1. "The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting."
–Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
2. "Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart...filled it, too, with melody that would last forever."
–Bess Streeter Aldrich, Song of Years
4. "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?"
5. "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 Christmas-time."
–Laura Ingalls Wilder
7. "Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever."
–Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
8. "Christmas! 'Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."
10. "Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today's Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday."
11. "Fine old Christmas, with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in the noblest fashion, and had set off his rich gifts of warmth and color with all the heightening contrast of frost and snow."
–George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
13. "Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"
–Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
14. "Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!"
–Hamilton Wright Mabie
16. "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!"
–Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
17. "A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together."
–Garrison Keillor, Leaving Home
19. "I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world."
–Norman Vincent Peale
20. "Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand."
21. "It was the beginning of the greatest Christmas ever. Little food. No presents. But there was a snowman in their basement."
–Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
23. "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."
24. "I know what I really want for Christmas. I want my childhood back. Nobody is going to give me that. I might give at least the memory of it to myself if I try. I know it doesn't make sense, but since when is Christmas about sense, anyway? It is about a child, of long ago and far away, and it is about the child of now. In you and me. Waiting behind the door of our hearts for something wonderful to happen. A child who is impractical, unrealistic, simpleminded and terribly vulnerable to joy."
–Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
25. "I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow