60 sixty great Christmas quotes and aphorisms by famous authors selected by Carl William Brown for the World of English blog, that is English-culture.com
I wish you a Merry Christmas sparkle with endless love, gladness and goodwill.
Lailah Gifty Akita
The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.
Christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones. This year especially I understand why.
Queen Elizabeth II
At Christmas we must all be more good-natured, not more stupid!
Carl William Brown
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?
Let’s be naughty and save Santa the trip.
What do you think of Christmas?” “I like it,” she said. “I think we should have it every year.”
Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.
At Christmas we should be more good, not stupider!
Carl William Brown
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!’.
Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree.
T. S. Eliot
Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!
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.
Christmas ought to be brought up to date,” Maria said. “It ought to have gangsters, and aeroplanes and a lot of automatic pistols.
Christmas Eve is my favorite… I think the anticipation is more fun than anything else. I kind of lost that. The idea that something – food, traditions, an arbitrary date on the calendar – can be special because we decide it should be. We make it special. Not just for ourselves, but for others.
Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive.
The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school.
From a theological point of view, Easter is the center of the Church year; but Christmas is the most profoundly human feast of faith, because it allows us to feel most deeply the humanity of God. The crib has a unique power to show us what it means to say that God wished to be “Immanuel” a “God with us”, a God whom we may address in intimate language, because he encounters us as a child.
Pope Benedict XVI
Christmas it seems to me is a necessary festival; we require a season when we can regret all the flaws in our human relationships: it is the feast of failure, sad but consoling.
I think commercialism helps Christmas and I think that the more capitalism we can inject into the Christmas holiday the more spiritual I feel about it.
It’s funny to think that Christmas – a time known for its joyful togetherness – can be the loneliest time of the year for some.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies!
Francis Pharcellus Church
Yes’ it’s true that I hate Santa too, dressed in his suit of silk. That’s why this year with the homemade cookies, I’m going to leave some poison milk.
Mark W. Boyer
If you can’t find the spirit of the holidays in your heart, you’ll never find it under a tree.
Stupid rich nations sell arms to helpless poor nations; then at Christmas they collect toys to send to the children of families ruined by the various conflicts of the planet.
Carl William Brown
I have always thought of Christmas-time… as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.
T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Clement Clarke Moore
Christmas isn’t a parade or concert but a piece of home you keep in your heart wherever you go.
The Christmas story is penmanship of the most brilliant sort, where God crafted a beginning that would never be subject to an ending.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Christmas is supposed to be this time when everyone is nice to one another and forgives one another and all that, but the true meaning of Christmas is presents. And in the real world, Santa’s not fair. Rich kids get everything and poor kids get secondhand crap their parents bust their asses to afford. It costs money just to sit on Santa’s lap.
There’s no experience quite like cutting your own live Christmas tree out of your neighbor’s yard.
And then she realized that after that Christmas party, she didn’t really lose anything, except respect for everyone.”
Of course there is a Santa Claus. It’s just that no single somebody could do all he has to do. So the Lord has spread the task among us all. That’s why everybody is Santa Claus. I am. You are.”
The three phases of Santa belief: Santa is real; Santa isn’t real; Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
There is at Christmas time a great deal of hypocrisy, honourable hypocrisy, hypocrisy undertaken pour le bon motif, c’est entendu, but nevertheless hypocrisy!
I am sorry to have to introduce the subject of Christmas into these articles. It is an indecent subject; a cruel, gluttonous subject; a drunken, disorderly subject; a wasteful, disastrous, subject; a wicked, cadging, lying, filthy, blashphemous, and demoralizing subject. Christmas is forced on a reluctant and disgusted nation by the shopkeepers and the press: on its own merits it would wither and shrivel in the fiery breath of universal hatred; and any one who looked back to it would be turned into a pillar of greasy sausages.
George Bernard Shaw
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.
Christmas is best pondered, not with logic, but with imagination.
I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a a note on it saying, toys not included.
Keeping Christ in Christmas” is like showing up at someone’s house every year, insisting on a party they never planned and never agreed to.
From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.
Christmas time! That man must be a misanthrope indeed, in whose breast something like a jovial feeling is not roused—in whose mind some pleasant associations are not awakened—by the recurrence of Christmas.
Halloween isn’t the only time for ghosts and ghost stories. In Victorian Britain, spooky winter’s tales were part of the Christmas season, often told after dinner, over port or coffee.
Christmas is a conspiracy to make single people feel lonely.
What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.
Dale Evans Rogers
And so this is Christmas…what have you done?
I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.
Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles
We were so poor that my old man would go outside every Christmas and shoot his gun then come back and tell us that Santa Claus had committed suicide
Jack La Motta
The Pope: the only who never sees his boss, even at Christmas.
What kind of Christmas present would Jesus ask Santa for?
Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.
G. K. Chesterton
People can’t concentrate properly on blowing other people to pieces if their minds are poisoned by thoughts suitable to the twenty-fifth of December.
I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.
Santa Claus has the right idea – visit people only once a year.
Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home.
I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark
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.
Christmas is a holiday that we celebrate not as individuals nor as a nation, but as a human family.
There is no more dangerous or disgusting habit than that of celebrating Christmas before it comes.
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