25 Christian Quotes About the True Meaning of Christmas

Updated on September 7, 2019
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For Ms. Dora—teacher, counselor, mother, and grandmother—holidays and family make the perfect blend for good times and pleasant memories.

We know the true meaning of Christmas is religious, but in all the revelry, it is easy to downplay it. We become mesmerized by the decorative blends of red, green, gold, and silver; the nostalgic sounds of carols; the scent of newness in new purchases; the various flavors of rich desserts and favorite drinks; the hugs and squeezes exchanged with the giving of gifts. It takes effort to keep the reason for the season in our minds.

It might help to focus on a Christmas quote each day of December until the 25th arrives. Here are 25 quotes that can feed our attentiveness to the true meaning of Christmas.

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The Significance of Christmas

1. Christmas is about Christ. When we forget that, we lose the true magic of Christmas. ― Toni Sorenson

2. To catch the real meaning of the “spirit of Christmas,” we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the “Spirit of Christ.” ― Thomas S. Monson

3. For Christmas began in a humble, hay-filled box of splintered wood. . . And in the end, when He had ransomed our sins with His blood, the Lord of Christmas was laid down in a box of stone. How fitting that each Christmas season brightly wrapped boxes skirt the pine boughs of Christmas trees around the world. ― Richard Paul Evans

4. Christmas is more than rice and chicken, it's all about Jesus Christ and the new life He came to the world to give to mankind. ― Bamigboye Olurotimi

5. Christmas has a dark side. It’s painful for those of us who lost loved ones during the holidays. What puts it back into sparkling perspective is knowing that Christ was born so that we might all be reunited again. That’s the real sparkle in Christmas. ― Toni Sorenson

6. The Christmas story is penmanship of the most brilliant sort, where God crafted a beginning that would never be subject to an ending. ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

7. The manger at Christmas means that, if you live like Jesus, there won’t be room for you in a lot of inns. ― Timothy J. Keller

8. The best Christmases always require the gift of self. ― Toni Sorenson

9. Christmas is not for the gifts we exchange. It's not about sleigh rides or sweet candy canes. Nay, Christmas is simple. A time to recall Christ's gift of atonement He gave to us all. ― Richelle E. Goodrich

10. What’s special about a story if I could have thought it up? What’s special about a story if I was actually courageous enough to play a part in it? What’s special about the Christmas story is that I am incapable of doing either but God did both. ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

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Don't Miss the Meaning

11. If we do not set aside time to focus together on what God’s Word tells us about the promise of Christ, on Christmas morning we can find ourselves surrounded by mounds of torn gift wrap, our laps full of presents, but with hearts that are empty and unprepared. ― Nancy Guthrie

12. I may plan to make Christ the center of Christmas, but when I wait until December to focus on celebrating His birthday, I become entangled in Christmas lights, holiday baking, and festive engagements, often wondering if I've experienced the illusive "true meaning" of Christmas. ― Ann Marie Stewart

Love and Serve

13. Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you. ― Steve Maraboli

14. Want to create the best Christmas ever? Forgive someone who doesn’t deserve your forgiveness. Hug a stranger. Pass on something that you want to keep for yourself. Spend time with the ones you love. Spend time on your knees. . . Christmas is about Christ and Christ is all about your joy and happiness. ― Toni Sorenson

15. If you'd like to keep CHRIST in Christmas this year, I'd humbly suggest that instead of just posting about it as a status on Facebook, that perhaps you try to find a family in your neighborhood who could use a little help or perhaps donate to a local food bank anonymously. That's keeping CHRIST in Christmas! ― José N. Harris

16. In short, the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit, that makes our hearts glow in brotherly love and friendship and prompts us to kind deeds of service. ― David O. McKay

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Christmas All Year Round

17. Instead of protesting and cursing others because they write "X-Mas" instead of "Christmas"; try being Christmas. . . Christ doesn't care how you write Christmas; he cares how you live Christmas all year long. ― Sandra Chami Kassis

18. As we seek Christ, as we find Him, as we follow Him, we shall have the Christmas spirit, not for one fleeting day each year, but as a companion always. ― Thomas S. Monson

19. Every day is Christmas. Everyday Christ embraces us with His love, peace and joy. ― Lailah Gifty Akita

20. The Christmas spirit itself ought to be the mark of every Christian all year round. ― J. I. Packer

21. Everyday should be Christmas. Christ first loved us, we ought to love one another. ― Lailah Gifty Akita

22. Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. ―Calvin Coolidge (Presidential Message, December 25, 1927)

23. Remember too the Christ-child, grew up to be a man; to hide him in a cradle, is not our dear Lord's plan. So keep the Christmas spirit, share it with others far and near, from week to week and month to month, throughout the entire year!” ― Norman Wesley Brooks

Christmas Prayers

24. May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen. —Robert Louis Stevenson

25. That is my prayer for you this Christmas—that you would experience the fullness of Christ . . . that you would be amazed that Christ can be so real to you. ― John Piper

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 days ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Eboni. You may have something there. With the Christmas Spirit around all year long, selfishness would no longer be a problem.

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        Eboni 

        5 days ago

        J I Packer said it best. That would take all the commercial hype away and gift giving would be from love instead of give one to get one.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Nithya. Blessings on you and your family this coming Christmas.

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        Cheryl E Preston 

        7 weeks ago from Roanoke

        Yes it does and the season is almost here

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        Nithya Venkat 

        7 weeks ago from Dubai

        Great quotes bringing out the true meaning of Christmas.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Cheryl. It will bless me too because we all need these reminders to help us focus on what's important about Christmas.

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        Dora Weithers 

        8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Carol. Hope you've made it back by now, or will soon.

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        Cheryl E Preston 

        2 months ago from Roanoke

        This article will bless so many people as we head into the holiday season. You really put a lot into it.

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        Carol McWhirter 

        2 months ago

        Can't wait to take time to look and read.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Dianna. I hope so too especially for the sake of the children who know only Santa Claus.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        2 months ago

        You have posted some really great quotes on Christmas. I hope it inspires people to think about the true meaning and reason we celebrate Christ's birthday.

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        Ann Carr 

        2 months ago from SW England

        Thank you, Dora, you too!

        Ann

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Ann, I appreciate your kind concern. Christmas and children make a happy, wonderful event. All the best to you and your household come Christmas 2019.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Flourish, thank you so much for your kind, caring thoughts and attitude. You're a wonderful human being. I appreciate you.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Denise, for reminding us that Christ's example is for everyday throughout the year. I totally agree.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Antonio, thanks for your input which has been helpful.

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        Ann Carr 

        2 months ago from SW England

        So glad that you are safe, Dora, amid that terrible hurricane.

        We grumble when there are high winds and gales here - nothing compared to that! So we're thankful for our temperate clime.

        The quotes here are instructive and beautiful. I cringe at the commercialism of Christmas and try to keep it joyous but simple in our house. I love watching the children's faces too.

        I shall revisit this in December.

        Ann

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 months ago from USA

        I am so happy you are safe!

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        Denise W Anderson 

        2 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

        Thanks for this awesome reminder of the "reason for the season!" Indeed, we can all use a little more of the Christmas spirit in our everyday lives, no matter what we are doing or going through.

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        Antonio50S 

        2 months ago

        Christmas celebrations is something i used to wonder a little about in the past due to past affiliations with the JWs. I know the celebrations themselves were not celebrated untill around 300-400 AD, and the JWs in their Mags would say that any folklore beliefs would have faded, or have faded by now only to reinforce the abstenance of the celebrations in future Mags. I used to wonder what the thinking behind that was ? but in the end decided people were just following the teachings of men claiming to be Gods Reps on earth. This is what i believe now. Christianity is NOT centred around the celebration of christmas, but rather on Jesus himself and his Teachings. If Christmas celebrations help some to see that, then thats a good thing. The rest is a case of not letting others judge us by the things they themselves think we ought to abstain from. Many scriptures support that as well. My view of Glimpses of a better world to come is not christmas itself, because even that will be a thing of the past at Jesus return, just as many O/T laws were abolished during Jesus first arrival. The spirit of christmas "itself" is a good thing, but it needs to be with us all year round, based on the teachings of Jesus, which will lead to that better world. ( Just some of my thoughts ) Only trying to help.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Flourish, thank you so much for your kind thoughts and hopes. We only got the rains on my island. I so appreciate the love. Love, blessings and gratitude on all my hubpages friends for who are concerned about me.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Bill. We got the rains on my side of the region, and we are thankful for the amount we got. Still, much concern for those who got more than they wanted. Dorian has really wrought havoc on some islands.

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        Shing Araya 

        2 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

        Wow. This is rare and unique, advance merrt christmas, my dear.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 months ago from USA

        Oh, sweet Dora, I am so, so worried for you in this hurricane as I know you are in the Caribbean. I hope that you are in safety. I'm sure you do not have internet connection, but when you finally get connected know that your friends love you.

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        Antonio50S 

        2 months ago

        Thats interesting what you said about folks turning out the lights but leaving up the decorations. Not something i do much of now, but in the past i used to drive through these seaside towns and coastlines during the "night" both in winter and summer months. A lot of them have this christmas feel to it all year round with the lights on "all quiet" stretching across the seafront. Them experiences almost felt like glimpses of a better world to come. If we can feel it, maybe they were.

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        Antonio50S 

        2 months ago

        OK Dora. Thanks for that.

        I managed to figure out why its rice and chicken. The chicken is added to the rice and peas. For years i thought it was just rice and peas on its own, but never fugured you can add chicken to it. I am getting really clever now Dora :)

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        Bill Holland 

        2 months ago from Olympia, WA

        Wait! Christmas? What??? Did I miss three months? lol

        I hope the hurricane left your country alone....sending best wishes your way, Dora!

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks,Flourish. On my island, we got much rain, but the winds that usually cause the damage did not show up, thank God. Yes, here it's hurricane then Christmas.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Liz. That was a very wise practice to get your kids to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. More parents can do likewise.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 months ago from USA

        Thank you for sharing these holiday quotes. It’s hard to believe that the Christmas season will be here before you know it. I hope with the hurricane you have been safe and dry.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        When our kids were young, I made a point of making sure that we got to church Christmas morning after opening stocking fillers and one present to show and tell. That way I hoped they might understand the real meaning of Christmas before going home for lunch and a pile more presents. I really appreciate this collection of quotes. It's time we put Christ back into Christmas.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Maire, thanks for your input. I do not mean to overlook you. I appreciate your explanation of Christ's Mass. There's much there for refection.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, RTalloni, for sharing that Carson's quote. I love it and I hope that other readers will too.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Antonio, I would ask a kindergarten or primary school teacher about that. I admit that I have no expertise in teaching the very young ones. I am not likely to give you the best answer. Thanks for understanding.

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        RTalloni 

        2 months ago

        Such a beautiful look at Christmas with wonderful reminders to set our hearts and minds on the glory of God displayed in Jesus' birth. Thank you for these quotes to prepare us to go into what is commonly called the Christmas season. How much we have to be thankful for in God's gift of mercy through Jesus the Christ!

        If you do not mind I will add this from D. A. Carson: “If God had perceived that our greatest need was economic, he would have sent an economist. If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have sent us a comedian or an artist. If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician. If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor. But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death; and he sent us a Savior. ”

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        Marie Flint 

        2 months ago from Tawas City, Michigan USA

        I will add a further definition. The suffix "mas" is for "mass," or Christ's mass.

        Thank you for sharing these loving quotes.

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        Antonio50S 

        2 months ago

        To Dora. MsDora. I think i got it right.

        If you don't mind me asking, how would you explain to a child what upper case and lower case means ? Keeping in mind that a child may be confused by the TERM upper case.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Tim. Your observation is true. It takes practice and this is a good time of year to begin.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Pamela. Some people say that the X is okay since it is an abbreviation. But like you, I don't use it either. It's CHRISTmas for me.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Antonio, now that you are practicing brevity, may I ask you one more favor? Can you please use an upper case D to begin my name? It counts as an error when you don't. Thank you, kindly.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Linda, thanks for your affirmative input. Soon Christmas lights will begin to twinkle. We might as well begin to think about the more important aspect of the season.

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        Tim Truzy 

        2 months ago from U.S.A.

        Thanks Ms. Dora. These are great quotes about Cristmas. Christmas is what we should honor every day of the year. Respect and admiration.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        2 months ago from Sunny Florida

        These quotes are wonderful and Christmas will be here before we know it. I remember when I was about 12 years old and I was in Sunday school. The Sunday school teacher said if you say Xmas then you have cut Christ out of Christmas. I have never forgotten that as it is true. I really love your article for honoring Christ and keeping the meaning for Christmas where it belongs.

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        Antonio50S 

        2 months ago

        Thanks dora. I listen to George Michaels "last Christmas" all year round. Some people think i am odd, but i love that song. And the video. Getting used to this brevity. much easier :)

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        Linda Lum 

        2 months ago from Washington State, USA

        How sad that to some Christmas is all about Santa and crass consumerism. Thank you for this beautiful article. It's never too early to reflect on this blessed holiday because the love from God and His perfect Gift to us is a part of us every day.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Linda. It can really happen the way you say--all year. "Worthy goal" for real.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Sarah. I appreciate you.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Good observation, Antonio. I know folks who turn out the lights and leave the decoration till the next year; Some sing carols all year. I like the Christmas movies; they feed the Christmas spirit all year.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Antonio. I appreciate brevity. Maybe vegetarians like rice and peas while others like something else.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Good for you, Eric. After a while gifts become less important. They're for kids, yes. Happy celebrations in 2019.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Mary. Hoping that Christmas this year would be just as happy for you and family.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Bless you, Tori. That's the way it should be. Thanks for sharing.

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        There are some wonderful quotes in this article. I especially like the ideas in the "Love and Serve" section. Helping others is a worthy goal for people of any religion or spirituality or of none. It's great if Christmas prompts this activity. It would be even better if we were filled with the Chrismas spirit all year, as some of your quotes say.

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        Sarah Spradlin 

        2 months ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

        Love this Dora!

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        Antonio50S 

        2 months ago

        Reading through the quotes, it becomes obvious why it's that time of year already. What folks feel during christmas should be felt throughout the year.

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        Antonio50S 

        2 months ago

        That time of year already ? Number 4. I thought it was "rice and peas" where did that chicken come from :) Managed to keep this one brief :)

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        Eric Dierker 

        2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Wonderfully done. I have finally got folks to hold off on gifts. (of course not for children :-)

        I just do not do that stuff anymore. And I celebrate for a week. These quotes are copied into my Christmas drawer. Thank you.

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        Mary Norton 

        2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        We had a fun and meaningful Christmas last year. We still talk about it now. We watched a play, Christmas Carol, had parties with family and friends, sang carols all night long and were just happy being together. Joy is a sign of Christ's presence in our midst which we celebrated.

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        Tori Leumas 

        2 months ago

        Great article! Christmas is my favorite holiday and Christ is definitely the center of that holiday.

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