20 Christmas quotes from books to get you in the festive mood

December will always be the month of Christmas, so we’re celebrating the occasion with a list of 20 incredible quotes from books about Christmas to get you in the festive mood.

1. “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

2. “The magic of Christmas lives inside of you, always.”
James Barbato, The Magic Christmas Ornament

3. “The lamps were lit, and the candles on the Christmas tree were burning. They made the tinsel glitter, the fronds of it floating gently, like fur or feathers. It all looked wonderfully festive.”
― Robin Stevens, Mistletoe and Murder

4. “Do you know how magic works?
The kind of magic that gets reindeer to fly in the sky? The kind that helps Father Christmas travel around the world in a single night? The kind that can stop time and make dreams come true?
That’s how.
Without hope, there would be no magic.”

Matt Haig, The Girl Who Saved Christmas

5. “Christmastime was always my favorite time of year. It did something to me. It made me softer. More kindhearted. Not an affliction I fall prey to lately. But back then I loved the days leading up to Christmas almost as much as I loved the day itself.”
Serena Valentino, Evil Thing

6. “Miracles. They happen when you least expect them. All you have to do is believe.”
Debbie Mason, Miracle at Christmas

7. “There are some wonderful aspects to Christmas. It’s magical. And each year, from at least November, well, September, well, if I’m honest, May, I look forward to it hugely.”
Miranda Hart, Is It Just Me?

8. “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”
Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express

9. “The true beauty of Christmas is revealed when we adore the season, not like some weary adult, but like a bubbly little child.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Book of Maxims, Poems and Anecdotes

10. “There’s nothing cozier than a Christmas tree all lit up.”
Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

11. “Christmas Eve is my favorite… I think the anticipation is more fun than anything else. I kind of lost that. The idea that something – food, traditions, an arbitrary date on the calendar – can be special because we decide it should be. We make it special. Not just for ourselves, but for others.”
Kiersten White, My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

12. “My Christmas obsession wasn’t about the holiday at all. It was about creating a space that felt like love. A magical, light-filled fantasy reflecting promise and hope and dreams we pray will come true.”
Southern Living Inc., Southern Living Christmas All Through The South: Casual Food, Decorating, and Entertaining Ideas to Make the Season Merry

13. “The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood.”
Richard Paul Evans, The Christmas Box

14. “Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart… filled it, too, with a melody that would last forever. Even though you grew up and found you could never quite bring back the magic feeling of this night, the melody would stay in your heart always – a song for all the years.”
Bess Streeter Aldrich, Song of Years

15. “Christmastime is when love and kindness shine at their brightest.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Being Bold: Quotes, Poetry, & Motivations for Every Day of the Year

16. “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

17. “The spirit of Christmas is a sweet, internal peace that testifies of the power of kindness and charity.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons: Quotes, Poetry, & a few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year

18. “He told me it didn’t really matter if it was true, it was what the story MEANT that was so important.”
Lee Bermejo, Batman: Noël

19. “You’ve seen those pictures of couples kissing in front of a Christmas tree…a snapshot of joy. But what do you really know about them? Just that at the second the shutter clicked, they loved each other. You have no idea what trials came before, or after. You don’t know if one of them cheated, if they grew apart, if a divorce loomed on the horizon. You simply see that in one static moment, they were happy.”
Jodi Picoult, Off the Page

20. “The Christmas spirit is simply an honest spirit of love for all humanity. It is the force that moves us to give what we can, to help as we are able, and to always be of kind comfort.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons: Quotes, Poetry, & a few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year

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