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The purpose and cause of the incarnation was that He might illuminate the world by His wisdom and excite it to the love of Himself. ~ Peter Abelard

Quotes regarding Christmas (listed alphabetically by author):


  • The purpose and cause of the incarnation was that He might illuminate the world by His wisdom and excite it to the love of Himself.
    • Peter Abelard, as quoted in "The Abelardian Doctrine Of The Atonement" (1892), published in Doctrine and Development : University Sermons (1898) by Hastings Rashdall, p. 138.
  • Ach, könnte nur dein Herz zu einer Krippe werden,
    Gott würde noch einmal ein Kind auf dieser Erden.
    • [Could but your heart become a manger for his birth,
      God would again become a child upon this earth.]
    • Angelus Silesius, Der Cherubinischer Wandersmann 2:53
  • Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide–open–heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.
  • Christmas is over and Business is Business
  • I have often thought, says Sir Roger, it happens very well that Christmas should fall in the Middle of winter.
  • 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 in "Song of Years".
  • 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!'
    • Dave Barry in "Christmas Shopping: A Survivor's Guide".
  • I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
  • And is it true? And is it true,
    This most tremendous tale of all,
    Seen in a stained-glass window's hue,
    A Baby in an in ox's stall?
    The Maker of the stars and sea
    Became a Child on earth for me?
    • Sir John Betjeman (1954).
  • This time of year means being kind
    to everyone we meet,
    To share a smile with strangers
    we may pass along the street.
    • Betty Black in "This Time of Year".
  • There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.
    • Erma Bombeck in I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression.
  • [The Christmas story] is as simple as was the Man himself and His teaching. As simple as the Sermon on the Mount which still remains as the ultimate basis … of the belief of free men of good will everywhere.
    • Hal Borland in "The Wonder".
  • Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
    for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
    like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
    The good you do for others is good you do yourself.
    • Norman W. Brooks, "Let Every Day Be Christmas".
  • And so, this Christmas season may our hearts with gladness glow, As we read the blessed story That took place so long ago.
    • Alpha L. Buntain in "The First Christmas".
  • May joy be yours today,
    And radiantly abide
    Within your heart until
    Another Christmastide.
    • Gail Brook Burket in "May Joy Be Yours Today".
  • Regarding public Christmas displays: At some point, someone who worked at Rockefeller Center must have said, "Boys, I have a great idea for Christmas. Let's kill a beautiful tree that's been alive for seventy-five years and bring it to New York City. We'll stand it up in Rockefeller Plaza and conceal its natural beauty by hanging shiny, repulsive, man-made objects on it, and let it stand there slowly dying for several weeks while simpleminded children stare at it and people from Des Moines take pictures of it. That way, perhaps we can add our own special, obscene imprint to Christmas in Midtown."
  • Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the scepticism of a sceptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no child-like faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
  • Christmas is a time to expand our giving encompassing the friendless and needy … near and far. Christmas is sharing.
    • Patricia Claffor in "Christmas".
  • God rest ye, little children; let nothing you afright,
    For Jesus Christ, your Saviour, was born this happy night;
    Along the hills of Galilee the white blocks sleeping lay,
    When Christ, the child of Nazareth, was born on Christmas day.
  • 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 (1836).
    • Sometimes paraphrased as: Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
  • I do come home at Christmas. We all do, or we all should. We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday — the longer, the better — from the great boarding-school, where we are forever working at our arithmetical slates, to take, and give a rest.
    • Charles Dickens in "A Christmas Tree".
  • Once upon a time — of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve — old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house.
  • A merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!" cried a cheerful voice. "Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!"
    • Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol.
  • "At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge," said the gentleman, taking up a pen, "it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. … We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices."
    • Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol.
  • "Out upon merry Christmas! What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer... If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' upon his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!"
  • I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round — apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that — 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. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!'
    • Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol.
  • Somehow he gets thoughtful sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant for them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.
    • Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol.
  • Then Bob proposed: "A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us!" Which all his family re-echoed. "God bless us every one!" said Tiny Tim, the last of all.
    • Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol.
  • I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
    • "Ebeneezer Scrooge", in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
  • A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world!
    • Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol.
  • It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!
    • Charles Dickens on Scrooge after his visitations, in A Christmas Carol.
  • A song was heard at Christmas
    To wake the midnight sky:
    A saviour's birth, and peace on earth,
    And praise to God on high.
    The angels sang at Christmas
    With all the hosts above,
    And still we sing the newborn King
    His glory and his love.
    • Timothy Dudley-Smith in "A Song was Heard at Christmas".
  • Christmas is an awfulness that compares favorably with the great London plague and fire of 1665-66. No one escapes the feelings of mortal dejection, inadequacy, frustration, loneliness, guilt and pity. No one escapes feeling used by society, by religion, by friends and relatives, by the utterly artifical responsiblities of extending false greetings, sending banal cards, reciprocating unsolicated gifts, going to dull parties, putting up with acquaintances and family one avoids all the rest of the short, of being brutalized by a 'holiday' that has lost virtually all of its original meanings and has become a merchandising ploy for color tv set manufacturers and ravagers of the woodlands.
    • Harlan Ellison in "No Offense Intended, But Fuck Xmas!" (1972), The Harlan Ellison Hornbook.
  • I'd like a stocking made for a giant,
    And a meeting house full of toys,
    Then I'd go out in a happy hunt
    For the poor little girls and boys;
    Up the street and down the street,
    And across and over the town,
    I'd search and find them everyone,
    Before the sun went down.
    • Eugene Field in "A Christmas Wish".
  • … and now Christmas is for shoppin' and the shoppin' god is everything ...
    • Matthew Good - 'The Future Is X-Rated', from his 1999 album, 'Beautiful Midnight'
  • The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
    • Burton Hillis in Better Homes and Gardens.
  • Christmas will always be in the hearts of God's children everywhere as they extend a helping hand to a friend in need … as they go about reflecting God's goodness in the little quiet and unheralded expressions of a loving heart … as they share the light of the world with those who live in darkness .
    • Jane Hillsmen in "Christmas".
  • The happiness and love on this one day
    Bring thoughts which warm and cheer.
    May we keep Christmas in our hearts
    Through every day of all the year.
    • Gertrude B. Holman in "The Little Things at Christmas".
  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulders; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
    • Isaiah 9:6.
"The very best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person." That was what happened at Christmas. The idea of divine love was wrapped up in a Person. ~ Halford E. Luccock
  • The star of Bethlehem was a star of hope that led the wise men to the fulfillment of their expectations, the success of their expedition. Nothing in this world is more fundamental for success in life than hope, and this star pointed to our only source for true hope: Jesus Christ.
    • D. James Kennedy in "Following the Star" from Christmas Stories for the Heart.
  • It was the Yuletide, that men call Christmas, though they know in their hearts it is older than Bethlehem and Babylon, older than Memphis and Mankind.
  • A scientist said, making a plea for exchange scholarships between nations, "The very best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person." That was what happened at Christmas. The idea of divine love was wrapped up in a Person.
    • Halford E. Luccock, in "Whoops! It's Christmas", published in The Abbott Christmas Book (1960) by Herbert W. Luthin
A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear... ~ John Lennon and Yoko Ono
  • A very Merry Christmas
    And a happy New Year
    Let's hope it's a good one
    Without any fear.
    War is over, if you want it
    War is over now.
  • Late on a sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you would tear open a sparkling Christmas present. Then, with light and joy pouring out of Heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing the message that baby Jesus had been born. The world had a Savior! The angels called it "Good News, " and it was.
    • Larry Libby in "The Angels Called it Good News" from Christmas Stories for the Heart.
  • Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear him — and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.
    • Max Lucado in "The Arrival" from Christmas Stories for the Heart.
  • Were it not for the shepherds, there would have been no reception. And were it not for a group of stargazers, there would have been no gifts.
    • Max Lucado (God Came Near).
  • And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men...
    • Luke 2:9-14.
  • Have you any old grudges you would like to pay,
    Any wrongs laid up from a bygone day?
    Gather them now and lay them away
    When Christmas comes.
    Hard thoughts are heavy to carry, my friend,
    And life is short from beginning to end;
    Be kind to yourself, leave nothing to mend
    When Christmas comes.
    • William Lytle in "When Christmas Comes".
  • Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
    • Matthew 2:1 - 2.
  • Huey Freeman: Look, Granddad, it's clear from the scripture that Jesus was not born in winter. The shepherds, who saw the angels announcing his birth, would not have been out in their fields in December. The Palestinian winters are too cold. If you believe in that sort of thing. The truth is, Christmas evolved from the Roman holiday Saturnalia, a winter festival where men gave gifts to each other. They also would get drunk, have sex with each other and beat their wives. People would act so crazy on Christmas, the holiday was outlawed by the Protestant church until the 1800s.
  • There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.
    • Bill McKibben in Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case For a More Joyful Christmas.
  • I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.
    • Harlan Miller in Better Homes and Gardens.
  • Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don't quite know how to put our love into words.
    • Harlan Miller in Better Homes and Gardens.
  • The outdoor Christmas lights, green and red and gold and blue and twinkling, remind me that most people are that way all year round — kind, generous, friendly and with an occasional moment of ecstasy. But Christmas is the only time they dare reveal themselves.
    • Harlan Miller in Better Homes and Gardens.
  • Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
    Alles schläft; einsam wacht
    Nur das traute heilige Paar.
    Holder Knab im lockigten Haar,
    Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh!
    • Silent night! Holy night!
      All are sleeping, alone and awake
      Only the intimate holy pair,
      Lovely boy with curly hair,
      Sleep in heavenly peace!
    • Josef Mohr, original German lyrics and translation of Stille Nacht (Silent Night). These have traditionally been altered to :
Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
round yon Virgin Mother and Child,
Holy infant so tender and mild,
sleep in Heavenly peace!
  • Christmas is the time for looking ahead courageously through the gates of the swiftly approaching new year … of resolving that the coming months will reflect a kinder, more forgiving and less heedless person than mirrored in the past.
    • Ellen V. Morgan in "Christmas is the Time".
Let the beauty of the story take away all narrowness, all thought of formal creeds. Let it be remembered as a story that has happened again and again, to men of many different races, that has been expressed through many religions, that has been called by many different names. Time and space and language lay no limitations upon human brotherhood.
  • We hear the beating of wings over Bethlehem and a light that is not of the sun or of the stars shines in the midnight sky. Let the beauty of the story take away all narrowness, all thought of formal creeds. Let it be remembered as a story that has happened again and again, to men of many different races, that has been expressed through many religions, that has been called by many different names. Time and space and language lay no limitations upon human brotherhood.
    • The New York Times (25 December 1937).
  • As you chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive the greatest news the world had ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart. May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving. Amen.
    • Karen L. Oberst (Light Came at Christmas: Services for the Advent Wreath).
  • Christmas is not just a day, an event to be observed and speedily forgotten. It is a spirit which should permeate every part of our lives.
    • William Parks in Missions.
  • Forasmuch as the feast of the nativity of Christ, Easter, Whitsuntide, and other festivals, commonly called holy-days, have been heretofore superstitiously used and observed; be it ordained, that the said feasts, and all other festivals, commonly called holy-days, be no longer observed as festivals; any law, statute, custom, constitution, or canon, to the contrary in anywise not withstanding.
    • Puritan legislation in the British Parliament, abolishing the festival celebration of Christmas and other holidays (June 1647); as quoted in The History of the Puritans (1837) by Daniel Neal
  • I hear that in many places something has happened to Christmas; that it is changing from a time of merriment and carefree gaiety to a holiday which is filled with tedium; that many people dread the day and the obligation to give Christmas presents is a nightmare to weary, bored souls; that the children of enlightened parents no longer believe in Santa Claus; that all in all, the effort to be happy and have pleasure makes many honest hearts grow dark with despair instead of beaming with good will and cheerfulness.
    • Julia Peterkin in A Plantation Christmas (1934).
  • Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show. The secret lies in an inner glow.
    It's lighting a fire inside the heart.
    Good will and joy a vital part.
    It's higher thought and a greater plan.
    It's glorious dream in the soul of man.
    • Wilfred A. Peterson in The Art of Living.
  • It is not even the beginning of Christmas unless it is Christmas in the heart.
    • Richard Roberts in Contemporary Christ.
  • No one can celebrate a genuine Christmas without being truly poor. The self-sufficient, the proud, those who, because they have everything, look down on others, those who have no need ever of God — for them there will be no Christmas. Only the poor, the hungry, those who need someone to come on their behalf, will have that someone. That someone is God, Emmanuel, God-with-us. Without poverty of spirit there can be no abundance of God.
    • Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero, as quoted in Dionne, E J (Dec. 24, 2004). Washington Post (Washington, DC): p. A17. 
  • All the Whos down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot,
    but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did not.
    The Grinch hated Christmas — the whole Christmas season.
    Oh, please don't ask why, no one quite knows the reason.
    It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
    Or maybe his head wasn't screwed on just right.
    But I think that the best reason of all
    may have been that his heart was two sizes too small.
    • Dr. Seuss From "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas".
  • And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. 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 From "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas".
  • At Christmas I no more desire a rose
    Than wish a snow in May's newfangled mirth;
    But life of each thing that in season grows.
  • Christmas … is not an external event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart.
  • 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.
    • Gladys Tabor in Still Cove Journal.
  • For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.
    • W. J. Tucker in Pulpit Preaching.
  • At Christmas play and make good cheer,
    For Christmas comes but once a year.
    • Thomas Tusser in "The Farmer's Daily Diet" from A Hundred Points of Good Husbandry (1557).
  • Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you … to remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are growing old … Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world — stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death — and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas! But you can never keep it alone.
    • Henry van Dyke ("Keeping Christmas" in The Spirit of Christmas).
  • Gloria, Gloria! they cry, for their song embraces all that the Lord has begun this day: Glory to God in the highest of heavens! And peace to the people with whom he is pleased! And who are these people? With whom does the good Lord choose to take his pleasure? The shepherds. The plain and nameless — whose every name the Lord knows well. You. And me.
    • Walter Wangerin Jr. in Preparing for Jesus.
  • So here comes Gabriel again, and what he says is "Good tidings of great joy … for all people." … That's why the shepherds are first: they represent all the nameless, all the working stiffs, the great wheeling population of the whole world.
    • Walter Wangerin Jr. in Preparing for Jesus.
  • Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer.... Who'd have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?
  • Christmas is for children. But it is for grown-ups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts.
    • Lenora Mattingly Weber "Extension".
  • I love the Christmas-tide, and yet,
    I notice this, each year I live;
    I always like the gifts I get,
    But how I love the gifts I give!
    'Tis blessed to bestow, and yet,
    Could we bestow the gifts we get,
    And keep the ones we give away,
    How happy were our Christmas day!
    • Carolyn Wells, "A Christmas Thought" from Folly for the Wise.
  • To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every year.
    • E. B. White,"The Distant Music of the Hounds" in The Second Tree from the Corner (1954).
  • I like the Christmas that fulfills my needs … to be forgiven from greed and selfishness, to fill my empty soul with peace and compassion, for hope and faith and charity, for myself renewed and hope restored in an erring world.
    • Robert D. Wigert in "I Like Christmas".
  • When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow,
    We hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago,
    And etched on vacant places
    Are half-forgotten faces
    Of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know.
  • Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.
    • Larry Wilde in The Merry Book of Christmas.
  • God's visit to earth took place in an animal shelter with no attendants present and nowhere to lay the newborn king but a feed trough. … For just an instant the sky grew luminous with angels, yet who saw the spectacle? Illiterate hirelings who watched the flocks of others, "nobodies" who failed to leave their names...
    • Philip Yancy in "The Glory of Humility" from Christmas Stories for the Heart.
  • This Advent we look to the Wise Men to teach us where to focus our attention. We set our sights on things above, where God is. We draw closer to Jesus... When our Advent journey ends, and we reach the place where Jesus resides in Bethlehem, may we, like the Wise Men, fall on our knees and adore him as our true and only King.
    • Mark Zimmermann in Our Advent Journey.
  • I find Christmas very difficult.
    • Morrissey on stage at Earl's Court December 18th 2004.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 116-117.
  • The mistletoe hung in the castle hall,
    The holly branch shone on the old oak wall.
  • And the Baron's retainers were blithe and gay,
    And keeping their Christmas holiday.
  • No trumpet-blast profaned
    The hour in which the Prince of Peace was born;
    No bloody streamlet stained
    Earth's silver rivers on that sacred morn.
  • Christians awake, salute the happy morn
    Whereon the Saviour of the world was born.
  • For little children everywhere
    A joyous season still we make;
    We bring our precious gifts to them,
    Even for the dear child Jesus' sake.
  • It was the calm and silent night!
    Seven hundred years and fifty-three
    Had Rome been growing up to might
    And now was queen of land and sea.
    No sound was heard of clashing wars,
    Peace brooded o'er the hushed domain;
    Apollo, Pallas, Jove and Mars,
    Held undisturbed their ancient reign,
    In the solemn midnight,
    Centuries ago.
  • How bless'd, how envied, were our life,
    Could we but scape the poulterer's knife!
    But man, curs'd man, on Turkeys preys,
    And Christmas shortens all our days:
    Sometimes with oysters we combine,
    Sometimes assist the savory chine;
    From the low peasant to the lord,
    The Turkey smokes on every board.
    • John Gay, Fables (1727), Part I. Fable 39.
  • What babe new born is this that in a manger cries?
    Near on her lowly bed his happy mother lies.
    Oh, see the air is shaken with white and heavenly wings—
    This is the Lord of all the earth, this is the King of Kings.
  • As I sat on a sunny bank
    On Christmas day in the morning
    I spied three ships come sailing in.
  • High noon behind the tamarisks, the sun is hot above us—
    As at home the Christmas Day is breaking wan,
    They will drink our healths at dinner, those who tell us how they love us,
    And forget us till another year be gone!
  • Shepherds at the grange,
    Where the Babe was born,
    Sang with many a change,
    Christmas carols until morn.
  • 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!
  • Hail to the King of Bethlehem,
    Who weareth in his diadem
    The yellow crocus for the gem
    Of his authority!
  • "What means this glory round our feet,"
    The Magi mused, "more bright than morn!"
    And voices chanted clear and sweet,
    "To-day the Prince of Peace is born."
  • Let's dance and sing and make good cheer,
    For Christmas comes but once a year.
  • Ring out, ye crystal spheres!
    Once bless our human ears,
    If ye have power to touch our senses so;
    And let your silver chime
    Move in melodious time,
    And let the bass of Heaven's deep organ blow;
    And with your ninefold harmony
    Make up full consort to the angelic symphony.
    • John Milton, Hymn, On the Morning of Christ's Nativity.
  • This is the month, and this the happy morn,
    Wherein the Son of Heaven's eternal King,
    Of wedded maid and virgin mother born,
    Our great redemption from above did bring,
    For so the holy sages once did sing,
    That He our deadly forfeit should release,
    And with His Father work us a perpetual peace.
    • John Milton, Hymn, On the Morning of Christ's Nativity.
  • 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
    Not a creature was stirring,—not even a mouse:
    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
    In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
  • God rest ye, little children; let nothing you affright,
    For Jesus Christ, your Saviour, was born this happy night;
    Along the hills of Galilee the white flocks sleeping lay,
    When Christ, the Child of Nazareth, was born on Christmas day.
  • As many mince pies as you taste at Christmas' so many happy months will you have.
    • Old English Saying.
  • England was merry England, when
    Old Christmas brought his sports again.
    'Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale;
    'Twas Christmas told the merriest tale;
    A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
    The poor man's heart through half the year.
  • The time draws near the birth of Christ:
    The moon is hid; the night is still;
    The Christmas bells from hill to hill
    Answer each other in the mist.
  • Christmas is here:
    Winds whistle shrill,
    Icy and chill,
    Little care we:
    Little we fear
    Weather without,
    Sheltered about
    The Mahogany-Tree.
  • At Christmas play, and make good cheer,
    For Christmas comes but once a year.
    • Thomas Tusser, Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, Chapter XII.
  • The sun doth shake
    Light from his locks, and, all the way
    Breathing perfumes, doth spice the day.
  • "Hark the herald angels sing,
    Glory to the new-born king."
    Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
    God and sinners reconciled!
    • Charles Wesley, Christmas Hymn. (Altered from "Hark how all the welkin rings, Glory to the King of Kings.").
  • Blow, bugles of battle, the marches of peace;
    East, west, north, and south let the long quarrel cease;
    Sing the song of great joy that the angels began,
    Sing the glory to God and of good-will to man!

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External links[edit]

  • Encyclopedic article on Christmas at Wikipedia
  • The dictionary definition of Christmas at Wiktionary
  • Media related to Christmas at Wikimedia Commons