17 Thoughtful and Heartwarming Quotes About Christmas

Embrace the season of peace and joy with these timeless words and phrases.

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The Christmas season is a time of warmth and togetherness. The mood shifts into something more, however, when the kids are all home, the fire is roaring, and the stockings are as full as our hearts. There's nothing quite like that feeling—there's family and friendship and good food and good will. We believe the below quotes, which are funny, thoughtful, and heartwarming, sum up this exact sentiment of being home for the holidays.

Choose a few meaningful lines that share your wishes for peace, love, and kindness throughout the year or that offer a lighthearted take on the trappings of the holiday. However you decide to share these seasonal sayings—on social media, at the end of a Christmas dinner toast, or after opening presents around the tree—we hope you'll do so with the joy of the season front and center.

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Maya Angelou

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"We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas. We beckon this good season to wait a while with us."

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Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge Quote

"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."

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Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"

Charles Dickens quote

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."

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Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher Quote

"I don't think Christmas is necessarily about things. It's about being good to one another."

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Bob Hope

Bob Hope Quote

"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?"

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Hamilton Wright Mabie

Hamilton Wright Quote

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love."

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Hugh Martin, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

Hugh Martin

"Have yourself a merry little Christmas now."

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Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."

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Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII

"Mankind is a great, immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas."

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"Christmastime with Mr. Rogers"

Mr. Rogers Quote

"I hope you'll be able to look for all the different ways that people have of showing that they love you."

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Andy Rooney

Andy Rooney Quote

"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."

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Dr. Seuss, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

Dr. Seuss Quote

"What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

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Freya Stark

Freya Stark Quote

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

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Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa Quote

"It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you."

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau Quote

"The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much."

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder Quote

"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."

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey Quote

"May this season find you among those you love, sharing in the twin glories of generosity and gratitude."

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