74 Inspirational Christmas Quotes to Put In Your Cards This Year

Countdown to Christmas? Yep, we like start on December 26. In our opinion it’s never too early to start planning for Christmas celebrations, and it’s always time to get a little Christmas inspiration. If you’re writing cards or just need a little bit of Christmas spirit today, we’ve gathered 76 inspirational Christmas quotes that can work with any gift-giving scenario.

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Quotes About the Meaning of Christmas

These inspirational Christmas quotes share all the feels about celebrating Christmas. We dare your heart to not grow three sizes while reading them.

  1. “Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.” — Santa from the Polar Express
  2. “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” — Edna Ferber
  3. “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
  4. “Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality.” — Washington Irving
  5. “Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever.” — Richelle E. Goodrich
  6. “I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another.” — Carrie Fisher
  7. “Christmas, my child, is love in action.” — Dale Evans
  8. “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
  9. “What is Christmas? It is the tenderness of the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future.” — Agnes M. Pharo
  10. “Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance—a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” — Augusta E. Randel
  11. “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” — Charles M. Schultz
  12. “Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” — Janice Maeditere
  13. “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
  14. “Christmas is for everyone, adults and children alike. Allow this season fill your heart, and let go of the things you dislike.” — Julie Hebert
  15. “The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not Christmas in his heart.” — Helen Keller
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Grandma, grandpa, mum and child exchanging gifts. Parents and daughters having fun near tree indoors. Loving family with presents in room.

Quotes About the Christmas Spirit

What does it mean to celebrate Christmas? What does that look like? These inspiring Christmas quotes put the feeling into words.

16.       “I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” — Harlan Miller

17.       “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” — Winston Churchill

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

19.       “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” — W.T. Ellis

20.       “Christmas is forever, not for just one day. For loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away.” — Norman Wesley Brooks

21.       “At Christmas, all roads lead home.” — Marjorie Holmes

22.       “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” — Buddy the Elf from Elf

23.       “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” — Charles Dickens

24.       “Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room.” — Nora Roberts

25.       “Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy; who gives himself by thought or word or deed in every gift that he bestows.” — Edwin Osgood Grover

26.       “As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year.” — David Grayson

27.       “A good conscience is a continual Christmas.” — Benjamin Franklin

28.       “Let us keep Christmas beautiful without a thought of greed.” — Ann Farnett Schultz

29.       “Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” — Dr. Seuss 

30.       “Christmas now surrounds us, Happiness is everywhere. Our hands are busy with many tasks as carols fill the air.” — Shirley Sallay

31.       “The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving.” — James Cash Penney

32.       “The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood.” — Richard Paul Evans

33.       “Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it—you feel it. You know it. You believe it.” — Kevin Alan Milne

34.       “Christmas is a time when you get homesick—even when you’re home.” — Carol Nelson

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

36.       “The true Christmas spirit is putting others’ happiness before our own, and finding you’ve never known such happiness.” — Toni Sorenson

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Quotes About The Importance of Christmas

It’s easy to take the holiday season for granted. But these quotes help remind us of the impact Christmas has on our lives and how it can help improve our year.

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

38.       “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

39.       “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” — Hamilton Wright Mabie

40.       “We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder

41.       “Peace on Earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.” — Helen Steiner Rice

42.       “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. . . .” — Taylor Caldwell

43.       “Christmas gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us.” — David Cameron

44.       “The world has grown weary through the years, but at Christmas, it is young.” — Phillips Brooks

45.       “Christmas is not a story of hope. It is hope.” — Craig D. Lounsbrough

46.       “Christmas works like glue, it keeps us all sticking together.” — Rosie Thomas

47.       “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.” — Frank Cross, from Scrooged

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Quotes About Gift Giving

Gift-giving is a Christmas tradition, and part of other winter-time holidays, too. While these inspirational holiday quotes won’t tell you what to get your mom for Christmas, they’ll help you remember what’s really important to give.

48.       “Love the giver more than the gift.” — Brigham Young

49.       “Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.” — Pindar

50.       “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

51.       “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” — Roy L. Smith

52.       “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” — Burton Hills

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

54.       “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

55.       “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” — Mother Teresa

56.       “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” — Peg Bracken

57.       “Your children need your presence more than your presents.” — Jesse Jackson

58.       “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” — Kahlil Gibran

59.       “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill

Three generation family are doing door-to-door carol singing. There is a senior woman at the door, appreciating their singing.

Quotes About Charity

Perhaps the greatest gift you give during Christmas is love and care for those around you.

60.       “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

61.       “If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” — Bob Hope

62.       “Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold.” — Josephine Daskam Bacon

63.       “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 the holidays.” — W.C. Jones

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

65.       “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

66.       “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

67.       “Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance—each beautiful, unique, and gone too soon.” — Deborah Whipp

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Funny Christmas Quotes

There’s a reason “jolly” is a part of Christmas. Some days, a holiday laugh can be the gift people need.

67.       “One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day.” — Andy Rooney

68.       “Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and receipts for all major purchases.” — Bridger Winegar

69.       “That’s the true spirit of Christmas; people being helped by people other than me.” — Jerry Seinfeld

70.       “For Christmas this year, try giving less. Start with less attitude. There’s more than enough of that in the world as it is—and people will usually just give it back anyway!” — Anne Bristow

71.       “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

72.       “A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.” — John B. Priestly

73.       “Sending Christmas cards is a good way to let your friends and family know that you think they’re worth the price of a stamp.” — Melanie White

74.       “I hate the radio this time of year because they play “All I Want For Christmas Is You” like, every other song. And that’s just not enough.” — Bridger Winegar

Send a Card with the Gift of Comfort

These Christmas inspirational quotes remind us about giving, caring, and sharing comfort with people near and far away. And that’s what our company is all about, too.

Our Christmas gift lineup features care packages filled with feel-good finds to make the people you care about more comfortable this year. We’ve got homestyle soups, baked goods, cozy blankets and socks, and one-of-a-kind accessories. Plus, we’ll include a personalized notecard with every gift—perfect for using your favorite quote from this list! Cozy, convenient, and Christmas-y … We’ve got all the words you need for Christmas covered.

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