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Christmas Quotations and Poems to Inspire

Updated on September 18, 2016
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Christmas is my favorite holiday. I have collected traditions, decorations, and recipes to make it fun and festive. I want to share the joy.

Nativity of Christ

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Favorites bring Warm Feelings

From the time I was a very little girl, Christmas has been the most special of holidays for me. A time of wonder and with its own special and holy atmosphere. From the warm holiday get togethers at my Grandma's house, the decorating of the house and the tree, the Christmas caroling on cold winter nights, the Christmas Eve candlelight service, to the Advent preparations, and cookie baking, the Christmas shopping and Christmas wrapping.... it all has been the best time of the year in my memory and in my heart.

I love thoughts and poems about Christmas, and the collection of these can be used for Christmas letters, cards, or plaques. Or, like me, you can simply muse on them, taking a little time out to think about what is best about the Christmas holiday.

Feliz Navidad

Mellow Christmas Music - Dreaming of Making the Ultimate Chriatmas Album

And Michael Bublé may well have done it. Gorgeously phrased, today's velvet voiced singer has collected some truly beautiful Christmas songs to light up your Christmas days and nights.

Known for his Sinatra-like mastery of phrasing and smooth vocals, Bublé has become a favorite singer of many... including my daughters. This is the music to listen to while sipping a warm cuppa and looking at the twinkling lights on the tree. Warm, romantic, and just the right music for your holiday mood.

Christmas
Christmas

No one has a more mellow voice today than Michael Bublé. Let him serenade the season this Christmas.

 

Bublé Hopes He Will Be Home For Christmas

Christmas Art - Beauty and Inspiration of the Season on Canvas

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - And other favorite Christmas tunes

I never seem to get tired of listening to these songs. Enjoy it while you visiting the page to read the poems and quotes. Get in the Christmas mood.

Vintage Victorian

Christmas Robin by Harry Bright at Allposters.com
Christmas Robin by Harry Bright at Allposters.com

Karen Carpenter was another nightingale of Christmas music which makes us more than a little sentimental for certain times and places. Her emotive style makes us catch our breath just for a moment as we listen to these Christmas favorites.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Old Fashioned Traditions

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Victorian Contributions

During the Victorian age (late nineteenth century) Christmas garnered many of our favorite rituals: Santa Claus, Reindeer, Christmas trees, Stockings filled with candies, etc.

Although many predate this time in origination, it was during these sentimental times that popularized traditions became widespread. The Christmas tree was once an obscure German custom, but Queen Victoria of England brought the idea into homes on both sides of the Atlantic.

Sending Christmas cards with quotes and poems, or religious thoughts? You can thank the Victorians for this custom, as well.


Believe: A Christmas Treasury
Believe: A Christmas Treasury

Christmas poetry, short stories, quotes, and carols illustrated with Mary Engelbreit's charming and brightly colored illustrations.

 

Rockwell Depicts American Family Values

During holidays, Rockwell illustrations were distributed throughout the USA on magazine covers. Important celebrations took on a distinctly American look and feeling.
During holidays, Rockwell illustrations were distributed throughout the USA on magazine covers. Important celebrations took on a distinctly American look and feeling. | Source

Norman Rockwell Holidays

This iconic illustration art is known by generations of Americans. He managed to capture the time and the feelings of what we hoped the American Dream could look like in his deft drawings and paintings.

"I don't want to paint for the few who can see a canvas in a museum, for I believe that in a democracy art belongs to the people."

Rockwell accomplished his purpose: people everywhere in the USA identify with his art, and no more than at our holidays.

Norman Rockwell, America's Beloved Artist - Christmas Art

A Norman Rockwell Christmas
A Norman Rockwell Christmas

Small town America still lives on in Rockwells illustrations of Christmas, maybe somewhere in New England...maybe somewhere near you.

 

First Christmas Together?

Norman Rockwell Ornament-First Christmas Together
Norman Rockwell Ornament-First Christmas Together

Know any newly married couples celebrating their first Christmas? want to remember your own? This sweet ornament garners the artistry of Norman Rockwell to give just the right feeling to your treasured memories.

 

Christmas Card Messages

"Rural Post Office at Christmas," December 13, 1947 by Stevan Dohanos -available at Allposters.com
"Rural Post Office at Christmas," December 13, 1947 by Stevan Dohanos -available at Allposters.com
Carl Larsson
Carl Larsson

Christmas Cards - Carl Larsson illustrates

Carl Larsson Holiday Boxed Card Assortment
Carl Larsson Holiday Boxed Card Assortment

Lovely Christmas cards from Swedish artist Carl Larsson's paintings.

 

Winter Scene With Red Sled and Barn

These colors and the wintry scene say "Happy Holiday"
These colors and the wintry scene say "Happy Holiday" | Source

Carl Larsson is a Swedish Icon

Swedish Christmas celebrations are full of simplicity, light, and cheer. Carl Larsson painted a picture of the past Swedish life that is beloved by many. I always delight in his deft hand and typically Swedish palette.

An artist who painted everyday life, he represented some of the best of Arts and Crafts philosophy. Finely crafted paintings that pictured the way art and life intertwined in a household that was maybe not so common.

Christmas Art Inspiration

Carl Larsson painted with his delicate touch and thoroughly Swedish color sense. Seasonal and beautiful in character, the paintings are often used for cards during this season.

His art is some of my own favorite paintings, for the same reason. Details that invite closer examination, a warm and friendly view of the subjects, and a recognizable palette that speaks of sun shining through the Scandinavian window of life.

Centering on the Christmas Story

The Nativity

Nativities are a traditional way to remind us of the central core of Christmas: The Christ Child Has Come!

For many homes this is a centerpiece of the holiday decorating, but nowhere as much as in France, or French households. The creche can be an entire vignette of village life. This is one of the most beautiful ways to illustrates the central idea of celebrating the birth of the Christ child.

The Creche Figurines

While Watching Sheep

While Watching Sheep
While Watching Sheep

On Christmas Eve

We always put together a family jigsaw puzzle, what does your family do?

Believe! Christmas a Time of Hope

Candles are icons of hope, and one of the Advent candles is named "The Candle of Hope"
Candles are icons of hope, and one of the Advent candles is named "The Candle of Hope"

Inspirational Quote


"Gifts of time and love

are surely the basic ingredients

of a truly Merry Christmas."

~ Peg Bracken

The Christmas Carols Performed - Listen to this beautiful music

Slow down and listen to the music- not just the canned fly-by fare you hear in all the shopping outlets.

Baking Our Best Cookies

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Jesse Tree Ornament

Making Jesse Tree or Advent Wreaths for the Christmas season?
Making Jesse Tree or Advent Wreaths for the Christmas season? | Source

My Favorite Christmas Quotations

...To warm your heart and remind you what it's all about

I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.


--Taylor Caldwell


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I do come home at Christmas. We all do, or we all should. We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday - the longer, the better - from the great boarding school where we are forever working at our arithmetical slates, to take, and give a rest.

--Charles Dickens

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Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world - stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death - and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas.

--Henry Van Dyke


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I'll go inside and read Christmas chapter from the old book ... Without dispute God has now his glory in heavens, there is peace on Earth and I feel no ill will towards anybody. - F. E. Sillanpää, Finnish writer

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Like a wedding celebration in a gloomy night:

Christmas eve has arrived. - Aleksis Kivi, Finnish writer


Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal. - Lenore Hershey

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Christmas gift suggestions from Oren Arnold:

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.

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"The time draws near the birth of Christ:

The moon is hid, the night is still,

The Christmas bells from hill to hill

Answer each other in the mist.

-Alfred Lord Tennyson

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God grant you the light in Christmas which is faith;

the warmth of Christmas, which is love;

the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;

the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;

the belief in Christmas, which is truth;

the all of Christmas, which is Christ...

` Wilda English

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Christmas! 'Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

~ Washington Irving


Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide-open-heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.

~George Matthew Adams in "The Christmas Heart"

Old Fashioned White Christmas

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A New Scrooge

"And it was always said of him,

that he knew how to keep Christmas well."

-Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"

Department 56 Dickens Village Cratchits Corner
Department 56 Dickens Village Cratchits Corner

"Cratchit's Corner" is a three story porcelain lighted building with lots of character. This hand-painted piece depicts the home of the Cratchits in the well-known novel "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens'.

 

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dicken's Classic

For many, Dicken's Christmas Carol is a traditional story that inspires people to think about the old fashioned traditional stories and the sentiments of Christmas time. I love the story and the lighted Christmas village scenes that people collect to create a miniature vignette of buildings and characters. My grandmother always had a lighted church decoration, and now I have a lighted nativity village. This Christmas Carol Village reminds me of those wonderful ways to light up the room, and set the imagination alight.

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"Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You're poor enough."

"Come, then," returned the nephew gaily. "What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You're rich enough."

"It's Christmas Day!" said Scrooge to himself. "I haven't missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can."

It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour."

"God bless us every one!" said Tiny Tim, the last of all.

My Favorite Christmas Poems

Collected and Presented To You

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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

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Love came down at Christmas;

Love all lovely, love divine;

Love was born at Christmas,

Stars and angels gave the sign. - Christina Rossetti

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My heart does best to receive in meekness

That mode of worship, as most to His mind,

Where earthly aids being cast behind,

His All in All appears serene

With the thinnest human veil between,

Letting the mystic lamps, the seven,

The many motions of His spirit,

Pass, as they list, to earth from heaven.

~ Browning, Christmas Eve, xxii.

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Christmas Everywhere

by Phillip Brooks

Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight!

Christmas in lands of the fir-tree and pine,

Christmas in lands of the palm-tree and vine,

Christmas where snow peaks stand solemn and white,

Christmas where cornfields stand sunny and bright,

Christmas where children are hopeful and gay,

Christmas where old men are patient and gray,

Christmas where peace, like a dove in his flight,

Broods o'er brave men in the thick of the fight;

Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight!

For the Christ-child who comes is the Master of all;

No palace too great, no cottage too small.

Then let every heart keep its Christmas within,

Christ's pity for sorrow, Christ's hatred for sin,

Christ's care for the weakest, Christ's courage for right,

Christ's dread for darkness, Christ's love of the light,

Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight!

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CHRISTMAS EVE

by Dana Sieben

Snow falls softly as

the tree stands watch.

Christmas lights flicker

and silvery tinsel

sways in the slightest breeze,

each coming alive

and waving.

Tiny elves, fairies, and reindeer

hang from each bough,

chatting among themselves,

about the morning to come.

Presents,

hidden in silver and gold boxes,

sit eager to be found.

Outside, in the world,

Christmas cheer overcomes

worldly hatreds.

Love conquers all,

and Santa leaves no coal

in the Christmas stockings.

A Candlelight Service

A Candlelight Service
A Candlelight Service

My Favorite Christmas Carols

Carols of hope tell the story

Any Christmas carol can qualify as a favorite, but the really old ones, with their haunting melodies that have come down through centuries probably capture me the most.

These are some of the most ancient, but still sung today.

Christmas Carol Songbook - Every home should have one

Learn all the words to Christmas carols and sing them together this Christmas.

Beautiful Harp Rendition of Carol

O Come O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel

And ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan's tyranny

From depths of Hell Thy people save

And give them victory o'er the grave

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer

Our spirits by Thine advent here

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night

And death's dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,

And open wide our heavenly home;

Make safe the way that leads on high,

And close the path to misery.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,

Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,

In ancient times did'st give the Law,

In cloud, and majesty and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

Lo, how a rose e'er blooming,

From tender stem hath sprung.

Of Jesse's lineage coming,

As men of old have sung;

It came, a flow'ret bright,

Amid the cold of winter,

When half spent was the night.

Isaiah 'twas foretold it,

The Rose I have in mind,

With Mary we behold it,

The virgin mother kind;

To show God's love aright,

She bore to men a Savior,

When halfspent was the night.

O Flower, whose fragrance tender

With sweetness fills the air,

Dispel with glorious splendour

The darkness everywhere;

True man, yet very God,

From Sin and death now save us,

And share our every load.

The Coventry Carol

Lullay, Thou little tiny Child,

By, by, lully, lullay.

Lullay, Thou little tiny Child.

By, by, lully, lullay.

O sisters, too, how may we do,

For to preserve this day;

This poor Youngling for whom we sing,

By, by, lully, lullay.

Herod the King, in his raging,

Charged he hath this day;

His men of might, in his own sight,

All children young, to slay.

Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee,

And ever mourn and say;

For Thy parting, nor say nor sing,

By, by, lully, lullay.

Join in the Holiday Generosity - Give a special vintage gift

Old-Fashioned Christmas Greeting

Favorite Christmas Decorations - Setting the table

Table Laid for Christmas with Candles by Alena Hrbkova

One of the joys of Christmas is gathering around a table set with love and festive decorations and foods. Get loads of ideas from this years table setting themes.

Wry Christmas Sayings

In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!'

~ Dave Barry in "Christmas Shopping: A Survivor's Guide"

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 has lost its meaning for us because we have lost the spirit of expectancy. We cannot prepare for an observance. We must prepare for an experience.

~ Handel H. Brown

Some businessmen are saying this could be the greatest Christmas ever. I always thought that the first one was.

~Art Fettig

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      MCB2011 5 years ago

      I love the pictures! The words to the old songs are really great!

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