Christmas Quotes

"To prepare our hearts for Christmas, we must cultivate the spirit of expectancy."
[Handel H. Brown]

"For the Christ-child who comes is the Master of all; No palace too great, no cottage too small."
[Phillips Brooks]

"Selfishness makes Christmas a burden, love makes it a delight."

"To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. 
To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas..."    
[Calvin Coolidge, December 25, 1927]

"Christmas is based on an exchange of gifts: the gift of God to man - his unspeakable gift of his son Jesus;
and the gift of man to God - when we present our bodies as a living sacrifice and,
like the Macedonians (2 Corinthians 8:5), first give ourselves to God.
No one has kept or can keep Christmas until he has had a part in this two-way transaction." 
 [Vance Havner]

"Christmas began in the heart of God.
It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man."

“Christmas has lost its meaning for us because we have lost the spirit of expectancy. 
We cannot prepare for an observance. We must prepare for an experience.”
[Handel H. Brown]

"Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
Star and angels gave the sign."
[Christina Rossetti]

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

"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."
[Calvin Coolidge]

"All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ."
[David Jeremiah]

"Some businessmen are saying this could be the greatest Christmas ever. I always thought that the first one was."
 [Art Fettig]

"Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world.
The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son.
The only requirement is to believe in Him.
The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life."
[Corrie Ten Boom]

"Something of eternal significance transpired there.
Not only was the calendar of the world changed,
but heaven itself and eternity were affected."
[J. Vernon McGee - on Bethlehem]

"Christmas is less than what it can be - and less than what it was intended to be - 
where gifts are given grudgingly, and where gifts are received without appreciation."

"'When Christmas is over,' said the merchant to the minister, 'it's over, and it's
our job to rid the store of Christmas in a day.' 'Well,' the minister replied,
'I've got a bigger job - to keep Christmas in the hearts of my people
for all year.'"
[Log of the Good Ship Grace]

"The great challenge left to us is to cut through all the glitz and glam of the season
that has grown increasingly secular and commercial,
and be reminded of the beauty of the One who is Christmas."
[Bill Crowder]

"We can never hope to capture the Christmas spirit and make it our own unless
we understand that God is so much greater than we ever thought He was.
We thought we knew all about God. The incarnation proved us wrong."
[Dan Schaeffer]

"If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words,
these would be the words: 'God with us.'
We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ.
The greater truth of the holiday is His deity.
More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth
that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!"
[John MacArthur]

"I heard the bells on Christmas Day, their old, familiar carols play, and wild and
sweet the words repeat of peace on earth, goodwill to men!"
[Henry Wadsworth Longfellow]

"Christmas celebrates the awesome and amazing fact that God is grander,
wiser and more mysterious than we could have ever imagined."
[Dan Schaeffer]

"What would it have mattered if Christ had been born in Bethlehem. if He had not
fulfilled the mission God had for him? He must go the way of the Cross
that He might arise with a mighty resurrection."
[Percy F Rockwood]

"Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold,
clear night made brilliant by a glorious star,
the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees
in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love."
[Lucinda Franks]

“The giving of gifts is not something man invented.  God started the giving spree
when he gave a gift beyond words, the unspeakable gift of His Son.” 
[Robert Flatt]

"Commercialization has obscured the meaning of Christmas.
The commercial has become more important than the carol.
What man has to sell more important than what God has given."

"Rejoice, that the immortal God is born, so that mortal man may live in eternity."
[John Huss]

"Our God is the God of the unexpected. A few things could be more unexpected
than the King of heaven being born in a stable"
[Bill Crowder]

"Christmas is a gift of love wrapped in human flesh and tied securely with the strong promises of God.
It is more than words can tell, for it is a matter for the heart to receive, believe and understand."

“He [Jesus] was born in a barn to show what God thinks of human pride, of human ambition, of human loftiness,
of human hardness…of those who turn to religion only because of what they think it can do for them…
of those who always insist on having a place at the high table and are miserable when others are put before them…
of those personal jealousies and those family feuds that mar the fellowship with God.”
[Handel H. Brown]

"May we not 'spend' Christmas or 'observe' Christmas, but rather 'keep' it."
[Peter Marshall]

"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]

"The Church does not superstitiously observe days, merely as days, but as memorials of important facts.
Christmas might be kept as well upon one day of the year as another;
but there should be a stated day for commemorating the birthday of our Savior,
because there is danger that what may be done on any day, will be neglected."
[Samuel Johnson]

"For many of us, sadly, the spirit of Christmas is 'hurry'. And yet, eventually,
the hour comes when the rushing ends and the race against the calendar mercifully comes to a close.
It is only now perhaps that we truly recognize the spirit of Christmas.
It is not a matter of days or weeks, but of centuries-nearly twenty of them now since
that holy night in Bethlehem. Regarded in this manner,
the pre-Christmas rush may do us greater service than we realize.
With all its temporal confusion, it may just help us to see that by contrast,
Christmas itself is eternal."
[Burton Hills]

"When we  ask our children 'What do you want for Christmas?',
we are asking a question that breeds selfishness. 
In order to develop selflessness we should be asking
'What are you going to give?' 
Christmas is the celebration of God's great gift  giving -
'For God so loved the world that he gave...'(John 3:16)" 
 [Robert Flatt]

"The early Christians did not rejoice because of better things to come. 
They rejoiced because Christ had come.
God's unspeakable gift was not provisional.
They rejoiced because it was final."
 [Handel H. Brown]

"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]


"It is the Christian belief that much of what is wrong
with the world today is moral and spiritual.
In other words, the spirit of Christmas is absent."
[Handel H. Brown]

 "Jesus, the Light of the World, as we celebrate your birth... may we begin to see the world in
the light of understanding you give us. 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]

"Like Thanksgiving, the spirit of Christmas was never meant to be shut up into a single day."
[Robert Flatt]

"Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind."
[Mary Ellen Chase]

"Only the Word made flesh can give any sort of hope
 in a world as grim and ugly and hard and sordid as ours."

"At Christmas we are judged. We are not, however, judged by the presents we give, any more than
we are judged by the presents we receive. At Christmas were  judged by he Christ-Child in our midst...
The Christ-Child in our midst judges us according to our recognition of His presence
and according to the welcome we extend to Him." 
[Handel H. Brown]

"Christmas and Easter can be subjects for poetry, but Good Friday, like Auschwitz, cannot.
The reality is so horrible, it is not surprising that people should have found it a stumbling block to faith.
[W. H. Auden]

"The Christmas tree has taken the place of the altar in too much of our modern Christmas observances."
[Earl Riney]

"Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind;
Teach us to be patient and always to be kind."
[Helen Steiner Rice]

"Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God
and the love of our fellow men
should prevail over all hatred and bitterness,
a time when our thoughts
and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God. "
[George F. McDougall]

  "The spirit of Christmas needs to superseded by the Spirit of Christ.
The spirit of Christmas is annual;
the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental;
 the Spirit of Christ is supernatural.
 The spirit of Christmas is a human product;
the Spirit of Christmas is a divine person. 
That makes all the difference in the world." 
 [Stuart Briscoe]


"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 ]

"God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith; the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity; the righteousness of Christmas,
which is justice; the belief in Christmas, which is truth; the all of Christmas, which is Christ."
[Wilda English]
"Christmas my child, is love in action...When you love someone, you give to them, as God gives to us.
The greatest gift He ever gave was the Person of His Son, sent to us in human form so
 that we might know what God the Father is really  like!
Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas."
[Dale Evans Rogers]

"A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes...and is completely dependent on the fact that
the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent. "
[Dietrich Bonhoeffer]

"If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words,
these would be the words: "God with us."
We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ.
The greater truth of the holiday is His deity.
More astonishing than  a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby
is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!" 
[John F. MacArthur, Jr.]

"Take Christ out of Christmas, and December
becomes the bleakest and most colorless month of the year."
[A. F. Wells]

"The greatest and most momentous fact which
the history of the world records is the fact of [Christ's] birth."
[Charles H. Spurgeon]

In today’s Christmas message, “the message of what man has to sell takes precedence
over the proclamation of what God has to give.”
[Handel H. Brown]

"The most important part about Christmas is the first six letters."
[Life Research Universal]

"And in the Christ-Child we behold the Lord of Life and Love."
"Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift."
[2 Corinthians 9:15]

"Christmas is Love come down to earth, a gift of infinite worth."
[Life Research Universal]

"Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy
which will be to all people.
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.
And this will be the sign to you:
You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths,
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, goodwill toward men!"
[Luke 2:10 - 15]

"You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father's face
and tell him you have received his Christmas gift."
[John R. Rice]

"Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing:
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, Let us hold close one day,
 remembering Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men.
Let us get back our childlike faith again."
[Grace Noll Crowell]

"The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethlehem stable."
[Ralph W. Sockman]

"Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love,
a time when the love of God and the
love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, 
a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit
of our lives manifest the presence of God."
 [George F. McDougall]

"Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas Day every day." 
[Helen Steiner Rice]

"Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries.
He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races.
He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries."
[George W. Truett]

"We celebrate the birth of one who told us to give everything to the poor
by giving each other motorized tie racks."
[Bill McKibben]

"He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree."  
[Sunshine Magazine]





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