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A man dressed as Santa Claus waves as he rides on his float down Central Park West during the 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Nov. 27, 2014. Reuters

Christmas is known as the most wonderful time of the year but not if you’re Bernard Manning’s children. The comedian once said that he bought his kids batteries for Christmas with a note saying “toys not included.” To the pope, Christmas is “religious joy,” while former British Prime Minister David Cameron said the holiday is a time for reflection. No matter what you think of Christmas, below are 20 inspirational, funny and religious Christmas quotes to share this holiday season.


“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” -- Winston Churchill

“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

“Don't let the past steal your present. This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.” -- Taylor Caldwell

“It's true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you'll find you've created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.” -- Caroline Kennedy

“Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.” -- Washington Irving

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” -- Charles M. Schulz

“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.” -- Alexander Smith

“The thing about Christmas is that it almost doesn't matter what mood you're in or what kind of a year you've had; it's a fresh start.” -- Kelly Clarkson

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” -- Mary Ellen Chase

“Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us -- a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead.” -- David Cameron


“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.” -- George Carlin

“Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.” -- Johnny Carson

“The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin.” -- Jay Leno

“That's the true spirit of Christmas: people being helped by people other than me.” -- Jerry Seinfeld

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph.” -- Shirley Temple

“I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it, saying, 'Toys not included.'” -- Bernard Manning


“The Christian faith can never be separated from the soil of sacred events, from the choice made by God, who wanted to speak to us, to become man, to die and rise again, in a particular place and at a particular time.” -- Pope Benedict XVI

“God seeks to influence humanity. This is at the heart of the Christmas story. It is the story of light coming into the darkness, of a Savior to show us the way, of light overcoming the darkness, of God's work to save the world.” -- Adam Hamilton

“When you give up yourself, that's when you will feel the true spirit of Christmas. And that's giving that's serving others, and that's when you feel fulfilled.” -- Joel Osteen

“Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.” -- Pope Francis