Christmas Quotes and Stories

Christmas Quotes and Stories to Warm the Heart

Christmas is the season of kindness and giving, hope and happiness. The perfect time to reunite with friends and family, to share memories and special moments with those who we have not seen in a long time.

This is why we have created a list of our favorite Christmas quotes and stories for the holiday season that you can enjoy with your loved ones. Whether you are looking for inspirational Christmas quotes or a heart-warming story to read under the tree, these quotes and stories will add to that special Christmas feeling in your home.

So, without further ado, we give the floor to those who know how to say it best, starting with the Father of Christmas. For what would Christmas be without Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol?


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

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol

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

Washington Irving

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“Childhood is the time of man’s greatest content.” 

L. Frank Baum – The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

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“…here I have told you the story of two children who were not wise. Each sold the most valuable thing he owned in order to buy a gift for the other. But let me speak a last word to the wise of these days: Of all who give gifts, these two were the most wise.”

O. Henry – The Gift of the Magi

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“Marie still had the wounded Nutcracker wrapped in her handkerchief, and she carried him in her arms. Now she placed him cautiously on the table, unwrapped him softly, softly, and tended to the injuries. Nutcracker was very pale, but he beamed so ruefully and amiably that his smile shot right through her heart.”

E.T.A. Hoffmann – The Nutcracker

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“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”

Clement Clarke Moore – The Night before Christmas

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“We can’t afford presents for ourselves this Christmas, but we can give each other plenty of good wishes.”

Erich Kästner – Martin’s Christmas Wish

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“…for the angels fly down from heaven every Christmas Eve, if we could only see them.”

Selma Lagerlöf – The Holy Night

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“And while it is still time, might it not be better to celebrate this Christmas together?”

Alphonse Daudet – Salvette and Bernadou

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And, last but not least, we cannot help but cite Dickens one more time. Even though this is not a Christmas quote, it surely captures the feeling of one or the other reader during this very special time of the year:


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities

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