Inspirational Christmas Quotes Perfect for Kids & the Kid in Us

Christmas treeCan you believe that Christmas is only a night away? No doubt your days have been filled up with the hustle and bustle of getting presents wrapped, sending out those holiday cards (they'll get there late, but it's the thought that counts, right?), last-minute decorating, planning out the menu, and making sure you don't hide in your room the entire time your in-laws come for a visit.

So it's easy to lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas, and what better way to remind ourselves than to look at the holidays through the eyes of children. You can't help but be infected by the joy and magic the season brings when you're around little kids at this time of year.

Take some time out of your busy schedule to read through 15 of our favorite Christmas quotes to get into the spirit and remember that feeling you got when you woke up on Christmas morning and still believed.


"Christmas is sights, especially the sights of Christmas reflected in the eyes of a child." -- William Saroyan

"There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child." -- Erma Bombeck

"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time." -- Laura Ingalls Wilder

"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall." -- Larry Wilde

"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 'til 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?" -- Dr. Seuss

"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." -- Andy Rooney

"Even as an adult I find it difficult to sleep on Christmas Eve. Yuletide excitement is a potent caffeine, no matter your age." -- Terri Guillemets

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen." -- Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby

"Nothing's as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas." -- Kin Hubbard

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!" -- Charles Dickens

"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." -- Lenora Mattingly Weber

"My first copies of Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn still have some blue-spruce needles scattered in the pages. They smell of Christmas still." -- Charlton Heston

"Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive." -- Robert Lynd

"Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion." -- Ralph Sockman

"Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given -- when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes." -- Joan Winmill Brown

What are some of your favorite Christmas quotes?

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