Christmas tends to bring out the best and worst of everything – the joy, the pain, the excitement, the annoyances, and the blessings. To usher us into it, I’ve compiled twelve quotes that cover it all. I hope you enjoy it while experiencing the best for you and your family this Christmas.
“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, humorist
Christmas means so many things to so many people. What does it mean to you?
“Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here.” ? Clark Griswold, Christmas Vacation
The holidays can be stressful. If we don’t keep our focus in the right place, a time that should be joyful can become miserable.
“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” ? Garrison Keillor, storyteller
For many, Christmas means gathering with family. For some, it may be the only time to see them. Perhaps it’s good to remind us that we’re bound for a reason and the grace that God extended through the birth of His son provides reason enough to extend that grace to our family.
“I didn’t feel like buying him the jacket he asked for for Christmas, so I just got him a coat hanger with a sticky note attached that read, ‘Here’s something for you to hang your dreams on, pal.’” ? Jarod Kintz, author and humorist
We tend to love the gifts, but hate the commercialization. Maybe we shouldn’t ask, “What do you want for Christmas?” Maybe we should ask, “What are your dreams this year?”
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” ? Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
From a children’s book, we begin to turn in the right direction. Christmas has to be more than parties, gatherings, and long lines at the store.
“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
There it is: the beginning of a different kind of Christmas. One that should become a year-round endeavor.
“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, American journalist
Every child wakes up thinking, “What will I get?” As adults, we should mature to think, “What can I give?”
“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
May we have the mind of Christ, enabling us to live in peace, extend His mercy, and inspire goodwill.
“The only real blind person at Christmastime is he who has no Christmas in his heart.” ? Helen Keller
Examine your heart and pray that you will see what’s important this season.
“Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.” ? G.K. Chesterton
Here’s the hope we now have. The one born with nothing came to give us everything.
“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” ? C.S. Lewis
Christmas promises a complete transformation. He is the greatest gift to you and me.
“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” ?Luke 2:10-11
And here we have it: Christmas in a quote. The real purpose and meaning of Christmas can be found in the One for whom it is named – Christ. He is more than a figurine, an icon, or a seasonal character. He is our salvation, the hope of the world, and the only thing that matters.
Randy Robison is a producer, writer, and host for LIFE TODAY. His latest book Our Presidents and Their Prayers is available now.