A QUOTABLE CHRISTMAS by Cheryl Pierson

Hi everyone! Christmas always brings back wonderful memories of home and family, doesn’t it? One of the things I remember so well about my dad was how he could remember and call forth the perfect quote for just about anything and everything.   He always made Christmas a very special time of year around our house and was a true practical joker. He was a super-intelligent man with an IQ off the scale (I didn’t get that from him, sadly<G>) and as an adult, I understand why he was able to remember so many things and be able to say them at just the right time–as a child, it was a mystical thing. One of the things I’ve come to appreciate with adulthood is how hard my dad worked to provide for us. He loved to read and was an eloquent writer–I think if he could have made a living at it, he’d have given it a try himself. Thinking about him and his love for quotes prompted me to go in search of some heartwarming Christmas quotes.

I found some great quotes, published in ABOUT.COM, and wanted to share them with you.  Here’s a picture of my dear mom, El Wanda, and my dad, Fred,  when they were young newlyweds, back in 1944. Christmas is always an especially poignant time for me since my dad passed on December 23, 2007, and Mama followed him to heaven only 3 weeks later, on January 12, 2008.  I love Christmas because they both loved it so much. Raised during the Oklahoma Dust Bowl days, the Depression, and being so very poor, they made sure that Christmas was a “feeling” and a special time for family, friends, and abounding love at our house. 

There were so many of these–I just picked a few, but they are all great!

Edna Ferber, Roast Beef Medium Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.
Bess Streeter Aldrich, Song of Years 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 melody that would last forever.
Lenora Mattingly Weber, Extension Christmas is for children. But it is for grownups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts.
Louisa May Alcott The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.
Charles N. Barnard The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round… as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.
W. J. Tucker, Pulpit Preaching For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.
Mary Ellen Chase Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.
Dr. Seuss And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. 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?
G. K. Chesterton 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?
Dale Evans Christmas, my child, is love in action.


Andy Rooney One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.
Hugh Downs Something about an old-fashioned Christmas is hard to forget.
Freya Stark Christmas is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.
Marjorie Holmes At Christmas, all roads lead home.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and that many of these quotes make your heart glad this Christmas season! Thanks so much for being a regular part of our lives here at Petticoats and Pistols! Do you have any special Christmas quotes or poems you love? PLEASE SHARE!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOODNIGHT!

Cheryl Pierson
A native Oklahoman, I've been influenced by the west all my life. I love to write short stories and novels in the historical western and western romance genres, as well as contemporary romantic suspense! Check my Amazon author page to see my work: http://www.amazon.com/author/cherylpierson
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37 Comments

  1. Hmm, I mainly read the book of Luke during this time of year and don’t know many Christmas quotes or poems but I like these.

    1. Hi Abigail! I’m glad you enjoyed these. There were so many others, too–I couldn’t include them all, but these are some of my favorites.

  2. My fav quote is:
    “Jesus is the reason for the Season!”
    Merry Christmas to you, CHERYL and to each and everyone of you Fillies and guest bloggers, plus all the commenters who visit weekly.

    1. Hi Tonya! Yes, that is GREAT. I love that one, too! Christmas is my favorite time of the year…you might have been able to figure that out! LOL Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

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    Good morning. Love your blog. Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. Even when I was in retail, which is saying a lot! Lol Just a few quotes I love…

    I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year long.~ Charles Dickens

    It’s not what is under the Christmas tree that matters, it’s who is around it.

    Christmas is the day that holds all time together~Alexander Smith

    Just remember the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart~The Polar Express-Movie

    “Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.” -C.S. Lewis

    The greatest Christmas gift of all
    Was never placed beneath a tree,
    But lay within a manger
    Beneath a star, for all to see

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy a blessed 2020.

    1. Oh, Stephanie, those are all so wonderful. I love the one by C.S. Lewis, and the one by Alexander Smith. Oh, heck, I love them ALL. LOL Thanks for stopping by and sharing these!

  4. I loved the quotes. They made me smile. Thanks

    1. I’m glad, Debra! I love Christmas so much, and I wish I could remember better and keep more of these quotes in my head! Glad you stopped by today!

  5. These are some lovely quotes about Christmas.

    Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends. – Margaret Thatcher

    1. A lovely quote by a very great lady! And so true! Even though it seems sometimes as we get older the circle grows smaller, it’s still there, and that truly is the meaning of Christmas.

  6. What wonderful quotes! This time of year is special as all those quotes say.

    1. I agree, Susan. Christmas is such a wonderful time–something “in the air” and just a happy feeling surrounding us all!

  7. These are great! I don’t know too many Christmas poems, other than ones we sing as Carols!

    1. Trudy, I have a book that has some really pretty Christmas poems in it–of course it’s still packed from when we did the floors. Maybe I’ll have everything back to “rights” by this time next year. Glad you stopped by!

  8. Cheryl, I love these quotes. Your dad must’ve been an interesting man. Keep him and your mother in your heart. In the first Christmas card I received from my Sourcebooks editor, she copied the Louisa May Alcott quote from Little Women. I kept the card and still have it today. That was really special.

    1. Hi Linda! It’ll be 12 years this Christmas season since we lost Dad and shortly thereafter, Mama. I miss them so much even now, and of course, especially at Christmas and during other holidays, but Christmas especially. Lots of great memories! I’m late decorating this year, but plan to get the tree up this afternoon and I’m looking forward to seeing some of those old familiar ornaments I grew up with one more time! LOL That was lovely of your editor to be so thoughtful! Gosh, I would keep it too, and have it framed. What a sweet, thoughtful memento! Thanks for stopping by, I know you are busy as all get out still–moving ‘ain’t’ for sissies! Hope you’re pretty well settled in by now! XOXO

  9. Thank you for sharing today Cheryl. It warmed my heart to read about your mom and dad and to see their newlywed picture. Precious memories how they linger in our hearts. Merry Christmas. One Christmas quote that I just love stems from Faith Hill’s Christmas song, A Baby Changes Everything.

    1. Hi Kathy! Oh, yes, those memories will never fade, will they? So sweet and precious to hold close to our hearts, for sure. And I love your quote from Faith Hill’s song–so true! A baby DOES change everything–your entire life! LOL So glad you stopped by today!

  10. Interesting to read the quotes = but alas – still a sad season to those of us that have lost their parents – miss my Mom every day of the year and it is coming up on 5 years that she has been gone!

    1. It’s very sad for me, too, at times, Teresa. Losing my dad on Dec. 23 was really tough–because I will always associate his death with Christmas–but I also remember how much he LOVED Christmas, and that is what helps me. When Mama died only 3 weeks later, I could honestly say that was the worst time in my life and I thought I would never enjoy Christmas again. But through the years, I’ve realized Dad would not want any of us to be sad, and he was such a card, I can just imagine him saying, “Well, good night. Now look what I’ve gone and done.” LOL I’m sorry to hear about your mom. We never mend that hole in our hearts, do we? I do not believe “time heals all wounds” — like you, I miss my parents every single day. I’m thinking of you, Teresa. I know it’s very hard.

  11. I liked the part where you talked about your parents and how they felt about Christmas. It reminded me so much of my own parents. Maybe the Great Depression made our parents more appreciative of all the little things and how important it is to celebrate even when times are lean or bleak.
    Christmas Quotes:
    In a world full of Grinches, be a Cindy Lou Who. (The Grinch)
    Christmas is silent magic. You don’t hear it-you feel it, you know it, you believe it. (The Paper Bag Christmas)
    When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but ten extra pounds on my hips, thighs, and rear. (on a paper napkin)

    To you and yours I wish you a very merry Christmas!

    1. HA! I love that last one! Isn’t that the truth? LOLLOL! Every one of the Christmas quotes are all great, aren’t they? They all have a “place” to be remembered.

      I think you’re right, Sarah. I think our parents were raised in a time where gifts were so rare, that the feeling and aura of Christmas magic and love and family was given more importance than anything else. And being able to have a good meal, family all together gathered round, and just thankful that we could all be there safe and sound. That was the “important stuff” and truly, it still is.

      Merry Christmas, Sarah! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

  12. So many great quotes. Thank you, Chreyl for sharing them. They brought a smile to me on this foggy gloomy day.

    1. Hi Alice! I’m so glad you popped in and got a smile from my post. It’s the same way here in Oklahoma City. The wind really is “whistling down the plain” right now, too. I built a fire and have been decorating for Christmas. I’m late this year! Hope you have a great holiday!

  13. I just love the Christmas story. Nothing compares to how much God Loves us …to send His son to earth for us.

    1. So true, Vicki! That’s the greatest story of all! Nothing beats it! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  14. I used the Marjorie Holmes quote in my latest MS.

    1. VERY COOL, Denise! I’m going to use a good quote or two next time I write a Christmas story–there are so many to choose from and they are all so darn good.

  15. I think when the pain of loss no longer constricts your throat, it’s good to remind oneself that your dad wouldn’t want you to be sad at Christmas because even though your parents are no longer here in person, they are with your spiritually as you gather around the table, or the tree. You shared some lovely posts. I particularly like Louisa May Alcott’s quote and G.K. Chesterton’s quote about gratitude to God that there is a leg in our stocking. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family, Cheryl.

    1. Elizabeth, my dad had such a dry sense of humor–and he was always teasing everyone in a deadpan way–when we were kids we were never sure if he was serious or not. LOL One year he called my house and my stepson answered — Russell was about 7 or so, and Dad told him he was Santa Claus and was calling to be sure he was being good and find out exactly what he wanted. LOL That was so funny–such a good memory. You’re right, of course. I know none of our parents would want us to be sad about them being gone, just as we wouldn’t want our own children to continually feel loss and pain when we pass.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting–I’m always so glad to see you, my friend! XOXO

  16. Hi. I agree, Christmas brings a flood of memories. We can choose what to do with these memories. There are some I choose to ignore and others I choose to rejoice in. Thank you for this wonderful post of quotes. My mom used to love quotes for different seasons of the year and life. She is one memory that I choose to remember with extreme love and fondness. Merry Christmas.

    1. Lori, my mom had all kinds of “sayings” for different things, and so many of those I still use. They were things I’m sure her own parents said and taught her, too, just by hearing them used and being passed down that way. “Birds of a feather flock together…Red sky at morning, sailor take warning; red sky at night, sailor’s delight…” so many like that. You’re so right. We have to smile through our tears and remember how truly blessed we were to have had our parents and other loved ones that have gone on for the time we had them! I hope you have a lovely holiday this year! Merry Christmas.

  17. Just reading the quotes brings a spirit of Christmas to the reader. I don’t celebrate the day much anymore, but I work to keep the spirit alive all year and spend time with those I love and care about. Doris

    1. Doris, I still “get that feeling” of a giddy 5-year-old on Christmas morning. I don’t think it’ll ever leave me. My husband says “You’re like a big ol’ fifth grader”–and he’s right! LOL

  18. Cheryl, thank you so much for sharing these quotes. They capture the true meaning and feel of the Season. No real special quote for me. The feelings of anticipation, happiness, comfort, sharing, and giving permeate the air and our should. It would be nice if this special atmosphere could last the rest of the year.

    1. Patricia, some others have mentioned how nice it would be to have that atmosphere all year long–I agree. I truly think that’s how it’s supposed to be–but I know it’s hard to “maintain” that day in, day out. You and your family do so much for others all year round, though. I imagine you DO keep that Christmas feeling for most of the year! Hope you have a wonderful holiday, Patricia!

      1. Thank you. Have a wonderful Christmas and a great 2020.

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