25 Christmas Quotes – A Time for Thinking about Others

christmas givingThe spirit of Christmas to me is the spirit of giving and thinking about others. Its a time for celebration of life and of those who are sharing our life with us.

I wanted to share with you 25 quotes that I found that encourage this spirit.

  1. “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” ~ Burton Hillis
  2. “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
  3. “As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.” – Donald E. Westlake
  4. “He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.” ~ Charlotte Carpenter
  5. “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ~ Peg Bracken
  6. “Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself.” ~ Francis C. Farley
  7. “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” ~ W.T. Ellis
  8. “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!” ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie
  9. “Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” ~ Janice Maeditere
  10. “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” ~ 7-year-old named Bobby
  11. “Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving, and of families united.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
  12. “Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” ~ Ruth Carter Stapleton
  13. “Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.” ~ Pope John XXIII
  14. “Let us have music for Christmas…Sound the trumpet of joy and rebirth; Let each of us try, with a song in our hearts, To bring peace to men on earth.” ~ Mildred L. Jarrell
  15. “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
  16. “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
  17. “What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” ~ Agnes M. Pharo
  18. “A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” ~ Garrison Keillor
  19. “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ~ Charles Dickens, Ebeneezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol
  20. “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
  21. “Until one feels the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. All else is outward display–so much tinsel and decorations. For it isn’t the holly, it isn’t the snow. It isn’t the tree not the firelight’s glow. It’s the warmth that comes to the hearts of men when the Christmas spirit returns again.” ~ Unknown
  22. “Ask your children two questions this Christmas. First: What do you want to give to others for Christmas? Second: What do you want for Christmas? The first fosters generosity of heart and an outward focus. The second can breed selfishness if not tempered by the first.” ~ Author Unknown
  23. “Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given–when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.” ~ Joan Winmill Brown
  24. “Christmas day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both.” ~ Phillips Brooks
  25. “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” ~ Charles Schulz

Your Turn:
What makes Christmas special for you? Share below.

Enjoy your holiday season!



  1. Cindy

    Thanks for these inspirating words! I really love them. All the people should have read this, maybe they would know then that christmas is not about consuming and buying expensive goods. My fav is the one from a 7 years old boy: “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” He already knows what’s christmas about.
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  2. Joanne, aloha. As you know, I love quotes. This post of yours is a terrific idea. Thanks so much for sharing the inspiration and the fun. Without a doubt I will be “borrowing” a few of those to bring the messages to others.

    Best wishes for a great week. Aloha. Janet
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