Christmas is the season of kindness and giving, hope and happiness. Usually this is 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. Unfortunately, this year Covid-19 paints a very different picture and many of us are forced to celebrate in a way we had not anticipated, not being able to get together the way we would like to.
This is why we have created a list of our favorite Christmas quotes and stories for the holiday season that you can either send to your loved ones or enjoy by yourself (or, if you are lucky, in the bosom of your family). 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
“Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”
“Childhood is the time of man’s greatest content.”
L. Frank Baum – The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
“…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
“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
“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”
Clement Clarke Moore – A Visit from Saint Nicholas
“And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the word seemingly most indifferent.“
“There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.”
“Christmas is not a season. It’s a feeling.“
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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