Quotations about Christmas, including the religious aspects of the holiday, and the personal emotional experience of the season and day.  Christmas is an annual festival, originally a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus, and has become a cultural occasion of giving and receiving, of beauty and wonder.  It’s also a commercial season, with lots of expectations people think they must meet to keep themselves and others happy.  All those meanings and experiences are reflected in quotations here.

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Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year.

— Victor Borge

Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we’ll be seeing six or seven.

— W. C. Fields

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 Christmas.

— W. C. Jones, Speech accepting the John Burroughs Medal

Christmas! ‘Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial fire of charity in the heart.

— Washington Irving

Now Christmas is come,
Let us beat up the drum,
And call all our neighbors together,
And when they appear,
Let us make them such cheer,
As will keep out the wind and the weather.

— Washington Irving
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