Christmas Quotes

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

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.

— Roy L. Smith

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.

— George Carlin

Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.

— Dr. Seuss

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

— Benjamin Franklin

Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.

— Dale Evans

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!

— Charles Dickens

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly let him rejoice.

— Pope Paul VI

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.

— Bernard Manning

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

Christmas… is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.

— Freya Stark

What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.

— Phyllis Diller

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

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

— Washington Irving

Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.

— Bing Crosby

Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.

— Edna Ferber

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.

— Garrison Keillor

If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.

— Bob Hope

I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness.

— Carrie Fisher

Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.

— Dave Barry

Let’s be naughty and save Santa the trip.

— Gary Allan

At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.

— Thomas Tusser

I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays.

— Henny Youngman

Christmas is the day that holds all time together.

— Alexander Smith

Nothing says holidays, like a cheese log.

— Ellen DeGeneres

That’s the true spirit of Christmas people being helped by people other than me.

— Jerry Seinfeld

At Christmas, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ makes me cry in exactly the same places every time, even though I know it’s coming.

— Nicholas Lea

There are some people who want to throw their arms round you simply because it is Christmas there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas.

— Robert Staughton Lynd

To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year.

— E. B. White

Every year we celebrate the holy season of Advent, O God. Every year we pray those beautiful prayers of longing and waiting, and sing those lovely songs of hope and promise.

— Karl Rahner

Santa Claus has the right idea – visit people only once a year.

— Victor Borge

I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.

— Ashley Tisdale

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

— Clement Clarke Moore

Christmas is, of course, the time to be home – in heart as well as body.

— Garry Moore

The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young, the heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, and its soul full of music breaks the air, when the song of angels is sung.

— Phillips Brooks

Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles.

— Edwin Louis Cole

The real evidence for Jesus and Christianity is in how Jesus and the Christianity based on him manifest themselves in the lives of practicing Christians.

— Lionel Blue

Every gift which is given, even though is be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.

— Pindar

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

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.

— Joseph Ratzinger

The supernatural birth of Christ, his miracles, his resurrection and ascension, remain eternal truths, whatever doubts may be cast on their reality as historical facts.

— David Friedrich Strauss

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

— Clement Clarke Moore

Santa is our culture’s only mythic figure truly believed in by a large percentage of the population. It’s a fact that most of the true believers are under eight years old, and that’s a pity.

— Chris Van Allsburg

Now, the essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so.

— Stephen Leacock

Pets, like their owners, tend to expand a little over the Christmas period.

— Frances Wright

I love giving gifts and I love receiving them. I really like giving little kids extravagant gifts. You see their little faces light up and they get excited. If it’s a really good gift, I love receiving it, like jewels, small islands.

— Gina Gershon

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.

— Mary Ellen Chase

Coming from Chicago, I like a white Christmas.

— Dennis Franz

There are a lot of Grinches out there that would like nothing better than to take any references to religion out of the holiday season.

— Ernest Istook

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.

— Charles Dudley Warner

Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!

— Phyllis McGinley

Our children await Christmas presents like politicians getting in election returns: there’s the Uncle Fred precinct and the Aunt Ruth district still to come in.

— Marcelene Cox

In our open society, we are inclined to give to the less fortunate for the pure goodness of giving. We open our home to those who are alone on this holiday to spread some warmth into the life of another.

— Jeff Miller

Christmas makes me happy no matter what time of year it comes around.

— Bryan White

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

— Norman Vincent Peale

It’s silly talking about how many years we will have to spend in the jungles of Vietnam when we could pave the whole country and put parking stripes on it and still be home by Christmas.

— Ronald Reagan

I wrapped my Christmas presents early this year, but I used the wrong paper. See, the paper I used said ‘Happy Birthday’ on it. I didn’t want to waste it so I just wrote ‘Jesus’ on it.

— Demetri Martin

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

— Charles Dickens

We should declare war on North Vietnam. We could pave the whole country and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas.

— Ronald Reagan

There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.

— Erma Bombeck

Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.

— Richard Lamm

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 holiday that persecutes the lonely, the frayed, and the rejected.

— Jimmy Cannon

Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree.

— T. S. Eliot

Next to a circus there ain’t nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit.

— Kin Hubbard

In the United States Christmas has become the rape of an idea.

— Richard Bach

I was nine or 10 years old and my father was sacked on Christmas Day. He was a manager, the results had not been good, he lost a game on December 22 or 23. On Christmas Day, the telephone rang and he was sacked in the middle of our lunch.

— Jose Mourinho

There’s a little vanity chair that Charlie gave me the first Christmas we knew each other. I’ll not be parting with that, nor our bed – the four-poster – I’ll be needing that to die in.

— Helen Hayes

I wanted an electric train for Christmas but I got the saxophone instead.

— Clarence Clemons

Even though we’re a week and a half away from Thanksgiving, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

— Richard Roeper

Christmas makes everything twice as sad.

— Doug Coupland

I suppose if you look back to your early childhood you accept everything people tell you, and that includes a heavy dose of irrationality – you’re told about tooth fairies and Father Christmas and things.

— Richard Dawkins

Now I’m an old Christmas tree, the roots of which have died. They just come along and while the little needles fall off me replace them with medallions.

— Orson Welles

My mother was a professional sick person she took a lot of pain pills. There are many people like that. It’s just how they are used to getting attention. I always remember she’s the daughter of alcoholics who’d leave her alone at Christmas time.

— Jim Carrey

Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.

— Johnny Carson

‘The Christmas Song,’ by Nat King Cole, is not only a masterful performance to me it just sounds like the holidays. I’ve never sung it, because Nat’s version is so perfect. I gotta leave it alone.

— Harry Connick, Jr.

Time always seems long to the child who is waiting – for Christmas, for next summer, for becoming a grownup: long also when he surrenders his whole soul to each moment of a happy day.

— Dag Hammarskjold

Christmas can have a real melancholy aspect, ’cause it packages itself as this idea of perfect family cohesion and love, and you’re always going to come up short when you measure your personal life against the idealized personal lives that are constantly thrust in our faces, primarily by TV commercials.

— Dan Savage

You have to remind kids to stay connected to the meaning of Christmas. Sometimes it takes a little bit of effort, but it’s so worth it.

— Caroline Kennedy

The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It’s part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy.

— Bob Schieffer

Christmas is over and Business is Business.

— Franklin P. Adams

Bloody Christmas, here again, let us raise a loving cup, peace on earth, goodwill to men, and make them do the washing up.

— Wendy Cope

Christmas is more stressful with present buying and making sure everyone gets included, but Thanksgiving is really not that. I don’t ever really get stressed out about the food.

— Sandra Lee

The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school.

— Alice Cooper

I remember a great America where we made everything. There was a time when the only thing you got from Japan was a really bad cheap transistor radio that some aunt gave you for Christmas.

— Cher

It’s surprising to me how many of my friends send Christmas cards, or holiday cards, including my atheist and secular friends.

— Christopher Hitchens

I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.

— William Tecumseh Sherman

Christmas carols always brought tears to my eyes. I also cry at weddings. I should have cried at a couple of my own.

— Ethel Merman

I’ve always loved Christmas and that’s not really gone away from me from being a child to now. It’s always a magical time and I’m unashamed in my love for Christmas.

— Martin Freeman

The truth is that our way of celebrating the Christmas season does spring from myriad cultures and sources, from St. Nicholas to Coca-Cola advertising campaigns.

— Richard Roeper

Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better than to arrive.

— Stephen Fry

I remember driving to North Carolina when I was a little girl in a snowstorm to get down to my mom’s family in the Carolinas. There were chains on the car – it was the late sixties – and we were just singing in the car. Christmas carols.

— Tori Amos

I can’t tell you how scary it can be walking onto a movie and suddenly joining this family, it’s like going to somebody else’s Christmas dinner, everyone knows everyone, and you’re there and you’re not quite sure what you’re supposed to be doing.

— John Cleese

The worst gift that I ever gave a girl was a suitcase for Christmas. As in, ‘I can’t think of anything to give you, but here’s a new suitcase.’ Afterward, I was like, ‘What were you thinking, idiot?’

— Jensen Ackles

I think Christmas is about celebration and come on, on the inside everyone wants to dance.

— TobyMac

Making a Christmas album is looked upon by some people as the thing you do when you are heading towards retirement.

— Annie Lennox

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

If you want me to sing this Christmas song with the feeling and the meaning, you better see if you can locate that check.

— Mahalia Jackson

Why not share with the world the way it is and tell them my feelings about my cat, and how I played with my kids, and how addicted to Christmas time I am, and the smell of pine needles and hearing my kids laugh.

— Steven Tyler

The cheese board is my big treat at Christmas that I have to deny myself during the rest of year.

— Johnny Vegas

You can’t allow the forces of political correction to shut you up. I mean, why are people afraid to say, ‘Merry Christmas?’ Give me a break. If people don’t like it, yeah, they can go do something else.

— Benjamin Carson

On the whole, I prefer Christmas as an adult than I did as a child.

— Nigella Lawson

Tax cuts should be for life, not just for Christmas.

— George Osborne

The sharpest memory of our old-fashioned Christmas eve is my mother’s hand making sure I was settled in bed.

— Paul Engle

When you have kids, you instantly feel that you do not want to do them wrong. Those dads that go off to Florida and start a new life, I couldn’t imagine that: seeing my kid once every Christmas, every three years. If I’m gone for six days it feels like too much.

— Adam Carolla

With the song ‘This Christmas’ I wanted to do something that was kind of different. I mean, Donny Hathaway is an amazing artist. So I wanted to bring my flavor to the song so when people over the age of 45 or 50 hear it they’ll be like ‘OK, he did his thing with that record.’ It’s like I can appeal to everybody and not just a younger demographic.

— Chris Brown

When I was 12, all I wanted for Christmas was a trampoline or a four-wheeler. I ended up getting both presents for Christmas.

— Chris Brown

I was a postman one Christmas and I developed a morbid fear of dogs.

— Diane Abbott

I loved raising my kids. I loved the process, the dirt of it, the tears of it, the frustration of it, Christmas, Easter, birthdays, growth charts, pediatrician appointments. I loved all of it.

— Jane Elliot

You don’t want your jewelry to make you look fat. A lot of what’s out there now does – you just wind up looking like a Christmas tree.

— Padma Lakshmi

Christmas in L.A. is weird. There’s no snow. It’s not even cold.

— Ellie Goulding

Online, there’s no time. It’s always Christmas.

— Lewis Black

So we’re considering doing a new Christmas album, because there’s been Christmas episodes since then, and maybe finally do the version of ‘The Most Offensive Song Ever’ with lyrics intact.

— Trey Parker

Come Christmas Eve, we usually go to my mom and dad’s. Everybody brings one gift and then we play that game when we all steal it from each other. Some are really cool, others are useful and some are a bit out there.

— Amy Grant

My favorite traditional Christmas movie that I like to watch is All Quiet on the Western Front. It’s just not December without that movie in my house.

— Tom Hanks

I beg people not to accept the seasonal ritual of well-timed charity on Christmas Eve. It’s blasphemy.

— Jonathan Kozol

According to an ancient Sardinian legend, the bodies of those who are born on Christmas Eve will never dissolve into dust but are preserved until the end of time.

— Grazia Deledda

I made a French film called ‘Merry Christmas’ which is a very European film. It’s a World War I piece.

— Diane Kruger

It’s quite a famous story that takes place on Christmas Eve, and the Germans, French, and Scottish are trying to make peace one night and they bury their dead and they play football. I play a German opera singer, in German, which I never have so I am really excited about that.

— Diane Kruger

Black Friday is not another bad hair day in Wall Street. It’s the term used by American retailers to describe the day after the Thanksgiving Holiday, seen as the semi-official start of Christmas shopping season.

— Evan Davis

It may be a cliche, but it’s true – the build-up to Christmas is so much more pleasurable than the actual day itself.

— Julie Burchill

One Christmas build-up tradition, however, has totally bypassed me – that of going up to town and ‘doing a show.’

— Julie Burchill

If you pray enough for things, I am proof that they can happen. I feel like a kid on Christmas day now, every day. It’s something I have wanted for a long time and I am as happy as anyone to be here. It is great to be back at my first love.

— Robbie Fowler

There’s never really been a real hood Christmas movie.

— Ice Cube

I remember wishing there was snow in L.A. And how jealous we used to get of those Christmas specials with kids playing in the snow.

— Ice Cube

I’ve been playing on Christmas for the last 10, 11, 12 years. So just got to get up early with the babies, and give them their toys and try to get a nap in and just come to play.

— Shaquille O’Neal

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want – and their kids pay for it.

— Richard Lamm

Brits and Americans have hundreds of different phrases for the same thing. Luckily, it’s usually a source of amusement rather than frustration. A flashlight by any other name is still a torch. My personal favourite is ‘fairy lights,’ which we boringly refer to as ‘Christmas lights.’

— Sloane Crosley

From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.

— Katharine Whitehorn

I’m over the moon to be involved in the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special. I can’t quite believe it as it’s a part of the family tradition at the Jenkins household. I heard the news that I got the role on my 30th birthday and it was the best birthday present ever.

— Katherine Jenkins

My family makes these vinegars – out of everything from grapes to peaches and cherries. We go through the whole process with the giant vat and drainer, label them, and give them as Christmas presents.

— Mario Batali

The whole point of me doing a Christmas record and what I centered it around was the song ‘Christmas with You’ from the point-of-view of the soldiers in Iraq.

— Rick Springfield

I’ve got some incredible fans actually – so loyal and they make me birthday cards and Christmas cards. I got this package of poems and artwork based around the songs. They’ve got this thing called ‘Floetry’ where they all have to put in artwork. They’ve set up their own competitions and stuff which is kind of amazing.

— Florence Welch

I save every Christmas card. I keep them all.

— Alison Sweeney

My parents were kind of over protective people. Me and my sister had to play in the backyard all the time. They bought us bikes for Christmas but wouldn’t let us ride in the street, we had to ride in the backyard. Another Christmas, my dad got me a basketball hoop and put it in the middle of the lawn! You can’t dribble on grass.

— Jimmy Fallon

I went to Sunday School and liked the stories about Christ and the Christmas star. They were beautiful. They made you warm and happy to think about. But I didn’t believe them.

— Frances Farmer

Well, the album ‘Intuition’ is out and just went platinum officially. So I think to have the music doing what it’s doing right now, man, it’s the ultimate. Nobody is really selling records out there but we are at a million records and we dropped it at Christmas, so we are just trying to get that thing to like two million, you know.

— Jamie Foxx

I’m bad on Valentine’s Day, but even worse on Christmas. I go shopping at nine o’clock on December 24th every year. Nobody else is there. I’m in Toys’R’Us all by myself. I get there five minutes before closing.

— Jamie Foxx

It was, you know, probably 80 degrees out in L.A., and my dad took me outside and there was snow. At the time, I thought, ‘Every kid doesn’t have snow in their backyard on Christmas?’

— Tori Spelling

I love Halloween, trick or treating and decorating the house. And I love Thanksgiving, because of the football and the fall weather. And of course, I love Christmas – that’s my favorite of all!

— Joe Nichols

For a long time all I wanted for Christmas were books about outdoor survival. I was convinced that the woods were calling me. I camped a lot, I took classes. At 18, I told myself if I don’t live in the woods by myself by the time I’m 25, I have failed.

— Chris Evans

I have a musical called Goodbye and Good Luck, based on a Grace Paley short story. I also have King Island Christmas, and there are 20 different productions of it this year.

— David Friedman

Christmas is the antithesis of Thanksgiving. Christmas is pretty much a man-made holiday.

— John Clayton

I’m sure most of us remember being a kid and you have all of this endless time where two weeks before Christmas feels like ten years. I used to go to bed to try and go to sleep to try and make it go faster.

— Andrea Arnold

There’s something about a Christmas sweater that will always make me laugh.

— Kristen Wiig

Every singer eventually gets around to a Christmas disc.

— Renee Fleming

I love Christmas. I really do love Christmas. I love being with my family and I love snow. I love the music and the lights and all of it.

— Christina Applegate

I get a little behind during Lent, but it comes out even at Christmas.

— Frank Butler

There’s been a concerted effort to steal Christmas.

— Jerry Falwell

I don’t know of too many double Christmas albums, so it is something that’s new, and hopefully will be fun, and there’s plenty of stuff out there to cut.

— Garth Brooks

It can’t be overstated how wonderful it is not to have to audition any more. Any actor will tell you, it’s like Christmas.

— Bill Nighy

When I was five my parents bought me a ukulele for Christmas. I quickly learned how to play it with my father’s guidance. Thereafter, my father regularly taught me all the good old fashioned songs.

— Tony Visconti

Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion.

— Ralph W. Sockman

The denominational world tries to pressure its members to focus on the birth of Christ, but in doing so layers of guilt are imposed, and competition gets complicated as one Christmas program tries to outdo the other.

— John Clayton

At Christmas our house is like a Donnie and Marie Christmas Special.

— Kevin Richardson

We didn’t have a whole lot of money when I was growing up either. I would always ask for magic books or magic tricks for my birthday or for Christmas and the rest of the year I either had to mow lawns or find part time jobs to help supplement the cost of doing magic.

— Lance Burton

One Christmas my father kept our tree up till March. He hated to see it go. I loved that.

— Mo Rocca

Christmas is a stocking stuffed with sugary goodness.

— Mo Rocca

I love Christmas. Frosty the Snowman, peace on Earth and mangers, Salvation Army bell ringers and reindeer, the movie ‘Meet Me in St. Louis,’ office parties and cookies.

— Mo Rocca

I love the excess of Christmas. The shopping season that begins in September, the bad pop star recordings of Christmas carols, the decorations that don’t know when to come down.

— Mo Rocca

Christmas lights may be the loneliest thing for me, especially if you mix them up with reindeers and sleighs. I feel alone. I feel isolated. I feel I do not belong.

— Mira Nair

I’m learning Spanish – I got Rosetta Stone for Christmas.

— Karlie Kloss

What I’m not saying is that all government spending is bad. It’s not – far, far from it, but there is no free lunch, as a former colleague of mine used to say. There is no public tooth fairy. Father Christmas does not work on the Treasury staff this year. You can never bail someone out of trouble without putting someone else into trouble.

— Arthur Laffer

My grandson sees me as Lois on TV every Christmas, and that scores me points.

— Margot Kidder

Actually, my mother and Alfie came for three weeks’ Christmas vacation and stayed for 21 years. I guess my mother never went back because she was lonely.

— Frank McCourt

We never really had any kind of a Christmas. This is one part where my memory fails me completely.

— Frank McCourt

My mother accidentally gave me food poisoning. She fed me baby carrots for a snack before Christmas dinner – but they had expired in June! I threw up for the next 24 hours.

— Busy Philipps

The pattern of a newspaperman’s life is like the plot of ‘Black Beauty.’ Sometimes he finds a kind master who gives him a dry stall and an occasional bran mash in the form of a Christmas bonus, sometimes he falls into the hands of a mean owner who drives him in spite of spavins and expects him to live on potato peelings.

— A. J. Liebling

You know, I started my career in politics in 1967. I’m not new to this. I did not just fall off the Christmas tree. I understand the world is complex. I know that there are people out there who want to hurt other people.

— Dennis Kucinich

I was at the vice president’s Christmas party. I thought that his speech was spectacular, and I knew that it was a very emotional and difficult thing for him to do, but I admonished him for not waiting just one more stinking day.

— Bradley Whitford

Christmas is a time of year that’s so romantic.

— Katharine McPhee

My fondest memories are generally the day after Thanksgiving. I get the total decorating Christmas itch.

— Katharine McPhee

My mother died of metastatic colorectal cancer shortly before three P.M. on Christmas Day of 2008. I don’t know the exact time of her death, because none of us thought to look at a clock for a while after she stopped breathing.

— Meghan O’Rourke

I’m going to take the kids away over Christmas but I don’t, I’ve written 14 musicals now, I don’t want to rush into doing something just for the sake of doing it. I want to do it when I find a story.

— Andrew Lloyd Webber

May I share with you my earliest memory of a political row? It was with my mother, about the Queen – classic Freudian stuff, shrinks would say. I was eight, and refusing to watch the Queen’s Christmas Day broadcast.

— Alastair Campbell

Like my dad, I have a Christmas party most years. I like to celebrate and see as many people as possible.

— Lauren Graham

My mother would give my brothers and me a pile of catalogues and let us pick what we wanted for Christmas.

— Kary Mullis

Our last jam session was this past Christmas. Dad played his harmonica, mom sang in English and Italian, and I played guitar. I’m so happy that we could share that musical experience for one last time.

— Tony Visconti

The best Christmas present I got from my husband was a week to do whatever I wanted.

— Olivia Williams

I just travel all the time. And I was just looking at the schedules now and starting the first week of October I will be every weekend with somebody at tournaments through Christmas. So it gets very difficult to just go away and not do that.

— Ivan Lendl

Now, a lot of what we are doing right now, quite frankly, is because of what happened on Christmas. Many of the things were kind of in the works. We were already planning, for example, the purchase and deployment of advanced imaging technology. You call them body scanners. We call them AITs (Advanced Imaging Technologies).

— Janet Napolitano

My parents still treat Christmas like I’m thirteen years old.

— Mike Shinoda

I was lucky enough to grow up in a home where I woke up Christmas morning and had toys. I know that’s not the case with all people and I don’t think kids should go without experiencing that sort of joy.

— Lucy Hale

My favorite toy growing up was Polly Pocket. But one gift that I wanted though never received for Christmas was a pair of trampoline moon shoes. You strap them to your feet and they have springs on them, and you can just jump around!

— Lucy Hale

I think we felt the pressure more at first than this time around. But still you don’t want to let anyone down. I never even met Patrick until we had a Christmas party at Ian McKellen’s house on the first movie and then I didn’t see him again until the premiere.

— Rebecca Romijn

Whatever he does should be seen as working at the Presidency and if he goes to Colorado for Christmas, it should be for a minimum amount of time, the family tradition and family get-together aspect emphasized, and it be seen as a working vacation.

— Robert Teeter

I think we need one recognized, respected public figure to make a tough, blunt statement on just what Reagan’s record is and what he might do to the country, let alone the Republican Party before Christmas.

— Robert Teeter

My Christmas wish would be to have an entire week off. To spend it with my family and just curl up and watch Christmas movies when it’s snowing outside.

— David Hasselhoff

I actually share her view and understand her frustration when any government attempts to ban secular symbols like Santa Claus or Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer or Christmas lights.

— Steve Israel

And of course there’s so much music in and around our family. I had a piano during Christmas because it’s obviously useful through the season. There are so many people, songwriters, who are around.

— Ashley Judd

It’s hard and sometimes it’s scary. It still amazes my mother. I went home for Christmas one year and there were fans all over the front lawn, hoping to see me.

— Luke Perry

I had eight brothers and sisters. Every Christmas my younger brother Bobby would wake up extra early and open everybody’s presents – everybody’s – so by the time the rest of us got up, all the gifts were shredded, ribbons off, torn open and thrown aside.

— Tommy Hilfiger

Christmas is taken very seriously in this household. I believe in Father Christmas, and there’s no way I’d do anything to undermine that belief.

— Carol Ann Duffy

For a Jewish guy, I’ve recorded a lot of Christmas albums.

— Barry Manilow

First of all, I’ve been having a wonderful run of luck with cover albums, songs I didn’t write. I had five pop cover albums and two Christmas albums, and they were all very successful.

— Barry Manilow

From the time that I can remember, I worked to make money – either baby-sitting, or one year wrapping gifts at a department store at Christmas, so I could have my own money.

— Christie Hefner

The unfortunate thing about working for yourself is that you have the worst boss in the world. I work every day of the year except at Christmas, when I work a half day.

— David Eddings

Godot is whatever it is in life that you are waiting for: ‘I’m waiting to win the lottery. I’m waiting to fall in love’. For me, as a child, it was Christmas. At least that eventually came.

— Ian Mckellen

It’s more like Christmas, you know, when you get a shot in that looks great and it’s exactly what you want. It’s a great feeling, and there’s nothing like it.

— Zack Snyder

Fantastic! Right in the middle of that long stretch between Christmas and Spring Break, your coats are getting dirty, everything’s dark, dingy – what a great time for a movie!

— John Hughes

A lot of sequins for New Year’s! Red, green, white – I fail at all of that because I’m always in black. But for Christmas, I do love wearing cute dresses with tights and a pair of boots.

— Ashley Benson

I’d like to do a Christmas album. I’ve never done a Christmas album.

— Tanya Tucker

I was talking to one of my aunties at Christmas and she said she didn’t think it was ever in my nature to go against the grain, that I was always a good boy. I think she was right – I did always want to be good.

— James McAvoy

I never really did Christmas before. Christmas Day? I mean – what’s that? What’s it all about? I was always flying on Christmas Day.

— Monica Seles

Did you know that Christmas Day is absolutely the best day to fly? It is. No crowded airports and crowded planes. I always flew to Australia. That’s what Christmas was for me – a plane journey to the next tournament.

— Monica Seles

I was thrilled one year when I was younger when not only did my brothers get hockey sticks for Christmas – but I did too!

— Nancy Kerrigan

He put a ring in the toe of a stocking. On Christmas Eve, we opened our stockings and it was there at the bottom of the toe. Then he got down on his knees and he was shaking.

— Kyra Sedgwick

A friend gave me a CD of the ‘Pathetique’ Symphony as a Christmas present. I went home, and I put on the CD expecting to listen to Tchaikovsky. But it started ‘ta ta ta taaa.’ It was too long for me. I didn’t understand it at first, but then I fell in love, in love, in love.

— Gustavo Dudamel

It will be a hard game if you think about winning a championship. We need to think about our own game at the moment and focus on getting good results especially over the Christmas period.

— Dennis Bergkamp

I got a guitar when I was about 14, for a Christmas present, and went from there.

— Robin Trower

In 1934, the American Jewish charities offered to find homes for 300 German refugee children. We were on the SS Washington, bound for New York, Christmas 1934.

— Jack Steinberger

I’m a disorganized mess. My purse is gross: I once found a shoulder pad, string cheese, and a Christmas ornament in it!

— Hoda Kotb

In the spring of 1994 I decided not to seek reelection to the Senate. I had made the decision 12 years earlier, Christmas Day of 1982, just after I had been first elected to a full term, that I would do the best I could for a limited time.

— George J. Mitchell

My mother, she had a very good attitude toward money. I’m very grateful for the fact that we had to learn to save. I used to get like 50 pence a week, and I’d save it for like five months. And then I’d spend it on Christmas presents. I’d save up like eight pounds. It’s nothing, but we did that.

— Gemma Arterton

I got up one Christmas morning and we didn’t have nothing to eat. We didn’t have an apple, we didn’t have an orange, we didn’t have a cake, we didn’t have nothing.

— Muddy Waters

I stone got crazy when I saw somebody run down them strings with a bottleneck. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree and I said that I had to learn.

— Muddy Waters

I didn’t know the full dimensions of forever, but I knew it was longer than waiting for Christmas to come.

— Richard Brautigan

It is never too late to get into tennis! While I started playing at the age of 8 when my parents gave me a tennis racquet for Christmas, tennis is a lifelong sport that can be enjoyed by people of almost any age. It’s also something you never forget once you learn.

— Samantha Stosur

‘The war in Iraq – if Osama was a Christian – it’s the Christmas present he never would have expected.

— Michael Scheuer

It’s fun when you start a movie, because it’s kind of like you get to go Christmas shopping… you get to make your wish list and you start thinking about what each character needs.

— Spike Jonze

The next thing I wrote was in a writing class at night school. It was about a poor woman who worked at a dime store and who was all alone for Christmas in Laurel, Mississippi.

— Beth Henley

It always depresses me when people moan about how commercial Christmas is. I love everything about it. The tradition of having this great big feast, slap bang in the middle of winter, is an essential thing to look forward to at the end of the year.

— Richard E. Grant

I think the people who are making Christmas-themed movies today feel that people are more cynical about Christmas. There’s more of an edge.

— Leonard Maltin

A Christmas Carol is such a fool-proof story you can’t louse it up.

— Leonard Maltin

I made a Christmas album a couple of years ago and just put it out on my Web site. It kind of smacked of this flavor. All of the reviews said it was Western swing even when it was Christmas standards.

— Suzy Bogguss

So many people release albums before Christmas and they get lost in the Christmas rush.

— Bonnie Tyler

I’ve been in elementary education for years and my belief is that Christmas pageants in schools are little more than conditioning kids for the Christian religion.

— Jack Bowman

Orphans, dead parents, lonely children at Christmas, morose spoken word recordings, everything you love about the holidays. Move the turkey over so you can fit your head in the oven.

— April Winchell

I’ve taught fifth-year Christmas leavers last thing on a Friday afternoon. Basically, if you can face that you can face anything.

— Johann Lamont

Music is my thing. It’s my thing it’s what I love. It’s what I do. It’s football to me it’s Christmas to me religion to me poetry to me.

— Ryan Adams

My father died when I was young and I was raised by my grandmother, Emma Klonjlaleh Brown. We could afford to eat chicken just once a year, on Christmas.

— George Weah

When I was eight years old, I got a dummy for Christmas and started teaching myself. I got books and records and sat in front of the bathroom mirror, practising. I did my first show in the third grade and just kept going there was no reason to quit.

— Jeff Dunham

I’m so depressed. Christmas is the worst of all. Holidays are terrible, worse than Sundays. I get melancholia.

— David O. Selznick

We always had lutefisk for Christmas dinner, after which Dad read from the Norwegian Bible.

— Peter Agre

I make personal appearances around the country. I’m starting a book tour now, and I may be coming to Toronto with the Learning Annex, which I’m doing all through the United States, so that may come up just before Christmas.

— Burt Ward

I love all things Christmas.

— Samantha Barks

I love cooking during Christmas, all smells like the hot apple cider, the hot spiced wine.

— Amy Smart

South Park started as a little video Christmas card.

— Joel Hodgson

The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine.

— James Irwin

I’m Jewish and my wife isn’t so right now we’re literally decorating a Christmas tree with Jewish stars draped around it.

— Max Greenfield

Yeah, I started when I was 6 years old. My brother and sister would get all of these presents at Christmas time from the cast and crew of their show and I was jealous. So I decided that I had to become an actor.

— Sara Gilbert

I loved ‘White Christmas’ for the music aspect. I was into musical theater.

— Lana Parrilla

To understand this Christmas record, you have to understand our ministry.

— John Tesh

Why not collect and clean chicken wishbones in the run-up to Christmas, spray them silver and use each to pinch together a white hem-stitch napkin?

— Pippa Middleton

Lately I did a film called All I Want for Christmas and it was well received. This gave me a new point of view and a new respect for my work as an actress.

— Sarah Polley

People have nannies and big cars, and they want to go to Maui for Christmas. When there are those kind of stakes involved, people get ruthless.

— Amy Sherman-Palladino

So when I was 13, I basically left home and never returned and lived at home again. I would come home for a week at Christmas and two weeks in the summer only.

— Peter Jurasik

I’m well-travelled so I can see places coming up. I went to St. Croix in the West Indies at Christmas and it had been hit by a really bad tornado. Values there have gone down but I guarantee they will be up again in eight years. So I’ll get in now while it’s cheap as chips.

— Melanie Brown

Well, because I have twin seven-year-old boys, I enjoy the gift giving stuff a great deal. We do both Hanukkah and Christmas, so it is a costly, though extremely pleasing proposition.

— Fred Melamed

Christmas albums are not something you do frequently.

— Isaac Hanson

There are very few people who have done more than one Christmas album.

— Isaac Hanson

A typical Christmas is me shucking oysters. I love them and I always get them in at Christmas.

— Hugh Bonneville

During the holidays, everyone needs a break from studying for exams and Christmas shopping. I wanted to put together a diverse tour that rocks in many musical directions but always points to Christ.

— TobyMac

I’m not going to put out a Christmas CD until it’s coming out of me naturally.

— TobyMac

Our whole family assembles in Chicago at Christmas and usually in Aspen in the summer.

— James Cronin

Chum was a British boy’s weekly which, at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas presents for male children.

— A. E. van Vogt

But Tammy Faye calls me, and Ron Jeremy calls me, Erik Estrada sends me a Christmas card every year.

— Trishelle Cannatella

Besides the two Christmas things, we’ve got a about a dozen new tracks we’re working on.

— Chris Frantz

I used to know Jennifer Love Hewitt. We lived in the same apartment building when I was about… jeez, I guess it was when I was doing ‘Christmas Vacation’, so I was about 13 or 14.

— Johnny Galecki

For me growing up, Christmas time was always the most fantastic, exciting time of year, and you’d stay up until three in the morning. You’d hear the parents wrapping in the other room but you knew that also, maybe, they were in collusion with Santa Claus.

— Chris Pine

I grew up with the classics. My mom and I would sit and watch ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘White Christmas’ – those kind of movies.

— Lucas Grabeel

I started DJing, breakdancing and MCing in the ’70s and I got my record deal in 1979 with ‘Christmas Rap.’

— Kurtis Blow

I’ve also committed my time and resources to many local organizations like Christmas in April, Catholic Community Services, and Hudson County Meals on Wheels.

— Vincent Frank

I’ve also just finished filming the role of Robert Brown in ‘Just William,’ which is due to transmit on BBC One at Christmas.

— Harry Melling

In fact, I was one of the few trusted people that Lucy allowed to play with their kids. I spent time at their summer home, rode horses at their ranch, and swam at their beach house. I even spent a Christmas with them at Palm Springs one year.

— Keith Thibodeaux

Dad bought me a toy drum one Christmas, and I eventually destroyed it. I wanted a real drum and he bought me a snare drum. Dad continued to buy me one drum after the other.

— Keith Thibodeaux

I don’t want to see people decorating a house or digging a garden. As for guys like Jonathan Ross, he got an award there last Christmas. What for? He doesn’t sing, dance or tell jokes, does he?

— Ian St. John

My Christmas present to myself each year is to see how much air travel can open up the world and take me to places as far from sheltered California and Japan as possible.

— Pico Iyer

I intend to keep writing Christmas songs. There’s still a lot more about Christmas that can be captured and feel like old-time Christmas. A lot of the traditions haven’t been explained in song.

— Clint Black

I might do ‘X Factor’ next year. It’s looking good that I won’t get the sack at Christmas.

— Gary Barlow

Yes, my first memory of singing, in general, was of a Christmas song. And then listening to Christmas music was really the first music I was ever connected to.

— Christina Perri

It felt very natural to me to write a Christmas song, but at the same time I had to really put all sorts of pressure aside and just let the creativity flow and see what came out.

— Christina Perri

My mom is a really good cook. I didn’t get the cooking gene, but she cooks this really amazing dinner every Christmas, and that’s always really fun.

— Miranda Cosgrove

Every Christmas now for years, I have found myself wondering about the point of the celebration. As the holiday has become more ecumenical and secular, it has lost much of the magic that I remember so fondly from childhood.

— Whitley Strieber

The upheavals of adolescence silenced ‘A Christmas Carol’ for a few years. I became a firebrand atheist. Christmas – humbug! Too commercial! Then I became an agnostic. Christmas was a pro-forma affair, basically a chore. Buy mother a book, dad a new tie, my brother and sister small gifts. Pretend thanks for the fountain pens and shirts I received.

— Whitley Strieber

I put the copy of ‘A Christmas Carol’ that my grandfather had first read to me 60 years ago on my desk, and I began to write. The result, for better or for worse, is the ‘Christmas Spirits.’ I plan to read it to my grandson.

— Whitley Strieber

I wouldn’t recommend young kids see ‘Speedway Junkie.’ It’s definitely an age-appropriate movie – dark and realistic and edgy. If young kids want to see me, go see the Christmas movie.

— Jonathan Taylor Thomas

In our racist, sexist society, Christmas is the 8 hours when we stop killing each other and gratutious over eating is encouraged so that the starving and other people in the world can die!

— Lloyd Kaufman

No sane local official who has hung up an empty stocking over the municipal fireplace, is going to shoot Santa Claus just before a hard Christmas.

— Alfred E. Smith

At school, there was an annual school disco and I’d be standing in my bedroom wondering what to wear for hours on end. Eventually I’d arrive at a decision that was just the most ridiculous costume you could have ever devised – I think it was probably knitted Christmas jumpers on top of buttoned-up white shirts.

— Guy Berryman

Then, when I got in the military, I used to host – even in high school – I hosted the talent shows, and when I was in the military I would host all of our base Christmas parties and stuff.

— Gary Owens

Windows are as essential to office prestige as Christmas is to retailing.

— Enid Nemy

In France, Christmas is a family holiday. You stay home. New Year’s Eve is when you go out.

— Alain Ducasse

I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.

— Ashley Tisdale

When you have kids, you instantly feel that you do not want to do them wrong. Those dads that go off to Florida and start a new life, I couldn’t imagine that: seeing my kid once every Christmas, every three years. If I’m gone for six days it feels like too much.

— Adam Carolla

If you had a Ministry box set under your Christmas tree, wrapped in paper, ‘From Beer to Eternity’ is the bow that goes around the present, you know what I mean?

— Al Jourgensen

I’m going to take the kids away over Christmas but I don’t, I’ve written 14 musicals now, I don’t want to rush into doing something just for the sake of doing it. I want to do it when I find a story.

— Andrew Lloyd Webber

Adults are tempted to produce and perform Christmas for their kids and their families, and they arrive at Christmas Day weary and disillusioned.

— Ann Voskamp

My mother was a not-too-devoted atheist. She went to Episcopal church on Christmas Eve every year, and that was mostly it.

— Anne Lamott

My parents got me a $25 Kent steel-string acoustic guitar when I was around 12. The following Christmas, my parents bought me a Conora electric guitar. It looked almost like a Gretsch. It cost $59, and my mom still has it.

— Alex Lifeson

I was a little punk rocker and was pregnant with Sarah when I went to university. I had her in the Christmas holidays of the first term. It was 1979, and UCL was very proud of its reputation as a liberal university, so they were very helpful.

— Alison Owen

People have nannies and big cars, and they want to go to Maui for Christmas. When there are those kind of stakes involved, people get ruthless.

— Amy Sherman-Palladino

No sane local official who has hung up an empty stocking over the municipal fireplace, is going to shoot Santa Claus just before a hard Christmas.

— Al Smith

For a Jewish guy, I’ve recorded a lot of Christmas albums.

— Barry Manilow

You can’t allow the forces of political correction to shut you up. I mean, why are people afraid to say, ‘Merry Christmas?’ Give me a break. If people don’t like it, yeah, they can go do something else.

— Ben Carson

I throw a Christmas party at my house. It’s not really a Christmas party, because I don’t want to call it a Christmas party. But let’s just say I put a lot of Christmas trees around the house, so it smells good.

— Bill Murray

It can’t be overstated how wonderful it is not to have to audition any more. Any actor will tell you, it’s like Christmas.

— Bill Nighy

The smell of pine needles, spruce and the smell of a Christmas tree – those to me, are the scents of the holidays.

— Blake Lively

If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.

— Bob Hope

December used to be very difficult for me. For many years, I fought the transition to the new year, was generally exhausted at the end of the year, and just wanted to hide. I described myself as a ‘cranky Jewish kid who felt left out by Christmas.’

— Brad Feld

I’ve got a quad copter on my Christmas list, as I suspect quite a few people do.

— Blake Farenthold

I don’t think of Home Depot as romantic, but I do think the Christmas wonderland they put up during the holidays is magical. That is what Home Depot is to me, and that is the only romantic thing about it.

— Betty Who

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.

— Bernard Manning

People say I don’t write books, I make Christmas presents.

— Bryce Courtenay

Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.

— Bing Crosby

I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness.

— Carrie Fisher

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

— Charles Dickens

When I was 12, all I wanted for Christmas was a trampoline or a four-wheeler. I ended up getting both presents for Christmas.

— Chris Brown

Even today, I am still very child-like while designing. It’s a bit like Christmas – each of your designs you create is like unravelling your presents.

— Christian Louboutin

It’s surprising to me how many of my friends send Christmas cards, or holiday cards, including my atheist and secular friends.

— Christopher Hitchens

Christmas is taken very seriously in this household. I believe in Father Christmas, and there’s no way I’d do anything to undermine that belief.

— Carol Ann Duffy

You have to remind kids to stay connected to the meaning of Christmas. Sometimes it takes a little bit of effort, but it’s so worth it.

— Caroline Kennedy

A title means marketing. It means that company’s coming soon, and you’d better get out the Christmas lights so they don’t miss your house.

— Caroline Leavitt

I turned the Gloucester Christmas lights on and our local Newent lights on, so everyone recognises me now. It is a completely different life for me.

— Charlotte Dujardin

We even had a different word for Christmas in my language, Bengali: Baradin, which literally meant ‘big day.’

— Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Besides the two Christmas things, we’ve got a about a dozen new tracks we’re working on.

— Chris Frantz

Santa is our culture’s only mythic figure truly believed in by a large percentage of the population. It’s a fact that most of the true believers are under eight years old, and that’s a pity.

— Chris Van Allsburg

I really want a Christmas in New York one year, when it’s snowing. Like, it’s Christmas morning, and you have a fight with someone, and you run down the street, and it’s snowing, and you can’t find them.

— Courtney Barnett

A Christmas Carol’ has been described as the most perfect of Dickens’s works and as a quintessential heart-warming story, and it is certainly the most popular.

— Claire Tomalin

What I found out on Christmas Day 1984, through biochemical evidence, was that telomeres could be lengthened by the enzyme we called telomerase, which keeps the telomeres from wearing down. After I found that out, I went home and put on Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA,’ which was just out, and I danced and danced and danced.

— Carol W. Greider

I don’t go back home to Sardinia as much as I would like, just for Christmas and family events.

— Caterina Murino

I got my first instrument for Christmas when I was three or four years old. My parents got me a mandolin because it was the only instrument that would fit me because I was so small. I went straight from that into the drums when I was six, and then I started playing guitar when I was seven or eight.

— Chord Overstreet

It felt very natural to me to write a Christmas song, but at the same time I had to really put all sorts of pressure aside and just let the creativity flow and see what came out.

— Christina Perri

Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.

— Dave Barry

I wrapped my Christmas presents early this year, but I used the wrong paper. See, the paper I used said ‘Happy Birthday’ on it. I didn’t want to waste it so I just wrote ‘Jesus’ on it.

— Demetri Martin

Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.

— Dr. Seuss

I write seven days a week, starting at 4 o’clock in the morning, including Christmas.

— Dan Brown

I would work until I got stuck, and I would put it down and pick up something else. I might be able to take a 20-minute nap and get to work again. That way, I was able to work about 10 hours a day… It was important to me to work every day. I managed to work on Christmas day, just to be able to say I worked 365 days a year.

— Donald Hall

I’m totally the ‘decorate early, start listening to Christmas songs super early’ guy. I’ve just always been that way.

— Drake Bell

My parents were willing to let me follow my nose, do what I wanted to do, and they supported my interest by buying the books that I wanted for birthdays and Christmas, almost always poetry books.

— Donald Hall

My father died when I was really young, on Christmas Day.

— David Ayer

Coming from Chicago, I like a white Christmas.

— Dennis Franz

I really like the European carols, and I like that captivating sound that they have that isn’t usually in Christmas songs.

— David Archuleta

I’m so depressed. Christmas is the worst of all. Holidays are terrible, worse than Sundays. I get melancholia.

— David O. Selznick

I used to sleep in the T-shirt I wore during the day and whatever ratty old gym shorts I could find on the floor. But one year for Christmas, someone gave me a very chic, comfortable pair of pajamas from Brooks Brothers, and I realized the error of my ways.

— Derek Blasberg

I do watch ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with my children at Christmas, and I liked it long before it went into the public domain and became a cliche.

— Edward Zwick

Nothing says holidays, like a cheese log.

— Ellen DeGeneres

Well, because I have twin seven-year-old boys, I enjoy the gift giving stuff a great deal. We do both Hanukkah and Christmas, so it is a costly, though extremely pleasing proposition.

— Fred Melamed

November is auspicious in so many parts of the country: the rice harvest is already in, the weather starts to cool, and the festive glow which precedes Christmas has began to brighten the landscape.

— F. Sionil Jose

I think I’m a lot like other moms out there who feel like if we don’t have the pecan pie we have every year, then it just won’t be Christmas.

— Faith Hill

I grew up asking for everything under the sun for Christmas, but I knew I wasn’t going to get it all.

— Faith Hill

Pets, like their owners, tend to expand a little over the Christmas period.

— Frances Wright

Throughout history, Hanukkah was a relatively minor festival, but it’s become very popular in America due to its proximity to Christmas.

— Gil Marks

I picked up the guitar at 12 yrs old – basically, my mother and father bought it for me for Christmas. I played one at my friend’s house when I say played it, I just played around with it at my friend’s house. It just struck me as something I really wanted.

— Greg Lake

The first story I can remember writing, that I truly set down on paper, was a Christmas story that I wrote when I was ten years old.

— Greg Rucka

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.

— Garrison Keillor

I don’t know of too many double Christmas albums, so it is something that’s new, and hopefully will be fun, and there’s plenty of stuff out there to cut.

— Garth Brooks

Tax cuts should be for life, not just for Christmas.

— George Osborne

As we give presents at Christmas, we need to recognize that sharing our time and ourselves is such an important part of giving.

— Gordon B. Hinckley

When I was 11, I made truffle risotto for my family for Christmas dinner.

— Gigi Hadid

The vocal arrangements are a big part of the formula for a Bad Religion song – layered harmonies and background vocals. So when I start to describe the elements of Bad Religion’s sound, it starts to sound like a Christmas choir.

— Greg Graffin

A friend gave me a CD of the ‘Pathetique’ Symphony as a Christmas present. I went home, and I put on the CD expecting to listen to Tchaikovsky. But it started ‘ta ta ta taaa.’ It was too long for me. I didn’t understand it at first, but then I fell in love, in love, in love.

— Gustavo Dudamel

I like to spend Christmas with family and friends, pigging out, exchanging gifts and basically doing nothing.

— George Kotsiopoulos

My father died when I was young and I was raised by my grandmother, Emma Klonjlaleh Brown. We could afford to eat chicken just once a year, on Christmas.

— George Weah

Like my best friend, I asked for drums for Christmas, and got them. But when he moved on to guitar, I realized two things: (1) guitar is a much more expressive instrument, (2) way more girls pay attention to guitar players than to drummers.

— Greg Iles

It’s funny, I was talking to somebody who writes for a cop show, and he was saying how they aren’t allowed to acknowledge Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, just because it has to be able to play forever.

— Hannah Simone

There’s a little vanity chair that Charlie gave me the first Christmas we knew each other. I’ll not be parting with that, nor our bed – the four-poster – I’ll be needing that to die in.

— Helen Hayes

I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays.

— Henny Youngman

I’m a disorganized mess. My purse is gross: I once found a shoulder pad, string cheese, and a Christmas ornament in it!

— Hoda Kotb

When I was in seventh grade, I asked my parents for a mobile recording system for Christmas, and I got it. I didn’t come out of my room for years after that. I’d get invited to the movies and I’d say, ‘I’m gonna finish a couple of demos.’

— Hunter Hayes

According to an ancient Sardinian legend, the bodies of those who are born on Christmas Eve will never dissolve into dust but are preserved until the end of time.

— Grazia Deledda

I’ve also just finished filming the role of Robert Brown in ‘Just William,’ which is due to transmit on BBC One at Christmas.

— Harry Melling

I love the excitement, the childlike spirit of innocence and just about everything that goes along with Christmas.

— Hillary Scott

If you look at Christmas movies, there are certain things in them that lend themselves to a ‘Harold & Kumar’ movie. In particular, the more out-of-this-world things like Santa Claus and flying reindeer.

— Hayden Schlossberg

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

When I was eight years old, I got a dummy for Christmas and started teaching myself. I got books and records and sat in front of the bathroom mirror, practising. I did my first show in the third grade and just kept going there was no reason to quit.

— Jeff Dunham

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

The worst gift that I ever gave a girl was a suitcase for Christmas. As in, ‘I can’t think of anything to give you, but here’s a new suitcase.’ Afterward, I was like, ‘What were you thinking, idiot?’

— Jensen Ackles

I worked for a big department store, and strangely, on my first day, they put me in charge of Christmas wrapping. I didn’t know how to wrap a present and make it not look like it fell off a truck.

— Joel Edgerton

My dad’s a firefighter, so I know what it’s like for policemen and firefighters to be on their own on Christmas Day.

— J. J. Watt

I was talking to one of my aunties at Christmas and she said she didn’t think it was ever in my nature to go against the grain, that I was always a good boy. I think she was right – I did always want to be good.

— James McAvoy

When I was a kid, we would get McDonalds on Christmas Eve, and that was a big deal because the closest one to the south side of Chicago was a 35 minute drive away. I remember opening the bag and smelling those fries, and even now when I smell them, it reminds me of Christmas Eve.

— Jane Lynch

Christmas is a story that has both religious and pagan origins, and to ignore its power is to ignore the power of myth – those symbols and legends that help us to ground our lives.

— Jay Parini

The whole Christmas story was probably a later addition to the gospel narratives, presented only by the authors of Matthew and Luke. Mark and John seem never to have heard of the manger in Bethlehem, the Massacre of the Innocents, the hovering star, the three wise men, and so forth.

— Jay Parini

I hate to say it, but Christmas as a kid was always a moneymaking venture for me. I played trumpet, and a friend of mine who played trombone and a guy who played tuba, every Christmas we’d go out for three or four days beforehand and play Christmas carols on our horns.

— John Tesh

To understand this Christmas record, you have to understand our ministry.

— John Tesh

In my experience, those who make the biggest fuss about not spending much at Christmas are generally the ones who buy what they want and eat where they want 12 months a year.

— Julian Baggini

Christmas is a season which almost all Christians observe in one way or another. Some keep it as a religious season. Some keep it as a holiday. But all over the world, wherever there are Christians, in one way or another Christmas is kept.

— J. C. Ryle

I got given a pair of Christmas socks with penguins on. They know you’re obviously not going to wear them. I think they do it just to annoy you, to be honest.

— Jamie Vardy

Well, the album ‘Intuition’ is out and just went platinum officially. So I think to have the music doing what it’s doing right now, man, it’s the ultimate. Nobody is really selling records out there but we are at a million records and we dropped it at Christmas, so we are just trying to get that thing to like two million, you know.

— Jamie Foxx

I’ve taught fifth-year Christmas leavers last thing on a Friday afternoon. Basically, if you can face that you can face anything.

— Johann Lamont

Most of the soap operas always use the Christmas special to kill huge quantities of their characters. So they have trams coming off their rails, or cars slamming into each other or burning buildings. It’s a general clean-out.

— Julian Fellowes

I always wanted to write for children. When I was growing up, we were really poor. My mother had left, and it was all a mess. So I lived in my head a lot, and I would get lots of books for Christmas – from librarians and teachers – and they just fed my imagination.

— Jewell Parker Rhodes

My grade 3 teacher put on a kids’ Christmas concert, and I played the kazoo, so my mother bought me a trumpet. I took lessons for eight years, was in the Kitsilano Boys Band, and I played in the Vancouver Junior Symphony for two years.

— Jim Pattison

I played guitar from the age of four or five. Every year there would be a slightly larger triangular box under the Christmas tree, until finally I got one that was big enough to make a proper sound.

— Johnny Marr

I love presents, But since I’ve gotten older, I haven’t really wanted anything. Christmas is about family.

— Jacob Latimore

In 1934, the American Jewish charities offered to find homes for 300 German refugee children. We were on the SS Washington, bound for New York, Christmas 1934.

— Jack Steinberger

If you’re an English actor, and you’re asked to do an episode – especially the Christmas episode – of ‘Downton Abbey,’ you can’t turn it down. It’s like, ‘Of course!’

— Janet Montgomery

White Christmas’ is one of my favorite movies, so I’ve always just had a love for that kind of golden era musical.

— Jessie Mueller

Without social networks, you’re not the coolest thing on the Christmas list, and you’re not getting any bite.

— Joe Green

I hate Christmas, really. I don’t really give presents away or expect any.

— Joy Bryant

Throughout my teenage years, I read ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens every December. It was a story that never failed to excite me, for as well as being a Dickens enthusiast, I have always loved ghost stories.

— John Boyne

Yep, I’m a geek. Ever since I got the Millennium Falcon for Christmas in 1978. And I still have it, in perfect condition, just without the box… but I still play with it!

— Joseph Gatt

Christmas is a holiday that persecutes the lonely, the frayed, and the rejected.

— Jimmy Cannon

I think that it’s fun to get the script and open it like a Christmas present. That’s ‘Alcatraz’ or anything that I’m working on. If the groundwork has been laid too much, the surprises aren’t there.

— Jeffrey Pierce

Being a traditionalist, I’m a rabid sucker for Christmas. In July, I’m already worried that there are only 146 shopping days left.

— John Waters

Always be prepared if someone asks you what you want for Christmas. Give brand names, the store that sells the merchandise, and, if possible, exact model numbers so they can’t go wrong. Be the type who’s impossible to buy for, so they have to get what you want.

— John Waters

I wouldn’t recommend young kids see ‘Speedway Junkie.’ It’s definitely an age-appropriate movie – dark and realistic and edgy. If young kids want to see me, go see the Christmas movie.

— Jonathan Taylor Thomas

We try to make the name longer and longer every year. First, it was ‘Larry the Cable Guy’s Christmas Spectacular.’ Then it was ‘It’s a Very Larry Christmas.’ Now it’s ‘Larry the Cable Guy’s Hula-palooza Christmas Luau.’ I’ll tell you what it is: It’s funny. That’s what it is. Who cares what the name of it is? It is a funny special.

— Larry the Cable Guy

Online, there’s no time. It’s always Christmas.

— Lewis Black

I have a good house for hosting, so we had the barbecues, and some of the guys over for Thanksgiving, even Christmas.

— Logan Mankins

My first publication was a haiku in a children’s magazine when I was 9 years old. I received one dollar for it! I gave the check to my dad for Christmas, and he framed it and hung it over his desk.

— Linda Sue Park

My favorite toy growing up was Polly Pocket. But one gift that I wanted though never received for Christmas was a pair of trampoline moon shoes. You strap them to your feet and they have springs on them, and you can just jump around!

— Lucy Hale

There’s a little Christmas in all of us, I guess. Even in me.

— Leon Redbone

I think it’s important not to grow up too fast. I’m 26 now, and I still can’t wait for Christmas Day. The inner seven-year-old isn’t buried too deeply in me.

— Laura Haddock

A Tuna Christmas’ is the second in a series of plays created by Joe Sears and Jaston Williams featuring the fictional town of Greater Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas. What makes these plays so hysterically funny is the accurate portrayal of small-town life in the Lone Star State.

— Lori Wilde

It’s hard and sometimes it’s scary. It still amazes my mother. I went home for Christmas one year and there were fans all over the front lawn, hoping to see me.

— Luke Perry

I love writing Christmas stories, especially of the historical variety.

— Linda Lael Miller

Country ham is baked whole, usually with a glaze, sometimes studded with cloves, and served as the centerpiece of Christmas and Easter feasts.

— Kate Christensen

From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.

— Katharine Whitehorn

Christmas morning, I’m going to open presents with my kids. I’m going to take pictures of them opening the presents. Then I’m going to come to the Staples Center and get ready to work.

— Kobe Bryant

Before Christmas, I host a party for our kids and all their friends. We love to make a mess while decorating gingerbread houses.

— Kourtney Kardashian

I absolutely adore Agatha Christie so much so that when I received a kitten for my Christmas present, I called her Agatha, and I already have a cat called Hercule!

— Kimberley Nixon

I do enjoy doing pantomime at Christmas. If I didn’t do it, I’d feel as though I was missing something.

— Kenny Baker

I realised that you could easily turn any room into a cinema with a projector, so I went on and on at my parents for one. They eventually got me a projector for Christmas when I was ten, and I realised I’d made a ridiculous mistake – I’d forgotten to say ‘movie’ projector I got a still one.

— Kevin Brownlow

I started DJing, breakdancing and MCing in the ’70s and I got my record deal in 1979 with ‘Christmas Rap.’

— Kurtis Blow

Dad bought me a toy drum one Christmas, and I eventually destroyed it. I wanted a real drum and he bought me a snare drum. Dad continued to buy me one drum after the other.

— Keith Thibodeaux

The holidays are my favorite time of year! Christmas was always one of the biggest celebrations in Sweden, and I look forward to the festivities each year.

— Marcus Samuelsson

The Swedish Christmas is definitely unique, even throughout Scandinavia. Like Christmas everywhere, it’s a very family-centered holiday.

— Marcus Samuelsson

I love giving gifts. It’s almost like I don’t open my gifts until, like, three days after Christmas ’cause I want to give everyone else their presents.

— Mariah Carey

Making your Christmas cake in September is perfect, as too fresh a cake crumbles when cut.

— Mary Berry

I am a bit of a mother hen at Christmas! I always prepare in advance. It is the only way otherwise, it can be really daunting.

— Mary Berry

When I cook for my family on Christmas, I make feijoada, a South American dish of roasted and smoked meats like ham, pork, beef, lamb, and bacon – all served with black beans and rice. It’s festive but different.

— Maya Angelou

In the minds of a Liberal, someone who isn’t Christian might be offended if we say Merry Christmas to them, so we shouldn’t say Merry Christmas to anyone. The logic is bizarre!

— Milo Yiannopoulos

If you want me to sing this Christmas song with the feeling and the meaning, you better see if you can locate that check.

— Mahalia Jackson

My family makes these vinegars – out of everything from grapes to peaches and cherries. We go through the whole process with the giant vat and drainer, label them, and give them as Christmas presents.

— Mario Batali

I grew up believing in Santa Claus, and we still treat our house at Christmas with a huge reverence for that belief – even though our children are 19 through 23.

— Mary Steenburgen

Songs that aren’t even remotely connected to Christmas are now officially canonized Christmas tunes. ‘Frosty the Snowman,’ ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’ never mention anything religious but are still notches in Christmas’ belt of musical dominance.

— Matisyahu

The real reason Jews don’t have more Hanukkah music is that, historically, American Jewish singer-songwriters were too busy making Christmas music. ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ ‘Silver Bells’ and ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)’ were all written by Jews.

— Matisyahu

The No. 1 best-selling Christmas album of all time is from Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, the Jewish smooth-jazz legend Kenny G. American Jews have always produced a lot of holiday music, just not Hanukkah music.

— Matisyahu

Back in the 1950s and ’60s, J. M. Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’ – starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard – was regularly aired on network television during the Christmas season. I must have seen it four or five times and remember, in particular, Ritchard’s gloriously camp interpretation of Captain Hook.

— Michael Dirda

Christmas lights may be the loneliest thing for me, especially if you mix them up with reindeers and sleighs. I feel alone. I feel isolated. I feel I do not belong.

— Mira Nair

I love the excess of Christmas. The shopping season that begins in September, the bad pop star recordings of Christmas carols, the decorations that don’t know when to come down.

— Mo Rocca

During the holiday season, Christmas specifically, it can be hard to be away from family and friends.

— Monica Johnson

My grandson sees me as Lois on TV every Christmas, and that scores me points.

— Margot Kidder

The first music I was ever exposed to was Irish folk music, like the Clancy Brothers. My father plays that and Christmas songs.

— Matt Dillon

I got up one Christmas morning and we didn’t have nothing to eat. We didn’t have an apple, we didn’t have an orange, we didn’t have a cake, we didn’t have nothing.

— Muddy Waters

I became hugely overweight and then hated myself because it was a form of self-abuse, something over which I had no control. I think the thing compulsive over-eaters want to achieve is that stuffed-full Christmas afternoon feeling.

— Marcus Brigstocke

I got this Christmas gift with the entire Beatles catalog. I had fun trying to duplicate what I was hearing on these records, only using the instruments I had at hand – an acoustic guitar, and that’s all. It was endlessly amusing to me to try to imitate John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s harmonies using the guitar.

— M. Ward

I love the smell of a real Christmas tree – also, my mum’s Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.

— Mallory Jansen

I’ve never had a cold Christmas, as I always spend it back home in Australia.

— Mallory Jansen

Use Somebody’ I posted – it was the end of 2009, around Christmas. That was my first video.

— Megan Nicole

Throughout my college years, I’d watch my sister squeal every Christmas as she unwrapped another ‘Buffy’ DVD set. I didn’t know much about the series, but I was filled with that obnoxious self-importance that comes from having decided to be an Academic Who Reads Serious Things.

— Marie Rutkoski

I watched a lot of movies when I was younger and I remember, when I was seven years old, I asked my parents if I could have an agent for Christmas.

— Meaghan Rath

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.

— Mary Ellen Chase

At Christmas, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ makes me cry in exactly the same places every time, even though I know it’s coming.

— Nicholas Lea

On the whole, I prefer Christmas as an adult than I did as a child.

— Nigella Lawson

Don’t send funny greeting cards on birthdays or at Christmas. Save them for funerals, when their cheery effect is needed.

— P. J. O’Rourke

For Christmas every year, my mother used to give me those cheap little diaries that would tell your horoscope and provide a little blank slot for each day.

— Patti Smith

We don’t consider the Wizard of Oz or Father Christmas to be too old. They’re still magical characters, and the fact they’ve been around the block only adds to their magic.

— Peter Capaldi

My family know not to get me any tech for Christmas. I can never get it to work, and it all becomes very tearful and pressurised.

— Peter Capaldi

Why not collect and clean chicken wishbones in the run-up to Christmas, spray them silver and use each to pinch together a white hem-stitch napkin?

— Pippa Middleton

There are those who argue that the public celebration of festivals such as Christmas should be discouraged, in the questionable belief that it might somehow offend those of other religions or none.

— Pope Benedict XVI

God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.

— Pope Francis

I’m not romantic, and I don’t like Christmas.

— Paula Hawkins

A barn with cattle and horses is the place to begin Christmas after all, that’s where the original event happened, and that same smell was the first air that the Christ Child breathed.

— Paul Engle

Every Christmas should begin with the sound of bells, and when I was a child mine always did. But they were sleigh bells, not church bells, for we lived in a part of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where there were no churches.

— Paul Engle

We always had lutefisk for Christmas dinner, after which Dad read from the Norwegian Bible.

— Peter Agre

So many Christmas films either are twee, or try and go super edgy, then stick on something Christmassy at the end of the movie.

— Peter Baynham

Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!

— Phyllis McGinley

Now I’m an old Christmas tree, the roots of which have died. They just come along and while the little needles fall off me replace them with medallions.

— Orson Welles

Halloween starts earlier and earlier, just like Christmas.

— Robert Englund

There’s a lot of movies that aren’t all about Christmas, or where Christmas isn’t the focus, but have that spirit of Christmas in them. I love that sequence in ‘Auntie Mame,’ where she’s in the department store, sewing at Macy’s, and she doesn’t know how to do anything but fill out a form as ‘cash on delivery!’

— Robert Osborne

I think ‘Elf’ is funny, with Will Ferrell. That’s a great Christmas movie.

— Robert Osborne

Felixstowe, the United Kingdom’s largest port, stops work only for Christmas Day and for crane-toppling Force 9 gales.

— Rose George

I was 23 when I learned how to cook I grew up around the same time. It was precisely then that Thanksgiving started to mean something more. Growing up, Christmas was always about me, and eventually you, when I finally started to enjoy the giving part. But Thanksgiving is always about us.

— Rosecrans Baldwin

I gave a Christmas party last year – well, two Christmases ago – where I did a Sam Cooke show. I didn’t perform as R. Kelly. I performed the Sam Cooke show from 1964, when he performed at the Copacabana.

— R. Kelly

I detest ‘Jingle Bells,’ ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,’ and the obscene spending bonanza that nowadays seems to occupy not just December, but November and much of October, too.

— Richard Dawkins

I built my church on Easter services, Christmas Eve services, and Norman Vincent Peale.

— Robert H. Schuller

We should declare war on North Vietnam. We could pave the whole country and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas.

— Ronald Reagan

No matter what else is going on, Christmas is my all-time favorite period in the year. It has a positive effect on me like very little else does, seasonally, that is.

— Rush Limbaugh

Fragrance is a very personal gift, and I think that’s why it makes a great Christmas gift. There’s a very distinct signature to it, so if you give it as a gift, I like to think that it’s from a person that thinks very highly of you.

— Ryan Reynolds

I think we need one recognized, respected public figure to make a tough, blunt statement on just what Reagan’s record is and what he might do to the country, let alone the Republican Party before Christmas.

— Robert Teeter

I got a guitar when I was about 14, for a Christmas present, and went from there.

— Robin Trower

The most challenging roles were Disney’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Mars Needs Moms’ because they were both motion capture, so there was a lot of physical work involved.

— Raymond Ochoa

Even though we’re a week and a half away from Thanksgiving, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

— Richard Roeper

I didn’t know the full dimensions of forever, but I knew it was longer than waiting for Christmas to come.

— Richard Brautigan

Every Christmas Eve, the elves will come and give us a new pair of pajamas.

— Sabrina Carpenter

I’ve been playing on Christmas for the last 10, 11, 12 years. So just got to get up early with the babies, and give them their toys and try to get a nap in and just come to play.

— Shaquille O’Neal

Now, the essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so.

— Stephen Leacock

Christmas is more stressful with present buying and making sure everyone gets included, but Thanksgiving is really not that. I don’t ever really get stressed out about the food.

— Sandra Lee

Christmas is relentless. It’s around the clock. I sit with my little ones in front of the TV screen, and we watch movie after movie after movie.

— Sayed Kashua

I had always sung in choirs. Even when it was something to be laughed at or made fun of, you know, in school. And I was always the kid who was picked at the Christmas concert to sing the solo, you know, while the other kids snickered in the front few rows.

— Scott Weiland

Brits and Americans have hundreds of different phrases for the same thing. Luckily, it’s usually a source of amusement rather than frustration. A flashlight by any other name is still a torch. My personal favourite is ‘fairy lights,’ which we boringly refer to as ‘Christmas lights.’

— Sloane Crosley

I’ve got more than 600 pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses, from 1950s originals to newer models. I have them on the wall like opticians do so I can pick out a pair that goes with my outfit. I had around 30 pairs, then my husband Rainer started getting them for me as birthday and Christmas gifts.

— Suzi Quatro

For many of us, Christmas lunch is the most special meal of the year – and I certainly want nothing but the very best for this celebration.

— Sheherazade Goldsmith

Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas.

— Stephen Graham Jones

Grief is a room without doors – but somehow, with its tinsel and cliches, Christmas finds a way in.

— Simon Van Booy

I do love Christmas, although my wife puts me to shame. She is a huge Christmas fan, so we do love us some Christmas in our house.

— Sebastian Arcelus

At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.

— Thomas Tusser

Most of us remember Nat King Cole as a vocalist. His warm, grainy baritone is still so closely identified with such familiar ballads as ‘Stardust’ and ‘The Christmas Song’ that it’s hard to imagine anyone else performing them.

— Terry Teachout

I think Christmas is about celebration and come on, on the inside everyone wants to dance.

— TobyMac

I know that a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania is about the most random place for a country singer to come from, but I had an awesome childhood.

— Taylor Swift

Mummy weighed sweets and nuts so that everyone would get exactly the same amount. During the year, everything is measured roughly, but at Christmas, it has to be absolutely fair. That’s why it’s such a strenuous time.

— Tove Jansson

Nothing is as peaceful as when Christmas is over, when one has been forgiven for everything and can be normal again.

— Tove Jansson

Working on ‘Nightmare Before Christmas,’ I had endless arguments, like the studio saying, ‘You can’t have a main character that’s got no eyeballs!’ ‘How is anybody going to feel for somebody with just eyesockets?’ You know? So, it’s those kind of things that really wear you down.

— Tim Burton

Finding the real joy of Christmas comes not in the hurrying and the scurrying to get more done, nor is it found in the purchasing of gifts. We find real joy when we make the Savior the focus of the season.

— Thomas S. Monson

I started wearing Ugg when I was, like, 13 or 14, in high school, and my mom got me a pair for Christmas one year.

— Tom Brady

We no longer sing and dance. We don’t know how to. Instead, we watch other people sing and dance on the television screen. Christmas, which was once a festival of active enjoyment, has turned into a binge of purely passive pleasures.

— Tom Hodgkinson

So we’re considering doing a new Christmas album, because there’s been Christmas episodes since then, and maybe finally do the version of ‘The Most Offensive Song Ever’ with lyrics intact.

— Trey Parker

I grew up poor, but I didn’t really know it because of amazing places like the Salvation Army where we got a lot of our Christmas presents from.

— Trey Songz

Every Christmas, all around Ghana, there are tons of these parties and they are full of everything that exists in human life in Ghana and worldwide.

— Taiye Selasi

I’m like everybody: I gain the Christmas 10 or so, and then I try to exercise more and dial it back.

— Trisha Yearwood

We play everybody’s Christmas records at our house, and sometimes you think, ‘I’m not gonna play my own record I’d be embarrassed.’ But I’m gonna play our record this Christmas, because I love the songs!

— Trisha Yearwood

I have to confess that I’ve never been a great fan of Christmas or, as it’s known in our house, The Monster That Ate the Last Third of the Year. It’s mostly the rampant consumerism I object to, but I’m also a little wary of the annual crop of new Christmas stories and sometimes wonder why anyone bothers.

— Tony Bradman

But Tammy Faye calls me, and Ron Jeremy calls me, Erik Estrada sends me a Christmas card every year.

— Trishelle Cannatella

Seeing the actual ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’, I absolutely loved it. It became one of my favourite films. It was a real Christmas classic, and it was one of the most popular films ever in British history.

— Will Poulter

We had been to a couple really awkward office Christmas parties, including one at our production company. It’s just a really interesting place, an event that hadn’t really been captured.

— Will Speck

I put the copy of ‘A Christmas Carol’ that my grandfather had first read to me 60 years ago on my desk, and I began to write. The result, for better or for worse, is the ‘Christmas Spirits.’ I plan to read it to my grandson.

— Whitley Strieber

For those, like me, who can’t rely on being given a home smoker this Christmas, you can build your own approximation with just a roll of tin foil and a big wok or pan for which you have a lid.

— Yotam Ottolenghi

Tiny quails may not seem as impressive as a mammoth turkey, but there is something refreshing about a spread of individual birds on the Christmas table.

— Yotam Ottolenghi

Classic Christmas cookies are really time-consuming. Instead, make a bar you can bake in a pan and just cut up, like a brownie or a blondie or a shortbread, which still has that Christmas vibe.

— Zooey Deschanel
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