–Ice Cube

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

Somehow we just dont make the same boisterous fun of Holy Week that we do of Christmas. No one plans to have a holly, jolly Easter.–Frederica Mathewes-Green

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It is the Christmas time: And up and down ‘twixt heaven and earth, In glorious grief and solemn mirth, The shining angels climb.–Dinah Maria Murlock Craik

I do find the values in A Christmas Carol significant. It is important not to be mean and stingy and not to give up love for money.–George Saunders

I never really did Christmas before. Christmas Day? I mean – what’s that? What’s it all about? I was always flying on Christmas Day–Monica Seles

Somehow we just don’t make the same boisterous fun of Holy Week that we do of Christmas. No one plans to have a holly, jolly Easter.–Frederica Mathewes-Green

Now, the essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so.–Stephen Leacock

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

I never really did Christmas before. Christmas Day? I mean – what’s that? What’s it all about? I was always flying on Christmas Day.–Monica Seles

Christmas, my child, is love in action.” ~ Dale Evans (1912-2001), American film actress, singer and songwriter. Wife of Roy Rogers.–Dale Evans

The true fisherman approaches the first day of fishing season with all the sense of wonder and awe of a child approaching Christmas.–John D. Voelker

We should declare war on North Vietnam. We could pave the whole country and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas.–Ronald Reagan

At Christmas, it’s my siblings running around the house, we’re cooking, talking, laughing, loud and just crazy. It’s beautiful chaos.–Tika Sumpter

One of those Christmas songs says, “You better not shout, you better not cry, you better not pout.” How’s my wife going to get along?–Milton Berle

Although it is pleasant to think about poison at any season, there is something special about Christmas, and I found myself grinning.–Alan Bradley

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The thing about Christmas is that it almost doesn’t matter what mood you’re in or what kind of a year you’ve had; it’s a fresh start.–Kelly Clarkson

In the southern hemisphere, covering the Christmas tree with fake snow even though winter has nothing to do with the birth of Christ.–Paulo Coelho

As fits the holy Christmas birth, Be this, good friends, our carol still Be peace on earth, be peace on earth, To men of gentle will.–William Makepeace Thackeray

You don’t want your jewelry to make you look fat. A lot of what’s out there now does – you just wind up looking like a Christmas tree.–Padma Lakshmi

Money is made at Christmas out of holly and mistletoe, but who save the vendors would greatly care if no green branch were procurable?–George Gissing

The thing about Christmas is that it almost doesn’t matter what mood you’re in or what kind of a year you’ve had – it’s a fresh start.–Kelly Clarkson

Christmas always sucked when I was a kid because I believed in Santa Claus. Unfortunately, so did my parents. So I never got anything.–Charlie Viracola

As I wrote ‘The Christmas Lamp’ I realized that tradition is priceless, whether you have a small family, a large family, or no family.–Lori Copeland

Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man.Why wait for a call when you have a command?–Robert Hughes

You have to remind kids to stay connected to the meaning of Christmas. Sometimes it takes a little bit of effort, but it’s so worth it.–Caroline Kennedy

Wretched excess is an unfortunate human trait that turns a perfectly good idea such as Christmas into a frenzy of last-minute shopping.–Jon Anderson

There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.–Bill McKibben

I love the Christmas-tide, and yet, I notice this, each year I live; I always like the gifts I get, But how I love the gifts I give!–Carolyn Wells

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‘Tis blessed to bestow, and yet, Could we bestow the gifts we get, And keep the ones we give away, How happy were our Christmas day!–Carolyn Wells

If we are only willing to open our hearts and minds to the spirit of Christmas, we will recognize wonderful things happening around us.–Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I wish that Christmas may be happy and heavenly, and the holidays glow with the gifts of the inner life that God will give to each one.–Janet Erskine Stuart

I was a caddy. I also worked as a bouncer, selling Christmas trees at Frank’s Nursery and before that, selling what they normally sell.–Joseph Bruce

Through all of our various Christmas traditions, I hope that we are focused first upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Wise men still adore Him.–Russell M. Nelson

Selfishness makes Christmas a burden; Love makes it a delight. The joy of brightening a child’s heart creates the magic of Christmas.–William Carey Jones

The Swedish Christmas is definitely unique, even throughout Scandinavia. Like Christmas everywhere, it’s a very family-centered holiday.–Marcus Samuelsson

There is something about Christmas that requires a rug rat. Little kids make Christmas fun. I wonder if could rent one for the holidays.–Laurie Halse Anderson

Thomas Bowman’s toupee, alas, was never found. He was somewhat mollified by the gift of a very fine hat from Westcliff on Christmas day.–Lisa Kleypas

Handsome, fictional men were so much easier to stomach than real life ones who smelled of Christmas and looked like a Calvin Klein model–Tarryn Fisher

Did you ever notice that life seems to follow certain patterns? Like I noticed that every year around this time, I hear Christmas music.–Tom Sims

I love Christmas. I really do love Christmas. I love being with my family and I love snow. I love the music and the lights and all of it.–Christina Applegate

Thomas Bowman’s toupee, alas, was never found. He was somewhat mollified by the gift of a very fine hat from Westcliff on Christmas day.”–Lisa Kleypas

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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 Sevareid

Christmas shows us the ties that bind us together, threads of love and caring, woven in the simplest and strongest way within the family.–Donald E. Westlake

The theater business is very much about “Hey, if you want our big blockbuster at Christmas time, you’ll play our piece of crap in April.”–Harry Shearer

Rest with the glittering stars, George Michael. You’ve found your Freedom, your Faith. It was your Last Christmas, and we shall miss you.–Miley Cyrus

Christmas is all about surrender. It’s all about the surrender of the Son to obey the perfect will of the Father and enter human history.–Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Mrs. Rimas cried at the mention of the wafer and the traditional Christmas blessing. “God grant that we are all together again next year.–Ruta Sepetys

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.–William Thomas Ellis

A title means marketing. It means that company’s coming soon, and you’d better get out the Christmas lights so they don’t miss your house.–Caroline Leavitt

My mother-in-law has come round to our house at Christmas seven years running. This year we’re having a change. We’re going to let her in.–Les Dawson

Oh, heart, let’s never grow too old To smile anew, when Christmas comes, At tassels red and tinsel thread, And tarlatan bags f sugarplums.–Nancy Byrd Turner

Three years ago, the white hope of the theatre. Today, a mug. That’s New York for you. Puts you on a Christmas tree, and then – the alley.–Ben Hecht

Christmas means ‘giving,’ and the gift without the giver is bare. Give of yourselves; give of your substance; give of your heart and mind.–Gordon B. Hinckley

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Christmas is not just a day, an event to be observed and speedily forgotten. It is a spirit which should permeate every part of our lives.–William Parks

It’s bad enough being conned into singing an anti-war message by John Lennon when you think you’re just wishing everyone a merry Christmas.–Ian Watson

For many of us, Christmas lunch is the most special meal of the year – and I certainly want nothing but the very best for this celebration.–Sheherazade Goldsmith

I think the people who are making Christmas-themed movies today feel that people are more cynical about Christmas. There’s more of an edge.–Leonard Maltin

I love snow; I love building snowman. The only thing I don’t like is the cold – so if we could have a hot Christmas, that would be amazing.–Ella Henderson

Come in, — come in! and know me better, man! I am the Ghost of Christmas Present. Look upon me! You have never seen the like of me before!–Charles Dickens

Thanksgiving dinner’s sad and thankless. Christmas dinner’s dark and blue. When you stop and try to see it From the turkey’s point of view.–Shel Silverstein

When you with velvets mantled o’er, Defy December’s tempests frore, Oh! spare one garment from your store, To clothe the poor at Christmas.–Gilbert K. Chesterton

One of the key pleasures of receiving a letter is the act of holding and entering the envelope – a sort of cross between Christmas and sex.–Nick Bantock

If the Royal Variety Show was put in a matter transportation machine with the Royal Institution Christmas lectures, this is what you’d get.–Robin Ince

I was once part of a Christmas cabaret. I sang ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.’ I tap-danced. I had a ten-gallon hat. It was quite absurd.–Peter Dinklage

Everyone knows that there are some odors that send you directly back to memories of your childhood – odors from Christmas time and so forth.–May-Britt Moser

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I don’t know if that’s a year’s bad luck, or if that’s how it works. But stealing a Christmas tree – that can’t be a good thing, karma-wise.–Adrian McKinty

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

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white.–Irving Berlin

Thanksgiving was nothing more than a pilgrim-created obstacle in the way of Christmas; a dead bird in the street that forced a brief detour.–Augusten Burroughs

Music is my thing. It’s my thing; it’s what I love. It’s what I do. It’s football to me; it’s Christmas to me; religion to me; poetry to me.–Ryan Adams

I think I’m a lot like other moms out there who feel like if we don’t have the pecan pie we have every year, then it just won’t be Christmas.–Faith Hill

I had a terrible fight with my wife on New Year’s Eve. She called me a procrastinator. So I finished addressing the Christmas cards and left.–Robert Orben

[President Obama] made so many promises. We thought that he was going to be — I shouldn’t say this at Christmastime — but the next messiah.–Barbara Walters

Gazzy sniffed the air. “That’s explosives. It smells like Christmas!” Okay, so we’ve had somewhat untraditional Christmases. With explosives.–James Patterson

I sent my Christmas wishes to him, but he didn’t answer. He’s the world’s best coach, but as a man he still has to learn manners and respect.–Mario Balotelli

Country ham is baked whole, usually with a glaze, sometimes studded with cloves, and served as the centerpiece of Christmas and Easter feasts.–Kate Christensen

It kills me when people talk about California hedonism. Anybody who talks about California hedonism has never spent a Christmas in Sacramento.–Joan Didion

Oh! like a wreath, let Christmas mirth To-day encircle all the earth, And bind the nations with the love That Jesus brought from heaven above.–Maud Lindsay

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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

One thing I learned from drinking is that if you ever go Christmas caroling, you should go with a group of people. And also go in mid-December.–Louis C. K.

And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you – all of you on the good Earth.–Frank Borman

People have nannies and big cars, and they want to go to Maui for Christmas. When there are those kind of stakes involved, people get ruthless.–Amy Sherman-Palladino

Christmas, so long looming over everyone’s head, finally surged up, buried everyone alive and ebbed away, leaving its victims distinctly cross.–Angela Thirkell

The idea of performing some of Jack Skellington’s songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas live for the very first time is immensely exciting.–Danny Elfman

Christmas really is about all the cliches: health, happiness and love. A future with my family is the important thing… to stay alive for them.–Sylvie Meis

Ranking among the greatest Christmas movie classics, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ tells a beautiful story about the priceless value of relationships.–John C. Maxwell

I grew up poor, but I didn’t really know it because of amazing places like the Salvation Army where we got a lot of our Christmas presents from.–Trey Songz

Adults are tempted to produce and perform Christmas for their kids and their families, and they arrive at Christmas Day weary and disillusioned.–Ann Voskamp

Christmas is taken very seriously in this household. I believe in Father Christmas, and there’s no way I’d do anything to undermine that belief.–Carol Ann Duffy

People are so nice to each other on holidays…especially at Christmas. Why don’t people beat up each other at Christmas? Now that would be fun!–Klaus Nomi

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What a gift it would be to receive at Christmastime a greater knowledge of the Lord. What a gift it would be to share that knowledge with others.–Ezra Taft Benson

There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus the Christ.–Thomas S. Monson

No sane local official who has hung up an empty stocking over the municipal fireplace is going to shoot Santa Claus just before a hard Christmas.–Al Smith

No sane local official who has hung up an empty stocking over the municipal fireplace, is going to shoot Santa Claus just before a hard Christmas.–Al Smith

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” ~ (1925- ), English political leader.–Margaret Thatcher

The Christmas parties were orgies of drinking and singing and groping and pawing. Cartoon staffers invested their own money in preparatory liquor.–Joseph Barbera

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

The time draws near the birth of Christ; The moon is hid; the night is still; The Christmas bells from hill to hill Answer each other in the mist.–Alfred Lord Tennyson

Even though it’s meant to be the season of jollity and goodwill, there’s something delicious about the anticipation of a Christmassy ghost thrill.–Mark Gatiss

One Christmas, I just begged my parents like “I want to try to surf on a real board instead of these boogie boards and rafts” and they got me one.–Donavon Frankenreiter

Selfridges’ Christmas hot list includes faux fur animal hats by Merrimaking, currently enjoying a cult status in Japan and amongst festival goers.–Geraldine James

Let this Christmas Day remind us that Christ came to invite us to offer love to ALL humankind and to open the door of God’s Kingdom to Every soul.–Neale Donald Walsch

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On Christmas day you can’t get sore, your fellow man you must adore. There’s time to cheat him all the more the other three hundred and sixty-four–Tom Lehrer

The word of God is very important to Christmas. For unto us a child was born, and we should be reminded of how Christ’s amazing journey came to be.–Monica Johnson

Christmas was the one time of year when my brothers surfaced at home, when my parents and grandparents congregated to eat my mother’s roast turkey.–Amanda Lindhout

I watched a lot of movies when I was younger and I remember, when I was seven years old, I asked my parents if I could have an agent for Christmas.–Meaghan Rath

I know that a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania is about the most random place for a country singer to come from, but I had an awesome childhood.–Taylor Swift

It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you…yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.–Mother Teresa

I stone got crazy when I saw somebody run down them strings with a bottleneck. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree and I said that I had to learn.–Muddy Waters

Why not collect and clean chicken wishbones in the run-up to Christmas, spray them silver and use each to pinch together a white hem-stitch napkin?–Pippa Middleton

Halloween is the beginning of the holiday shopping season. That’s for women. The beginning of the holiday shopping season for men is Christmas Eve.–David Letterman

The word of God is very important to Christmas. For unto us a child was born, and we should be reminded of how Christ’s amazing journey came to be.–Monica Mcgowan Johnson

The things we do at Christmas are touched with a certain extravagance, as beautiful, in some of its aspects, as the extravagance of nature in June.–Robert Collyer

Waking up to you is like… presents on Christmas morning.” His mouth curved. “For your convenience, I’m already unwrapped. Batteries not required.–Sylvia Day

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My mom is a really good cook. I didn’t get the cooking gene, but she cooks this really amazing dinner every Christmas, and that’s always really fun.–Miranda Cosgrove

Every Christmas, all around Ghana, there are tons of these parties and they are full of everything that exists in human life in Ghana and worldwide.–Taiye Selasi

This man I was going with asked me for my finger measurements. I thought he was going to buy me a ring for Christmas, but he gave me a bowling ball.–Phyllis Diller

When ‘I’m Sorry’ came out and became such a huge hit, that made ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ start selling. Then that became a huge, huge hit.–Brenda Lee

As a child of eight Mr. Trout had once kissed a girl of six under the mistletoe at a Christmas party, but there his sex life had come to abrupt halt.–P. G. Wodehouse

Even today, I am still very child-like while designing. It’s a bit like Christmas – each of your designs you create is like unravelling your presents.–Christian Louboutin

I was Christmas shopping and ran into a guy on the street. I noticed his watch and said that it runs slow. He said, “So does the guy I stole it from.”–David Letterman

My favorite traditional Christmas movie that I like to watch is All Quiet on the Western Front. It’s just not December without that movie in my house.–Tom Hanks

Be careful with drinking this Christmas. I got so drunk last night I found myself dancing in a cheesy bar… Or, as you like to call it, delicatessen.–Sean Hughes

It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you . . . yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand–Mother Teresa of Calcutta

I think commercialism helps Christmas and I think that the more capitalism we can inject into the Christmas holiday the more spiritual I feel about it–Craig Ferguson

Well, I think I learned a valuable lesson. Always take down your Christmas decorations after new years or you might get filleted by a hooker from God.–Dean Winchester

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As you get older, you get tired of doing the same things over and over again, so you think Christmas has changed. It hasn’t. It’s you who has changed.–Harry S. Truman

far away from my country I would be like those trees they chop down at Christmastime, those poor rootless pines that last a little while and then die.–Isabel Allende

It was not perhaps the warmest friendship in the world, they would not send each other Christmas gift greetings, but they would not murder each other.–Mario Puzo

During Christmas time, on German television they show films with three or four episodes, and I quite like the feeling of waiting for the next episode.–Volker Bertelmann

I get very unsettled by the mess of Christmas. I find the decorations a little bit hard, as my desire for everything to match is never fully satisfied.–Jade Jagger

Pre-Christmas is very important, and it is stressful, and, you know, even in the biblical story… travelling on the donkey in a stressful environment.–Michael Leunig

I owe my life to my father. I remember that my first Christmas present was a ball. In the district where we lived, there weren’t many kids who had one.–Sergio Aguero

As we seek Christ, as we find Him, as we follow Him, we shall have the Christmas spirit, not for one fleeting day each year, but as a companion always.–Thomas S. Monson

But we’re going to smile and pretend we’re fine with the dorky birthmas gifts because people do not get that they can’t mush a birthday into christmas.–P. C. Cast

It’s not just an exclamation, but it’s a rejection of everything to do with Christmas, with the spirit of Christmas, with gift-giving, with generosity.–Patrick Stewart

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, Just like the ones I used to know, Where the tree tops glisten And children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow.–Irving Berlin

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Whenever you give someone a present or sing a holiday song, you’re helping Santa Claus. To me, that’s what Christmas is all about. Helping Santa Claus!–Louis Sachar

People tend to stay at home and eat a home-cooked meal. There are three days that are really slow for restaurants – Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.–Alan K. Simpson

I’ve survived quite a few generations. That’s because I never lost my enthusiasm. I wake up every morning like on Christmas Day, waiting for the gifts.–Karl Lagerfeld

The Word of God isn’t for one particular season. It’s for every season. But in its specific application, it’s best read from Thanksgiving to Christmas.–Louie Giglio

My Christmas wish would be to have an entire week off. To spend it with my family and just curl up and watch Christmas movies when it’s snowing outside.–David Hasselhoff

The Christmas market at the Barcelona Cathedral sells all kinds of things for your Nativity scene. It will also give you a good idea of Catalan culture.–Jose Andres Puerta

I am a veteran of the War on Christmas. I am just emerging from a battlefield strewn with dead trees and torn shreds of brightly colored wrapping paper.–Henry Rollins

Now I’m an old Christmas tree, the roots of which have died. They just come along and while the little needles fall off me replace them with medallions.–Orson Welles

Actually, my mother and Alfie came for three weeks Christmas vacation and stayed for 21 years. I guess my mother never went back because she was lonely.–Frank McCourt

I think people respect me because they feel like – I’m kind of like Christmas. I come back every year. You can’t get rid of me. I just keep coming back.–David Hasselhoff

Tiny quails may not seem as impressive as a mammoth turkey, but there is something refreshing about a spread of individual birds on the Christmas table.–Yotam Ottolenghi

What all of us long for in our hearts, at Christmastime and always, is to feel bound together in love with the sweet assurance that it can last forever.–Henry B. Eyring

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Is it truly being good if the only reason I behave well is so I can get more loot at Christmas? I mean, really, all I’m doing is saying I can be bribed.–Bill Watterson

The magical dust of Christmas glittered on the cheeks of humanity ever so briefly, reminding us of what is worth having and what we were intended to be.–Max Lucado

My father died when I was young and I was raised by my grandmother, Emma Klonjlaleh Brown. We could afford to eat chicken just once a year, on Christmas.–George Weah

Actually, my mother and Alfie came for three weeks’ Christmas vacation and stayed for 21 years. I guess my mother never went back because she was lonely.–Frank McCourt

I don’t know of too many double Christmas albums, so it is something that’s new, and hopefully will be fun, and there’s plenty of stuff out there to cut.–Garth Brooks

We’re supposed to be civilized. We’re supposed to go to work every day. We’re supposed to be nice to our friends and send Christmas cards to our parents.–Maurice Sendak

More than any gift or toy, ornament of tree, let us resolve that this Christmas shall be, like that first Christmas, a celebration of interior treasures.–Ronald Reagan

The magi, as you know, were wise men wonderfully wise men who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents.–O. Henry

every idiot who goes about with a ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.–Charles Dickens

My parents always said that knowledge was the best gift they could give me, probably because they were too cheap to buy me Christmas or Birthday presents.–Jarod Kintz

My dad got me a chemistry book one Christmas and I burnt the garden shed down. I remember there was the most beautiful smell forever after in the remains.–Beth Orton

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So if a Christian is touched only once a year, the touching is still worth it, and maybe on some given Christmas, some quiet morning, the touch will take.–Harry Reasoner

On eluding conviction after mistrial: Why me? I am blessed. I can’t complain. I am walking out the door. I am going to have a healthy and happy Christmas.–John A. Gotti

The holidays are my favorite time of year! Christmas was always one of the biggest celebrations in Sweden, and I look forward to the festivities each year.–Marcus Samuelsson

For Christmas every year, my mother used to give me those cheap little diaries that would tell your horoscope and provide a little blank slot for each day.–Patti Smith

At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.–Mother Teresa

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

I think it’s a Jewish Yale custom. I wasn’t aware that other people celebrated Christmas. My wife was very big on Christmas, and I was very big on my wife.–Kevin Sessums

Lately I did a film called All I Want for Christmas and it was well received. This gave me a new point of view and a new respect for my work as an actress.–Sarah Polley

We used to fuss when the landlord dissed us No heat. Wonder why Christmas missed us Birthdays was the worst days Now we sip champagne when we thirst-ay.–The Notorious B.I.G.

Christmas is a glorious time of the year, simple in origin, deep in meaning, beautiful in tradition and custom, rich in memories, and charitable in spirit.–Thomas S. Monson

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

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I love all the gift guides that the magazines put out, whether it’s ‘InStyle’ doing Mother’s Day gifts or color guides, or the ‘O’ magazine Christmas guide.–Dylan Lauren

As I remember my grandfather and those Christmas mornings he gave for a little girl’s pleasure, I know that often a big life starts with doing small things.–Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Christmas gift of peace was the uncoiling of the links of a triple chain that first unites a person with God, then with himself, then with his neighbor.-Fulton J. Sheen

the ultimate in longevity is the Christmas fruitcake. It is a cake made during the holidays with fruits that make it heavier than the stove it is cooked in.–Erma Bombeck

The war on Christmas. This is the most ridiculous right wing talking point I have ever lived through.The idea is that liberals want to get rid of Christmas.–Tucker Carlson

My parents explained: “You can either have a big Christmas and birthday present or we’ll go abroad.” We’d say: “Let’s go abroad!” We had a lovely childhood.–Nicki Chapman

Christmas begins about the first of December with an office party and ends when you finally realize what you spent, around April fifteenth of the next year.–P. J. O’Rourke

Jesus came to be the light for the world, and then there’s the Christmas star and the idea of letting your light shineBut not blinding your neighbor with it.–Marta Perry

Christmas is a joyous holiday season to celebrate get togethers; but take a moment to celebrate the true meaning that brought about the iconic joyous season.–Wayne Chirisa

I think it’s important not to grow up too fast. I’m 26 now, and I still can’t wait for Christmas Day. The inner seven-year-old isn’t buried too deeply in me.–Laura Haddock

Midnight, and the clock strikes. It is Christmas Day, the werewolves birthday, the door of the solstice still wide enough open to let them all slink through.–Angela Carter

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I’m not really caught up in the whole commercial thing of Christmas. I’m probably more of a pagan than a Christian, but it’s hard not to get caught up in it.–Ian Astbury

When you give up yourself, that’s when you will feel the true spirit of Christmas. And that’s giving that’s serving others and that’s when you feel fulfilled.–Joel Osteen

I’ve also committed my time and resources to many local organizations like Christmas in April, Catholic Community Services, and Hudson County Meals on Wheels.–Vincent Frank

The whole point of me doing a Christmas record and what I centered it around was the song ‘Christmas with You’ from the point-of-view of the soldiers in Iraq.–Rick Springfield

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.–Maya Angelou

One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.–J. K. Rowling

Most murders are committed by someone who is known to the victim. In fact, you are most likely to be murdered by a member of your own family on Christmas day.–Mark Haddon

It’s more like Christmas, you know, when you get a shot in that looks great and it’s exactly what you want. It’s a great feeling, and there’s nothing like it.–Zack Snyder

In 1934, the American Jewish charities offered to find homes for 300 German refugee children. We were on the SS Washington, bound for New York, Christmas 1934.–Jack Steinberger

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?–Gilbert K. Chesterton

A Christmas Carol’ has been described as the most perfect of Dickens’s works and as a quintessential heart-warming story, and it is certainly the most popular.–Claire Tomalin

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Yes, my first memory of singing, in general, was of a Christmas song. And then listening to Christmas music was really the first music I was ever connected to.–Christina Perri

So when I was 13, I basically left home and never returned and lived at home again. I would come home for a week at Christmas and two weeks in the summer only.–Peter Jurasik

The Christmas season is a gift in itself. It releases us from the priorities of ordinary time and gives us the right to party more and pray more and love more.–Joan D. Chittister

I think this [Feels like Christmas] is one of the greatest, most unsung albums ever. It’s Cyndi Lauper, and it’s called Hat Full Of Stars. She’s so underrated.–Alex Borstein

I would like to spend Christmas in different countries all over the world. I love seeing how different cultures celebrate the holidays in their own unique ways.–Mallory Jansen

Our children await Christmas presents like politicians getting in election returns: there’s the Uncle Fred precinct and the Aunt Ruth district still to come in.–Marcelene Cox

The war on Christmas is waged of weakness and fed by vision blinded. It is a war of intellect blunted to stupidity and calling begging at the feet of cowardice.–Craig D. Lounsbrough

We’ve come full circle but the best remains the heart of the city, the greatest center of the greatest city, our Acropolis, where our Christmas tree is lighted.–Daniel Patrick Moynihan

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go; Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again. With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.–Meredith Willson

Jesus lived a life of peace, love, kindness and forgiveness, during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, may we all do our best to follow his example.–Barack Obama

It’s hard and sometimes it’s scary. It still amazes my mother. I went home for Christmas one year and there were fans all over the front lawn, hoping to see me.–Luke Perry

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Leo had recently discovered how to change the display, like the Times Square JumboTron,so now the banner read: Merry Christmas! All your presents belong to Leo!–Rick Riordan

This leg will be known as Christmas, and this leg will be known as New Year’s Eve! Ladies…why don’t you all come visit the Big Valbowski between the holidays.–Val Venis

I love the atmosphere at the mall – everything about Christmas. I don’t think anything specific gets me in the holiday spirit except for the holidays themselves.–Drake Bell

My dad likes to recite the story of ‘Pablo the Donkey’ before dinner to teach us the real meaning of Christmas. Every year, it’s the same; every year, we cringe!–Mallory Jansen

The truth is that our way of celebrating the Christmas season does spring from myriad cultures and sources, from St. Nicholas to Coca-Cola advertising campaigns.–Richard Roeper

If you had a Ministry box set under your Christmas tree, wrapped in paper, ‘From Beer to Eternity’ is the bow that goes around the present, you know what I mean?–Al Jourgensen

After waiting four long years since the Lost CHIC Tapes were recovered, I’m finally putting out our first record. I’m like a child waiting for Christmas morning.–Nile Rodgers

Many merry Christmases, many happy New Years. Unbroken friendships, great accumulations of cheerful recollections and affections on earth, and heaven for us all.–Charles Dickens

My Christmas was a sum total of the ministrations of adults, usually adults who wanted me to encourage my parents to buy something for me to consume and discard.–Thomm Quackenbush

I don’t like hassles. But I love Christmas because it reminds us how “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God” (Rom. 8:28 NLT).–Max Lucado

Christmas garland and a rock?” he said, a smile in his voice.”Why not an ornament?” “Wolves aren’t fragile,” I told him. “And they’re… stubbon and hard to move–Patricia Briggs

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All New Years is to me is for taking down your dumb Christmas decorations. People who put up Christmas decorations, all they’re saying is, ‘Hey, we’re not Jews.’–Rich Vos

I’ve been in elementary education for years and my belief is that Christmas pageants in schools are little more than conditioning kids for the Christian religion.–Jack Bowman

Christmas movies, it’s a hard thing to do. The danger is you just end up with a Hollywood star with a Santa beard. You risk it being fake and cheesy and not real.–Peter Baynham

According to an ancient Sardinian legend, the bodies of those who are born on Christmas Eve will never dissolve into dust but are preserved until the end of time.–Grazia Deledda

I like, ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’ – that is one of my favorites it is a lovely composition; ‘Colder Than Winter’ as well. There are so many beautiful songs.–Sarah Brightman

A little smile, a word of cheer, A bit of love from someone near, A little gift from one held dear, Best wishes for the coming year. These make a merry christmas!–John Greenleaf Whittier

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; Soon the bells will start, And the thing that will make them ring Is the carol that you sing Right within your heart.–Meredith Willson

What I want for Christmas is to be a Japanese pop star. [Laughs] Santa can’t exactly put that under the tree, but I’m hoping that some magic will happen overseas.–Candice Accola

a perfectly managed Christmas correct in every detail is, like basted inside seams and letters answered by return, a sure sign of someone who hasn’t enough to do.–Katharine Whitehorn

The dude in red’s back at the pole, Up North where everything is cold. But if he were right here tonight, He’d say ‘Merry Christmas! And to all, a good night!’–Kurtis Blow

Sometimes I like to get drunk and buy things on the internet, and then I wake up the next day and find ’em on my doorstep, and it’s like Christmas. I get excited.–Marilyn Manson

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I got up one Christmas morning and we didn’t have nothing to eat. We didn’t have an apple, we didn’t have an orange, we didn’t have a cake, we didn’t have nothing.–Muddy Waters

Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.–Richard Lamm

Have you ever known anyone who bought a fruitcake for himself? Of course not. They are purchased as Christmas gifts, mostly for people you don’t particularly like.–Phyllis Diller

Our relationship felt like a Christmas gift that you hadn’t asked for and weren’t expecting to receive, but the minute you saw it, you knew it was perfect for you.–Erin McCarthy

P.S. If it’s not a secret, will you tell me how you got my dollhouse inside our living room last Christmas? I know its too big to fit down the chimney. I measured.–Joanne Fluke

To me, the most important thing is to wear something that I love and feel comfortable in, and Christmas is a great opportunity to get one of my old favourites out.–Amber Le Bon

Nothing during the year is so impressively convincing as the vision Christmas brings of what this world would be if love became the daily practice of human beings.–Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas lights may be the loneliest thing for me, especially if you mix them up with reindeers and sleighs. I feel alone. I feel isolated. I feel I do not belong.–Mira Nair

I love Christmas. A time to slow down and enjoy life and be with my family and friends. In busy years, it keeps me sane. In bad years, it makes me feel whole again.–Mary Jo Putney

The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.-Louisa May Alcott

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I absolutely adore Agatha Christie; so much so that when I received a kitten for my Christmas present, I called her Agatha, and I already have a cat called Hercule!–Kimberley Nixon

For Christmas I do gift bags for my friends and the cast, and I put ‘treat yo self’ key chains in there. And people send me pictures of ‘treat yo self’ all the time.–Retta

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

I love Christmas music and there’s nothing like getting together with friends at Christmas time to celebrate with music the incredible reality of the Savior’s birth.–Steven Curtis Chapman

I just love family meetings. Very cozy, with the Christmas garlands round the fireplace and a nice pot of tea and a detective from Scotland Yard ready to arrest you.–Rick Riordan

I’m so excited for my son. On Christmas morning I want to see his face, to be there when he opens the gifts. I want the see what my assistants got him for Christmas.–David Letterman

When I was about 15, I picked up the guitar and learned how to play by going through Beatles chords books. I got this Christmas gift with the entire Beatles catalog.–M. Ward

Christmas is a time when God showed His love for us, and we’re ready to show God’s love in the communities where we live and serve. That’s the purpose of the church.–Miles McPherson

I pray that on this day [Christmas] when only peace and good-will are preached to mankind, better thoughts may fill the hearts of our enemies and turn them to peace.–Robert E. Lee

If you’re an English actor, and you’re asked to do an episode – especially the Christmas episode – of ‘Downton Abbey,’ you can’t turn it down. It’s like, ‘Of course!’–Janet Montgomery

No matter what else is going on, Christmas is my all-time favorite period in the year. It has a positive effect on me like very little else does, seasonally, that is.–Rush Limbaugh

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Lyndon B. Johnson thought he’d have the boys home from Vietnam by Christmas – for four Christmases in a row (he never shifted course, and lost his presidency for it).–Rick Perlstein

Are you the same woman I brought here, Sasha? You’re like a kid at Christmastime.”–Monroe”You would be, too, if someone fulfilled your most secret fantasies.”—Sasha–Bethany Averie

Christmas means giving. The Father gave his Son, and the Son gave his life. Without giving there is no true Christmas, and without sacrifice there is no true worship.–Gordon B. Hinckley

My bitterness is not an abstract substance, it is as solid as a Christmas cake; I can cut it in slices and hand it round and there is still plenty left, for tomorrow.–Caitlin Thomas

Conservatives understand Halloween, liberals only understand Christmas. If you want to control a population, don’t give it social services, give it a scary adversary.–Tom Robbins

Having a birthday cake squashed into your face by young kids? Delicious. I always don a Santa suit at Christmas. Remaining childish is a tremendous state of innocence.–John Lydon

I remember as a child, my mother loved Dean Martin. Every Christmas, about the only Christmas album that we were able to listen to was the Dean Martin Christmas album.–Michael Spradlin

I knew that I would speak in the language of the vanquished No more durable than old customs, family rituals, Christmas tinsel, and once a year the hilarity of carols.–Czeslaw Milosz

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want – and their kids pay for it.–Richard Lamm

My mom always makes the whole family pile into the car and drive around to look at the Christmas lights. My brother and I never want to do it, but my mom just loves it!–Debby Ryan

The unfortunate thing about working for yourself is that you have the worst boss in the world. I work every day of the year except at Christmas, when I work a half day.–David Eddings

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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 Christmas-time.–Laura Ingalls Wilder

Speaking from my own religious tradition in this Christmas season, 2,000 years ago a homeless woman gave birth to a homeless child in a manger because the inn was full.–Al Gore

There is no real bravery in getting paid to save someone’s life. However, there is a large amount of bravery in a nurse break dancing at the hospital’s Christmas party.–Shannon L. Alder

… the student skit at Christmas contained a plaintive line: “Give us Master’s exams that our faculty can pass, or give us a faculty that can pass our Master’s exams.”–Paul Halmos

Let’s be honest: it’s not like I’m not making a good living that the whole family benefits from. No one talks about my foul mouth when we’re all in Aspen for Christmas.–Daniel Tosh

Do kids ever tire of Christmas? The excitement of this job is never dull because in all the years and thousands of games I’ve called I’ve never done the same one twice.–Dick Enberg

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

If we don’t take that time (to be romantic), then it’s karate, then it’s ballet, and then there’s Christmas, and then my husband is flying off to tour around the world.–Heidi Klum

I love Christmas. Frosty the Snowman, peace on Earth and mangers, Salvation Army bell ringers and reindeer, the movie ‘Meet Me in St. Louis,’ office parties and cookies.–Mo Rocca

I know exactly what Einstein meant when he said, “Dancers are the athletes of God.” You three look like angels. I can’t wait to see you dancing in the Christmas concert.–Kirsty Murray

Maybe I’ll have something out by Christmas, maybe not. I don’t know, I’m really trying to take my time and do what feels right. (about the next step in her music career)–Jennifer Lopez

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As the Christmas season envelops us with all its glory, may we, as did the Wise Men, seek a bright, particular star to guide us in our celebration of the Savior’s birth.–Thomas S. Monson

My Christmas present to myself each year is to see how much air travel can open up the world and take me to places as far from sheltered California and Japan as possible.–Pico Iyer

The very purpose of Christ’s coming into the world was that He might offer up His life as a sacrifice for the sins of men. He came to die. This is the heart of Christmas.–Billy Graham

Here’s me opening my wrists before breakfast, Christmas day, and here’s you asking if it hurt. Here’s where I choose between mea culpa and Why the hell should I tell you?–Michael Donaghy

I was in a department store and I saw a weird-looking gadget. I asked the young saleslady what it was. She answered, “It doesn’t do anything. It’s just a Christmas gift.”–Milton Berle

God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.–Pope Francis

My Christmas present to myself each year is to see how much air travel can open up the world and take me to places as far from sheltered California and Japan as possible.”–Pico Iyer

Yep, I’m a geek. Ever since I got the Millennium Falcon for Christmas in 1978. And I still have it, in perfect condition, just without the box… but I still play with it!–Joseph Gatt

The true celebration of Christmas is when we ponder afresh the grace of God who became human, entered history through a virgin’s womb, and brought redemption to the world.–David Jeremiah

Isn’t it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for – I don’t know what exactly, but it’s something that you don’t mind so much not having at other times.–Kate Langley Bosher

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Dad bought me a toy drum one Christmas and I eventually destroyed it. I wanted a real drum and he bought me a snare drum. Dad continued to buy me one drum after the other,–Keith Thibodeaux

The only way I can describe it-at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows like five times? Everything is full; it’s just full all the time.–Matt Damon

There are some wonderful aspects to Christmas. It’s magical. And each year, from at least November, well, September, well, if I’m honest, May, I look forward to it hugely.–Miranda Hart

In the midst of the shopping and the wrapping and the arranging of presents under your tree this Christmas, may you not forget the gifts you cannot yet hold in your hands.–T. D. Jakes

My mother accidentally gave me food poisoning. She fed me baby carrots for a snack before Christmas dinner – but they had expired in June! I threw up for the next 24 hours.–Busy Philipps

Dad bought me a toy drum one Christmas, and I eventually destroyed it. I wanted a real drum and he bought me a snare drum. Dad continued to buy me one drum after the other.–Keith Thibodeaux

We don’t consider the Wizard of Oz or Father Christmas to be too old. They’re still magical characters, and the fact they’ve been around the block only adds to their magic.–Peter Capaldi

But sometimes I’d feel more fulfilled making Christmas cards with the mentally ill. I want to live and I want to love. I want to catch something that I might be ashamed of.–Steven Morrissey

There are some people who want to throw their arms round you simply because it is Christmas; there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas.–Robert Staughton Lynd

That does it,” said Jace. “I’m going to get you a dictionary for Christmas this year.” “Why?” Isabelle said. “So you can look up ‘fun.’ I’m not sure you know what it means.–Cassandra Clare

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It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it.–Ben Stein

On Christmas, my family and I see a movie and go out for Chinese food. We dont celebrate Christmas in the traditional sense, in that we do not actually celebrate Christmas.–Eden Sher

A lot of people influenced me as I was learning but probably Bing Crosby was the most influential, because I would hear his Christmas albums, which my parents played a lot–Gordon Lightfoot

A scientist said, “The very best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person.” That was what happened at Christmas. The idea of divine love was wrapped up in a Person.–Halford Luccock

Oh, when I was a kid, I was poor. Christmas, I got no presents. Well, there was one Christmas, on our front lawn – Prancer and Dancer – they dropped off a little something.–Rodney Dangerfield

On Christmas, my family and I see a movie and go out for Chinese food. We don’t celebrate Christmas in the traditional sense, in that we do not actually celebrate Christmas.–Eden Sher

I have a musical called Goodbye and Good Luck, based on a Grace Paley short story. I also have King Island Christmas, and there are 20 different productions of it this year.–David Friedman

From the time that I can remember, I worked to make money – either baby-sitting, or one year wrapping gifts at a department store at Christmas, so I could have my own money.–Christie Hefner

The term ‘natural resources’ confuses people. ‘Natural resources’ are not like a finite number of gifts under the Christmas tree. Nature is given, but resources are created.–Alex Tabarrok

It came without ribbions, It cames without tags, It came without packages, boxes, or bags. Christmas can’t be bought from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more…–Dr. Seuss

The … challenge of Christmas is this: justice is what happens when all receive a fair share of God’s world and only such distributive justice can establish peace on earth.–John Dominic Crossan

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It struck him that how you spent Christmas was a message to the world about where you were in life, some indication of how deep a hole you had managed to burrow for yourself–Nick Hornby

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

If I’m getting on an airplane or anywhere, really, I have a lunch box and stuff. It’s a running joke with my friends and family – everyone gives me lunch boxes for Christmas.–Nikki Reed

Globalization has created this interlocking fragility. At no time in the history of the universe has the cancellation of a Christmas order in New York meant layoffs in China.–Nassim Nicholas Taleb

In my experience, those who make the biggest fuss about not spending much at Christmas are generally the ones who buy what they want and eat where they want 12 months a year.–Julian Baggini

He put a ring in the toe of a stocking. On Christmas Eve, we opened our stockings and it was there at the bottom of the toe. Then he got down on his knees and he was shaking.–Kyra Sedgwick

The Christmas story has such power and such appeal every year. There are other stories we get tired of. You think of your favorite movie; you don’t want to watch it 15 times.–Frederica Mathewes-Green

Most of the reefs [around Christmas Island] are dead, most of the corals are dead, overgrown by algae, and most of the fish are smaller than the pencils we use to count them.–Enric Sala

As long as you’re remembering baby Jesus, does it matter when you’re remembering him. That’s what I’m saying about Christmas, I might not be in the mood for it December 25th.–Karl Pilkington

My first job as a kid was going from door to door selling Christmas cards, to raise money for my grandmother’s hip replacement. Because, you know… You break it, you buy it.–Emo Philips

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The next thing I wrote was in a writing class at night school. It was about a poor woman who worked at a dime store and who was all alone for Christmas in Laurel, Mississippi.–Beth Henley

What will you and I give for Christmas this year? Let us in our lives give to our Lord and Savior the gift of gratitude by living His teachings and following in His footsteps.–Thomas S. Monson

Fantastic! Right in the middle of that long stretch between Christmas and Spring Break, your coats are getting dirty, everything’s dark, dingy – what a great time for a movie!–John Hughes

I went to Sunday School and liked the stories about Christ and the Christmas star. They were beautiful. They made you warm and happy to think about. But I didn’t believe them.–Frances Farmer

So in the sweltering heat of a July night, I sang a Christmas carol to a room full of fae, who had been driven out of their homelands by Christians and their cold-iron swords.–Patricia Briggs

There is something about spending Christmas alone, naked, sitting by the Christmas tree gripping a shotgun, that lets you know your life is spinning dangerously outta control.–Nikki Sixx

Christmas is for children. But it is for grownups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide bound hearts.–Lenora Mattingly Weber

I want no Christmas without a burden for lost souls, a message for sinners, a heart to bring in the lost sheep so dear to the Shepherd, the sinning souls for whom Christ died.–John R. Rice

I stood for almost an hour in a line of shuffling, bitter – eyed late mailers (Christmas is such a carefree, low – pressure time – that’s one of the things I love about it),…–Stephen King

Since I was 15 years old I’ve never been able to spend Christmas, Halloween or Thanksgiving (with friends and family). This was the first time I was able to enjoy a Super Bowl.–Brendan Shanahan

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And therefore, Uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that [Christmas] has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!–Charles Dickens

So that’s the challenge for me and that has always been the challenge – finding that melody, that riff, that thing that just lights me up and makes me feel like it’s Christmas.–Steve Vai

Christmas is more stressful with present buying and making sure everyone gets included, but Thanksgiving is really not that. I don’t ever really get stressed out about the food.–Sandra Lee

I love the excess of Christmas. The shopping season that begins in September, the bad pop star recordings of Christmas carols, the decorations that don’t know when to come down.–Mo Rocca

Christmas it seems to me is a necessary festival; we require a season when we can regret all the flaws in our human relationships: it is the feast of failure, sad but consoling.–Graham Greene

I know it’s hard being a single mother baby, he said, but we’re talking fundamentals here. Homemade cookies are one of the best parts of christmas. It’s an absolute fundamental.–Dean Koontz

I loved Christmas. We had a really great time. But there wasn’t – it was all – you had to be happy with, you know, an orange and a couple of walnuts, you know, in your stocking.–Nick Lowe

Christmas is based on an exchange of gifts, the gift of God to man – His unspeakable gift of His Son, and the gift of man to God – when we present our bodies a living sacrifice.–Vance Havner

I’ve been playing on Christmas for the last 10, 11, 12 years. So just got to get up early with the babies, and give them their toys and try to get a nap in and just come to play.–Shaquille O’Neal

Every day is like Halloween or Christmas eve for me. I go to bed, and I’m so excited to get back to work. I’m very lucky that I have a career like that ’cause not many people do.–Adam Green

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There were only a few shepherds at the first Bethlehem. The ox and the donkey understood more of the first Christmas than the high priests in Jerusalem. And it is the same today.–Thomas Merton

I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.–Norman Vincent Peale

It felt very natural to me to write a Christmas song, but at the same time I had to really put all sorts of pressure aside and just let the creativity flow and see what came out.–Christina Perri

Last Christmas, I got the worst gift a guy ever gave me. He gave me a lottery ticket… what’s the guy even thinking there. Here you go… nothing! Merry Christmas! It’s nothing!–Norm MacDonald

Nixon’s offences had been so long in the past, so much part of a different era that he now seemed like some lovable but bigoted uncle you tolerated at Christmas and Thanksgiving.–Jacob M. Appel

Christmas is forced upon a reluctant and disgusted nation by the shopkeepers and the press; on its own merits it would wither and shrivel in the fiery breath of universal hatred.–George Bernard Shaw

Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion.–Ralph W. Sockman

I told the kids the house is going to be our Christmas. We didn’t want them to think Christmas is just about gifts you’re going to receive, but it’s about Christ coming to Earth.–Jim Bob Duggar

She mailed me a Merry Christmas-I’m-Breaking-Up-with-You card. I’ll read it to you,” he said. He cleared his throat. “Dear Marcus. Merry Christmas. I’m breaking up with you. Mia.–Megan McCafferty

Jesus this song you wrote The words are sticking in my throat Peace on Earth Hear it every Christmas time But hope and history won’t rhyme So what’s it worth? This peace on Earth–Richard M. Nixon

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Most important, Christmas should be a spiritual experience….Christmas is not just an event in time; it is a spiritual experience available to every person who hears the Gospel.–Warren W. Wiersbe

I love spending time with my family and friends during the holidays, and my favorite holiday tradition would be the pozole that my mom makes almost every Christmas. It’s the best!–Becky G

I love my mother. My mother made sure, her stubbornness – she made sure we was going to eat. She made sure we had Christmases. That was my mother. My father wasn’t there for that.–Tracy Morgan

I actually share her view and understand her frustration when any government attempts to ban secular symbols like Santa Claus or Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer or Christmas lights.–Steve Israel

Nevil Shute’s On the Beach is no Christmas carol, but it seems to me a remarkably fine novel, one which I read, in the peculiarly repulsive phrase, with my eyes glued to the page.–Dorothy Parker

Am I glowing?””Like a Christmas tree.””Not just the star?”The bed moved a little, and I felt his hand brush my arm. “No. You’re super bright. It’s kind of like looking at the sun.–Jennifer L. Armentrout

I always tape my Christmas show in advance. That way I can spend the season of joy and goodwill with my only sister in Florida. She’s kinda a creep but she’s got a pool.–Betty White

The real Christmas comes to him who has taken Christ into his life as a moving, dynamic, vitalizing force. The real spirit of Christmas lies in the life and mission of the Master.–Howard W. Hunter

Certainly, nothing would stop me coming home for Christmas, if I can. But I’ve worked a lot in theatre, and in theatre in New York, we work Christmas Day a lot of the time as well.–Brian F. O’Byrne

My brothers and sisters, true love is a reflection of the Savior’s love. In December of each year we call it the Christmas spirit. You can hear it. You can see it. You can feel it.–Thomas S. Monson

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Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us – a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead.–David Cameron

If the Angels won, the entire Earth would be nothing but one giant Christmas frickin’ morning, a choking wave of happiness and warmth and caring and sharing taking over everything.–J.R. Ward

Every day can be like Christmas in its love and its peace if our hearts open up and make room for love. The holy child is waiting to be born in every instant, not just once a year.–Marianne Williamson

I bought my brother some gift-wrap for Christmas. I took it to the gift wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.–Steven Wright

Our family’s special holiday tradition is going over to my grandparent’s house on Christmas morning. My grandma cooks a big breakfast, and I love hearing her tell old funny stories.–Caroline Sunshine

It’s fun when you start a movie, because it’s kind of like you get to go Christmas shopping… you get to make your wish list and you start thinking about what each character needs.–Spike Jonze

I used to know Jennifer Love Hewitt. We lived in the same apartment building when I was about… jeez, I guess it was when I was doing ‘Christmas Vacation’, so I was about 13 or 14.–Johnny Galecki

The last Christmas movie I really liked was ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ probably. It’s sort of a schmaltzy movie, but it’s not without its dark moments. It still gets to me every year.–Terry Zwigoff

Christmas time, we can remember with deep thanksgiving the amazing Christmas gift of God Himself, when God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.–Henry M. Morris

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.” ~ (1919-), American writer, producer, humorist.–Andy Rooney

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At this time of Christmas, this season when gifts are given, let us not forget that God gave His Son, and His Son gave His life, that each of us might have the gift of eternal life.–Gordon B. Hinckley

The coming of Jesus at Bethlehem brought joy to the world and to every human heart. may His coming this Christmas bring to each one of us that peace and joy that He desires to give.–Mother Teresa

Mayor: How horrible our Christmas will be! Jack Skellington: *No.* [the Mayor switches to his upset face] Jack Skellington: How *jolly*! Mayor: Oh. How *jolly* our Christmas will be–Tim Burton

Orphans, dead parents, lonely children at Christmas, morose spoken word recordings, everything you love about the holidays. Move the turkey over so you can fit your head in the oven.–April Winchell

On my days off I pick up our chicken’s eggs. My wife and I have five chickens called The Spice Girls. Five lovely chicks. And no, we won’t be eating any of them for Christmas dinner.–John Nettles

God is here. This truth should fill our lives, and every Christmas should be for us a new and special meeting with God, when we allow his light and grace to enter deep into our soul.–Josemaria Escriva

I remember when I was working at Sprint, I’d work on my birthday, New Year’s Day, and even Christmas Eve. I’m just used to working on my birthday, so I’ll be celebrating it afterward.–Prince Royce

Well, because I have twin seven-year-old boys, I enjoy the gift giving stuff a great deal. We do both Hanukkah and Christmas, so it is a costly, though extremely pleasing proposition.–Fred Melamed

It was, you know, probably 80 degrees out in L.A., and my dad took me outside and there was snow. At the time, I thought, ‘Every kid doesn’t have snow in their backyard on Christmas?’–Tori Spelling

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Chum was a British boy’s weekly which, at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book; and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas presents for male children.–A. E. van Vogt

Time always seems long to the child who is waiting – for Christmas, for next summer, for becoming a grownup: long also when he surrenders his whole soul to each moment of a happy day.–Dag Hammarskjold

I have to confess I can’t have the holiday season without “Hard Candy Christmas”. For some reason, it makes me think of the sticky ribbon candy bowl my mid-western grandma always had.–Hank Stuever

Not to open the hunting season on the pretext that there is no game would be as if one gave up celebrating Christmas because there was not enough snow to go by sleigh to midnight Mass–Maurice Grimaud

I go to my parents’ over Christmas. I definitely do, but I don’t see it as a Christmas because during Christmas there was also a Viking holiday. So I just to choose to see it as that!–Johan Hegg

As they do every year, al-Qaida has threatened to disrupt and ruin Christmas. You know, we already have a group that disrupts and ruins Christmas every year. They’re called relatives.–Jay Leno

I wrapped my Christmas presents early this year, but I used the wrong paper. See, the paper I used said ‘Happy Birthday’ on it. I didn’t want to waste it so I just wrote ‘Jesus’ on it.–Demetri Martin

Christmas morning, I’m going to open presents with my kids. I’m going to take pictures of them opening the presents. Then I’m going to come to the Staples Center and get ready to work.–Kobe Bryant

The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.–William Carey Jones

Not to open the hunting season on the pretext that there is no game would be as if one gave up celebrating Christmas because there was not enough snow to go by sleigh to midnight Mass.–Maurice Grimaud

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I am determined to enjoy each day to the fullest. I don’t want to wish away Christmas. I want to enjoy these last moments of Advent and look forward to Jesus’s birth with anticipation.–Shelley Shepard Gray

Wearing nothing but sweats and a sheer coat of lip gloss, she wiggle through her frosted window and jumped six feet to freedom, feeling more charged than a Visa card at Christmas time.–Lisi Harrison

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Obama, Thank you for sending me Christmas and New Year greetings yet again. Welcome back to India… Would have loved to host you at my concert in Baroda on the 26th!–A. R. Rahman

First of all, I’ve been having a wonderful run of luck with cover albums, songs I didn’t write. I had five pop cover albums and two Christmas albums, and they were all very successful.–Barry Manilow

And he had a nice home in Ohio with wife, daughter, Christmas tree, two cars, garage, lawn, lawnmower, but he couldn’t enjoy any of it because he really wasn’t free. It was sadly true.–Jack Kerouac

I wouldn’t recommend young kids see ‘Speedway Junkie.’ It’s definitely an age-appropriate movie – dark and realistic and edgy. If young kids want to see me, go see the Christmas movie.–Jonathan Taylor Thomas

I love to observe Christmas in quietude, humility, benevolence, charity, letting good will towards man, eloquent silence, prayer, and praise express my conception of Truth’s appearing.–Mary Baker Eddy

I can understand people simply fleeing the mountainous effort Christmas has become… but there are always a few saving graces and finally they make up for all the bother and distress.–May Sarton

Joy is the true gift of Christmas, and we can communicate this joy simply: with a smile, a kind gesture, a little help, forgiveness. And the joy we give will certainly come back to us.–Pope Benedict XVI

And So This Is Christmas; And What Have We Done? Another Year Over; A New One Just Begun; And So Happy Christmas; I Hope You Have Fun; The Near And The Dear Ones; The Old And The Young.–John Lennon

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Grandchildren now don’t write a thank you for the Christmas presents. They are walking on their pants with their cap on backward, listening to the Enema Man and Snoopy, Snoopy Poop Dog.–Alan K. Simpson

A barn with cattle and horses is the place to begin Christmas; after all, that’s where the original event happened, and that same smell was the first air that the Christ Child breathed.–Paul Engle

There’s a little vanity chair that Charlie gave me the first Christmas we knew each other. I’ll not be parting with that, nor our bed – the four-poster – I’ll be needing that to die in.–Helen Hayes

A lot of sequins for New Year’s! Red, green, white – I fail at all of that because I’m always in black. But for Christmas, I do love wearing cute dresses with tights and a pair of boots.–Ashley Benson

It’s silly talking about how many years we will have to spend in the jungles of Vietnam when we could pave the whole country and put parking stripes on it and still be home by Christmas.–Ronald Reagan

I grew up playing games, and I remember Christmas 1981 when my dad got us an Intellivision, and we all sat around and played ‘Astrosmash’ for hours on end. It was a big part of my youth.–Roger Craig Smith

We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice.–Pope Paul VI

I realised when I sang at family parties and Christmases I’d suddenly get everyone’s attention, and, being the youngest of three, I thought what a brilliant attention-seeking ploy it was.–Kiki Dee

I remember a great America where we made everything. There was a time when the only thing you got from Japan was a really bad cheap transistor radio that some aunt gave you for Christmas.—Cher

It will be a hard game if you think about winning a championship. We need to think about our own game at the moment and focus on getting good results especially over the Christmas period.–Dennis Bergkamp

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If the players go Christmas shopping, it’s not ideal preparation. It may sound silly, but having to fight off the crowds in a busy shopping centre or having people visit can be demanding.–Steve Coppell

I grew up in a reform Jewish family in St. Louis. Our idea of Judaism was no bar mitzvahs and a Christmas tree that had a skirt at the bottom embroidered with the names of my grandparents.–Danny Meyer

In our racist, sexist society, Christmas is the 8 hours when we stop killing each other and gratutious over eating is encouraged so that the starving and other people in the world can die!–Lloyd Kaufman

Then, when I got in the military, I used to host – even in high school – I hosted the talent shows, and when I was in the military I would host all of our base Christmas parties and stuff.–Gary Owens

I remember being banned from other houses as a younger child during the winter holiday season; I was the only one who didn’t believe in Santa Claus, and I was ruining everyone’s Christmas.–Jami Attenberg

So we’re considering doing a new Christmas album, because there’s been Christmas episodes since then, and maybe finally do the version of ‘The Most Offensive Song Ever’ with lyrics intact.–Trey Parker

When the president of the United States flicks the switch to light up the Christmas tree on the White House lawn, that house ceases to be an American symbol; it becomes a Christian symbol.–Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart…filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.–Bess Streeter Aldrich

I am not a Jew for Jesus but I am definitely a Jew for Christmas. Christmas is one of the best things you Christians have given us, along with mac and cheese, Bono, croquet and politeness.–David Brooks

I’ve not really had a bad Christmas. Apart from serious things, like when my father died. He rather spoiled the party and I’ve never forgiven him for falling off the twig on Christmas Day.–John Nettles

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On Christmas Day I’ll head off for a couple of laps around the Serpentine, or a trek around the whole of Hyde Park. Or I’ll walk right across town, with Curtis, my son Jamie’s bull mastiff–Stella Vine

In our racist, sexist society, Christmas is the 8 hours when we stop killing each other and gratuitous over eating is encouraged so that the starving and other people in the world can die!–Lloyd Kaufman

Heaven is something that we can easily get excited and thrilled about and look forward to. It will be like Christmas is for children, only it will be the greatest Christmas we’ve ever had!–David Berg

The sky over London was glorious, ochre and madder, as though a dozen tropic suns were simultaneously setting round the horizon . . . Everywhere the shells sparkled like Christmas baubles.–Evelyn Waugh

Godot is whatever it is in life that you are waiting for: ‘I’m waiting to win the lottery. I’m waiting to fall in love’. For me, as a child, it was Christmas. At least that eventually came.–Ian Mckellen

It must not simply be taken for granted that a given set of ill-assorted people, for no other reason than because it is Christmas, will be joyful to be reunited and to break bread together.–M. F. K. Fisher

We expect too much at Christmas. It’s got to be magical. It’s got to go right. Feasting. Fun. The perfect present. All that anticipation. Take it easy. Love’s the thing. The rest is tinsel.–Pam Brown

Look at evangelicals, you can’t even use the word “Christmas” any more, Macy’s doesn’t use the word “Christmas”. With me, it is going to stop, it is going to stop, and they understand that.–Donald Trump

I couldn’t live on the singing at first, so I worked as a cleaner, in a launderette, in a garage, face painting and doing the windows of shops at Christmas, ’cause I had been to art college.–Imelda May

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Giving is a really big thing around Christmas, as well it should be. Christmas is about giving, and it all stems from the greatest gift the world has ever received – the gift of Jesus Christ.–Monica Johnson

During the first 13 centuries after the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, no one thought of setting up a creche to celebrate Christmas. The pre-eminent Christian holiday was Easter, not Christmas.–Nancy Pearcey

I would like to go back and spend a Christmas with my family and myself when I was five years old and just see what that dynamic would be like. Observe it. I think it would be a magical gift.–Sharon Lawrence

In our racist, sexist society, Christmas is the eight hours when we stop killing each other and gratuitous overeating is encouraged so that the starving and other people in the world can die!–Lloyd Kaufman

I love Christmas tree bulbs, and I started putting them in my paintings. You’ve got to plug this painting in, and it’s got a rig in the back, so that each one can be replaced if it burns out.–David Lynch

Thanksgiving is the holiday that encompasses all others. All of them, from Martin Luther King Day to Arbor Day to Christmas to Valentine’s Day, are in one way or another about being thankful.–Jonathan Safran Foer

I prefer the retro chic of spending Christmas just like Joseph and Mary did – Traveling arduously back to the place of your birth to be counted, with no guarantee of a bed when you get there.–Tina Fey

Well Stephanie, I’d like to thank you for giving me such a kind Christmas gift, but unfortunately I didn’t get you any gifts. But then again, what can you get for the girl whose had everyone?–Chris Jericho

How can you give something to someone who has everything? If you think men are tough to shop for at Christmas, try God. God has everything except one thing, friends. God doesn’t have friends.–Frederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell

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Professor Snape was forcing them to research antidotes. They took this one seriously, as he had hinted that he might be poisoning one of them before Christmas to see if their antidote worked.–J. K. Rowling

I am the worst at keeping secrets. I am the kind of person that the second I buy someone a Christmas present, I tell them what I bought them. I don’t wait until Christmas. I’m not good at it.–Jessica Chastain

I loved raising my kids. I loved the process, the dirt of it, the tears of it, the frustration of it, Christmas, Easter, birthdays, growth charts, pediatrician appointments. I loved all of it.–Jane Elliot

My first real job, I sold Christmas trees when I was twelve for extra money. I did that until I was fifteen. Then I bagged groceries, and I worked at the first Borders ever in Tulsa, Oklahoma.–Bill Hader

For those, like me, who can’t rely on being given a home smoker this Christmas, you can build your own approximation with just a roll of tin foil and a big wok or pan for which you have a lid.–Yotam Ottolenghi

I loved raising my kids. I loved the process, the dirt of it, the tears of it, the frustration of it, Christmas, Easter, birthdays, growth charts, pediatrician appointments. I loved all of it.–Jane Elliott

There’ll always be Christmas as long as a light Glows in the window to guide folks at night, As long as a star in the heavens above, Keeps shining down… there’ll be Christmas and love.–Edna Jaques

Growing up, Santa Claus would cover the presents with a white blanket, so when we’d wake up Christmas morning, we had to wait for my dad to do the big reveal of all the presents Santa brought.–Martina McBride

I love Halloween, trick or treating and decorating the house. And I love Thanksgiving, because of the football and the fall weather. And of course, I love Christmas – that’s my favorite of all!–Joe Nichols

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Classic Christmas cookies are really time-consuming. Instead, make a bar you can bake in a pan and just cut up, like a brownie or a blondie or a shortbread, which still has that Christmas vibe.–Zooey Deschanel

I don’t want to see people decorating a house or digging a garden. As for guys like Jonathan Ross, he got an award there last Christmas. What for? He doesn’t sing, dance or tell jokes, does he?–Ian St. John

In my adolescence, I think I felt very outcast; I felt lonely. I felt great loneliness, and sometimes I wouldn’t partake in Christmas, and I would go off and wander in the streets of Melbourne.–Michael Leunig

I still get up every morning at 4 A.M. I write seven days a week, including Christmas. And I still face a blank page every morning, and my characters don’t really care how many books I’ve sold.–Dan Brown

I intend to keep writing Christmas songs. There’s still a lot more about Christmas that can be captured and feel like old-time Christmas. A lot of the traditions haven’t been explained in song.–Clint Black

I don’t want to see people decorating a house or digging a garden. As for guys like Jonathan Ross, he got an award there last Christmas. What for? He doesn’t sing, dance or tell jokes, does he?–Ian St John

When you compare Christmas to Hanukkah, there’s no comparison. Christmas is great. Hanukkah sucks! First night you get socks. Second night, an eraser, a notebook. It’s a Back-to-School holiday!–Lewis Black

God i’ve missed you. I can’t wait to give you your present. He kisses me hotter this time, and beneath me, through his denim and mine. I can feel the promise of his Christmas gift soon to come.–Ellen Hopkins

The real message of Christmas is not the gifts that we give to each other. Rather, it is a reminder of the gift that God has given to each of us. It is the only gift that truly keeps on giving.–Greg Laurie

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Best thing that’s ever happened to me. I focus so much less on me. It’s made me content, it’s made me happy. It’s like a Christmas present every single day that I get to unwrap. It’s hard work.–Molly Sims

I am one of those people who is not very patient in the makeup chair. I have been offered movies like ‘Planet of the Apes’ and stuff like ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’ and I turned them down.–John C. Reilly

I don’t want to see people decorating a house or digging a garden. As for guys like Jonathan Ross, he got an award there last Christmas. What for? He doesn’t sing, dance or tell jokes, does he?”–Ian St. John

I love Christmas! I’m not religious, but I love the trappings of the season. I love the decorations, and the music, and Santa, and the festive food, and the cinnamon- and vanilla-infused aromas.–Jane Cleland

And thus was kept the first Christmas, the Christmas in the year one, with carols by the choir of heaven, and God’s own Son, the Saviour of the world, coming as a Christmas gift for all mankind.–George Hodges (theologian)

I got a book token for Christmas and exchanged it for a book called A History of Art, and that book (which I still have-battered and falling to pieces) became more precious to me than any Bible.–Philip Pullman

Christmas is a time to mark our progress through this earthly journey. Because of Christmas, this we know: Christ was born for us. He is love, and the plans he has for us always surpass our own.–Karen Kingsbury

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Christmas and the others can end up making you sad, because you know you should be happy. But on Halloween you get to become anything that you want to be–Ava Dellaira

I do hope your Christmas has had a little touch of Eternity in among the rush and pitter patter and all. It always seems such a mixing of this world and the next – but that after all is the idea!–Evelyn Underhill

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Christmas for me is all about spending time with my family. I cherish any chance we have to spend all day together making gingerbread houses, baking cookies, or sitting around and watching movies.–Blake Lively

My brothers and sisters, may the spirit of love which comes at Christmastime fill our homes and our lives and linger there long after the tree is down and the lights are put away for another year.–Thomas S. Monson

I worked for a big department store, and strangely, on my first day, they put me in charge of Christmas wrapping. I didn’t know how to wrap a present and make it not look like it fell off a truck.–Joel Edgerton

The Christmas Song,’ by Nat King Cole, is not only a masterful performance; to me it just sounds like the holidays. I’ve never sung it, because Nat’s version is so perfect. I gotta leave it alone.–Harry Connick, Jr.

The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on Christmas Eve in an old house, a strange tale should essentially be . . .–Henry James

There must be some deep psychological reason why we turn so instinctively toward home at this special time. . . . A place where every day will be Christmas, with everybody there together. At home.–Marjorie Holmes

When I was five my parents bought me a ukulele for Christmas. I quickly learned how to play it with my father’s guidance. Thereafter, my father regularly taught me all the good old fashioned songs.–Tony Visconti

And of course there’s so much music in and around our family. I had a piano during Christmas because it’s obviously useful through the season. There are so many people, songwriters, who are around.–Ashley Judd

On Easter or Christmas Day, my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.–Barack Obama

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My first publication was a haiku in a children’s magazine when I was 9 years old. I received one dollar for it! I gave the check to my dad for Christmas, and he framed it and hung it over his desk.–Linda Sue Park

‘The Christmas Song,’ by Nat King Cole, is not only a masterful performance; to me it just sounds like the holidays. I’ve never sung it, because Nat’s version is so perfect. I gotta leave it alone.–Harry Connick, Jr.

My favorite random email I got was from some guy who wrote: “Mr. Max, with the hope of a six year old on the night before Christmas asking about Santa, I ask the same question: Do you really exist?–Tucker Max

I detest ‘Jingle Bells,’ ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,’ and the obscene spending bonanza that nowadays seems to occupy not just December, but November and much of October, too.–Richard Dawkins

During the holidays, everyone needs a break from studying for exams and Christmas shopping. I wanted to put together a diverse tour that rocks in many musical directions but always points to Christ.—TobyMac

November is auspicious in so many parts of the country: the rice harvest is already in, the weather starts to cool, and the festive glow which precedes Christmas has began to brighten the landscape.–F. Sionil Jose

I think that it’s fun to get the script and open it like a Christmas present. That’s ‘Alcatraz’ or anything that I’m working on. If the groundwork has been laid too much, the surprises aren’t there.–Jeffrey Pierce

I played guitar from the age of four or five. Every year there would be a slightly larger triangular box under the Christmas tree, until finally I got one that was big enough to make a proper sound.–Johnny Marr

Christmas and Easter can be subjects for poetry, but Good Friday, like Auschwitz, cannot. The reality is so horrible it is not surprising that people should have found it a stumbling block to faith.–W. H. Auden

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I could stand on my head and flick the bean right there at the dinner table and my mom would be all, “Honey, Christmas is family time, we should be together” and make me finish in front of everyone.–Christopher Moore

The emotional build-up and anticipation if you travel at Christmas can make it harder to enjoy a trip. I think sometimes it is better to travel outside of conventional holiday times for that reason.–Chris Hadfield

Much of the beauty of Christmas lies in its challenge to look further, deeper, until we find its secret in the heart of God. But we never find that unless we look beyond the presents under the tree.–Dale Evans

November is auspicious in so many parts of the country: the rice harvest is already in, the weather starts to cool, and the festive glow which precedes Christmas has began to brighten the landscape.–F. Sionil José

I begged my mom for a beat machine, she spent a crazy amount of money – so there were no more Christmases, no more basketball camps, no more birthday gifts. I always knew that’s what I wanted to do.—J. Cole

The worst gift that I ever gave a girl was a suitcase for Christmas. As in, ‘I can’t think of anything to give you, but here’s a new suitcase.’ Afterward, I was like, ‘What were you thinking, idiot?’–Jensen Ackles

I’m going to take the kids away over Christmas but I don’t, I’ve written 14 musicals now, I don’t want to rush into doing something just for the sake of doing it. I want to do it when I find a story.–Andrew Lloyd Webber

Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.–Steve Maraboli

I could not possibly improve on the sentiment, but I don’t think it ought to depend on the current austerities. Isn’t Christmas a moral and aesthetic nightmare whether or not the days are prosperous?–Christopher Hitchens

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I’m shocked at how much I’m into Christmas pillows. There’s cheesiness, obviously, but then there’s really cute ones that are metallic that say “Ho Ho Ho” or “Merry” or cute vintage needlepoint ones.–Emily Henderson

My idea of a perfect holiday is spending time with the family, waking up on Christmas morning or Thanksgiving morning, watching football all day, having the family come over, people you haven’t seen.–Morris Chestnut

Like all businesses ACID has its ups and downs. There are actually seasons when business will pick up such as Christmas time and carnival time. There are other times when business will run very slow.–St. Lucia

Easter may seem boring to children, and it is blessedly unencumbered by the silly fun that plagues Christmas. Yet it contains the one thing needful for every human life: the good news of Resurrection.–Frederica Mathewes-Green

My family makes these vinegars – out of everything from grapes to peaches and cherries. We go through the whole process with the giant vat and drainer, label them, and give them as Christmas presents.–Mario Batali

When I grew up, we always had our chickens, and we ate our eggs, and we ate our chickens. The family always had a pig, and we would kill it at Christmas and eat it for three or four months afterwards.–Isabella Rossellini

Our world was Northern, black and white, so it was a great thing for my sisters and me to sit down at Christmastime and watch these fabulous MGM musicals. All that color, all those beautiful costumes.–Tracie Bennett

I used to have nightmares when I was a little kid that I woke up prematurely and opened all the Christmas presents. And then I would be so relieved when I woke up and I realized that I hadn’t done it.–Claire Danes

I made a Christmas album a couple of years ago and just put it out on my Web site. It kind of smacked of this flavor. All of the reviews said it was Western swing even when it was Christmas standards.–Suzy Bogguss

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My boss at Christmas was a lot of fun: “I want you to look in your pay envelopes and you’ll know that I keep the Christmas spirit around here. Because in each and every envelope you’ll find … snow.”–David Ketchum

I was born with an extremely negative attitude. I was the kid who wouldn’t smile in Christmas photos, was a poor sport, and hated a lot of things. I eventually grew out of my negativity when I matured.–Colton Haynes

Our last jam session was this past Christmas. Dad played his harmonica, mom sang in English and Italian, and I played guitar. I’m so happy that we could share that musical experience for one last time.–Tony Visconti

I know a lot of actors picture themselves winning Academy Awards. I really just wanted to do a Christmas movie because it’s the kind of movie that I really love to watch. I’m a sucker for the holidays.–Leigh-Allyn Baker

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!–Charles Dickens

You can’t allow the forces of political correction to shut you up. I mean, why are people afraid to say, ‘Merry Christmas?’ Give me a break. If people don’t like it, yeah, they can go do something else.–Ben Carson

I was lucky enough to grow up in a home where I woke up Christmas morning and had toys. I know that’s not the case with all people and I don’t think kids should go without experiencing that sort of joy.–Lucy Hale

If you look at Christmas movies, there are certain things in them that lend themselves to a ‘Harold & Kumar’ movie. In particular, the more out-of-this-world things like Santa Claus and flying reindeer.–Hayden Schlossberg

Christmas shopping! I can do all my Christmas shopping here! I know March is a bit early, but why not be organized? And then when Christmas arrives I won’t have to go near the horrible Christmas crowds.–Sophie Kinsella

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You can’t allow the forces of political correction to shut you up. I mean, why are people afraid to say, ‘Merry Christmas?’ Give me a break. If people don’t like it, yeah, they can go do something else.–Benjamin Carson

Dear Friends all, A thousand Christmas pleasures and blessings to you — good resolutions and bright hopes for the New Year! Amen. People who can’t be witty exert themselves to be pious or affectionate.–George Eliot

I really want a Christmas in New York one year, when it’s snowing. Like, it’s Christmas morning, and you have a fight with someone, and you run down the street, and it’s snowing, and you can’t find them.–Courtney Barnett

Do you remember those AM radio kits you get as a kid, and you build your own AM radio? Well, I never actually built one. But I did get them as a gift, for, like, 3 Christmases in a row, and I hated them.–Lucas Till

My parents won’t let me have a motorcycle, but they give me all the guns I want. I asked them for a motorcycle last Christmas and they told me I’d only kill myself. They got me this twelve-gauge instead.–Scott Thompson

I don’t think of Home Depot as romantic, but I do think the Christmas wonderland they put up during the holidays is magical. That is what Home Depot is to me, and that is the only romantic thing about it.–Betty Who

I always liked it when people go back in time to discover things about themselves, like with ‘A Christmas Carol’ and you’re getting a tour of your life by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.–John Cusack

I suppose if you look back to your early childhood you accept everything people tell you, and that includes a heavy dose of irrationality – you’re told about tooth fairies and Father Christmas and things.–Richard Dawkins

Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no persuasion move thee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollity; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas.–Benjamin Franklin

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Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we’ll be seeing six or seven.–W. C. Fields

I think that deep inside, all of humanity knows there’s truth here, whether they want to admit it or not. There’s a joy that comes in Christmas. There’s a season of giving, so people feel this generosity.–Chris Tomlin

The No. 1 best-selling Christmas album of all time is from Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, the Jewish smooth-jazz legend Kenny G. American Jews have always produced a lot of holiday music, just not Hanukkah music.—Matisyahu

Finding the real joy of Christmas comes not in the hurrying and the scurrying to get more done, nor is it found in the purchasing of gifts. We find real joy when we make the Savior the focus of the season.–Thomas S. Monson

And London shops on Christmas Eve Are strung with silver bells and flowers As hurrying clerks the City leave To pigeon-haunted classic towers, And marbled clouds go scudding by The many-steepled London sky–John Betjeman

I remember one review of The Office Christmas Special that compared it unfavourably to Dickens. What? You’re saying I’m not as good as the greatest storyteller ever. Boo! Boo! I think I can live with that.–Ricky Gervais

Now, the essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so. – Stephen Leacockof Christmas trees around the house, so it smells good.–Bill Murray

Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no ambition corrupt thee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollily; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas.–Benjamin Franklin

I think we need one recognized, respected public figure to make a tough, blunt statement on just what Reagan’s record is and what he might do to the country, let alone the Republican Party before Christmas.–Robert Teeter

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I’m sure most of us remember being a kid and you have all of this endless time where two weeks before Christmas feels like ten years. I used to go to bed to try and go to sleep to try and make it go faster.–Andrea Arnold

Christmas is more than trees and twinkling lights, more than toys and gifts and baubles of a hundred varieties. It is love. It is the love of the Son of God for all mankind. It is magnificent and beautiful.–Gordon B. Hinckley

Christmas crept into Pine Cove like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe.–Christopher Moore

The message of the season is not, “Let it snow” or even, “Let us shop.” The real message of Christmas is, “Let us worship.” That is what the wise men came to do. And that is what we should be doing as well.–Greg Laurie

In the oh-my-God-this-has-to-be-Christmas silence that followed, he struggled to reorder the last six months, to catch up with this reality they’d somehow missed. He wanted her. She wanted him. Was it true?–J.R. Ward

I love ‘Call the Midwife’; it’s an absolute gem of a programme. Filming the Christmas special and then the second series felt like going back to a boarding school that you really love and is full of friends.–Helen George

The most classic French dessert around the holidays is the Christmas log, with butter cream. Two flavors. Chocolate and coconut. My first job in the kitchen when I was a boy was to make these Christmas logs.–Alain Ducasse

By now, ten trees must have been cut down just to document my mental health, which Nikki will hate hearing, as she is an avid environmentalist who gave me at least one tree in the rain forest every Christmas–Matthew Quick

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I’m glad that life isn’t like a Christmas song, because if my friends and I were building a snowman and it suddenly came alive when we put a hat on it, I’d probably freak and stab it to death with an icicle.–Matthew Perry

Sing hey! Sing hey! For Christmas Day; Twine mistletoe and holly. For a friendship glows In winter snows, And so let’s all be jolly! At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year–Thomas Tusser

While Jesus is saving, I’m spending all my daysin backgrounds and landscapes with the languages of saints.While people are spinning like toys on Christmas day,I’m inside a still life with the other absentee.–St. Vincent

I don’t care why they love me, as long as they love me. I think people respect me because they feel like – I’m kind of like Christmas. I come back every year. You can’t get rid of me. I just keep coming back.–David Hasselhoff

I don’t like to get things during the year, .. I like to wait for my birthday or Christmas. I may see something that I’ll say, ‘I’d really like that for my birthday.’ I like to have things to look forward to.–Dakota Fanning

New Year’s Eve to Valentine’s Day is our peak season, and in many ways, Valentine’s Day is our Christmas. Everybody in the world makes the same three New Year’s resolutions: health, career and money, and love.–Sam Yagan

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

We should celebrate Christmas throughout the year, but I believe the whole concept of giving was the basis of Christmas, that it was a charitable, you know, giving, and I think we got carried away with giving.–Victoria Osteen

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President Bush got an early Christmas gift. This week, President Bush was chosen as ‘Person of the Year’ by Time magazine. Not only that, Martha Stewart was chosen as person of the year by Doing Time magazine.–Conan O’Brien

You can give a great and wonderful Christmas if you remember the gifts God has given you and, as best you can, offer them to others as He would. That is the spirit of Christmas and of true happiness every day.–Henry B. Eyring

Christmas Eve I saw a stable, low and very bare, A little child in a manger. The oxen knew Him, had Him in their care, To men He was a stranger, The safety of the world was lying there, And the world’s danger.–Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

I don’t want a Christmas you can buy. I don’t want a Christmas you can make. What I want is a Christmas you can hold. A Christmas that holds me, remakes me, revives me. I want a Christmas that whispers, Jesus.–Ann Voskamp

[The Christmas story] is as simple as was the Man himself and His teaching. SA simple as the Sermon on the Mount which still remains as the ultimate basis … of the belief of free men of good will everywhere.–Hal Borland

Harry ran upstairs to their dark dormitory. He pulled out the cloak and then his eyes fell on the flute Hagrid had given him for Christmas. He pocketed it to use on Fluffy “” he didn’t feel much like singing.–J. K. Rowling

When we celebrate Christmas, we are celebrating that amazing time when the Word that shouted all the galaxies into being limited all power and, for love of us, came to us in the powerless body of a human baby.–Madeleine L’Engle

Christmas is a huge thing in my family. We usually start decorating the day after Thanksgiving. We spend Christmas Eve with one set of grandparents, and Christmas Day with the other grandparents and our family.–Samantha Isler

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Christmas time! That man must be a misanthrope indeed, in whose breast something like a jovial feeling is not roused – in whose mind some pleasant associations are not awakened – by the recurrence of Christmas.–Charles Dickens

I’m bad on Valentine’s Day, but even worse on Christmas. I go shopping at nine o’clock on December 24th every year. Nobody else is there. I’m in Toys’R’Us all by myself. I get there five minutes before closing.–Jamie Foxx

Accounts of eating Christmas sweet potatoes baked in ashes and jackrabbit stewed with white flour dumplings are testaments to pioneer resilience and pleasure – and they help inspire my own best scratch cooking.–Isabel Gillies

Sung to the tune of O Christmas Tree O woe is me, O woe is me, I used to have a hamster tree, But it was eaten by a newt, And now I have no cuddly fruit, O woe is me, O woe is me, I used to have a hamster tree!–Clive Barker

This is the first place in the United States where I sang, and I like San Francisco better than any other city in the world. I love no city more than this one. Where else could I sing outdoors on Christmas Eve?–Luisa Tetrazzini

The South has a way of worshipping appearances – the suburbs are all about presentation and amazing flowers and a beautiful yard and dinner parties that impress people and having the Christmas lights just right.–Paul Downs Colaizzo

I was talking to one of my aunties at Christmas and she said she didn’t think it was ever in my nature to go against the grain, that I was always a good boy. I think she was right – I did always want to be good.–James McAvoy

It’s funny, I was talking to somebody who writes for a cop show, and he was saying how they aren’t allowed to acknowledge Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, just because it has to be able to play forever.–Hannah Simone

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Black Friday is not another bad hair day in Wall Street. It’s the term used by American retailers to describe the day after the Thanksgiving Holiday, seen as the semi-official start of Christmas shopping season.–Evan Davis

I throw a Christmas party at my house. It’s not really a Christmas party, because I don’t want to call it a Christmas party. But let’s just say I put a lot of Christmas trees around the house, so it smells good.–Bill Murray

Why not share with the world the way it is and tell them my feelings about my cat, and how I played with my kids, and how addicted to Christmas time I am, and the smell of pine needles and hearing my kids laugh.–Steven Tyler

Yeah, I started when I was 6 years old. My brother and sister would get all of these presents at Christmas time from the cast and crew of their show and I was jealous. So I decided that I had to become an actor.–Sara Gilbert

It’s easy to write a short story and frighten people for five pages, but to work at length, when you do it as in ‘The Turn Of The Screw’ or ‘A Christmas Carol,’ it’s different; you have to build it and build it.–Susan Hill

Christmas a humbug, uncle!” said Scrooge’s nephew. “You don’t mean that, I am sure?” “I do,” said Scrooge. “Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? what reason have you to be merry? You’re poor enough.–Charles Dickens

Fine old Christmas, with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in the noblest fashion, and had set off his rich gifts of warmth and color with all the heightening contrast of frost and snow.–George Eliot

Times change, years speed by, but Christmas continues sacred. It is through giving, rather than getting, that the spirit of Christ enters our lives. God still speaks. He prompts. He guides. He blesses. He gives.

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Thomas S. Monson

I heard when I talk, they all listen, They hang on every word from the God, they all Christians. I baptize ’em with lines, this is y’all christenin’ Bless with the gift of my presence, this y’all’s Christmas.—Torae

When I cook for my family on Christmas, I make feijoada, a South American dish of roasted and smoked meats like ham, pork, beef, lamb, and bacon – all served with black beans and rice. It’s festive but different.–Maya Angelou

There would be no Christmas if there had not been Easter. The babe Jesus of Bethlehem would be but another baby without the redeeming Christ of Gethsemane and Calvary, and the triumphant fact of the Resurrection.–Gordon B. Hinckley

For me, the spirit of Christmas means being happy and giving freely. Its a tradition for all the kids in the family to help mom decorate the tree. Christmas is all about family, eating, drinking and making merry.–Malaika Arora Khan

Christmas is a time in which, of all times in the year, the memory of every remediable sorrow, wrong, and trouble in the world around us, should be active with us, not less than our own experiences, for all good.–Charles Dickens

For me, the spirit of Christmas means being happy and giving freely. It’s a tradition for all the kids in the family to help mom decorate the tree. Christmas is all about family, eating, drinking and making merry.–Malaika Arora Khan

Some bands today have the experience of really working together and honing their craft. And other bands are very much like, ‘I just got a guitar for Christmas, let’s start a band.’ And you can hear the difference.–Robbie Robertson

Christmas is more than a time of music, merriment and mirth; it is a season of meditation, mangers and miracles. Christmas is more than a time of carols, cards and candy; it is a season of dedication and decision.–William Arthur Ward

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And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!–Charles Dickens

This Christmas, as the spirit of the season permeates our hearts, let us do something that expresses our feelings in an outward way, showing that we understand that the babe born in Bethlehem is the real Redeemer.–Gary E. Stevenson

If you find that not many of the things you asked for have come, and not perhaps quite so many as sometimes, remember that this Christmas all over the world there are a terrible number of poor and starving people.–J. R. R. Tolkien

At Christmas, individuals are apportioned their roles in the family script – you’re either the funny one or the sensitive one; or you either do the cooking or the washing up. And those roles aren’t easy to change.–Tom Hiddleston

One thing I hear a lot is, ‘Dude, my mom loves your record,’ or ‘I got it for my dad for Christmas.’ I’m essentially doing dad rock. Which is great, because I love Steely Dan, you know? Nothing wrong with dad rock!–Mac DeMarco

Our traditions have been waking up on Christmas morning and feasting on a southern breakfast. I’m from the South. We eat grits and biscuits and gravy and eggs with Ritz crackers and country ham, bacon, you name it.–Leigh-Allyn Baker

I would only spend a week or two in the Philippines, most probably the week during my birthday because I am planning to give away Christmas gifts to the poor people of General Santos just like what I did last year.–Manny Pacquiao

Christmas time – an Enlightened Teacher came into the world, taught, and died. His message was simple: Forgive. While the human beings of this planet have still not absorbed this simple Truth, it remains the Truth.–Frederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell

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The thought of Christmas overwhelms him. He no longer looks forward to the holiday; he wants only to be on the other side of the season. His impatience makes him feel that he is incontrovertibly, finally, an adult.–Jhumpa Lahiri

The drone war takes place 24/7, 365 days a year. The war doesn’t stop on Christmas. It’s like being a fireman when there’s a fire every single day, day after day after day. That’s emotionally and physically taxing.–P. W. Singer

There is a lot to celebrate about that little Babe who was laid in a manger. Christians celebrate Christmas because they are thankful for the promise of salvation, which was delivered in human flesh and named Jesus.–Monica Johnson

Throughout my teenage years, I read ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens every December. It was a story that never failed to excite me, for as well as being a Dickens enthusiast, I have always loved ghost stories.–John Boyne

Every Christmas should begin with the sound of bells, and when I was a child mine always did. But they were sleigh bells, not church bells, for we lived in a part of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where there were no churches.–Paul Engle

May I share with you my earliest memory of a political row? It was with my mother, about the Queen – classic Freudian stuff, shrinks would say. I was eight, and refusing to watch the Queen’s Christmas Day broadcast.–Alastair Campbell

I live with fellow speed skaters and National Team members Heather Richardson, Sugar Todd and Mitch Whitmore, and Sugar lives up to her name. She spoils our household with baked goods, and not just at Christmastime.–Brittany Bowe

Come Christmas Eve, we usually go to my mom and dad’s. Everybody brings one gift and then we play that game when we all steal it from each other. Some are really cool, others are useful and some are a bit out there.–Amy Grant

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Joel Waldfogel is one of the smartest and funniest economists on the planet. I think of him every time I start to unwrap a present. Buy Scroogenomics for your friends and family. It makes the perfect Christmas gift.–Ian Ayres

Did you know that Christmas Day is absolutely the best day to fly? It is. No crowded airports and crowded planes. I always flew to Australia. That’s what Christmas was for me – a plane journey to the next tournament–Monica Seles

Our task is to stand tall in God’s love, secure in our place, sparkling in kindness, surrounded by his goodness, freely giving to all who come our way. You, me, and the Christmas tree. Picked, purchased, and pruned.–Max Lucado

Is it possible Hanukkah doesn’t inspire folksy songs? Plot lines may be a part. The Christmas story has a lot of material to work with. There’s Jesus and his birth, the wise men, their gifts and tons of frankincense.—Matisyahu

The denominational world tries to pressure its members to focus on the birth of Christ, but in doing so layers of guilt are imposed, and competition gets complicated as one Christmas program tries to outdo the other.–John Clayton

Did you know that Christmas Day is absolutely the best day to fly? It is. No crowded airports and crowded planes. I always flew to Australia. That’s what Christmas was for me – a plane journey to the next tournament.–Monica Seles

This is much easier than when N left. Our son is unable to grasp and simultaneously turn doorknobs yet. If only this trick could be unlearned by men over thirty, many more families would celebrate Christmas together.–Suzanne Finnamore

Grace! It’s Christmas for goodness sake! Think about the baby Jesus. Up in that tower letting his hair down, so that the three wise men could climb up and spin the dreidel and see if there’s six more weeks of winter!–Karen Walker

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The Supreme Court is expected to rule this week whether banning cross burning by groups like the Klu Klux Klan violates the first amendment. The outcome could affect the entertainment at Trent Lott’s Christmas party.–Tina Fey

It’s like a little folk song. I think it might’ve been Harry Belafonte or someone like that who did it. And “Merry Christmas, Everybody” by Slade, which is a rock group – a rock-pop group who are very big over there.–Nick Lowe

As part of my Christmas present I’d be giving chickens to a family in Nepal through the Heifer Foundation. I think they expanded my world when I was young to know sort of the other issues that were going on globally.–Serinda Swan

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.–William Thomas Ellis

…when I was a kid, Toronto streets were deserted and quiet on Sundays, except for the sound of church bells I stood on the sidewalk one December listening to the Christmas bells – I’ve never forgotten that moment…–John Geddes

If we are to have the very best Christmas ever, we must listen for the sound of sandaled feet. We must reach out for the Carpenter’s hand. With every step we take in his footsteps, we abandon a doubt and gain a truth.–Thomas S. Monson

There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime. Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them.–P. J. O’Rourke

Mummy weighed sweets and nuts so that everyone would get exactly the same amount. During the year, everything is measured roughly, but at Christmas, it has to be absolutely fair. That’s why it’s such a strenuous time.–Tove Jansson

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I know that you observe Christmas Day as you learned it at home. I do not observe it. However, as assistant director of this prison, I allow all the Catholics to observe freely and with some joy this day in this home.–Odilo Globocnik

Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room. All those presents under it, all that anticipation. Just a way of saying there’s always light and hope in the world.–Nora Roberts

Playing Sheldon is just heaven for me. I realize how enormously lucky I am to play a role that makes me so incredibly happy. As I told Chuck Lorre in a Christmas card a few years ago, I’m living a version of the dream.–Jim Parsons

It’s the first time I’m going to be on my own this Christmas and I’m really looking forward to not having any cards or decorations up. So I’ll be in London, sit on my couch, arms folded, curtains drawn, having a drink.–Noel Gallagher

From a very young age, I liked to take apart things. All of my Christmas gifts would wind up in a million pieces. I actually recall taking apart my dad’s lawnmower three times to understand how combustible engines work.–Homaro Cantu

Certain corpuscles, denominated Christmas Books, with the ostensible intention of swelling the tide of exhilaration, or other expansive emotions, incident upon the exodus of the old and the inauguration of the New Year.–William Makepeace Thackeray

Many Americans celebrate both Christmas and Xmas. Others celebrate one or the other. And some of us celebrate holidays that, although unconnected with the [winter] solstice, occur near it: Ramadan, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.–John Silber

Christmas is God lighting a candle; and you don’t light a candle in a room that’s already full of sunlight. You light a candle in a room that’s so murky that the candle, when lit, reveals just how bad things really are.–N. T. Wright

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I don’t like most Christmas movies. They’re pretty bad, though they seem to make tons of money anyway. Like this movie ‘Elf,’ I got the script for that, and I turned it down right away. Against my wife’s better judgment.–Terry Zwigoff

Christmas always rustled. It rustled every time, mysteriously, with silver and gold paper, tissue paper and a rich abundance of shiny paper, decorating and hiding everything and giving a feeling of reckless extravagance.–Tove Jansson

You know, I started my career in politics in 1967. I’m not new to this. I did not just fall off the Christmas tree. I understand the world is complex. I know that there are people out there who want to hurt other people–Dennis Kucinich

If Christmas is for families, what do you do when there are families scattered all over the country? I am pretty sure God wants to make sure I touch all the bases, even if I spend his actual birthday with Delta Airlines.–Gail Collins

I don’t like giving or receiving gifts because I don’t like that initial reaction. Although I do enjoy the love and the family aspect of Christmas, and I love eating with my family and friends and reconnecting with them.–The Miz

When I was really young, I loved the movie ‘White Christmas’ – I still do – and I thought Rosemary Clooney was so pretty. When I was, like, nine, I would tell people, ‘You know who I kind of look like? Rosemary Clooney.’–Tina Fey

When you give up yourself, that’s when you will feel the true spirit of Christmas. And that’s giving that’s serving others and that’s when you feel Which Christmas is the most vivid to me? It’s always the next Christmas.–Joanne Woodward

It’s love this and love that but of couse it’s so easy to love someone you don’t know, whether it’s George Clooney or Monkey. Staying civil to someone with whom you’ve ever shared Christmas turkey- now there’s a miracle.–Nick Hornby

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He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.–Herbert Kalmus

I’ve always loved the music…My favorite kind of music is Christmas music and the only thing I love better music is my wife and daughters. So, hanging out with my wife and daughters and cuddling them will be pretty cool.–Keith Getty

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!–Charles Dickens

My parents got me a $25 Kent steel-string acoustic guitar when I was around 12. The following Christmas, my parents bought me a Conora electric guitar. It looked almost like a Gretsch. It cost $59, and my mom still has it.–Alex Lifeson

Our traditions have been waking up on Christmas morning and feasting on a southern breakfast. I’m from the South. We eat grits and biscuits and gravy and eggs with Ritz crackers and country ham, bacon, you name it. –Leigh-Allyn Baker

I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year.–Ray Stannard Baker

Now, they have invented a new war to fire our passion and capture imagination. The War on Christmas. It’s a poorly staged rendition of Wag the Dog interpreted for the morbidly stupid and performed by the criminally insane.–Jules Carlysle

Advent allows us to recover during this four-week journey. It begins four Sundays before Christmas all the way up to Christmas. It lets us breath in those moments of faithfulness and helps us recognize that God is working.–Louie Giglio

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Finding the real joy of #‎ Christmas comes not in the hurrying and the scurrying to get more done, nor is it found in the purchasing of #‎ gifts . We find real joy when we make the Savior the focus of the season.–Thomas S. Monson

Every Christmas now for years, I have found myself wondering about the point of the celebration. As the holiday has become more ecumenical and secular, it has lost much of the magic that I remember so fondly from childhood.–Whitley Strieber

I make personal appearances around the country. I’m starting a book tour now, and I may be coming to Toronto with the Learning Annex, which I’m doing all through the United States, so that may come up just before Christmas.–Burt Ward

The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things.–Thomas S. Monson

I like animals. I like people who like animals. I hate people who love animals to the point they lose their sense of reason. I’m talking the ‘my computer wallpaper is my dog,’ ‘I hang a Christmas stocking for my cat’ crowd.–John Ridley

Never deny the babies their Christmas! It is the shining seal set upon, a year of happiness. Let them believe in Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas; or Kriss Kringle, or whatever name the jolly Dutch saint bears in your religion.–Mary Virginia Terhune

It is here, in the thing that happened at the first Christmas, that the most profound unfathomable depths of the Christian revelation lie. God became man; Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the incarnation.–J. I. Packer

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 is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values–Thomas S. Monson

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The one thing about A Christmas Carol that always bothers me is that Cratchit is so sweet and perfect. He’s like an Ivy League kid who just is labeled “poor.” He doesn’t have any bad habits. He’s never cranky with his kids.–George Saunders

The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It’s part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy.–Bob Schieffer

All families had their special Christmas food. Ours was called Dutch Bread, made from a dough halfway between bread and cake, stuffed with citron and every sort of nut from the farm – hazel, black walnut, hickory, butternut.–Paul Engle

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 is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.–Thomas S. Monson

I put the copy of ‘A Christmas Carol’ that my grandfather had first read to me 60 years ago on my desk, and I began to write. The result, for better or for worse, is the ‘Christmas Spirits.’ I plan to read it to my grandson.–Whitley Strieber

Jesus Christ’s claim of divinity is the most serious claim anyone ever made. Everything about Christianity hinges on His carnation, crucifixion, and resurrection. That’s what Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter are all about.–Luis Palau

In case anyone would like to know, we have now entered the Christmas season. Christmas as in Jesus Christ. This is not the “happy holidays” season. …Don’t “Happy Holidays” me because I will “Merry Christmas” you in return.–Lyn Nofziger

Every company in America should be on its knees thanking Jesus for being born. Without Christmas, most American businesses would be far less profitable. More than enough reason for business to be screaming ‘Merry Christmas.’–Bill O’Reilly

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The principal advantage of the non-parental lifestyle is that on Christmas Eve you need not be struck dumb by the three most terrifying words that the government allows to be printed on any product: “Some assembly required.”–John Leo

My favorite holiday memory was sitting at home all day in my pajamas during winter break for school watching a bunch of old Christmas movies like ‘Jack Frost’ and ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ with my siblings and parents.–Becky G

Most of the soap operas always use the Christmas special to kill huge quantities of their characters. So they have trams coming off their rails, or cars slamming into each other or burning buildings. It’s a general clean-out.–Julian Fellowes

Not listening is probably the commonest unkindness of married life, and one that creates – more devastatingly than an eternity of forgotten birthdays and misguided Christmas gifts – an atmosphere of not loving and not caring.–Judith Viorst

The really great visual experience today is to fly over a huge city and look down into the night. It’s like a tremendous jubilant Christmas tree. You just feel life is worth living when you come down you may have some doubts.–Gyorgy Kepes

It is a truism of epistolary psychology that, for example, a Christmas thank-you note written on December 26 can say any old thing, but if you wait until February, you are convinced that nothing less than Middlemarch will do.–Anne Fadiman

Christmas: It’s the only religious holiday that’s also a federal holiday. That way, Christians can go to their services, and everyone else can sit at home and reflect on the true meaning of the separation of church and state.–Samantha Bee

I am a bad mother.’ Every Christmas, this is what I think because the holiday season fills me with such anxiety. I’m sure that other mothers are happily baking cookies, decorating trees, and finding perfect gifts for everyone.–Tess Gerritsen

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Christmas is a Christian holiday, and any self-respecting person of another religion should not celebrate a holiday that they don’t believe in. Clearly, Christ is in the name of the holiday, so there should be a belief in Him.–Monica Johnson

Most of us remember Nat King Cole as a vocalist. His warm, grainy baritone is still so closely identified with such familiar ballads as ‘Stardust’ and ‘The Christmas Song’ that it’s hard to imagine anyone else performing them.–Terry Teachout

Twenty-five years ago, Christmas was not the burden that it is now; there was less haggling and weighing, less quid pro quo, less fatigue of body, less weariness of soul; and, most of all, there was less loading up with trash.–Margaret Deland

My Christmas prayer is that I would remain close to God, and He close to me. With all the suffering in the world today, there is the temptation to fall to fear… we need to be near the Lord.. we need the Hope of Christmas.–Don Moen

The NFL is in premium interest time, in the fourth quarter [of the business year] when you have Thanksgiving, Christmas, and that’s when we try to get the most decision-makers in front of the television, in the fourth quarter.–Jerry Jones

My mother died of metastatic colorectal cancer shortly before three P.M. on Christmas Day of 2008. I don’t know the exact time of her death, because none of us thought to look at a clock for a while after she stopped breathing.–Meghan O’Rourke

God seeks to influence humanity. This is at the heart of the Christmas story. It is the story of light coming into the darkness, of a Savior to show us the way, of light overcoming the darkness, of God’s work to save the world.–Adam Hamilton

When I was six years old, I fell in love with magic. For Christmas, I got a magic box and a very old book on card manipulation. Somehow, I was more interested in pure manipulation than in all the silly little tricks in the box.–Philippe Petit

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One Christmas I had no money, and so I went home and just, like, wrote a poem; I mean, I didn’t write them, but I just handed out poems as Christmas presents. Like, ‘Here’s a Pablo Neruda poem that really made me think of you.’–June Diane Raphael

Its Christmas Eve! Its the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be.–Bill Murray

Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.–Corrie Ten Boom

Every year, like a good Catholic, I wait for Christmas. Putting up the lights, decorating the tree, making sweets and then unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning… its a tradition my family has followed since I was very little.–Malaika Arora Khan

Every year, like a good Catholic, I wait for Christmas. Putting up the lights, decorating the tree, making sweets and then unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning… it’s a tradition my family has followed since I was very little.–Malaika Arora Khan

One of my favorite movies of all time is ‘It’s A Wonderful Life,’ which is a pretty interesting choice for a seasonal Christmas favorite, because it’s about a guy who wants to commit suicide and is presented with reasons not to.–Frank Darabont

The vocal arrangements are a big part of the formula for a Bad Religion song – layered harmonies and background vocals. So when I start to describe the elements of Bad Religion’s sound, it starts to sound like a Christmas choir.–Greg Graffin

Religious symbols should be visible in public space, in a dignified and non-provocative manner. Christmas trees here, Jewish menorahs there and, further along, a minaret – these symbols represent human life in all its diversity.–Tariq Ramadan

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I don’t know what’s my first real memory. When you’re little, you’re always looking forward to days that are special, like Christmas, birthdays, the Fourth of July, and family gatherings. But I can’t pinpoint my earliest memory.–Ice Cube

Christmas in Bethlehem. The earliest dream: a cold, clear night made bright by a magnificent star, the smell of anger, marshals and clever men falling to their knees in love of the lovely baby, the avatar of faultless love…!!!–Lucinda Franks

The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine.–James Irwin

I was at the vice president’s Christmas party. I thought that his speech was spectacular, and I knew that it was a very emotional and difficult thing for him to do, but I admonished him for not waiting just one more stinking day.–Bradley Whitford

Will I live yearning for a world that I need not yearn for because the message of Christmas is entirely undaunted in its ability to handily penetrate and completely subjugate the very world that I doubt its ability to survive in?–Craig D. Lounsbrough

I throw a Christmas party at my house. It’s not really a Christmas party, because I don’t want to call it a Christmas party. But let’s just say I put a lot I wanted an electric train for Christmas but I got the saxophone instead.–Clarence Clemons

Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.–Lucinda Franks

I quickly discovered that trying to go play golf while living in Manhattan was about as easy as trying to grab a taxi while standing out in front of Saks Fifth Avenue in the freezing rain on the last shopping day before Christmas.–Dan Jenkins

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Celebrate the feast of Christmas every day, even every moment in the interior temple of your spirit, remaining like a baby in the bosom of the heavenly Father, where you will be reborn each moment in the Divine Word, Jesus Christ.–Paul of the Cross

My grandmother, she passed away at Christmas time. So now, I have this built in sadness, you know, every holiday. ‘Cause I’m plagued with the thought of, you know, what she would have given me. What didn’t I get to open this year?–Laura Kightlinger

Playfulness. We’ve baked Mallomars and Rice Krispies treats, made milkshakes, and even built a macaron cake in the shape of a Christmas tree. These items remind people of their childhood; we just re-create them with adult flavors.–David Castle

Christmas is far and away my favorite holiday. I love everything about it, from the event that inspired it, hoping for a white one, to wrapping presents. But mostly I love having family and friends gathered, and sharing traditions.–Ellen Hopkins

I love Christmas. I never used to. I didn’t hate it, but I could take it or leave it. But, as I got to the age of 25 or 26, Christmas became quite a big deal, and I love it now. I love the food, and I love sharing time with people.–James McAvoy

I became hugely overweight and then hated myself because it was a form of self-abuse, something over which I had no control. I think the thing compulsive over-eaters want to achieve is that stuffed-full Christmas afternoon feeling.–Marcus Brigstocke

My father Bill had a problem with Christmas. Although he appears in old photographs to possess a whippy, muscular frame, he was actually a frail man and usually managed to cause some kind of drama just before the festivities began.–Christopher Fowler

Van Gogh on Christmas: And now we’re slowly heading towards winter, and many dread it, but Christmas is wonderful, it’s like the moss on the roofs and like the pine and the holly and the ivy in the snow. Isleworth, 10 November 1876–Liesbeth Heenk

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I cut ‘Diamond in My Crown’ in my home in Georgia, because I wanted to use an old 1848 pump organ that my mother-in-law had gotten for Emory for Christmas one year. His mother would be proud to know that pump organ was made use of.–Patty Loveless

He’s a fantastic talent and the complete footballer, probably the most coveted in the Premiership. It’s a privilege for the rest of us to be on the same field. If i could have anything i wanted for Christmas, i’d take Thierry Henry–Steve Bruce

Fragrance is a very personal gift, and I think that’s why it makes a great Christmas gift. There’s a very distinct signature to it, so if you give it as a gift, I like to think that it’s from a person that thinks very highly of you.–Ryan Reynolds

No matter how many Christmas presents you give your child, there’s always that terrible moment when he’s opened the very last one. That’s when he expects you to say, ‘Oh yes, I almost forgot,’ and take him out and show him the pony.–Mignon McLaughlin

And so it continued all day, wynde after wynde, From a room beyond came the whistle of a teakettle. Now, you really must join me. I’ve some marvelous Darjeeling, and some delicious petit fours a friend of mine gave me for Christmas.–Martha Grimes

We no longer sing and dance. We don’t know how to. Instead, we watch other people sing and dance on the television screen. Christmas, which was once a festival of active enjoyment, has turned into a binge of purely passive pleasures.–Tom Hodgkinson

My favorite toy growing up was Polly Pocket. But one gift that I wanted though never received for Christmas was a pair of trampoline moon shoes. You strap them to your feet and they have springs on them, and you can just jump around!–Lucy Hale

Call a truce, then, to our labors – let us feast with friends and neighbors, and be merry as the custom of our caste; for if ”faint and forced the laughter,” and if sadness follow after, we are richer by one mocking Christmas past.–Rudyard Kipling

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Santa Claus has nothing to do with it,” the latke said. “Christmas and Hanukah are completely different things.” “But different things can often blend together,” said the pine tree. “Let me tell you a funny story about pagan rituals.–Daniel Handler

Christmas and the New Year are actually two holidays. So there is a plural, which in the English language, necessitates the use of ‘s.’ I suppose you could say ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Happy New Year,’ but you probably have sh*t to do.–Jon Stewart

Yes, exactly. I think that Christmas is always used at any point in the year to cheer us up, like each other up. We would use that to cheer each other up if we were in a sad mood or something, we’d just start talking about Christmas.–Zooey Deschanel

When no power is vested in a turbulent man, he behaves sorrowfully like a nearly killed christmas goat, but when fully endorsed, without considering his level of insanity and evil gestures, he cuts everyone in the society into pieces.–Michael Bassey Johnson

England was merry England, when Old Christmas brought his sports again. ‘Twas Christmas broach’d the mightiest ale; ‘Twas Christmas told the merriest tale; A Christmas gambol oft could cheer The poor man’s heart through half the year.–Walter Scott

Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive.–Robert Wilson Lynd

God rest ye, little children; let nothing you afright, For Jesus Christ, your Saviour, was born this happy night; Along the hills of Galilee the white blocks sleeping lay, When Christ, the child of Nazareth, was born on Christmas day.–Dinah Maria Murlock Craik

There is nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. … Time, self-pity, apathy, bitterness, and exhaustion can take the Christmas out of the child, but you cannot take the child out of Christmas.–Erma Bombeck

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And when they went away, leaving comfort behind, I think there were not in all the city four merrier people than the hungry little girls who gave away their breakfasts and contented themselves with bread and milk on Christmas morning.–Louisa May Alcott

The sight of people sleeping on the streets hits us hardest around Christmas and New Year. We see them camped out alone on the freezing concrete, and we think, with a rush of guilt, about heading home to our families and our soft beds.–John Niven

My grade 3 teacher put on a kids’ Christmas concert, and I played the kazoo, so my mother bought me a trumpet. I took lessons for eight years, was in the Kitsilano Boys Band, and I played in the Vancouver Junior Symphony for two years.–Jim Pattison

It is surprising that people are snapping photos and stuff and then putting them on the internet. For me, it is like, “Why would you want to do that?” It would be like knowing what your Christmas presents were before Christmas morning.–Michael Shannon

The things that you did with parents, whether it was spending every Sunday morning with your dad and eating French toast and watching Popeye, or decorating the Christmas tree with our mother – these are memories that help you be happy.–Leonardo DiCaprio

A song was heard at Christmas To wake the midnight sky: A saviour’s birth, and peace on earth, And praise to God on high. The angels sang at Christmas With all the hosts above, And still we sing the newborn King His glory and his love.–Timothy Dudley-Smith

I want to go to Lapland and see Father Christmas, and now I’ve got a child, so I’ve got an excuse. Also, I’d like to go to South America especially as I’m now living in that part of the world, in L.A. now. And I must get down to Mexico.–Ashley Jensen

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When God wanted to defeat sin, His ultimate weapon was the sacrifice of His own Son. On Christmas Day two thousand years ago, the birth of a tiny baby in an obscure village in the Middle East was God’s supreme triumph of good over evil.–Charles Colson

The great majority of people will go on observing forms that cannot be explained; they will keep Christmas Day with Christmas gifts and Christmas benedictions; they will continue to do it; and some day suddenly wake up and discover why.–Gilbert K. Chesterton

I remember driving to North Carolina when I was a little girl in a snowstorm to get down to my mom’s family in the Carolinas. There were chains on the car – it was the late sixties – and we were just singing in the car. Christmas carols.–Tori Amos

Last year, Americans spent $450 billion on Christmas. Clean water for the whole world, including every poor person on the planet would cost about $20 billion. Let’s just call that what it is: A material blasphemy of the Christmas season.–Jim Wallis

I want to thank my wife who I don’t normally usually associate with Iran. I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It’s good. It is work, but it’s the best kind of work, and there’s no one I’d rather work with!–Ben Affleck

Christmas hath a darkness; Brighter than the blazing noon; Christmas hath a chillness Warmer than the heat of June, Christmas hath a beauty Lovelier than the world can show: For Christmas bringeth Jesus, Brought for us so low–Christina Rossetti

Postal officials say that before Christmas they receive tons of letters written to Santa Claus, but after Christmas how few letters of thanks are sent to him! From childhood onward, human beings seem to be characterized by thanklessness.–Robert E. Lee

I simply believe food is too good to throw away – and Christmas leftovers can be a gastronomic opportunity for the well-skilled kitchen forager. With a little imagination, there are a million ways to use up leftovers rather than bin them.–Tristram Stuart

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When I was in seventh grade, I asked my parents for a mobile recording system for Christmas, and I got it. I didn’t come out of my room for years after that. I’d get invited to the movies and I’d say, ‘I’m gonna finish a couple of demos.’–Hunter Hayes

I was nine or 10 years old and my father was sacked on Christmas Day. He was a manager, the results had not been good, he lost a game on December 22 or 23. On Christmas Day, the telephone rang and he was sacked in the middle of our lunch.–Jose Mourinho

The impulse to freeze the system, to try to tape all the cracks and staple all the cleavages, to ensure that nobody has to explain to their kid why Christmas this year is going to be a lousy Christmas, that is one of our greatest dangers.–Will Wilkinson

Well, this is shortly after the idea was put to me because it wasn’t my idea to do a Christmas record. We can talk about that a little bit, if you like, later on. But I wrote that song actually about two days after the idea was put to me.–Nick Lowe

We go to Italy every winter, and my husband’s mother has a bingo party on Christmas. Every woman brings a dish: lentils, cavolo nero, tons of beans, polenta, every type of cheese, bruschetta, fresh vegetables, and local olive oil and wine.–Debi Mazar

In the spring of 1994 I decided not to seek reelection to the Senate. I had made the decision 12 years earlier, Christmas Day of 1982, just after I had been first elected to a full term, that I would do the best I could for a limited time.–George J. Mitchell

Christmas is a season which almost all Christians observe in one way or another. Some keep it as a religious season. Some keep it as a holiday. But all over the world, wherever there are Christians, in one way or another Christmas is kept.–J. C. Ryle

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I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against.–Ben Stein

There’s more, much more, to Christmas Than candlelight and cheer; It’s the spirit of sweet friendship That brightens all year. It’s thoughtfulness and kindness, It’s hope reborn again, For peace, for understanding, And for goodwill to men!–Calvin Coolidge

I hate Christmas. I do think it is odd that I have wound up playing these two iconic Christmas haters. It is the same story, in a way. Scrooge is the original Grinch. I think I am perfectly suited, because I have had some dark Christmases.–Jim Carrey

Our brothers and sisters in Muslim countries can’t celebrate Christmas-or any aspect of their faith-openly for fear of persecution and death. And yet we, with all our freedoms, often choose to make Christmas a celebration of commercialism!–Erwin W. Lutzer

But I fail to see how that (not buying gifts) would bring back the essence of Christmas. And I don’t think it would affect retailers. Besides, that’s part of the joy of Christmas ? to give someone a gift to show your appreciation for them.–Mathew Staver

The light of the Christmas star to you. The warmth of home and hearth to you. The cheer and goodwill of friends to you. The hope of a child-like heart to you. The joy of a thousand angels to you. The love of the Son and God’s peace to you.–Sherryl Woods

There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus the Christ. It is the time to love the Lord, our God, with all our heart – and our neighbors as ourselves.–Thomas S. Monson

Like my best friend, I asked for drums for Christmas, and got them. But when he moved on to guitar, I realized two things: (1) guitar is a much more expressive instrument, (2) way more girls pay attention to guitar players than to drummers.–Greg Iles

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If you pray enough for things, I am proof that they can happen. I feel like a kid on Christmas day now, every day. It’s something I have wanted for a long time and I am as happy as anyone to be here. It is great to be back at my first love.–Robbie Fowler

Two days ago we waded through the mud out to this grave beneath the pines at the foot of the hill to place a Christmas wreath on it, hoping he would look down from the Paradise of Ten Billion Trees and Unrationable Dog Biscuits and pity us.–Eugene O’Neill

Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show. The secret lies in an inner glow. It’s lighting a fire inside the heart. Good will and joy a vital part. It’s higher thought and a greater plan. It’s glorious dream in the soul of man.–Wilferd Peterson

I’m a strong nonbeliever in the Christmas letter where you don’t really read it because it’s just full of kind of meaningless information. It doesn’t really resonate to the person reading it, but it means so much to the person that wrote it.–BD Wong

I just travel all the time. And I was just looking at the schedules now and starting the first week of October I will be every weekend with somebody at tournaments through Christmas. So it gets very difficult to just go away and not do that.–Ivan Lendl

My father is from Copenhagen and he lived there until he was in his late 20s. We always grew up with a lot of Danish culture at home. My mother is Jewish but we always celebrated Christmas because we loved the traditions of Danish Christmas.–Scarlett Johansson

Time always seems long to the child who is waiting – for Christmas, for next summer, for becoming a grownup: long also when he surrenders his whole soul to time and I am as happy as anyone to be here. It is great to be back at my first love.–Robbie Fowler

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I’m a strong nonbeliever in the Christmas letter where you don’t really read it because it’s just full of kind of meaningless information. It doesn’t really resonate to the person reading it, but it means so much to the person that wrote it.–B. D. Wong

A political action committee trying to raise money for a 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign is selling “Ready for Hillary” champagne glasses and Christmas ornaments. Because if one thing improves the holidays, it’s drinking mixed with politics.–Jimmy Fallon

In fact, I was one of the few trusted people that Lucy allowed to play with their kids. I spent time at their summer home, rode horses at their ranch, and swam at their beach house. I even spent a Christmas with them at Palm Springs one year.–Keith Thibodeaux

Of course, my Christmas is (so much more) gorgeous and romantic (than Germany’s)!! And unlike the rest of the world, we leave wine behind for Santa Claus!””So Santa-san is delivering gifts to children while driving under the influence . . . ?–Hidekaz Himaruya

The wonder and awe of Christmas is just a beginning. Christmas reminds us that the babe born in Bethlehem has given us purpose for living, and what happens next to us largely depends on how we embrace our Savior, Jesus Christ, and follow Him.–Rosemary M. Wixom

Michelle will tell you that when we get together for Christmas or Thanksgiving, it’s like a little mini-United Nations… I’ve got relatives who look like Bernie Mac, and I’ve got relatives who look like Margaret Thatcher… We’ve got it all.–Barack Obama

I’m a physicist, and we have something called Moore’s Law, which says computer power doubles every 18 months. So every Christmas, we more or less assume that our toys and appliances are more or less twice as powerful as the previous –Christmas.Michio Kaku

Most Americans acquire dogs impulsively and for dubious reasons: as a Christmas gift for the kids. Because they saw one in a movie. To match the –new living-room furniture. Because they moved to the suburbs and see a dog as part of the package.–Jon Katz

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As I wrote ‘The Christmas Lamp’ I realized that tradition is priceless, whether you have a small family, a large family, or no family. Tradition doesn’t have to be logical; it only has to emphasize the light of Christ and his everlasting love.–Lori Copeland

Christmas is the time for celebration, so I’m not against decorating, putting on lights, buying gifts. In fact, the whole reason we give gifts is the wise men gave gifts to Jesus at the first Christmas, and that started the gift-giving process.–Rick Warren

We took a family trip to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia over Christmas and New Year’s. Three weeks was a long time, but it was cool, man. We were on the ocean, so that was kind of intense. After a couple of days you realize how far out you are.–Prince Fielder

I’m not ashamed to be a Christian. But you don’t have to be in the pew every Sunday to know that there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.–Rick Perry

Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God.–George McDougall

The dance, like most dances after supper, was a merry one; some of the older folks joined in it, and the squire himself figured down several couple with a partner, with whom he affirmed he had danced at every Christmas for nearly half a century–Washington Irving

Like the Earth, the Web is a less appealing place than it used to be. If I want attitude and arguing and meanness and profanity and wrong information screamed at me as gospel, I’ll get in a time machine and spend Christmas with my family in 1977.–J. R. Moehringer

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Faith is salted and peppered through everything at Christmas. And I love at least one night by the Christmas tree to sing and feel the quiet holiness of that time that’s set apart to celebrate love, friendship, and God’s gift of the Christ child.–Amy Grant

I can’t tell you how scary it can be walking onto a movie and suddenly joining this family, it’s like going to somebody else’s Christmas dinner, everyone knows everyone, and you’re there and you’re not quite sure what you’re supposed to be doing.–John Cleese

My mother was a professional sick person; she took a lot of pain pills. There are many people like that. It’s just how they are used to getting attention. I always remember she’s the daughter of alcoholics who’d leave her alone at Christmas time.–Jim Carrey

If the Savior were among us today, we would find Him where He always was-ministering to the meek, the downcast, the humble, the distressed, and the poor in spirit. During this Christmas season and always, may we give to Him by loving as He loves.–Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Christ is still in Christmas, and for one brief season the secular world broadcasts the message of Christ over every radio station and television channel in the land. Never does the church get as much free air time as during the Christmas season.–R. C. Sproul

It was an actual Christmas tree farm. We had, like, 15 acres. It was really fun as a kid. I also spent my summers at the Jersey Shore, on the bay in Stone Harbor. I walked everywhere barefoot. It was just the most amazing, magical way to grow up.–Taylor Swift

If I want to put a Christmas tree in my yard, or three crosses for the crucifixion story, that’s fine. But if I try to use public property or a public school as a way to impress my religion on other people, I think that violates the constitution.–John Shelby Spong

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I’m a screwed-up person who no longer knows how to communicate with the people I love. But I meant everything I told you in my letter. If I were your Nikki, I would have come back to you on Christmas Day, but I’m not Nikki. I know. And I’m sorry.–Matthew Quick

Whatever he does should be seen as working at the Presidency and if he goes to Colorado for Christmas, it should be for a minimum amount of time, the family tradition and family get-together aspect emphasized, and it be seen as a working vacation.–Robert Teeter

The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity–hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory–because at the Father’s will Jesus became poor, and was born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross.–J. I. Packer

A survey released today found that men spend twice as much on their mistresses for Christmas as they do on their wives. On the other hand, men spend half their income on the wives when the wife finds out about the mistress. So it all balances out.–Jay Leno

It always depresses me when people moan about how commercial Christmas is. I love everything about it. The tradition of having this great big feast, slap bang in the middle of winter, is an essential thing to look forward to at the end of the year.–Richard E. Grant

Where’s Barack Obama when Christmas references are being erased from civic calendars? Is he crying out in defense of religious liberty and our First Amendment? Nope. He’s as silent as a church mouse. And animosity toward religion continues to grow.–Chuck Norris

I love all holiday music. My two favorites would probably be Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” and Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song.” They epitomize Christmas for me. Those two recordings will never be touched. That’s why I’ve never redone them.–Mariah Carey

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Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.–Ronald Reagan

I’m not a fan of musicals at all, but I do think ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ is a very good. I always thought ‘Walk the Line’ was very good, too. I was in ‘Nowhere Boy.’ I played Paul McCartney. That was kind of musical – we did songs in that.–Thomas Sangster

Donald Trump is a big Christmas gift wrapped under the tree for Hillary Clinton. She desperately hopes she runs against Donald Trump. I, however, am the lump of coal in Mrs. Clinton’s stocking, and she desperately hopes she does not run against me.–Carly Fiorina

When I was a young kid, my dad, a man of few words, told my brother and me, “Boys, Christmas is about Jesus.” I thought about what he said, and I began asking the Christmas questions. I’ve been asking them ever since. I love the answers I’ve found.–Max Lucado

To the human mind there is something almost illogical in the assertion that God became a man. It is like speaking about a square circle. Yet this is what Christmas says – and we take refuge from our bewilderment not in explanation but in adoration.–Ralph P. Martin

I feel like a lot of time my writing is like having about twenty boxes of Christmas decorations. But no tree. You’re going, Where do I put this? Then they go, Okay, you can have a tree, but we’ll blindfold you and you gotta cut it down with a spoon.–Carolyn Chute

I told [reporters] that I sprinkled marijuana on my organic buckwheat pancakes, and then when I ran my five miles to the ballpark, it made me impervious to the bus fumes. That’s when [Baseball Commissioner] Bowie Kuhn took me off his Christmas list.–Bill Lee

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We have a host of English teachers in the family. My mum is an English teacher, and so are my dad, my aunt and my uncle. I have grown up with family writing competitions, and I can’t remember a birthday or Christmas present that didn’t include books.–Alexandra Adornetto

When I was eight years old, I got a dummy for Christmas and started teaching myself. I got books and records and sat in front of the bathroom mirror, practising. I did my first show in the third grade and just kept going; there was no reason to quit.–Jeff Dunham

You see the Earth as a bright blue and white Christmas tree ornament in the black sky. It’s so small and so fragile – you realize that on that small spot is everything that means everything to you; all of history and art and death and birth and love.–Rusty Schweickart

I had two cups of coffee, put Eric’s jeans in the washer, read a romance for awhile, and studied my brand-new Word of the Day calendar, a Christmas gift from Arlene. My first word of the New Year was ‘exsanguinate.’ This was probably not a good omen–Charlaine Harris

Christmas is a season of such infinite labour, as well as expense in the shopping and present-making line, that almost every woman I know is good for nothing in purse and person for a month afterwards, done up physically, and broken down financially.–Fanny Kemble

Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing: Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again.–Grace Noll Crowell

Eve engaged her On Duty sign and stepped out of the car. Immediately her ears were assaulted with a blast of music. Christmas carols pumped, full blast, into the air. She decided that people ran inside, ready to buy anything, just to escape the noise.–Nora Roberts

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It’s Christmas at Ground Zero The button has been pressed The radio Just let us know That this is not a test Everywhere the atom bombs are droppin It’s the end of all humanity No more time for last minute shoppin’ It’s time to face your final destiny.–Charles Sumner

As I lay so sick on my bed, from Christmas till March, I was always praying for poor ole master. ‘Pears like I didn’t do nothing but pray for ole master. ‘Oh, Lord, convert ole master;’ ‘Oh, dear Lord, change dat man’s heart, and make him a Christian.’–Harriet Tubman

The Christmas spirit brings home to us-or should bring home to us-the profound Biblical truth that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Anything which inspires unselfishness makes for our ennoblement. Christmas does that. I am all for Christmas.–B. C. Forbes

Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer…. Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?–Bill Watterson

For Christmas, 1939, a girl friend gave me a book token which I used to buy Linus Pauling’s recently published Nature of the Chemical Bond. His book transformed the chemical flatland of my earlier textbooks into a world of three-dimensional structures.–Max Perutz

We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!–John F. MacArthur

For a long time all I wanted for Christmas were books about outdoor survival. I was convinced that the woods were calling me. I camped a lot, I took classes. At 18, I told myself if I don’t live in the woods by myself by the time I’m 25, I have failed.–Chris Evans

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Struggling with my finances, nudging toward 50, I sometimes daydream about being happily married to a matching frugaholic husband in a matching Christmas-red tracksuit with matching walkie-talkies as we troll Ralphs, excitedly comparing triple coupons.–Sandra Tsing Loh

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

I do like Christmas. I do understand that there are people who hate it, and there are other religions that resent it. So, I speak to everybody – I try to speak to every kind of minority and majority that cannot escape the steamroller known as Christmas.–John Waters

My family background is Mexican, and I was born in Chicago. It’s pretty much family tradition every time we get together for Christmas and major holidays to sing. Our family time is centered around the food and a little bit of performing for one another.–Ailyn Perez

I had eight brothers and sisters. Every Christmas my younger brother Bobby would wake up extra early and open everybody’s presents – everybody’s – so by the time the rest of us got up, all the gifts were shredded, ribbons off, torn open and thrown aside.–Tommy Hilfiger

Of all the old festivals, however, that of Christmas awakens the strongest and most heartfelt associations. There is a tone of solemn and sacred feeling that blends with our conviviality, and lifts the sprit to a state of hallowed and elevated enjoyment.–Washington Irving

For me growing up, Christmas time was always the most fantastic, exciting time of year, and you’d stay up until three in the morning. You’d hear the parents wrapping in the other room but you knew that also, maybe, they were in collusion with Santa Claus.–Chris Pine

I’m one of those people who had Christmas and my birthday always combined, and generally, my birthday was pretty much ignored. But my parents are always good about making some kind of special effort to make me feel like I also have a birthday that exists.–Noel Wells

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Christmas was really where I started coming into my own as a performer because I did all this stuff on my own, all this performing on my own, When other kids were outside playing, I was in my room conjuring characters and impressions and things like that.–Jim Carrey

Normally Halloween was like Christmas for me. I would anticipate it for weeks, decorating myself and the house, as well as strolling around the neighborhood, admiring everyone else’s decorations. Nothing lifts my spirit like a scarecrow in the front yard.–Damien Echols

My wife’s brother has a little house on a small island in the Baltic Sea, and we go there at Christmas. The 30-minute crossing from the mainland to this island is the most terrifying cruise you’ll ever take. They give you a barf bag when you walk on board.–Nick Frost

I say ‘Merry Christmas’ to people I don’t know, or to people I know are Christians. I say ‘Happy Hanukkah’ to people I know to be or suspect to be Jewish. And I don’t say ‘Happy Kwanzaa,’ because I think African Americans get enough insults all year round.–Christopher Hitchens

We must not seek the child Jesus in the pretty figures of our Christmas cribs. We must seek him among the undernourished children who have gone to bed at night with nothing to eat, among the poor newsboys who will sleep covered with newspapers in doorways.–Oscar Romero

My father knows more about sports than any human being out there. He relaxes. The ribbing that we give each at the Christmas holidays is incredible. He’s much more of an ordinary American and a proper American than a lot people would probably ever believe.–Donald Trump, Jr.

When I was in my first year of college at Logan, Utah, I bought an old car for a hundred dollars. I was eighteen and thought that I knew all about driving. It was Christmastime, and my parents were living on a ranch in Wyoming. I picked up my two grandmot.–F. Burton Howard

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We decided to set our direct-action program around the Easter season, realizing that, with exception of Christmas, this was the largest shopping period of the year. Knowing that a strong economic withdrawal program would be the by-product of direct action.–Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.–Taylor Caldwell

Songs that aren’t even remotely connected to Christmas are now officially canonized Christmas tunes. ‘Frosty the Snowman,’ ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’ never mention anything religious but are still notches in Christmas’ belt of musical dominance.—Matisyahu

My grandmother, Angela, was the Fox family matriarch. She was magnetic but also wicked. She had this huge life force and was great fun, but she would play each member of the family off against each other, which could make for extremely dramatic Christmases.–Emilia Fox

Back in 1960 at Christmas time, I did work loading and unloading boxcars for Railway Express. That was a kind of weight training that helped me. I weighed about 160 when I started. I began to gain weight and kept right on gaining until I reached 195 pounds.–Pete Rose

Christmas Eve Saint Francis and Saint Benedight Blesse this house from wicked wight; From the night-mare and the goblin, That is hight good fellow Robin: Keep it from all evil spirits, Fairies, weezels, rats, and ferrets: From curfew time To the next prime.–Thomas Cartwright

I used to sleep in the T-shirt I wore during the day and whatever ratty old gym shorts I could find on the floor. But one year for Christmas, someone gave me a very chic, comfortable pair of pajamas from Brooks Brothers, and I realized the error of my ways.–Derek Blasberg

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The savage, rocky shores of Christmas Island, 200 miles south of Java, in the Indian Ocean. It’s November, the moon is in its third quarter, and the sun is just setting. In a few hours from now, on this very shore, a thousand million lives will be launched.–David Attenborough

CHRISTMAS DAY Jesus came! – and came for me. Simple words! and yet expressing Depths of holy mystery, Depths of wondrous love and blessing. Holy Spirit, make me see All His coming means for me; Take the things of Christ, I pray, Show them to my heart today.–Frances Ridley Havergal

The two great moments in human history are the day that Christ was born and the day He was raised from the dead. These are represented by Christmas and Easter – the two biggest holidays for the church. People who don’t even go to church do go on these days.–Louie Giglio

I remember that my sisters gave me this beautiful, like, empty book for Christmas. And I would draw all these beautiful women. Most of the time it was mermaids and a Minotaur: half human, half animal. I used to be obsessed with Minotaurs when I was a child.–Riccardo Tisci

Christmas is a rare occasion when we are reminded that we have obligations to people we did not choose to be related to, and that love is not just a spontaneous feeling but something we sometimes really have to work at, with people we may not even much like.–Julian Baggini

I picked up the guitar at 12 yrs old – basically, my mother and father bought it for me for Christmas. I played one at my friend’s house; when I say played it, I just played around with it at my friend’s house. It just struck me as something I really wanted.–Greg Lake

This is, first and last, the real value of Christmas; in so far as the mythology remains at all it is a kind of happy mythology. Personally, of course, I believe in Santa Claus; but it is the season of forgiveness, and I will forgive others for not doing so.–Gilbert K. Chesterton

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While I was walking I passed these two guys that were unloading this big Christmas tree off a truck. One guy, kept saying to the other guy, ‘Hold the sonunvabitch up! Hold it up, for Chrissake!’ It certainly was a gorgeous way to talk about a Christmas tree.–J. D. Salinger

This is the first time since I’ve been coaching that I gave them off on Christmas Day. Sometimes when you lose a game you want to get right back at it. But in reality I thank God we had an opportunity for our guys to be home with their families on Christmas.–Louis Orr

There is probably a smell of roasted chestnuts and other good comfortable things all the time, for we are telling Winter Stories – Ghost Stories, or more shame for us – round the Christmas fire; and we have never stirred, except to draw a little nearer to it.–Charles Dickens

Some, like Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, have a hard time loving anyone, even themselves, because of their selfishness. Love seeks to give rather than to get. Charity towards and compassion for others is a way to overcome too much self-love–James E. Faust

The outdoor Christmas lights, green and red and gold and blue and twinkling, remind me that most people are that way all year round–kind, generous, friendly and with an occasional moment of ecstasy. But Christmas is the only time they dare reveal themselves–Harland Miller

When Christmas doesn’t fit your expectations of what the perfect holiday should be, think about how Joseph and Mary probably didn’t think that manger was the perfect place for their child to be born. but look at what a perfect Christmas that turned out to be.–Joel Osteen

For more than a decade, I led an organization that put on an elaborate Christmas program each December. It was a big production, with over 250 people participating in more than 20 performances. By the end of the season, everyone who participated was exhausted.–John C. Maxwell

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The best Christmas gift of all is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up with one another. Jesus is the reason for the season! From a little spark may burst a mighty flame. The only blind person at Christmastime is he who has not Christmas in his heart.–Helen Keller

For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God’s love, as we strive daily to become better people. The Christmas message shows us that this love is for everyone. There is no one beyond its reach.–Queen Elizabeth II

Christmas makes you want to be with people you love. I’m not saying this to hurt you, or because I want to leave you, because I don’t. Meredith wasn’t a fling. She wasn’t revenge. I fell in love with her. That doesn’t go away because I decided to stay with you–Derek Shepherd

Thus one of Europe’s most serious crises will be ended, and all of us, not only in Germany but those far beyond our frontiers, will then in this year for the first time really rejoice at the Christmas festival. It should for us all be a true Festival of Peace.–Adolf Hitler

I’m over the moon to be involved in the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special. I can’t quite believe it as it’s a part of the family tradition at the Jenkins household. I heard the news that I got the role on my 30th birthday and it was the best birthday present ever.–Katherine Jenkins

I think we felt the pressure more at first than this time around. But still you don’t want to let anyone down. I never even met Patrick until we had a Christmas party at Ian McKellen’s house on the first movie and then I didn’t see him again until the premiere.–Rebecca Romijn

Always be prepared if someone asks you what you want for Christmas. Give brand names, the store that sells the merchandise, and, if possible, exact model numbers so they can’t go wrong. Be the type who’s impossible to buy for, so they have to get what you want.–John Waters

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One of my first favorite books was ‘The 12 Days of Christmas,’ and I would just go up to people and say, ‘I can sing ‘The 12 Days of Christmas,’ and I would make them sit through me reciting it, and I’d go all the way, each time. I’ve always hooked into lyrics.–Lin-Manuel Miranda

At last the anchor was up, the sails were set, and off we glided. It was a sharp, cold Christmas; and as the short northern day merged into night, we found ourselves almost broad upon the wintry ocean, whose freezing spray cased us in ice, as in polished armor.–Herman Melville

I like indoor Christmas trees. And I like people who decorate their homes with lights and all that crap. I think it’s a healthy outlet for them. If they weren’t covering their lawns with twinkling lights, they’d be doing something that was really, really creepy.–Lewis Black

I think that there are a lot of really beautiful Christmas carols, and then sometimes there are horrible renditions of them that are played to death in malls that make me sad. I try to avoid stores where they’re playing bad versions of Christmas songs on repeat.–Gillian Jacobs

When you have kids, you instantly feel that you do not want to do them wrong. Those dads that go off to Florida and start a new life, I couldn’t imagine that: seeing my kid once every Christmas, every three years. If I’m gone for six days it feels like too much.–Adam Carolla

For a fact, the Christians stole Christmas. We don’t mind sharing it with them, but we don’t like this pretense of theirs that it is the birthday of Jesus. It is the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun-Dies Natalis Invicti Solis. Christmas is a relic of sun worship.–Anne Nicol Gaylor

For the past 50 years or so I’ve been getting more and more worried about Christmas. It seems we’re all so busy trying to beat the other fellow in making things go faster and look shinier and cost less that Christmas and I are sort of getting lost in the shuffle.–Edmund Gwenn

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My first job, 9 years old, part-time, was selling Christmas cards door-to-door. Ten years old, my brother and I had paper routes. We delivered a morning paper called the ‘L.A. Examiner.’ Get up at 4 o’clock, fold your papers, deliver them and get ready for school.–John Paul DeJoria

I love ‘White Christmas.’ That’s one of my favorites just because I love the music. I love the story, Bing Crosby. It’s just one of my all time favorites. And it’s hard to have a Christmas without seeing a little bit of Jimmy Stewart and angels running around town.–Scott Bakula

It is never too late to get into tennis! While I started playing at the age of 8 when my parents gave me a tennis racquet for Christmas, tennis is a lifelong sport that can be enjoyed by people of almost any age. It’s also something you never forget once you learn.–Samantha Stosur

Is this your boyfriend?” the first nun asked. Clair Olivia looked me up and downNo. This is my gay friend who decided he was straight and single-handedly wrecked havoc at an all-boys school in Massachusetts this fall. He’s gay again and home for Christmas, so yay!”–Bill Konigsberg

(Talks about her childhood) I grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Reading, PA. It was the most magical fun childhood. We had grape arbours and we would make jam with my mom. My dad would go to work and he’d come home. He’d clean out stalls and fix split-row fences.–Taylor Swift

Coincidentally, a good age for a Japanese girl is younger than twenty five, because that’s when she turns into a ‘Christmas Cake’. Christmas cakes, as everyone knows, are desirable before the twenty fifth but afterward quickly become stale and are put on the shelf.–Andrew Davidson

The message of Christmas is not that we can make peace. Or that we can make love, make light, make gifts, or make this world save itself. The message of Christmas is that this world’s a mess and we can never save ourselves from ourselves and we need a Messiah.–Ann Voskamp

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God rest you merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay, For Jesus Christ, our Saviour, Was born upon this day, To save us all from Satan’s power When we were gone astray. O tidings of comfort and joy! For Jesus Christ, our Saviour, Was born on Christmas Day.–Dinah Maria Murlock Craik

I grew up in an apartment my whole life. It was just me, my mom, and my brother – she supported us. And we’ve always liked driving through rich neighborhoods, especially around Christmas. We would always admire the wealth. I always had this strange feeling with it.–George Clarke

Silence ‘is so lacking in this world which is often too noisy, which is not favorable to recollection and listening to the voice of God. In this time of preparation for Christmas, let us cultivate interior recollection so as to receive and keep Jesus in our lives.’–Pope Benedict XVI

I wanted to have more songs with religious backgrounds. The Christmas record has strong, traditional hymns, but it also has a song called ‘Christmas in Heaven’ about missing someone that you love that’s passed on, and wondering what’s going on up there on Christmas.–Scotty McCreery

We’re raising our girls to understand the real meaning of Christmas, and to know that it’s most important to have Christmas in your heart. We go to our local mall and donate toys, and we say prayers for all the people in the world who might not be as lucky as we are.–Faith Hill

On Christmas morning, before we could open our Christmas presents, we would go to this stranger’s home and bring them presents. I remember helping clean the house up and putting up a tree. My father believed that you have a responsibility to look after everyone else.–George Clooney

On Christmas Eve, we have a duck or roast pork with caramelised potatoes, braised red cabbage and gravy. For dessert, we have ris a l’amande, a rice pudding, and whoever gets the whole almond in it wins an extra present. Then we dance around the tree and sing carols.–Birgitte Hjort Sorensen

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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

We didn’t have a whole lot of money when I was growing up either. I would always ask for magic books or magic tricks for my birthday or for Christmas and the rest of the year I either had to mow lawns or find part time jobs to help supplement the cost of doing magic.–Lance Burton

During this Christmas season, when the world seems to be in turmoil, wars are breaking out in different places, crime is rampant, and many things are happening that are great sins in the sight of God. But in that crib is the person who grew up to save us. And He did.–Billy Graham

The Smile won Matthew extra time before bed, extra Christmas pudding, extra anything he wanted. Adults were helpless to resist The Smile.Matthew gave his all to this particular smile. Butter melted. Birds sang. People slipped about dazed amid the butter and birdsong.–Cassandra Clare

Lord Jesus, master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence. We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, ‘Come Lord Jesus!’–Henri Nouwen

The kindness of Christmas is the kindness of Christ. To know that God so loved us as to give us His Son for our dearest Brother, has brought human affection to its highest tide on the day of that Brother’s birth. If God so loved us, how can we help loving one another?–Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Rose: Look at you, beaming away like you’re Father Christmas! The Doctor: Who says I’m not, red-bicycle-when-you-were-twelve? Rose: [shocked] What? The Doctor: And everybody lives, Rose! Everybody lives! I need more days like this! Go on, ask me anything; I’m on fire!–Steven Moffat

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There’s always been something a little pathetic for me at the work parties I’ve attended, especially thinking back to the restaurants I worked in. I remember a Christmas party in which we all got free T-shirts with the restaurant on the front and our names on the back.–Said Sayrafiezadeh

My earliest, most impactful encounter with a book was when I was seven and awoke early on Christmas morning to find Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ in my stocking. I had never been so excited by the sight of a book – and have possibly never been since!–Sophie Kinsella

I hate to say it, but Christmas as a kid was always a moneymaking venture for me. I played trumpet, and a friend of mine who played trombone and a guy who played tuba, every Christmas we’d go out for three or four days beforehand and play Christmas carols on our horns.–John Tesh

One of my favorite times of year is around Christmas when my entire family gets together and we make tamales together. It’s a full two-day event, and we create an assembly line. It’s awesome because everyone has his or her own part in making the dish. It’s so much fun.–Sabrina Bryan

Like God, Christmas is timeless and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting. It is something even more than what happened that night in starlit little Bethlehem; it has been behind the stars forever. There was Christmas in the heart of God before the world was formed.–Roy Rogers

If you’re doing something on an interesting scale that involves an entire universe of characters, one way to unite them is to have them all undergo a common experience, and there is something at Christmas that unites everybody. It already sets a stage within the stage.–Shane Black

One of my favorite traditions is that my sisters and I, we all wear the same pajamas. I’ve even still got some from when I was 6. Also, I’ll always remember cooking together in the kitchen and that no matter how busy our schedules are, we are all together for Christmas.–Bailee Madison

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You know how on Christmas day, the day feels different, even if you’re just sitting in your chair waiting for your girlfriend to put her face on and you haven’t even started any of the festivities yet, the day still feels different. The electrons are fatter and pushier.–Bill Callahan

I work seven days a week and I work about 12 hours a day, from the beginning of September to about the end of May; the school year. I take two days off, Christmas and New Year’s, Thanksgiving sometimes – two and a half. And the result is that I bonded myself to my desk.–James Lipton

Before we took down the tree each year, Dad would always say a prayer that we would be together the next Christmas. I cling to that prayer, which serves as a reminder that it’s important to be grateful in the present for the people you love because, well, you never know.–Catherine Hicks

Adults who still derive childlike pleasure from hanging gifts of a ready-made education on the Christmas tree of a child waiting outside the door to life do not realize how unreceptive they are making the children to everything that constitutes the true surprise of life.–Karl Kraus

They were playing old Bob Dylan, more than perfect for narrow Village streets close to Christmas and the snow whirling down in big feathery flakes, the kind of winter where you want to be walking down a city street with your arm around a girl like on the old record cover–Donna Tartt

I stopped going to Kingdom Hall, the church, when I was 11 years old, so I was very young. They don’t celebrate birthdays, you get no Christmas, so it’s a very difficult religion for children to get into. And they do a lot of finger-pointing among the Jehovah’s Witnesses.–Ja Rule

I got my first instrument at Christmas when I was three or four. My dad and mom got me a mandolin. It was the only instrument that fit me because I was so small. I went straight from that into drums when I was six and then started playing guitar when I was seven or eight.–Chord Overstreet

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They were playing old Bob Dylan, more than perfect for narrow Village streets close to Christmas and the snow whirling down in big feathery flakes, the kind of winter where you want to be walking down a city street with your arm around a girl like on the old record cover.–Donna Tartt

I don’t know if I’ve ever written anything that’s not a bill! I do write stories but I don’t put a stamp on them. I wrote a story for my wife over Christmas and gave it to her as a present because she asked me to, but I don’t put a stamp on things and send them to people.–Channing Tatum

At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.–Chris Van Allsburg

I’m well-travelled so I can see places coming up. I went to St. Croix in the West Indies at Christmas and it had been hit by a really bad tornado. Values there have gone down but I guarantee they will be up again in eight years. So I’ll get in now while it’s cheap as chips.–Melanie Brown

At Christmas, I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies also at the heart of the Christmas story. A young mother and a dutiful father with their baby were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar. They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child.–Queen Elizabeth II

A friend gave me a CD of the ‘Pathetique’ Symphony as a Christmas present. I went home, and I put on the CD expecting to listen to Tchaikovsky. But it started ‘ta ta ta taaa.’ It was too long for me. I didn’t understand it at first, but then I fell in love, in love, in love.–Gustavo Dudamel

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This past Christmas, I told my girlfriend for months in advance that all I wanted was an Xbox. That’s it. Beginning and end of list, Xbox. You know what she got me? A homemade frame with a picture of us from our first date together. Which was fine. Because I got her an Xbox.–Anthony Jeselnik

What’s going on here is a redefinition of Christmas as a time of family celebration rather than as a time of the community faithful celebrating the birth of the savior…There is a risk that we will lose one more of our Christian rituals, one that’s at the heart of our faith–Robert Johnston

If you’re a parent, I tell you how to get through Christmas. I think that if you’ve ever had a bad feeling about Christmas coming, I’ll tell you how to deal with it. So, I think in a way it’s like going to a sane psychiatrist that actually gives you some good advice, I hope!–John Waters

I may plan to make Christ the center of Christmas, but when I wait until December to focus on celebrating His birthday, I become entangled in Christmas lights, holiday baking, and festive engagements, often wondering if I’ve experienced the illusive true meaning of Christmas.–Ann Marie Stewart

Christmas was a miserable time for a Jewish child in those days, and I still recall the feeling. … Decades later, I still feel left out at Christmas, but I sing the carols anyway. You might recognize me if you ever heard me. I’m the one who sings, ‘La-la, the la-la is born.–Faye Moskowitz

It’s quite a famous story that takes place on Christmas Eve, and the Germans, French, and Scottish are trying to make peace one night and they bury their dead and they play football. I play a German opera singer, in German, which I never have so I am really excited about that.–Diane Kruger

We are better givers than getters, not because we are generous people, but because we are proud, arrogant people. The Christmas story-the one according to Luke, not Dickens-is not about how blessed it is to be givers but about how essential it is to see ourselves as receivers.–William Henry Willimon

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With ‘swift-boating’ now being used by the ignorant as a synonym for false charges, it’s worth remembering that it was John Kerry who had to retract his statement about his secret Christmas mission to Cambodia, despite it having allegedly been ‘seared, seared’ into his memory.–Glenn Reynolds

At long last I have discovered that most shooters are not interested in firearms as tools, but rather as toys. Such people do not acquire their weapons because of what they will do, but rather to gratify the “Christmas morning joy” that we largely left behind in our childhood.–Jeff Cooper

I had sinus surgery the day after Christmas and it has been the worst surgery of my life. Very painful, and on top of it everyone of course thought I got a nose job. Which is so funny because if you know me I would have told you I got a nose job I’m not gonna keep it a secret.–Kaley Cuoco

As Magnus turned to walk away from the church, he heard the sound of violin music carried to him on the cloudy London air, and remembered another night, a night of ghosts and snow and Christmas music, and Will standing on the steps of the Institute, watching Magnus as he went.–Cassandra Clare

I gave my mother a matching set [of mugs] for Christmas, and she accepted them as graciously as possible, announcing that they would make the perfect pet bowls. The mugs were set on the kitchen floor and remained there until the cat chipped a tooth and went on a hunger strike.–David Sedaris

Isn’t that the great thing about Christmas? You get a lot of respite, time to recharge your batteries, time with family without too much else happening anywhere else in the world, time to focus on the people you love and the activities that you enjoy, time to exercise, to read.–Wayne Swan

Throughout my college years, I’d watch my sister squeal every Christmas as she unwrapped another ‘Buffy’ DVD set. I didn’t know much about the series, but I was filled with that obnoxious self-importance that comes from having decided to be an Academic Who Reads Serious Things.–Marie Rutkoski

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The peace and joy of the Christmas season was marred by a proclamation of a general strike of all the military forces of the world. Panic reigns in the hearts of all the patriots of every persuasion. Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all-time low over the world.–Isaac Asimov

Christmas was coming. One morning in mid-December, Hogwarts woke to find itself covered in several feet of snow. The lake froze solid and the Weasley twins were punished for bewitching several snowballs so that they followed Quirrell around, bouncing off the back of his turban.–J. K. Rowling

There is something about Christmas that requires a rug rat. Little kids make Christmas fun. I wonder if could rent one for the holidays. When I was tiny we would by a real tree and stay up late drinking hot chocolate and finding just the right place for the special decorations.–Eugene H. Peterson

Dear Aunt Loretta, Thank you so much for the awesome pants! How did you know I wanted that for Christmas? I love the way the pants look on my legs! All my friends will be so jealous that I have my very own pants. Thank you for making this the best Christmas ever! Sincerely, Greg–Jeff Kinney

Christmas has a certain universal appeal that gives it meaning well beyond a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but Christians have a special duty to experience its sacred and profound spiritual significance and non-Christians have a duty to treat the day with special respect.–Michael Josephson

[Christmas] holidays are a heavy, heavy time. We make light of them with our red and green and our stockings and candy canes, but people think heavy thoughts over the holidays because that’s when you’re thinking about family. Are we close? Or are we not as close as other people?–Augusten Burroughs

I am always amazed by the novel angles that people come up with for kids’ Christmas books. Even if a family is not religious, who could resist, say, “Olive, the Other Reindeer,” about Olive the dog who thinks the song refers to her and heads for the North Pole to help Santa out?–Jabari Asim

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Part of my passion for all things Christmas is seeing my holiday stuff again every December. I suppose I do have more than most folks, so the reunion each winter keeps me in the holiday spirit for a full year. And there are always a few pieces out in my house whatever the month.–Mary Engelbreit

Most Christmas carols have no obvious religious content, or at least that’s noticeable to most people. I mean, it is almost by definition, a cultural phenomenon, all these songs, even though they point to this very religious holiday. They’re not religious songs in effect anymore.–Howard Dean

But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round…as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant 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.–Charles Dickens

What will you and I give for Christmas this year? Let us in our lives give to our Lord and Savior the gift of gratitude by living His teachings and following in His footsteps. It was said of Him that He ‘went about doing good.’ As we do likewise, the Christmas spirit will be ours.–Thomas S. Monson

The married thing. Sometimes I look at it and feel like someone from a Dickens novel, standing outside in the cold and staring in at Christmas dinner. Relationships hadn’t ever really worked for me. I think it’s had something to do with all the demons, ghosts, and human sacrifice.–Jim Butcher

Christmas in the Underworld was NOT my idea. If I’d known what was coming, I would’ve called in sick. I could’ve avoided an army of demons, a fight with a Titan, and a trick that almost got my friends and me cast into eternal darkness. But no, I had to take my stupid English exam.–Rick Riordan

The one thing I remember about Christmas was that my father used to take me out in a boat about ten miles offshore on Christmas Day, and I used to have to swim back. Extraordinary. It was a ritual. Mind you, that wasn’t the hard part. The difficult bit was getting out of the sack.–John Cleese

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My parents were kind of over protective people. Me and my sister had to play in the backyard all the time. They bought us bikes for Christmas but wouldn’t My younger brother will remember that he received a transistor radio for Christmas. I took it apart and it never worked again.–Stephen Elop

John [Travolta] and I have remained very close friends ever since we did Grease. When I was told that “You’re the One That I Want” was named the #1 duet in history and, during a text chat with John letting him know he said “we should record a Christmas song.” Of course I said yes.–Olivia Newton-John

Christmas was always a big holiday in our family. Every Christmas Eve before wed go to bed, my mom and dad would read to us two or three stories and they would always be The Happy Prince, The Gift of the Magi and Twas the Night Before Christmas, and I would like to keep that alive.–Cameron Mathison

God thank you for everything you’ve given us. For the time we have together. And for the miracle of Christmas. Thank you for the Atonement, the chance to start all over again. Help us to always remember who we are and to trust that we are worthy to make it through our storms. Amen–Glenn Beck

Celebrities have a way of touching our lives. Perhaps we are influenced by their screen image, or perhaps by their acquired status. Here are some celebrity quotes about Christmas. You will find that just like everybody else, celebrities also enjoy the little pleasures of Christmas.–Bob Hope

I really look forward to revisiting this body of work which has been such a huge part of my life and bringing it to the concert stage. And the idea of performing some of Jack Skellington’s songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas live for the very first time is immensely exciting.–Danny Elfman

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My father has developed a tradition of surprising us at some point by appearing in fancy dress. He buys a new costume each year and typically gets carried away. A couple of Christmases ago he appeared in an inflatable sumo outfit. Its endearing, really, and only quite embarrassing.–Pippa Middleton

When I was out for the Christmas Holidays in school, I would go skiing up to the mountains and there they had Santa on a sled. Pulled by horses and other reindeer, it was a very, very picturesque time and that struck me very emphatically then and has remained with me all this time.–William Shatner

My father has developed a tradition of surprising us at some point by appearing in fancy dress. He buys a new costume each year and typically gets carried away. A couple of Christmases ago he appeared in an inflatable sumo outfit. It’s endearing, really, and only quite embarrassing.–Pippa Middleton

Brits and Americans have hundreds of different phrases for the same thing. Luckily, it’s usually a source of amusement rather than frustration. A flashlight by any other name is still a torch. My personal favourite is ‘fairy lights,’ which we boringly refer to as ‘Christmas lights.’–Sloane Crosley

It was an emotional roller coaster – going from Christmas, then your aunt dies, and then all the stats come out and you might get all these records. I’ve been asked, ‘How do you feel’ Tired. I’m really blessed we do have this week off where I can kind of grab a hold back to reality.–Shaun Alexander

To me, I like and understand ritual and I think it is important. Things that we do that give us comfort are important. Like Christmas, I like to go into a church and hear the carols sung. There’s a comfort of actually going inside of a church, I find them serene. They’re unchanging.–Steve Coogan

…I was tired of men. Hanging in doorways, standing too close, their smell of beer or fifteen-year-old whiskey. Men who didn’t come to the emergency room with you, men who left on Christmas Eve. Men who slammed the security gates, who made you love them and then changed their minds.–Janet Fitch

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I went to church every Sunday…I understood Christmas and what Easter was about. I understood the persecution of Christ, the crucifixion of Christ, the Resurrection of Christ. I understood all that but I have to say that beyond that…for me, my knowledge after that was quite vague.–Juan Pablo Di Pace

We are not asking everyone to do everything. We are simply asking all members to pray, knowing that if every member, young and old, will reach out to just “one” between now and Christmas, millions will feel the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. And what a wonderful gift to the Savior.–M. Russell Ballard

When a child has a bad dream and wakes up crying, Dad goes and says, ‘Don’t be afraid, don’t be scared. I’m here.’ The Lord speaks this way, too… Usually, Christmas seems like a very noisy feast, but we can use a bit of silence to hear these words of love, closeness and tenderness.–Pope Francis

Several years ago, I was creating a Christmas present for the family, a self-published cookbook featuring recipes my grandmother had collected and created over decades. While interviewing her for the biographical section, she began to talk about her courtship with my late grandfather.–Kristina McMorris

I loved rock and roll when that came in, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, all those great records. So I begged my mom and dad for a guitar, which eventually they did get me for Christmas, but it went out of tune very quickly, and it hurt my fingers.–Ian McLagan

I’d just got back from filming my role as Flo in ‘Kidnap & Ransom’ when I got the news that Channel 4 had re-commissioned ‘Fresh Meat,’ so I think it was the first Christmas I could actually relax knowing that I had three months’ work sorted. As an actor, that’s always a good feeling.–Kimberley Nixon

The best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature. If some of our great decorated trees had been grown in a remote forest area with lights that came on every evening as it grew dark, the whole world would come to look at them and marvel at the mystery of their great beauty.–Andy Rooney

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Whose heart doth hold the Christmas glow Hath little need of Mistletoe; Who bears a smiling grace of mien Need waste no time on wreaths of green; Whose lips have words of comfort spread Needs not the holly-berries red”” His very presence scatters wide The spirit of the Christmastide.–John Kendrick Bangs

Do what you do. This Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, Twelfth Night, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, St. Paddy’s Day, and every day henceforth. Just do what you do. Live out your life and your traditions on your own terms. If it offends others, so be it. That’s their problem.–Chris Rose

Would it not be well this Christmas to give first to the Lord, directly through obedience, sacrifice, and love, and then to give to him indirectly through gifts to friends and those in need as well as to our own? Should we do this, perhaps many of us would discover a new Christmas joy.–John Andreas Widtsoe

The real reason Jews don’t have more Hanukkah music is that, historically, American Jewish singer-songwriters were too busy making Christmas music. ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ ‘Silver Bells’ and ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)’ were all written by Jews.—Matisyahu

A Tuna Christmas’ is the second in a series of plays created by Joe Sears and Jaston Williams featuring the fictional town of Greater Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas. What makes these plays so hysterically funny is the accurate portrayal of small-town life in the Lone Star State.–Lori Wilde

There’s a very secret plan. And it’s a plan that nobody’s going to tell you, ‘Well, we want to diminish Christian philosophy in the U.S.A. because we want X, Y, and Z.’ They’ll never ever say that. But I’m kind of surprised they went after Christmas because it’s such an emotional issue.–Bill O’Reilly

Reminded of favorite poem by Wendy Cope which goes: At Christmas little children sing and merry bells jingle. The cold winter air makes our hands and faces tingle. And happy families go to church and cheerily they mingle, And the whole business is unbelievably dreadful if you’re single.–Helen Fielding

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I do have a family, and I do have friends, and so-called friends, and acquaintances, and many other people I see only around Christmas time. Maybe they could vouch for me. Maybe they could testify to my existence and save a part of me that thinks I’m no better than a bag of potato chips.–Macaulay Culkin

I’ve got more than 600 pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses, from 1950s originals to newer models. I have them on the wall like opticians do so I can pick out a pair that goes with my outfit. I had around 30 pairs, then my husband Rainer started getting them for me as birthday and Christmas gifts.–Suzi Quatro

I spent 250 to 300 days of every year on the road. But in the end, I felt something was missing. I needed to be anchored so I could concentrate, so in 2000, I established a new methodology – the one I use today. I spent the week in my office and travelled every weekend, even at Christmas.–Hans-Ulrich Obrist

I was 23 when I learned how to cook; I grew up around the same time. It was precisely then that Thanksgiving started to mean something more. Growing up, Christmas was always about me, and eventually you, when I finally started to enjoy the giving part. But Thanksgiving is always about us.–Rosecrans Baldwin

Christmas was always a big holiday in our family. Every Christmas Eve before we’d go to bed, my mom and dad would read to us two or three stories and they would always be ‘The Happy Prince,’ ‘The Gift of the Magi’ and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,’ and I would like to keep that alive.–Cameron Mathison

Oh. Momma told me not to tell you that your bed squeaks. But I think you know, ’cause I could hear it this morning. Jake dropped his fork. Tor, for the first time Jake had ever seen, turned scarlet. Maureen looked at them both and sighed. Christmas is always so interesting with you, Mark.–Chris Owen

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I happened upon a memoir by a midlevel White House staffer, and he had been in the room that [Nixon’s last] night [in office]. This guy’s memoir told me what Nixon’s last words were. And they were, on August 8, 1974, to the crew: “Have a Merry Christmas, fellas!” That was just so bizarre.–Harry Shearer

On the morning, Daddy and I get up at six o’clock because Christmas trees must be bought in the dark. We walk to the other end of town, as the big harbour is just the right setting for buying a Christmas tree. We spend hours choosing, looking at every branch suspiciously. It’s always cold.–Tove Jansson

Well, I woke up one morning around Christmas, went as far as the shops, and when I got to the corner I felt this violent pain in me left leg. I mentioned it to my daughter and she took me instantly to the hospital. It turned out it was vasculitis. In other words, you can have your leg off.–Beryl Bainbridge

For a while I wanted to be a professional baseball pitcher, and then I wanted to be a musician and then sometimes I think I’d like to start a store for gift-wrapping Christmas presents…But I feel I could do most things I set my mind to, except mechanical things, I’m not very good at that.–John Malkovich

This notion that’s peddled by the religious right – that they are oppressed is not true. Sometimes it’s a cynical ploy to move their agenda ahead. The classic example being that somehow secularists are trying to eliminate Christmas, which strikes me as some kind of manufactured controversy.–Barack Obama

True happiness comes only by making others happy—the practical application of the Savior’s doctrine of losing one’s life to gain it. In short, the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit, that makes our hearts glow in brotherly love and friendship and prompts us to kind deeds of service.–David O. McKay

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I’ve been giving back since I was a teen, handing out turkeys at Thanksgiving and handing out toys at toys drives for Christmas. It’s very important to give back as a youth. It’s as simple as helping an old lady across the street or giving up your seat on the bus for someone who is pregnant.–Queen Latifah

I realised that you could easily turn any room into a cinema with a projector, so I went on and on at my parents for one. They eventually got me a projector for Christmas when I was ten, and I realised I’d made a ridiculous mistake – I’d forgotten to say ‘movie’ projector; I got a still one.–Kevin Brownlow

I felt overstuffed and dull and disappointed, the way I always do the day after Christmas, as if whatever it was the pine boughs and the candles and the silver and gilt-ribboned presents and the birch-log fires and the Christmas turkey and the carols at the piano promised never came to pass.–Sylvia Plath

My child looked at me and I looked back at him in the delivery room, and I realized that out of a sea of infinite possibilities it had come down to this: a specific person, born on the hottest day of the year, conceived on a Christmas Eve, made by his father and me miraculously from scratch.–Anna Quindlen

There was one female role, which was Emily. When I did the audition, I flubbed up. It was my first audition back from Christmas break, and I flubbed up and was devastated. In the audition room, they were like, “Oh, you did great!,” but you never really know. So, I left the audition in tears.–Tinsel Korey

Have you any old grudges you would like to pay, Any wrongs laid up from a bygone day? -Gather them now and lay them away When Christmas comes. Hard thoughts are heavy to carry, my friend, And life is short from beginning to end; Be kind to yourself, leave nothing to mend When Christmas comes.–William Haines Lytle

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It is the custom to sneer at the modern apartment-house, television, big-city Christmas, with its commercial taint . . . office parties, artificial . . . Christmas trees . . . but future generations in search of their lost Christmases may well remember its innocence; yes, and its beauty, too.–Paul Gallico

Love is like the little red toy wagon you get for your Christmas or your sixth birthday. It makes you deliriously happy and you just can’t leave it alone. But sooner or later the wheels come off. Then you leave it in a corner and forget it. Falling in love is great. Being in love is a disaster–Mario Puzo

I’m so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas Special, I’m such a fan of the show. The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream ‘No spoilers!’ Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan-boy squeals!–Nick Frost

My mother, she had a very good attitude toward money. I’m very grateful for the fact that we had to learn to save. I used to get like 50 pence a week, and I’d save it for like five months. And then I’d spend it on Christmas presents. I’d save up like eight pounds. It’s nothing, but we did that.–Gemma Arterton

Hey, great idea: if you have kids, give your partner reading vouchers next Christmas. Each voucher entitles the bearer to two hours’ reading time *while the kids are awake*. It might look like a cheapskate present, but parents will appreciate that it costs more in real terms than a Lamborghini.–Nick Hornby

Some cities, like wrapped boxes under Christmas trees, conceal unexpected gifts, secret delights. Some cities will always remain wrapped boxes, containers of riddles never to be solved, nor even to be seen by vacationing visitors, or, for that matter, the most inquisitive, persistent travelers.–Truman Capote

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I came running down the stairs that morning, like it was Christmas. My parents were already up. In my family, presents never waited; they were there upon waking. Our family has a problem with what they called delayed gratification. We want what we want when we want it, and we always want it now.–Neal Shusterman

When you chopped logs with the ax and they split open they smelled beautiful, like Christmas. But when you split someone’s head open it smelled like abattoir and quite overpowered the scent of the wild lilacs you’d cut and brought into the house only this morning, which was already another life.–Kate Atkinson

I think that ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’ was mentally taxing, if only because I had to go to a Christmas party shortly after I had wrapped photography in Romania at two in the morning as the Ghost Rider. The invitation had a Christmas ornament on it with Ghost Rider’s face on it as a tree.–Nicolas Cage

Christmas my child, is love in action…When you love someone, you give to them, as God gives to us. The greatest gift He ever gave was the Person of His Son, sent to us in human form so that we might know what God the Father is really like! Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.–Dale Evans

Ever since the Christmas of 1953, I have felt that the yuletide is a special hell for those families who have suffered any loss or who must admit to any imperfection; the so-called spirit of giving can be as greedy as receiving-Christmas is our time to be aware of what we lack, of who’s not home.–John Irving

As always, many of our troops are far from home this [Christmas] time of year, and their families are serving and sacrificing right along with them. Their courage and dedication allow the rest of us to enjoy this season. That’s why we’ve tried to serve them as well as they’ve served this country.–Michelle Obama

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No matter what, I always make it home for Christmas. I love to go to my Tennessee Mountain Home and invite all of my nieces and nephews and their spouses and kids and do what we all like to do – eat, laugh, trade presents and just enjoy each other… and sometimes I even dress up like Santa Claus!–Dolly Parton

Christmas was close at hand, in all his bluff and hearty honesty; it was the season of hospitality, merriment, and open-heartedness; the old year was preparing, like an ancient philosopher, to call his friends around him, and amidst the sound of feasting and revelry to pass gently and calmly away.–Charles Dickens

I left the clinic in a daze that had nothing to do with my head injury. Clear up in a week or so? How could Dr. Olendzki speak so lightly about this? I was going to look like a mutant for Christmas and most of the ski trip. I had a black eye. A freaking black eye. And my mother had given it to me.–Richelle Mead

I’ve said before: If Osama bin Laden was a Christian, Iraq was the Christmas present he always wanted but never expected his parents to give. It validated for the Muslim world virtually all of bin Laden’s rhetoric. He had always said the Americans will destroy any strong Muslim regime, and we did.–Michael Scheuer

It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.–Caroline Kennedy

I got my first instrument for Christmas when I was three or four years old. My parents got me a mandolin because it was the only instrument that would fit me because I was so small. I went straight from that into the drums when I was six, and then I started playing guitar when I was seven or eight.–Chord Overstreet

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The mystery of the Holy Night, which historically happened two thousand years ago, must be lived as a spiritual event in the ‘today’ of the Liturgy,” the Pope clarified. “The Word who found a dwelling in Mary’s womb comes to knock on the heart of every person with singular intensity this Christmas.–Pope John Paul II

Joker’ was a violent, dark, and brutal book, so I wanted to do something a little less heavy. I played around with the idea of a children’s book, and that eventually became ‘Noel.’ And I just kept finding these parallels between things I could do with Batman and Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol.’–Lee Bermejo

Christmas means a great deal to me. I was reared in a family that celebrated Christmas to some extent, but I married into a family that celebrated Christmas in a big way. And my wife always made a big thing of Christmas for the children. We have five children, and we had a terrific time at Christmas.–Billy Graham

A man bumps me on his busy way without so much as an apology. But that is all right. I forgive you, busy man about town with the sharp elbows. Hail and farewell to you! For I, Gemma Doyle, am to have a splendid Christmas in London town. All shall be well. God rest us merry gentlemen. And gentlewomen.–Libba Bray

I just think that it’s strong and it’s important that we recognize what the Christmas season is about; it’s about the birth of our Savior, and there’s a lot of pressure today to be politically correct, but people are realizing, too, that you have to be open to express your faith what you want believe.–Joel Osteen

Like almost all of Beefheart’s recorded work, it was not even “ahead” of its time in 1969. Then and now, it stands outside time, trends, fads, hypes, the rise and fall of whole genres eclectic as walking Christmas trees, constituting a genre unto itself: truly, a musical Monolith if ever there was one.–Lester Bangs

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I wanted to be an actor, an astrologer, an astronaut; a lot of different things were going through my mind. But I also wanted to play guitar. I mentioned to my parents that I wanted an electric guitar for Christmas. They got me one! I sat there all Christmas morning making a lot of loud horrible noise.–Joan Jett

When I`m going to do a Christmas album I had to put my mind in Christmas mode. I had to go back to being a child and remembering all of that. When I go to do a project, I’m serious about it, so I wrap my world around it, and it becomes Christmastime for me and I’m singing songs like it’s Christmas day.–Mary J. Blige

Christmas can have a real melancholy aspect, ’cause it packages itself as this idea of perfect family cohesion and love, and you’re always going to come up short when you measure your personal life against the idealized personal lives that are constantly thrust in our faces, primarily by TV commercials.–Dan Savage

When I was eight, my mum found me humming to myself and scribbling on a scrap of paper. When she asked me what I was doing, I got shy. I was writing a Christmas song, and I had never shared my music with anyone before. Reluctantly, I sang it for her… and she loved it. Of course she did – she’s my mum.–Neil Jackson

You don’t need candlelight and fireside glow to make Christmas happen. Trees, ornaments, gifts, and all of it are splendid embellishments. Not necessary, but so very nice. It’s Him…It’s priceless to discover the pleasure of His company…May your home know something of all this glory during these days.–Jack W. Hayford

I started with the Target Company in 1993 when their Christmas theme that year was ‘It’s A Wonderful Life,’ and they reunited the actors who played the Bailey kids. So we went all over and really had a blast getting the love from all of the fans and thought, ‘Whoopty-doo, there’s something going on here.’–Karolyn Grimes

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Christmas Day was special because everybody is watching at home. That’s what I loved about Christmas Day because it shined the spotlight on the Lakers, on our team, and we knew that all of the other leagues were at home and millions of people were watching. So it made it a special day to play on Christmas.–Magic Johnson

…And then, just when everything is bearing down on us to such an extent that we can scarcely withstand it, the Christmas message comes to tell us that all our ideas are wrong, and that what we take to be evil and dark is really good and light because it comes from God. Our eyes are at fault, that is all–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Christmas, in fact, is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart: like a nursery story, its validity rests on exact repetition, so that it comes around every time as the evocation of one’s whole life and particularly of the most distant bits of it in childhood.–Freya Stark

Everything is holding its breath inside me. Everything is waiting to explode like Christmas. I want to be all new and shiny. I want to sit out bad at night, a boy around my neck and the wind under my skirt. Not this way, every evening talking to the trees, leaning out my window, imagining what I can’t see.–Sandra Cisneros

I read The Hunger Games voraciously and was extremely annoyed when interrupted by such inconsequential things as ‘Christmas dinner.’ (God, Mom, did you not understand Katniss was being pursued by the mutts? You have several children, why does it always have to be about collecting the whole set all the time?)–Sarah Rees Brennan

Mom still has a huge, beautifully decorated Christmas tree. The whole family comes together after midnight mass and has the traditional plum cake and wine. We spend the night at mom’s home, and in the morning we wake up and open the presents. In the afternoon, we sit down to have a traditional Christmas lunch.–Malaika Arora Khan

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The years came and went, the children came and left. The worst of getting old is not tiredness and aches and pains, but that time rushes on so quickly, that in the end it doesn’t seem to exist. It’s Christmas and then it’s Easter. It’s a clear winter’s day and then a hot summer’s day. In between it’s a vacuum.–Marianne Fredriksson

Sam was starting to feel anxious. Nutella and noodles were fine. Great in fact. Miraculous. But he’d been hoping for more food more water more medicine something. It was absurdly like Christmas morning when he was little: hoping for something he couldn’t even put a name to. A game changer. Something…amazing.–Michael Grant

At school, there was an annual school disco and I’d be standing in my bedroom wondering what to wear for hours on end. Eventually I’d arrive at a decision that was just the most ridiculous costume you could have ever devised – I think it was probably knitted Christmas jumpers on top of buttoned-up white shirts.–Guy Berryman

There’s a lot of movies that aren’t all about Christmas, or where Christmas isn’t the focus, but have that spirit of Christmas in them. I love that sequence in ‘Auntie Mame,’ where she’s in the department store, sewing at Macy’s, and she doesn’t know how to do anything but fill out a form as ‘cash on delivery!’–Robert Osborne

I dug out the powder blue cashmere cardigan my mother Lisa gave me the Christmas before last, pulled on my oldest, softest Levi’s. Comfort clothes; the next best thing to a hug from a warm, living body. Lately there had been a shortage of hugs in my life. Lately there had been a shortage of warm, living bodies.–Josh Lanyon

A woman spent all Christmas Day in a telephone box without ringing anyone. If someone comes to phone, she leaves the box, then resumes her place afterwards. No one calls her either, but from a window in the street, someone watched her all day, no doubt since they had nothing better to do. The Christmas syndrome.–Jean Baudrillard

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For years, I worked seven-day weeks, through birthdays and most public holidays, Christmases and New Year’s Eves included. I worked mornings and afternoons, resuming work after dinner. I remember feeling as if life were a protracted exercise in pulling myself out of a well by a rope, and that rope was work.–Antonella Gambotto-Burke

My Barbies were usually naked. Once, I took their heads off, cut their hair, drew on their short, spiky hair with some markers, then stuck the heads on Christmas lights. Every year, we’d string our tree with those Barbie heads. It looked demonic. My parents were so cool – they saw it as a form of self-expression.–Jessica Biel

I got this Christmas gift with the entire Beatles catalog. I had fun trying to duplicate what I was hearing on these records, only using the instruments I had at hand – an acoustic guitar, and that’s all. It was endlessly amusing to me to try to imitate John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s harmonies using the guitar.–M. Ward

I’d sooner have died than admit that the most valuable thing I owned was a fairly extensive collection of German industrial music dance mix EP records stored for even further embarrassment under a box of crumbling Christmas tree ornaments in a Portland, Oregon basement. So I told him I owned nothing of any value.–Douglas Coupland

In those days, Christmas still retained a certain aura of magic and mystery. The powdery light of winter, the hopeful expressions of people who lived among shadows and silence, lent that setting a slight air of promise in which at least children and those who had learned the art of forgetting could still believe.–Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will last forever. Jesus is God’s perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift, but we are able to share it with others on Christmas and every other day of the year.–Joel Osteen

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I was probably five years old or four years and I would listen to “White Christmas,” and I just thought it was the most beautiful thing ever. The musicianship and his voice and the melody of that song; it’s almost like I wish it wasn’t a Christmas song because I wish that you were allowed to listen to it all year.–Michael Buble

With a track like ‘White Christmas,’ everybody has done that song in every format you can imagine, so I just looked at the chords at that particular song and what chords would make it work. That’s kind of quite a sad song, and I had this idea of someone singing it in the subway, someone who is homeless, old and sad.–Vince Clarke

8. Santa Claus is concerned about the problem of Arctic ice. The ice is the spouse of the elves, and she is sick. She is the primary source of their magic, as the elves cannot be separated from the place where they live. For many years now, this is all they have asked for for Christmas: that the ice should come back–Catherynne M. Valente

Her face crashes. She hasn’t dealt with a single transfusion or lumbar puncture. She wasn’t allowed near me for the bone-marrow transplant, but she could have been there for any number of diagnoses, and wasn’t. Even her promises to visit more often have faded away with Christmas. It’s her turn to taste some reality.–Jenny Downham

I can see how weird I was. One day I decided the school needed a Christmas tree and spent hours dragging this huge beast of a tree into school. No one was pleased. I got two weeks detention because I was 45 minutes late and had made a big mess of leaves and soil all over the building. All the kids just laughed at me.—Mika

I’ve got some incredible fans actually – so loyal and they make me birthday cards and Christmas cards. I got this package of poems and artwork based around the songs. They’ve got this thing called ‘Floetry’ where they all have to put in artwork. They’ve set up their own competitions and stuff which is kind of amazing.–Florence Welch

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Who among us will celebrate Christmas correctly? Whoever finally lays down all power, l honor, all reputation, all vanity, all arrogance, all individualism beside the manger; whoever remains lowly and lets God alone be high; whoever looks at the child in the manger and sees the glory of God precisely in his lowliness.–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The shelves had been stripped bare and battered to Hell, as if some super-important Christmas toy release had come and gone and an army of Super-Moms had ripped through the store, buying everything up like an all-consuming void. Didn’t hurt that many of the shelves were lined with piles of bones both animal and human.”–Chuck Wendig

There’s a schizoid quality to our relationship with animals, in which sentiment and brutality exist side by side. Half the dogs in America will receive Christmas presents this year, yet few of us pause to consider the miserable life of the pig – an animal easily as intelligent as a dog – that becomes the Christmas ham.–Michael Pollan

For Christmas when I was about four I got given ‘Can the can’ by Susie Quatro, so that was the first record I got. And I got Skyhooks “Ego is not a Dirty Word…. I was sorta listening to the Beatles and stuff the whole time since I was about ten anyway, then I started getting into Kiss and David Bowie at the same time–Bernard Fanning

Because we need Christmas we had better understand what it is and what it isn’t. Gifts, holly, mistletoe, and red-nosed reindeer are fun as traditions, but they are not what Christmas is really all about. Christmas pertains to that glorious moment when the Son of our Father joined his divinity to our imperfect humanity.–Hugh W. Pinnock

Like almost all of Beefheart’s recorded work, [Trout Mask Replica] was not even “ahead” of its time in 1969. Then and now, it stands outside time, trends, fads, hypes, the rise and fall of whole genres eclectic as walking Christmas trees, constituting a genre unto itself: truly, a musical Monolith if ever there was one.–Lester Bangs

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My favorite part was when my grandfather and I would make a special trip to Firpo’s Bakery for red and green Christmas cookies and fruitcake studded with the sweetest cherries I’ve ever tasted. Usually Firpo’s was too expensive for our slim budget, but Christmas mornings they gave a discount to any children who came in.–Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The thing to do,’ I said as we gained the lane that leads to Beech Green and Fairacre, ‘is to get absolutely everything in the summer and lock it in a cupboard. Then order every scrap of food from a shop the week before Christmas and sit back and enjoy watching everyone else go mad. I’ve been meaning to do it for years.–Miss Read

The pattern of a newspaperman’s life is like the plot of ‘Black Beauty.’ Sometimes he finds a kind master who gives him a dry stall and an occasional bran mash in the form of a Christmas bonus, sometimes he falls into the hands of a mean owner who drives him in spite of spavins and expects him to live on potato peelings.–A. J. Liebling

O Christmas Sun! What holy task is thine! To fold a world in the embrace of God! To spread, where’er thy golden feet have trod, The benediction of His grace divine: To hold the promise of His final plan Blazing before the eyes of human-kind, And, at thy setting, leave His love enshrined Anew in the reminded heart of man!–Guy Wetmore Carryl

I’ve got some incredible fans actually – so loyal and they make me birthday cards and Christmas cards. I got this package of poems and artwork based around Jennifer Bofinger, media spokeswoman for the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said despite the shabby treatment of deer just loves it!–Debby Ryan

Id have to say, for me, as a child, my favorite memories were always centered around Christmas time. It always seemed like no matter how much money my parents had or didnt have, we got completely spoiled rotten. There were always presents under the tree, and we always did special things, like hide elves around the house.–Josie Bissett

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There are stories told to him only at this time of year. Fantastic, magical stories, the old Hollier in the woods finding only three red berries, which peel back in the night to reveal gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh, Christmas in hot deserts, dust-blown countries, the necklace of tears, and the story of the robin.–Sarah Hall

And it’s best if you know a good thing is going to happen, like an eclipse or getting a microscope for Christmas. And it’s bad if you know a bad thing is going to happen, like having a filling or going to France. But I think it is worst if you don’t know whether it is a good thing or a bad thing which is going to happen.–Mark Haddon

The concerted effort to minimize Christmas has resulted in it being our national Happy Holiday holiday. The Christmas season is now the holiday season. Christmas parties are now holiday parties. Christmas is a time for giving and receiving presents and in many homes, nothing more. Who is this fellow, Jesus Christ, anyway?–Lyn Nofziger

An Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman were invited to a Christmas party. The Englishman brought a bag of tinsel, the Scotsman brought a bag of holly and they asked the Irishman: “What have you brought?” He said: “I brought a pair of knickers.” They asked: “What has that got to do with Christmas?” He said “They’re Carol’s.”–Frank Carson

On Christmas morning when I was a child, my mother would leave a book wrapped at the foot of the bed, which was a hint that Santa had come. It was also her way of keeping us in bed a little longer before we went downstairs. So I’ve always associated books with happiness and gifts. And they are. I can’t get enough of them.–David McCullough

It’s funny how we ‘do’ Christmas. Christmas is not something that we do, it is something that was done. It celebrates the long awaited arrival of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. We had nothing to do with it, but what we can do is praise God for the coming of the Lord, who washed away the sins of the world by dying on the cross.–Monica Johnson

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I’d have to say, for me, as a child, my favorite memories were always centered around Christmas time. It always seemed like no matter how much money my parents had or didn’t have, we got completely spoiled rotten. There were always presents under the tree, and we always did special things, like hide elves around the house.–Josie Bissett

Now, a lot of what we are doing right now, quite frankly, is because of what happened on Christmas. Many of the things were kind of in the works. We were already planning, for example, the purchase and deployment of advanced imaging technology. You call them body scanners. We call them AITs (Advanced Imaging Technologies).–Janet Napolitano

It was mid-November 2008. There were pirates taking ships with impunity in African waters, terrorists punching holes in Indian security, China sinking towards depression because Americans were afraid to buy cheap goods for Christmas, and the richest nation in the history of the world was talking about how to keep a budget.–Walter Mosley

I’m suprised he doesn’t send Christmas cards,” Antonio said. “I can see them now. Tasteful, embossed veilum cards, the best he can steal. Little notes in perfect penmanship,”Happy holidays. Hope everyone is well. I sliced up Ethan Ritter in Miami and scattered his remains in the Atlantic. Best wishes for the new year. Karl.–Kelley Armstrong

I set a personal record on Christmas. I got my shopping done three weeks ahead of time. I had all the presents back at my apartment, I was halfway through wrapping them, and I realized, ‘Damn, I used the wrong wrapping paper.’ The paper I used said, ‘Happy Birthday.’ I didn’t want to waste it, so I just wrote ‘Jesus’ on it.–Demetri Martin

The Church does not superstitiously observe days, merely as days, but as memorials of important facts. Christmas might be kept as well upon one day of the year as another; but there should be a stated day for commemorating the birth of our Saviour, because there is danger that what may be done on any day, will be neglected.–Samuel Johnson

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It is always weird to be in the studio working on Christmas music in June and July, so we decorated the entire studio, we really did. We brought out lights, fake trees and decorated the place to get in the Christmas spirit. You’d leave the studio, and it’d be 100 degrees out in Nashville, but nonetheless, a great experience.–Dave Haywood

Major power and telephone grids have long been controlled by computer networks, but now similar systems are embedded in such mundane objects as electric meters, alarm clocks, home refrigerators and thermostats, video cameras, bathroom scales, and Christmas-tree lights – all of which are, or soon will be, accessible remotely.–Charles C. Mann

My father couldn’t speak English when he went to the first grade and I had to work in a factory over Christmas and summer vacations. And I think that’s the American way and one of the things that excites me about this race is that pretty much everything I’ve done I’ve started at the bottom and been able to finish at the top.–George Pataki

Maybe the purchasing and the making and the wrapping and the decorating – those delightfully generous and important expressions of our love at Christmas – should be separated, if only slightly, from the more quiet, personal moments when we consider the meaning of the Baby (and his birth) who prompts the giving of such gifts.–Jeffrey R. Holland

And if it happened to be a Christmas-night when the great bell seemed to rattle in its throat as it called the faithful to the midnight mass, there was such an indescribable air of life spread over the sombre facade that the great door-way looked as if it were swallowing the entire crowd, and the rose-window staring at them.–Victor Hugo

I read everything. I’ll read a John Grisham novel, I’ll sit and read a whole book of poems by Maya Angelou, or I’ll just read some Mary Oliver – this is a book that was given to me for Christmas. No particular genre. And I read in French, and I read in German, and I read in English. I love to see how other people use language.–Jessye Norman

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I’ve always been shy, but I see that as a good thing because it kept me focused on music. When I was in seventh grade, I asked my parents for a mobile recording system for Christmas, and I got it. I didn’t come out of my room for years after that. I’d get invited to the movies and I’d say, ‘I’m gonna finish a couple of demos.’–Hunter Hayes

I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still. Cozy couples lazily meandered the streets and children trudged sleds and chased snowballs. No one seemed to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, with each other, whenever and however it happened.–Rachel Cohn

I was raised in a religion that hardly ever acknowledges angels, and I never even heard of Michael until I was older. Angels were relegated to Christmas and Valentines, so I didn’t really have any kind framework to understand this, even though my parents were open to things like intuition and psychic abilities and manifesting.–Doreen Virtue

[Larry Kramer] even wrote this angry letter to the president of Yale, and in it he said what he said to us, that he was so disappointed in his straight friends because of AIDS and everything. He wrote the letter around March. And in it he wrote, “I usually go to the Trillins for Christmas, but I just couldn’t do it this year.”–Kevin Sessums

I will light candles this Christmas, Candles of joy, despite all sadness, Candles of hope where despair keeps watch. Candles of courage where fear is ever present, Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days, Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens. Candles of love to inspire all my living, Candles that will burn all the year long.–Howard Thurman

Our many different cultures notwithstanding, there’s something about the holidays that makes the planet communal. Even nations that do not celebrate Christmas can’t help but be caught up in the collective spirit of their neighbors, as twinkling lights dot the landscape and carols fill the air. It’s an inspiring time of the year.–Marlo Thomas

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My parents were kind of over protective people. Me and my sister had to play in the backyard all the time. They bought us bikes for Christmas but wouldn’t let us ride in the street, we had to ride in the backyard. Another Christmas, my dad got me a basketball hoop and put it in the middle of the lawn! You can’t dribble on grass.–Jimmy Fallon

I’ve got some incredible fans actually – so loyal and they make me card »”>birthday cards and Christmas cards. I got this package of poems and artwork based around the songs. They’ve got this thing called ‘Floetry’ where they all have to put in artwork. They’ve set up their own competitions and stuff which is kind of amazing.–Florence Welch

It goes Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day. Is that fair to anyone who’s alone? These are all days you gotta be with someone. And if you didn’t get around to killing yourself at Christmas or New Year’s, boom! There’s Valentine’s Day. I think there should be one more after Valentine’s Day just called, ‘Who could love you?’–Laura Kightlinger

Time was with most of us, when Christmas Day, encircling all our limited world like a magic ring, left nothing out for us to miss or seek; bound together all our home enjoyments, affections, and hopes; grouped everything and everyone round the Christmas fire, and make the little picture shining in our bright young eyes, complete.–Charles Dickens

We go from Malachi to Matthew in one page of our scriptures, but that one piece of paper that separates the Old Testament from the New Testament represents 400 years of history – 400 years where there wasn’t a prophet, 400 years where God’s voice wasn’t heard. And that silence was broken with the cry of a baby on Christmas night.–Louie Giglio

The Christmas just before I turned four, my parents bought me a pair of little black skates and the Bay of Quinte was frozen and my two sisters took me out there and held my hands and taught me to skate. Now I don’t know if this is true-although it sounds good!-but rumour has it by the end of the day they couldn’t keep up with me.–Bobby Hull

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We humans…are seriously flawed. The things that are the most necessary, the most critical to us, are the things we take most for granted. Air. Water. Love. If you have someone to love, you are lucky. If they love you back, you’re blessed. And if you waste the time you have to love them, you’re a fool. -The Christmas List- p. 296–Richard Paul Evans

Well, the album ‘Intuition’ is out and just went platinum officially. So I think to have the music doing what it’s doing right now, man, it’s the ultimate. Nobody is really selling records out there but we are at a million records and we dropped it at Christmas, so we are just trying to get that thing to like two million, you know.–Jamie Foxx

We try to make the name longer and longer every year. First, it was ‘Larry the Cable Guy’s Christmas Spectacular.’ Then it was ‘It’s a Very Larry Christmas.’ Now it’s ‘Larry the Cable Guy’s Hula-palooza Christmas Luau.’ I’ll tell you what it is: It’s funny. That’s what it is. Who cares what the name of it is? It is a funny special.–Larry the Cable Guy

Christmas has been a season of mixed interests and meanings, but the very foundation, of course, is its religious significance. No matter what other personal desires or crises we have faced, I’ve never forgotten that this is the time to celebrate the birth of the Baby Jesus, and the impact of this event on the history of the world.–Jimmy Carter

My boy is a mean kid. I came home the other day and saw him taping worms to the sidewalk, he sits there and watches the birds get hernias. Well, only last Christmas I gave him a B-B gun and he gave me a sweatshirt with a bulls-eye on the back. I told my kids, “Someday, you’ll have kids of your own.” One of them said, “So will you.”–Rodney Dangerfield

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I work with this wonderful five-piece band, The Tony Guerrero Quintet, along with Kate Flannery, who was Meredith the Drunk in The Office, and Tim Davis, who was the vocal arranger on Glee. The three of us sing, and the band is amazing. We’ve been working together for about two years. So, we decided to do a Christmas album in July.–Jane Lynch

We are each one on a road going toward home, but we’re not trying to get there for Christmas. We’re trying to get there for eternity. We want to arrive home safely to our loving Father in Heaven. He wants us to make it safely there, so He has sent a guiding light for us to follow: a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, the perfect example.–Margaret D. Nadauld

I am a neat hand at cookery, and I’ll tell you what I knocked up for my Christmas-eve dinner in the Library Cart. I knocked up a beefsteak-pudding for one, with two kidneys, a dozen oysters, and a couple of mushrooms thrown in. It’s a pudding to put a man in good humour with everything, except the two bottom buttons of his waistcoat.–Charles Dickens

The foundation upon which our nation stands is much richer and firmer than the sympathies that may occasionally divide us. And we never know this more truly than in Christmas time. In good times or in bad, under clear skies or under the shadow of uncertainty, the Christmas message is the imperishable one of joy, hope and brotherhood.–Ferdinand Marcos

Christmas was on a Sunday in 2005, which had a greater than expected negative impact on retail and classified advertising during the last weekend of our fiscal year. In addition, our California papers had held up well in automotive advertising, but the industry-wide decline in this category reached them in the fourth quarter as well.–Gary Pruitt

Kind ‘Guardian’ readers have been forwarding me round robin Christmas newsletters for years now: lengthy missives full of perfect children, exotic holidays, talented pets and endless, tedious detail. The notes that accompanied them revealed they had inspired in the original recipients everything from mild irritation to absolute rage.–Simon Hoggart

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For many people, the big feast of the year is Christmas, but for Christians, the truly great feast is Easter. Without Easter, without the Resurrection, we would not have the gift of salvation. Jesus had to rise from the dead or else he would have just been another failed Messiah and his birth would be a forgotten footnote of history.–Robert Barron

One of the joys our technological civilization has lost is the excitement with which seasonal flowers and fruits were welcomed; the first daffodil, strawberry or cherry are now things of the past, along with their precious moment of arrival. Even the tangerine — now a satsuma or clementine — appears de-pipped months before Christmas.–Derek Jarman

This Windows 95 hairball has become so big, so unmanageable, so hard to use, so hard to configure, so hard to keep up and running, so hard to keep secure. Windows 95 is a great gift to give your kid this Christmas because it will keep your kid fascinated for months trying to get it up and running and trying to figure out how to use it.–Scott McNealy

I think we’ve taken the meaning of Christmas out. People don’t stop and think about Jesus or the birth of Jesus. When they think of Christmas, they think of Santa Claus and – for the children, and they think of giving gifts and out-giving the next person of spending their time looking for the right thing for somebody who has everything.–Billy Graham

Nobody has ever taken a photograph of something they want to forget. We can build a wall of happy Kodak moments around ourselves, a wall of our Christmases, birthdays, baby showers and weddings, but we can never forget that celluloid film is see-through, that behind it, all the misery of real life waits for our wall to collapse someday.–Rebecca McNutt

Why do I have to do this?” Gator demanded. Cuz you’re such a pretty boy. Our photographer isn’t going to fall for one of us as the tied up model,” Nico pointed out. Dumbest plan you’ve ever come up with,” Gator rumbled. “Offering myself all trussed up like a Christmas turkey to a serial killer who likes to torture people isn’t too smart.–Christine Feehan

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In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!–Dave Barry

What I’m not saying is that all government spending is bad. It’s not – far, far from it, but there is no free lunch, as a former colleague of mine used to say. There is no public tooth fairy. Father Christmas does not work on the Treasury staff this year. You can never bail someone out of trouble without putting someone else into trouble.–Arthur Laffer

Dear Lord, I’ve been asked, nay commanded, to thank Thee for the Christmas turkey before us… a turkey which was no doubt a lively, intelligent bird… a social being… capable of actual affection… nuzzling its young with almost human- like compassion. Anyway, it’s dead and we’re gonna eat it. Please give our respects to its family…–Berkeley Breathed

At the heart of every really good Christmas movie is the threat, I suppose, to Christmas. Something is wrong with Christmas, in all of these movies. In ‘The Polar Express,’ there’s a kid that doesn’t really believe, and that’s the threat to Christmas. In ‘Santa Claus: The Movie,’ jealousy and greed are threatening to overrun his Christmas.–James McAvoy

I have a love/hate relationship with Amy Grant, but I do go back to her Christmas albums once in a while. They’re dated and sentimental and the production is nearly unlistenable, but there’s something about her vocal performance that just feels really true. I would take her Christmas albums over Mariah Carey’s or Destiny’s Child’s any day.–Sufjan Stevens

The way my family always did Christmas was on Christmas Eve, it wasn’t really centered around a dinner on Christmas Eve. It was more about keeping the kids calm. Sometime after dark is when we were going to open all the presents underneath the tree from Mom, Dad and the kids and everything – just the family presents was every Christmas Eve.–Blake Shelton

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Christianity, righty understood, is utterly unlike religion that man invents. It is so completely contrary to the way man does things that it must have come from God. Take Christmas, for example; only God could have thought of that. When man invents a super being, he comes up with a Superman, or a Captain Marvel. God gives the world a baby.–Richard Halverson

People can pass thirty nights in dancing and no one complains about it, but if they watch through a single Christmas night they cough and claim their stomach is upset the next morning. Does anyone fail to see that the world is an unjust judge, gracious and well disposed to its own children but harsh and rigorous towards the children of God?–Saint Francis de Sales

Before Santa and presents and shopping and all the attendant Christmas (stuff) got involved, this holiday was enshrined to commemorate a guy who got nailed to a tree for daring to tell people to be kind to one another. If you have two cloaks, He said, give one away. Remember those who have less than you, be charitable, be good, be merciful.–William Rivers Pitt

The immense step from the Babe at Bethlehem to the living, reigning triumphant Lord Jesus, returning to earth for His own people – that is the glorious truth proclaimed throughout Scripture. As the bells ring out the joys of Christmas, may we also be alert for the final trumpet that will announce His return, when we shall always be with Him.–Alan Redpath

I firmly believe that all we send into the lives of other does indeed come back into our own. I also believe that Christmas is that wondrous time of year when each of us renews our faith that a better world is possible. By trying to live Christmas 12 months a year, we CAN make this world a better place to live – for others and for ourselves.–Mary Kay Ash

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I remember once I went to go see a movie, and in front of me in line there was a little boy who looked so eager to see it, like it was Christmas morning. When he got to the ticket booth it turned out there was only one ticket left; the manager was there and wanted to give it to me instead since I was famous. That’s when I knew I’d hit it big.–Zach Braff

North is a powerful man, and you’re still connected to him.” Flo frowned. “Probably sexual memory, those Capricorns are insatiable. Well, you know. Sea Goat. And of course, you’re a Fish. You’ll end up back in bed with him.” Andie slammed the car door. “You know what I’d like for Christmas, Flo? Boundaries. You can gift me early if you’d like.–Jennifer Crusie

Today Christmas has become a commercial celebration, whose bright lights hide the mystery of God’s humility, which in turn calls us to humility and simplicity. Let us ask the Lord to help us see through the superficial glitter of this season, and to discover behind it the child in the stable in Bethlehem, so as to find true joy and true light.–Pope Benedict XVI

Confession: When I went to see The Empire Strikes Back I found myself glancing at my watch. The Force is with us, indeed, and a lot of it is hot air. It’s a measure of my mixed feelings about The Empire Strikes Back that I’m not at all sure that I understand the plot. The Empire Strikes Back is about as personal as a Christmas card from a bank.–Vincent Canby

The spirit of Christmas needs to superseded by the Spirit of Christ. The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christmas is a divine person. That makes all the difference in the world.–Stuart Briscoe

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A group of four cardinals wrote to [Pope] Francis accusing him of sowing confusion on important moral issues, and they asked for clarifications. He did not reply. And one of the signatories, the American Cardinal Raymond Burke, said if the pope does not clarify, he will proceed with what he called a formal correction of the pope after Christmas.–Sylvia Poggioli

With the song ‘This Christmas’ I wanted to do something that was kind of different. I mean, Donny Hathaway is an amazing artist. So I wanted to bring my flavor to the song so when people over the age of 45 or 50 hear it they’ll be like ‘OK, he did his thing with that record.’ It’s like I can appeal to everybody and not just a younger demographic.–Chris Brown

For instance,” said the boy again, “if Christmas trees were people and people were Christmas trees, we’d all be chopped down, put up in the living room, and covered in tinsel, while the trees opened our presents.” “What does that have to do with it?” asked Milo. “Nothing at all,” he answered, “but it’s an interesting possibility, don’t you think?–Norton Juster

One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.–Dylan Thomas

The upheavals of adolescence silenced ‘A Christmas Carol’ for a few years. I became a firebrand atheist. Christmas – humbug! Too commercial! Then I became an agnostic. Christmas was a pro-forma affair, basically a chore. Buy mother a book, dad a new tie, my brother and sister small gifts. Pretend thanks for the fountain pens and shirts I received.–Whitley Strieber

Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power. By saying that our leaders are power-drunk chimpanzees, am I in danger of wrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East? Their morale, like so many bodies, is already shot to pieces. They are being treated, as I never was, like toys a rich kid got for Christmas.–Kurt Vonnegut

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There is no way to have a real relationship without becoming vulnerable to hurt. Christmas tells us that God became breakable and fragile. God became someone we could hurt. Why? To get us back… No other religion-whethe r secularism, Greco-Roman paganism, Eastern religion, Judaism, or Islam-believes God became breakable or suffered or had a body.–Timothy Keller

Holiday and Holy Day, Christmas is more than a yule log, holly or tree. It is more than natural good cheer and the giving of gifts. Christmas is even more than the feast of the home and of children, the feast of love and friendship. It is more than all of these together. Christmas is Christ, the Christ of justice and charity, of freedom and peace.–Francis Spellman

Something that’s of common interest to every man, woman and child on the planet must surely be the notion of ‘Peace’. Without ‘Peace’ we cannot survive. Valentine’s Day is on the 14 February. Christmas Day is on the 25 December. Peace Day has been established by the United Nations on the 21 September, and the whole world is invited to participate.–Annie Lennox

Why won’t they let a year die without bringing in a new one on the instant, can’t they use birth control on time? I want an interregnum. The stupid years patter on with unrelenting feet, never stopping – rising to little monotonous peaks in our imaginations at festivals like New Year’s and Easter and Christmas – But, goodness, why need they do it?–John Dos Passos

Don’t get it twisted. It’s not about money, it’s not about the fame. It’s about I don’t have to worry about if my little brother is gonna be able to get a new toy for Christmas. It’s those little tiny things that really make up the bigger picture. So, my happiness doesn’t come from money or fame. My happiness comes from seeing life without struggle.–Nicki Minaj

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This was not a good idea coming home for Christmas. I’m too old. Years ago, coming back from schools or trips, I always expected some sort of new perspective or fresh insight about the family on returning. That doesn’t happen anymore-the days of revelation about my parents, at least, are over… its time to move on. I think we’d all appreciate that.–Douglas Coupland

Christmas is a time of little time. How we get there is a mystery. Racing madly mall-to-mall, we climb Into fields of sunlit harmony. Shopping, cooking, clearing walks and yards, Trimming house and tree while working, too; Making phone calls, wrapping, writing cards, As all worn out we do what we must do So that this day of joy might joy renew.–Nick Gordon

When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flock, The work of Christmas begins: …To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among brothers, To make music in the heart.–Howard Thurman

I’ll give you your Christmas present now if you’ll give me mine.”I shook my headAt breakfast.””But it’s Christmas now.””Breakfast.””Whatever you’re giving me,” she said, “I hope I don’t like it.””You’ll have to keep them anyway, because the man at the Aquarium said he positively wouldn’t take them back. He said they’d already bitten the tails off the…”–Dashiell Hammett

Well, Thanksgiving we’ll all gather at my house for dinner and we usually do Christmas at Beau’s house. My mom is still feisty and kicking. She’s 92. I saw her last night and she published a book at 90. It’s a wonderful book called “You Caught Me Kissing” and it’s basically love-poems that she wrote for my dad. It’s more than that, it’s a wonderful book.–Jeff Bridges

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I don’t know what to do!” cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoön of himself with his stockings. “I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to every-body! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!–Charles Dickens

I don’t roam around with a camera and never did. I took pictures in spurts, for my books, for some assignments or on special occasions. Like people who take out their cameras for Christmas and birthdays. Each time, like them, probably, I feel it’s the first time and as if I would have to relearn the moves. Luckily, it comes pretty fast, like riding a bike.–William Klein

I’ve had this look for about a year. I usually grow this beard out around Christmas. I like to go to malls dressed as Jesus, and I like to then walk around the mall and go, ‘No! No! This wasn’t what it was supposed to be about, people!’ Then if there’s a Santa at the mall, I walk up to him and say, ‘Listen, fat man, you’re just a clown at my birthday party.’–Marc Maron

Giving in to a shrill instinct, she ran around the side of the building. Butch was marching toward his car as if he were carrying an unstable load, and she rushed to catch up with them. “Wait. I need to ask him a question.” “You want to know his shoe size or something?” Butch snapped. “Fourteen,” Wrath drawled. “I’ll remember that at Christmas, asshole.–J.R. Ward

If the aim is to keep “Christ” in the shopping-mall Christmas or to ensure that pagan trees and mistletoe don’t lose their Christian labels, then it might make sense to attack presidents and business owners who commit the “happy holiday” sin. But if the goal is to restore the religious meaning of the Christian holy day, then they are aiming at the wrong Target.–Charles Haynes

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For many of us, sadly, the spirit of Christmas is “hurry”. And yet, eventually, the hour comes when the rushing ends and the race against the calendar mercifully comes to a close. It is only now perhaps that we truly recognize the spirit of Christmas. (…) With all its temporal confusion, it may just help us to see that by contrast, Christmas itself is eternal.–Burton Hill

It was 2002, we all got guitars for Christmas and started playing in my garage that summer, rehearsed there and in a warehouse for a bit for about a year. We did our first gig in June 2003 and we played a few gigs in and around Sheffield for a bit then started doing gigs outside of Sheffield about this time last year, recording demos while all this was going on.–Alex Turner

My first day on set [Bad Santa 2] was with Billy [Bob Tornton] and it was a sex scene in a Christmas tree lot and you know in order to make it great for the audience you just have to go for it! It was our sort of our icebreaker. There is something very freeing and fun about just playing make believe and it’s just over the top and hilarious so you just go for it.–Christina Hendricks

I hated that the soldier doll had my name. I mean, please. I didn’t play with him much. He was another Christmas present from my clueless grandparents. One time when they were visiting, my grandpa asked me if G.I. Joe had been in any wars lately. I said, “No, but he and Ken got married last week.” Every Christmas since then, my grandparents have sent me a check.–James Howe

Jewish Christmas’ – that’s what my gentile friends called Chanukah when I was growing up in Michigan in the thirties and forties. Anachronistic, yes, but they had a point. Observing the dietary laws of separating milk and meat dishes was far easier for the handful of Jewish families in our little town than getting through December without mixing the two holidays.–Faye Moskowitz

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Read! When your baby is finally down for the night, pick up a juicy book like Eat, Pray, Love or Pride and Prejudice or my personal favorite, Understanding Sleep Disorders: Narcolepsy and Apnea; A Clinical Study. Taking some time to read each night really taught me how to feign narcolepsy when my husband asked me what my planwas for taking down the Christmas tree.–Tina Fey

Christmas represents love and mercy. It was ushered in by the star of hope and remains forever consecrated by the sacrifice of the cross. Christmas holds its place in the hearts of men because they know that love is the greatest thing in the world. Christmas is celebrated in the true spirit only by those who make some sacrifice for the benefit of their fellow men.–Newt Gingrich

Now on the first day of Christmas, my homeboy gave to me A sack of the krazy glue and told me to smoke it up slowly. Now on the second day of Christmas, my homeboy gave to me A fifth of Hendog and told me to take my mind off that weed. Now by the third day of Christmas, my big homeboy gave to me A whole lot of everything, and it wasn’t nuthin’ but game to me.–Snoop Dogg

Unfortunately, the headlights of the car were bright enough for them to see Mae’s outfit quite clearly. “Oh my God,” said Nick, and shut his eyes. Jamie gave a small, nervous laugh. “What?” Mae demanded. “Alan told us that we were supposed to dress as we truly are!” “And you felt that what you truly are is a Christmas tree with too much tinsel.” Nick grinned. “Huh.–Sarah Rees Brennan

I was in New York last Christmas – it’s snowing; there’s a guy in a t-shirt. I’m like, ‘Dude, aren’t you cold?’ ‘No, I’m from New York. I don’t get cold.’ Just ’cause you’re from a cold place doesn’t mean you’re genetically predisposed to not feeling cold. You’re not a penguin. I was like, ‘In fact, sir, you’re Puerto Rican, so if anything, you should be more cold.–Iliza Shlesinger

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When I go to Florida for Christmas I always take my nieces and nephews out on excursions, … I become like a big kid again. We go on all the big rides at the theme parks or I stick them in go-karts where their feet can’t quite reach the pedals. I think that if you can continue to have the child at heart you may grow old physically but you will stay young mentally.–John Barrowman

Read! When your baby is finally down for the night, pick up a juicy book like Eat, Pray, Love or Pride and Prejudice or my personal favorite,Understanding Sleep Disorders: Narcolepsy and Apnea; A Clinical Study. Taking some time to read each night really taught me how to feign narcolepsy when my husband asked me what my “plan” was for taking down the Christmas tree.–Tina Fey

Every time you recall a memory, you’re basically making another copy of it and at that same point it is susceptible to new changes and adaptations. So, you know, if you remember from when you were, you know, in second grade and there was Christmas and you got a present from your grandfather and your mom was wearing a red dress, that may or may not all have happened.–Pete Docter

My grandfather is from Ireland. His name is Florence McCarthy. He moved to New York in 1920. They used to beat him up because his name was Florence. He had to switch his name to Frank. And then this Christmas, he made an announcement – he goes, ‘I’m switching me name back to Florence.’ And we beat him up, ’cause it’s a dumb name and he’s old and weak and it was easy.–Greg Fitzsimmons

You spend Christmas at somebody’s house, you worry about their operations, you give them hugs and kisses and flowers, you see them in their dressing gown…and then bang, that’s it. Gone forever. And sooner or later there will be another mum, another Christmas, more varicose veins. They’re all the same. Only the addresses, and the colors of the dressing gown, change.–Nick Hornby

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There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus Christ. It is the time to love the Lord, our God, with all our heart – and our neighbors as ourselves. It is well to remember that he who gives money gives much; he who gives time gives more; but he who gives of himself gives all.–Thomas S. Monson

When we worship you in the form of bread… we always see you as an adult. But every year at Christmas, you reveal yourself to us as a child born in a crib. We stand in silent amazement…In silent adoration we stand before the mystery, like Mary when the shepherd came and told her what they had seen and heard: ‘She kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.’–Chiara Lubich

The idea was put to me, and my initial reaction was of slight sort of – I was slightly appalled, really, because in the U.K., we don’t – we think it’s all a bit vulgar, you know, doing Christmas or cashing in on Christmas. And there’s a word we have for it, which is naff. And it’s not exactly uncool. It really sort of means kind of vulgar and a bit – not very stylish.–Nick Lowe

Touring isn’t traveling. Everyone should know that. And I would absolutely recommend a month of solo touring – that is, no driver, no merch person, no tour manager – to anyone in the position to do such a thing. But just once. You grow a lot in those situations, like when you spend a Christmas alone (which I also recommend). But, again, only once. That will be enough.–Wooden Wand

Personally, Miami was not my favorite place. Vacationing there is great: You go for three days and get some sun, and it’s time to go home. When they told me it doesn’t get any colder than 50 degrees, that sold me. We get below-zero weather in Cleveland. I can’t wait to have a sunny Christmas. It will definitely be an adjustment, but we’ll make it. We’re not complaining.–Savannah Brinson

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I don’t understand people who go to amusement parks. I spend most of my time trying NOT to be nauseous. ‘Excuse me, could you strap me in upside down? I’d like to be as sick as humanly possible. I feel great today, I think I’ll go down to Funland and snap my neck on the back of a ride. Honey, let’s bring the kids, I want to give them a spinal cord injury for Christmas.’–Dom Irrera

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