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A festively decorated Christmas tree standing in a farm's garden is slightly covered in snow in southern Germany on Dec. 8, 2014. Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/AFP/Getty Images

For some, Christmas is about giving gifts and spending time with family. For others, it's a time of profound religious importance and reflection. Your Christmas traditions may differ from your neighbor, but the true meanings of the Yuletide season remain. For those looking to spread holiday cheer this season, here are a handful of inspirational, funny and religious quotes to share with family and friends.


“Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” – Oren Arnold

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

“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

“He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.” – Charlotte Carpenter

“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

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

“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 not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” – Janice Maeditere

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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

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


“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

“One thing I learned from drinking is that if you ever go Christmas caroling, you should go with a group of people. And also go in mid-December.” – Louis C.K.

“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

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

“The one thing women don’t want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband.” – Joan Rivers.

“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 wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays!” – Henny Youngman


“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

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

“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

“Mankind is a great, an immense family … This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.” – Pope John Paul XXIII

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” – C.S. Lewis

“Look for Christ and you will find Him. And with Him, everything else.” – C.S. Lewis

“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’” – Luke 2:15

“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