130 Best Christmas Quotes & Sayings for 2021

Last updated: December 8, 2021

Festive Christmas quotes & funny sayings make a great addition to any holiday card message and will help you to spread some festive Christmas cheer! On this page you'll find inspirational quotes that will give you a warm fuzzy feeling, funny Christmas quotes that will make you laugh out loud, plus beautiful religious and Christian quotes, and cute quotes for kids too.

Christmas Card Messages

The short Christmas quotes on this page are perfect for including in your Christmas card messages. Include a funny quote to a friend or relative to give them a laugh, or add an inspiring quote to provide an encouraging word to someone who has had a difficult past year.

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Funny Christmas Quotes & Sayings

Some of the best funny Christmas quotes to bring a smile to your face. These short quotes are great for including in Christmas card message to friends and relatives who enjoy a good joke.

Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip.
~ Gary Allan

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

Christmas: the only time of year you can sit in front of a dead tree eating candy out of socks.
~ Anonymous

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

Lessons from a Christmas Tree:
Be a light in the darkness.
We all fall over sometimes.
You can never wear too much glitter.
Bring joy to others.
Sparkle and twinkle as often as possible.
It's okay to be a little tilted.
~ Jane Lee Logan

Three Wise WOMEN would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, bought practical gifts, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and there would be peace on earth!
~ Anonymous

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas. But if the white runs out I'll drink the red.
~ Anonymous

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

Santa Claus has the right idea - visit people only once a year.
~ Victor Borge

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.
~ Larry Wilde

Nothing's as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.
~ Kin Hubbard

Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.
~ Lenore Hershey

Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.
~ Dave Barry

What I like about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with the present.
~ Don Marquis

Christmas, here again. Let us raise a loving cup; Peace on earth, goodwill to men, and make them do the washing up.
~ Wendy Cope

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

I hope you love the present you told me to buy for you!

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And here's some funny Christmas jokes that also work well as a Christmas quote to add into a holiday card message!

What did the stamp say to the Christmas card? Stick with me and we'll go places!

Did you know that Santa's not allowed to go down chimneys this year? It was declared unsafe by the Elf and Safety Commission.

What's every parent's favorite Christmas Carol? Silent Night.

How do snowmen get around? They ride an icicle!

How do sheep wish each other happy holidays? Merry Christmas to ewe.

What do snowmen have for breakfast? Snowflakes!

Knock, knock! Who's there? Mary. Mary who? Mary Christmas!

Knock, knock! Who's there? Chris. Chris who? Christmas is here!

Family Christmas Quotes

At Christmas, we all hope to share special moments with our family. These short family Christmas quotes express that wish.

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

Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don't quite know how to put our love into words.
~ Harlan Miller

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

Christmas Eve, a perfect night to express affection for your family, to forgive those who failed you, and to forget past mistakes.
~ Unknown

At Christmas, all roads lead home.
~ Marjorie Holmes

Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home.
~ Carol Nelson

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Cute Christmas Quotes

Cute Christmas quotes that capture the magic of the Christmas season, and how it is such a special time. They are great Christmas quotes for kids and the young-at-heart.

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

Christmas isn't about candy canes or lights all aglow, it's the hearts that we touch, and the care that we show.
~ Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas eve.
~ Anonymous

It's not what's under the Christmas tree that matters, it's who is around it.
~ Anonymous

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from the store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!
~ The Grinch, by Dr Seuss

Guardian angel pure and bright, please lead Santa here tonight.
~ Unknown

Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever.
~ Richelle Goodrich

I am dreaming of white Christmas,
with every Christmas card I write,
May your days be Merry and bright,
and May all your Christmases be white.
~ Bing Crosby

Christmas magic is silent. You don't hear it - You feel it. You know it. You believe it.
~ Kevin Alan Milne

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Best Christmas Love quotes

At Christmas time we think about all the people we love. These short Christmas love quotes capture that feeling beautifully. They're the perfect Christmas quotes for sharing in a romantic Christmas card message to your special someone.

Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don't quite know how to put our love into words.
~ Harlan Miller

Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love Divine, Love was born at Christmas, Star and Angels gave the sign.
~ Christina Rossetti

Love is what is in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.
~ Anon

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

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
~ Hamilton Write Mabie

Love the giver more than the gift.
~ Brigham Young

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

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Inspirational Christmas Quotes

Here are some of the best inspirational Christmas quotes to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Mostly they're short enough to work well as Christmas card quotes or merry Christmas wishes. Use them to capture the spirit of Christmas-time in your card messages.

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, the gladness of Christmas give you hope, the warmth of Christmas grant you love.
~ Anon

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.
~ Oren Arnold

When we recall Christmas past we usually find that the simplest things, not the great occasions, give off the greatest glow of happiness.
~ Bob Hope

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

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

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.
~ Janice Maeditere

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

Heap on the wood! - the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
We'll keep our Christmas merry still.
~ Sir Walter Scott

Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind.
~ Valentine Davies (Miracle on 34th Street)

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

It's Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
~ W. T. Ellis

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

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

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

Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.
~ Anon

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Best Santa Quotes

Cute and funny Christmas quotes about Santa Claus, perfect for sharing in the holiday season as you wish people a very Merry Christmas.

Dear Santa, Before I explain, how much do you know already?
~ Anon

There are three stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus; he does not believe in Santa Claus; he is Santa Claus.
~ Bob Phillips

It's all fun and games until Santa checks the naughty list.
~ Anon

You know you're getting old when Santa starts looking younger.
~ Robert Paul

I hope Santa leaves me a skinny body and a fat wallet, not the other way around like it was last year.

You better watch out,
You better not cry,
Better not pout,
I'm telling you why,
Santa Claus is coming to town.
~ Haven Gillespie

Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip.
~ Gary Allan

Santa Claus has the right idea - visit people only once a year.
~ Victor Borge

Me: "I want a magical Unicorn for Christmas."
Santa: "Be realistic."
Me: "Okay. I want 5 minutes to myself each day to drink my coffee hot and pee in peace."
Santa: "What color Unicorn would you like?"

Christian Religious Christmas Quotes

A selection of beautiful Christian and religious Christmas quotes that refer to the true meaning of Christmas. Perfect for relatives and friends who believe that Jesus is the reason for the Christmas season!

Good news from heaven the angels bring, Glad tidings to the earth they sing: To us this day a child is given, To crown us with the joy of heaven.
~ Martin Luther

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

A little child,
A shining star,
A stable rude,
The door ajar.
Yet in that place,
So crude, forlorn,
The Hope of all
The world was born.
~ Anonymous

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
There old familiar carols play
And wild and sweet, the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!
~ Anon

For it is in giving that we receive.
~ Francis of Assisi

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?
~ G.K. Chesterton

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:11

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people." Luke 2:10

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." Luke 2:13-14

"We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him." Matthew 2:2

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. Luke 2:14

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. Luke 2:8-9

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Christmas Season Quotes

The Christmas season is such a magical, special time of the year. These Merry Christmas quotes capture some of that magic.

Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home.
~ Carol Nelson

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

Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
~ Calvin Coolidge

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
~ Hamilton Write Mabie

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

This time of year means being kind to everyone we meet, To share a smile with strangers we may pass along the street.
~ Betty Black

May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.
~ Anon

The light in a child's eyes is all it takes to make Christmas a magical time of the year.
~ Unknown

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Christmas Tree Quotes

A page of Christmas quotes wouldn't be complete without mention of the Christmas tree, which takes pride of place in each home at Christmas time. Here are some of the best Christmas tree quotes to celebrate the Christmas tree in all its beauty.

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

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

It's not what's under the Christmas tree that matters, it's who is around it.
~ Anonymous

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

The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There's a kind of glory to them when they're all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.
~ Andy Rooney

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are thy branches!
~ Traditional German Carol

The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!
~ Charles N Barnard

Lessons from a Christmas Tree:
Be a light in the darkness.
We all fall over sometimes.
You can never wear too much glitter.
Bring joy to others.
Sparkle and twinkle as often as possible.
It's okay to be a little tilted.
~ Jane Lee Logan

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

And here are some funny Christmas tree quotes for you to enjoy.

Christmas: the only time of year you can sit in front of a dead tree eating candy out of socks.
~ Anonymous

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.
~ Larry Wilde

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

You're a lot like some of my Christmas tree ornaments. Bright, colorful. and a little bit cracked!
~ Unknown

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

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Christmas Eve Quotes

Our collection of Christmas quotes would not be complete without mentioning the magical time of Christmas eve. These beautiful Christmas eve quotes help to capture the excitement and anticipation we feel on Christmas eve.

May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas eve.
~ Anon

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

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 Street Aldrich

T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
~ Clement C. Moore

What Eve is like the Christmas Eve?... In any land, A day so grand - So pure as Christmas Day.
~ Louis Charles

Christmas Eve, a perfect night to express affection for your family, to forgive those who failed you, and to forget past mistakes.
~ Unknown

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Best Christmas lights Quotes

Enjoy these festive Christmas lights quotes! Candles, stars, tinsel, and the light of love and joy all get a mention in these Christmas quotes about light.

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

The light in a child's eyes is all it takes to make Christmas a magical time of the year.
~ Unknown

Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
~ Hugh Martin

Oh Christmas lights
Light up the street
Light up the fireworks in me
May all your troubles soon be gone
Oh Christmas lights keep shining on
~ Christmas Lights, Coldplay

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
~ Edith Wharton

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

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 Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There's a kind of glory to them when they're all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.
~ Andy Rooney

The light of the Christmas star to you,
The warmth of home and hearth to you,
The cheer and good will of friends to you,
The joy of a thousand angels to you,
The love of the Son,
And God's peace to you.
~ Irish Christmas Blessing

May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch at your door, and happiness be guided to your home by the candle of Christmas.
~ Irish Christmas Blessing

We have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him. Matthew 2:2

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. Luke 2:8-9

For they traveled by night and they slept by day, for their guide was a beautiful wonderful star.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

O star of wonder, star of night, Guide us to thy perfect light.
~ John Henry Hopkins Jr.

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. Matthew 2:10

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

May the beautiful lights of every holiday season remind us of Him who is the source of all light.
~ David A. Bednar

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