Best Christmas Quotes That Capture the Spirit of the Season

Christmas comes but once a year, so it's important to make it count.

With all the pressures that come with the holiday—from finding just the right gifts to baking dozens of cookies—it can get stressful. It's not always easy to hold onto the Christmas spirit. Yet, that's what makes the holiday special, so the more you can keep it in sight, the better.

The quotes below serve as good reminders of what Christmas is all about. Read on for quotes that will make your holidays even merrier.

The Santa Clause

(The Santa Clause via Buena Vista Pictures)

Christmas is a feeling:

"Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling."

– Edna Ferber


The spirit is special:

"The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness."

– Thomas S. Monson


Celebrate with loved ones:

"Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends."

– Margaret Thatcher


Keep others in mind:

"Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."

– Washington Irving

Home Alone

(Home Alone via 20th Century Fox)


Embrace giving:

"For it is in giving that we receive."

– Francis of Assisi


There are new beginnings:

"The thing about Christmas is that it almost doesn't matter what mood you're in or what kind of year you've had—it's a fresh start."

– Kelly Clarkson


It's not about the presents:

"Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!"

– Dr. Seuss


It's about others:

"Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone."

– Charles M. Schulz

Will Ferrell in Elf

(Elf via New Line Cinema)


It brings us together:

"Our many different cultures notwithstanding, there's something about the holidays that makes the planet communal."

– Mario Thomas


It's good for the soul:

"Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of ourselves rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving."

– B. C. Forbes


Things aren't what matter:

"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


Togetherness is key:

"At Christmas, I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies also at the heart of the Christmas story."

– Queen Elizabeth II

Love Actually

(Love Actually via Universal Pictures)


Rejoice and reflect:

"Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection."

– Winston Churchill


Don't forget love:

"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


Life becomes more beautiful:

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

– Norman Vincent Peale


It comes from within:

"Remember, if Christmas isn't found in your heart, you won't find it under a tree."

– Charlotte Carpenter


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