As we swing into the Christmas holidays, we thought we would bring together some meaningful quotes to celebrate Christmas.  These are the quotes which resonate with us and the values we hold here at the People Development Magazine.    From famous and perhaps not-so-famous people, we love every one of these meaningful quotes. You will notice some share buttons at the top and the side of the page,  and we would be grateful if you feel inspired to share and bring some well-needed Christmas Joy to your network and your connections.

Thank you, and we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Quote 1 – Honouring Christmas

We love this meaningful quote because Dickens in his wisdom was encouraging us to “be” in the Christmas spirit all year round.  When you think about it, if we could incorporate the attributes of Christmas into our being, then we would truly be living a wonderful life!

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

Quote 2 – Home is where the heart is

You could be forgiven for thinking this is a little like the Chris Rhea song “Driving Home for Christmas”.  But we think there is a deeper meaning here.  When you are in the true spirit of Christmas, you are residing in your higher self.  So you feel abundant, loving, happy, giving and generous.  Those states of being are available to us at all times, and when we are in them, we are truly at home.  We are in our true state of being.  It is who we are.

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“At Christmas, all roads lead home” – Marjorie Holmes

Quote 3 – Christmas changes the world

This meaningful quote caused me to remember reading an article about Nigella Lawson, the author knew her well.  He observed that when visiting Nigella’s home it was like Christmas every day.  I marvelled at the idea that the energy someone emitted was such that the vibration of giving, love and happiness which denotes Christmas was present at all times.   And yet it can be done.  Our state of being is a choice.  Often we don’t realise that is the case and we get bogged down with the daily influences of the world.  But what if we did make that choice, that we would recreate the spirit of Christmas every day? It would indeed create magic over this World.  Everything would indeed be softer and more beautiful.

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“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful” – Norman Vincent Peale

Quote 4 – Christmas is simply about loving others

There you have it the central theme of Christmas.  It’s the time when you put yourself to one side and think about and love others.  The whole dynamic around giving presents, and celebrating together is just about love.   The reason Christmas seems to be becoming more commercialised is that we forget it’s about loving others.  Buying gifts becomes a chore, and tensions around families getting together become the predominant factor.  Yet in both these scenarios if we just remember it’s all about love, then those responses simply become inappropriate.

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others” – Bob Hope

Quote 5 – Coming together

Again this meaningful quote is about Christmas is about love.  Indeed the conspiratorial tone is endearing.  To think the season is engaging the whole world in a conspiracy of love rings so true.  It is the season where grievances and judgment should be put aside.  It’s the season when people must come together and practice their loving nature.

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love” – Hamilton Wright Mabie

Quote 6 – Christmas is family time

Christmas time is family time. It is the time when we are grateful for the people in our lives.  This meaningful quote makes the point that without the people we love around us, any gift which might appear under the Christmas tree will count for nothing.  While it’s nice to give and receive, the real gift is that of connection and relationship.

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other” – Burton Hills

Quote 7 – Christmas is a state of mind

We are what we think.  If you don’t believe in something, then it’s not likely to present very prominently in your life.   Christmas is not so much an event, but it is a state of being. It’s a feeling rather than something out there that happens to us.  If we truly experience Christmas, inside, then we realise the meaning of Christmas is what we tell ourselves what it means to us.

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind” – Calvin Coolidge

Quote 8 – Rejoice and reflect

While we all can relate to Christmas as being a time of rejoicing, we don’t often think about it as a time to reflect.   But really if like many Christmas is a time when you feel good about yourself and others, then reflecting on that can be insightful. The truth is we learn best about ourselves and others in a very positive way when we feel good!

“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but reflecting” – Winston Churchill

Quote 9 – Christmas has meaning

So Dr Seuss is making the point here that Christmas is much more than buying gifts and Christmas-related purchases, it means so much more.  The meaning of Christmas, whatever that may be for you or others can have a very deep and special meaning.

“Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more” – Dr Seuss

Quote 10 – Christmas is like candy

The sweetness of Christmas is clear to everyone when in that loving, inclusive and magical vibration.  Comparing that feeling to candy is a lovely analogy, and most of us can resonate!  The truth is we all wish that the spirit or sweetness of Christmas could last forever.  And it can!  It’s all just a state of mind.

Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth, sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever” – Richelle E Goodrich

Quote 11 – Love is the greatest thing

Say Christmas, and you are talking about love.  Love is about unconditionally regarding others in a positive light and being a giver.  Receiving at Christmas is also an important part of the Christmas love package.  Without receiving, there would be no giving.  Christmas is a sacred time because our hearts are allowed to expose the love that is always there but can be covered up in the day-to-day grind of living.

“Christmas holds its place in the hearts of men because they know that love is the greatest thing in the world” – Calvin Coolidge

Quote 12 – Bringing people together

If there is one aspect of Christmas which should be maintained no matter what your religious beliefs or level of consciousness about loving yourself and others, it is that of bringing people together.   Being alone at Christmas can be excruciating for some of us and we need to do all in our power to connect and help others who are lonely.

“Nothing seems to bring people together like Christmas” – Steven Dodril

Quote 13 – The joy of joy-giving

Christmas Eve and all the presents are around the Christmas Tree.  Santa Claus has been!  Knowing that those people who will receive those gifts will be excited, joyful and grateful is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world.  The joy of giving and the giving of joy is essential at Christmas.

“At its best Christmas joy is a reaction, it is the joy of joy-giving”. – Herald and Presbyter

Quote 14 – The time for joy

Christmas is the time for joy!  This can be hard for many of us.  We are often suffering because we are in hardship or we have lost people we love, or people we love are going through hell.   But if we can just raise for a moment our spirit to acknowledge happiness and joy are available to us, then we have climbed out of the status quo.  So no matter what the situation we must acknowledge Christmas is the time for joy.

“Christmas is a special time for joy” – Dr James Evans McReynolds

Quote 15 – Christmas is a magical time

Whether you are religious, spiritual or not, Christmas can be a magical time.  The message of goodwill to all men.  The act of giving.  Being generous to people less fortunate creates certain magic which is difficult to deny.  With some simple intention, we all can create a feeling of magic during this Christmas season.

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“Christmas is a magical time whose spirit lives on in all of us no matter how old we grow.” Sirona Knight

Quote 16 – Bottling Christmas spirit

If we could bottle Christmas spirit, I wouldn’t be opening that bottle up every month I’d be taking some daily!  Christmas can be the “most wonderful time of the year” and wouldn’t we all like to feel that every day?  There is a school of thought though that we live in a world of contrasts.  – If we didn’t experience the dark, we wouldn’t appreciate the light.  I don’t know about you, but I’d take my chances!

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“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month” – Harlan Miller

Quote 17 – Christmas opens our hearts

We all get caught up in buying, planning and giving presents at Christmas, whether it’s to our family, communities or even strangers.  If we can just pause from the business of it all and take the time to make sure our hearts are wide open.  This isn’t always easy.  Life can sometimes create situations where to protect ourselves, our hearts are closed.  But opening up your heart is like building a muscle, it has to be practised often.

“Christmas is not as much about opening your presents as opening our hearts” – Janice Maeditere

Quote 18 – Christmas in the heart

At the centre of our being is our heart.  And it is putting Christmas at the centre of our hearts which creates the “air” of Christmas in this meaningful quote.   Whatever we feel, whether it be Christmas joy or dark depression, those vibrations travel through the air and are felt by others.  In that way, we are always influencing our environment.  Christmas is a great opportunity to influence for the good.

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air” – M.T. Ellis

Quote 19 – Gifts of time

The world is usually such a busy place.  Of course in the year of COVID, many of us have slowed down.  For some of us, it meant we were able to spend more time with our children and family.  For others, it’s meant forced separation and the passing of time without seeing people we love.   Whatever the situation, we must have begun a deepening appreciation of the time we have.  So the gifts of time and love are the dearest anyone can give or receive.

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas” – Peg Bracken

Quote 20 – Peace on earth

The majority of us look at the World and wish for World peace.   World peace will never come unless we can practice peace in our hearts.  Finding peace in our hearts means, acceptance, inclusivity, forgiveness and intention for joy.  Christmas reminds us whether it’s in our hearts or throughout the World, peace is a possibility.

“Peace on Earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day” – Helen Steiner Rice

Quote 21 – The spirit of giving and forgiving

This meaningful quote is the crux of the Christmas spirit.  It’s difficult to love another while nursing a grievance, no matter how small, against them.  It’s difficult to give to others when our hearts are filled with resentment or judgment.  Truly developing a giving and forgiving nature is not easy, but it is the road to our true self.

“The Christmas Spirit Is A Spirit of Giving And Forgiving” – James Cash Penney

Quote 22 – Memories of innocence

Who can remember being a child and getting excited about Santa Claus and the presents he would bring?  Who can remember the innocence of being completely accepting of whatever it was our parents were about?  Whether your experience was a joyful one, or a difficult one, as a child you were innocent.  As the years pass, we lose our innocence and our childlike approach.  But Christmas encourages us to find it again.

“Christmas is the keeping place for memories of our innocence” – Joan Mills

Quote 23 – Sticking together

Christmas truly is like glue.  No matter what happens at this time of the year, we go back to the roots of our most fundamental connections  We meet up with our relatives and friends, those that are most dear to us.  Throughout the year we can be living different lives, but Christmas binds us in a way that no other occasion does.

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“Christmas works like glue, it keeps us all sticking together” – Rosie Thomas

Quote 24 – Christmas is hope

So we are on Christmas Eve, and many of us in the World are expectantly awaiting the joy and the pleasure of Christmas Day.  For some, it might not be such a joyous occasion, but from us here at People Development Magazine, whatever your situation, we wish you HOPE!

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“Christmas is not a story of hope, it is hope” – Craig D Lounsbrough

So here are our 24 meaningful quotes for Christmas.  We do hope you enjoyed reading them.  What quotes epitomise Christmas for you?


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