150 Christmas Quotes to Spread Christmas Joy

Last updated: October 30, 2023

Use these Christmas quotes to sprinkle a little extra joy into your holiday celebrations. From sentimental reflections to light-hearted laughs, we've gathered a huge range of quotes to ensure your Christmas is as merry and bright as it can be. As snow begins to blanket the earth and Christmas songs fill every corner, these quotes capture the essence of tradition and enjoyment that this time of year is known for.

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On this page, you'll find sentimental quotes that will give you a warm fuzzy feeling, funny Christmas that will make you laugh out loud, joyful religious and Christian quotes, plus so much more to spread Christmas cheer this holiday season!

The short Christmas quotes on this page are perfect for including in your Christmas card message to make them more meaningful. 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 year.

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Short Christmas Quotes for Cards

Trying to make it through the big list of cards you have to write this holiday season? Looking for something unique for every person you know and love? Don't worry, we have you covered!

At Christmas, all roads lead home.
~ Marjorie Holmes

Christmas is more than just presents, it's love and harmony.
~ Julie Hebet

Love the giver more than the gift.
~ Brigham Young

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

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

May your Christmas be filled with love and laughter.
~ Anon

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Funny Christmas Quotes and Sayings

Get your friends and family chuckling with these funny Christmas quotes! These humorous quotes are great for including in a Christmas card message to friends and relatives who enjoy a good joke around this time of year. They are sure to bring a smile to the face of even the biggest Christmas Grinch!

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

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

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!
~ Anon

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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Cute Christmas Quotes

These cute Christmas quotes capture the magic of the Christmas season, making them ideal for kids and those who are young at heart.

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

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

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

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

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

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Inspirational Christmas Quotes

Looking for inspirational Christmas quotes that warm the heart? These are short but inspirational and 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

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

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

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 Christmas Love Quotes

At Christmas time, our thoughts often turn to those we love and cherish. These Christmas love quotes beautifully capture that warm, fuzzy feeling. Share one of these quotes in a romantic Christmas card message with your tree-mendously special someone to brighten their day.

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

I won't ask for much this Christmas. I won't even wish for snow. And I'm just gonna keep on waiting, underneath the mistletoe.
- Mariah Carey, All I want for Christmas is You

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 Wright Mabie

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

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Heartwarming Family Christmas Quotes

At Christmas time, we all hope to share special moments and create life-long memories with our family. These carefully selected family Christmas quotes encapsulate the essence of this special time—when laughter is shared, memories are made, and the warmth of togetherness fills our hearts.

Christmas time is cherished family time. Family time is sacred time.
~ Russell M. Nelson

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

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

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.
~ Anon

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

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Christmas Quotes for Friends

Want to let your friends know just how much they mean to you this Christmas? Look no further! These cheerful and heartfelt quotes are just what you need.

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

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
~ Benjamin Franklin

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

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

It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love.
~ Moliere

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Best Santa Quotes

Put the ho-ho-ho into the holidays with these cute and funny Christmas quotes about Santa Claus. These quotes are perfect for sharing with the people you know and love during 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, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

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?"

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Christian Religious Christmas Quotes

Rediscover the true meaning of Christmas with this unique selection of beautiful Christian and religious quotes. 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

Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King.
~ Joy to the World, Isaac Watts

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.
~ Anon

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

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

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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Beautiful Christmas Season Quotes

Season's greetings! There is no denying that the Christmas season is such a magical, special time of the year. These Merry Christmas quotes help to capture that magic.

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

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

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

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

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

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.
~ Anon

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The Meaning of Christmas Quotes

Traditionally, Christmas is a time of beauty, joy, and happiness across the world. Enjoy and convey the meaning of Christmas with these gorgeous meaning of Christmas quotes.

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

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

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.
~ Thomas S. Monson

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

Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, but it's also about the rebirth of our own spirit. It's a time to remember what's truly important in our lives.
~ Anon

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

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Christmas Tree Quotes

Want to "spruce" up your Christmas card messages? A page of Christmas quotes wouldn't be complete without mention of the Christmas tree, which takes pride of place in each home in December. Here are some of the best Christmas tree quotes to celebrate the Christmas tree in all its glory.

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

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

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

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

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

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!
~ Anon

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

Twas the night before Christmas... and 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 everyone feels on Christmas Eve.

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

It's Christmas Eve! It's 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

'Twas 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.
~ Anon

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Best Christmas Lights Quotes

Be merry and bright this festive season, just like these festive Christmas lights quotes! Candles, stars, tinsel, and the light of love and joy all get a mention in these Christmas quotes about bright lights and the part they play in Christmas cheer.

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.
~ Anon

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 a 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. 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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Classic Christmas Movie Quotes

One of the best festive season traditions is sitting down with family to watch a Christmas movie. Grab the popcorn - these festive flicks have so many fantastic Christmas quotes that your family will love you to share with them!

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!
~ Kevin McCallister, Home Alone 2

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

Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.
~ Fred Gailey, Miracle on 34th Street

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, White Christmas

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

And we're going to have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas.
~ Clark Griswold, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

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

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Christmas Quotes from Songs

Sing, cheer, and spread the festive joy for all to hear! These quotes about Christmas from your favorite songs will get everyone in the spirit for Christmas this year!

It's the most wonderful time of the year.
~ It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams

Rockin' around the Christmas tree, have a happy holiday.
~ Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee

And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun, the near and the dear one, the old and the young.
~ Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why.
~ Santa Claus Is Coming to Town by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie

Silver bells, silver bells, it's Christmas time in the city.
~ Silver Bells by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans

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Christmas Quotes from Literature

Christmas is the perfect time to delve into a good book and embark on an adventure from the comfort of your home. But even if you're not an avid reader, you can still enjoy the magic of the season with these cherished Christmas quotes from literature, perfect for sharing with friends and family.

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

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

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods

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

The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others' burdens, easing others' loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays.
~ W.C. Jones

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
~ Clement Clarke Moore, A Visit from St. Nicholas

It's fruitcake weather!
~ Truman Capote, A Christmas Memory

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