“Our children await Christmas presents like politicians getting in election returns: there’s the Uncle Fred precinct and the Aunt Ruth district still to come in” — Marcelene Cox

“The magi, as you know, were wise men – wonderfully wise men who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents” — O. Henry

"Even before Christmas has said Hello, it’s saying ‘Buy Buy.’" — Robert Paul

"Christmas day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both" — Phillips Brooks

Your children need your presence more than your presents

– Jesse Jackson

 

It’s a shame we just can’t admit that we have failed at family living, sell the house, split up the money, and get on with our lives. Merry Christmas
– Laurie Halse Anderson

"You need more fact in the dangerous art of giving presents than in any other social action." — William Bolitho

One good thing about Christmas shopping it toughens you for the January sales. — Grace Kriley

"You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving" — Amy Carmichael

"What you keep for yourself, you lose. What you give away, you keep forever" — Axel Monthe

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" — Winston Churchill

"Service… Giving what you don’t have to give. Giving when you don’t need to give. Giving because you want to give." — Damien Hess

"For it is in giving that we receive" — Saint Francis of Assisi

"Let me see if I’ve got this Santa business straight. You say he wears a beard, has no discernible source of income and flies to cities all over the world under cover of darkness? You sure this guy isn’t laundering illegal drug money?" — Tom Armstrong

"Money is made at Christmas out of holly and mistletoe, but who save the vendors would greatly care if no green branch were procurable?" — George Gissing

Christmas begins about the first of December with an office party and ends when you finally realize what you spent, around April fifteenth of the next year

– P.J. O’Rourke

"Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it." — Richard Lamm

"There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say, Christmas among the rest." … "And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!" — Ebenezer Scrooge’s nephew Fred in "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens .

"What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer." Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens ‘ "A Christmas Carol"

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents” — Louisa May Alcott

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” — William Arthur Ward

There are a lot of things money can’t buy. Not one of them is on my son’s list

– Milton Berle

 

“My son has a big Christmas problem – what do you buy for a father who has everything and you’re using it?” — Milton Berle

“Santa is having a tough time this year. Last year he deducted eight billion for gifts, and the IRS wants an itemized list” — Milton Berle

"All right, you go back and tell them that the New York State Supreme Court rules there’s no Santa Claus. It’s all over the papers. The kids read it and they don’t hang up their stockings. Now what happens to all the toys that are supposed to be in those stockings? Nobody buys them. The toy manufacturers are going to like that; so they have to lay off a lot of their employees, union employees. Now you got the CIO and the AF of L against you and they’re going to adore you for it and they’re going to say it with votes. Oh, and the department stores are going to love you too and the Christmas card makers and the candy companies. Ho ho. Henry, you’re going to be an awful popular fella.” — Campaign Manager Charles Halloran to Judge Harper in ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ courtroom scene (1947)

Christmas Quotes – Quotations on Gifts

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” — Garrison Keillor

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

“Every gift which is given, even though is be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection” — Pindar

“Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.” — Richard Bach

“One must know not just how to accept a gift, but with what grace to share it.” — Maya Angelou

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

“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.” — Pierre Corneille

“The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value” — Charles Dudley Warner

“A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present” — Thomas Fuller

“If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.” — Bruce Barton

“Some people have a knack of putting upon you gifts of no real value, to engage you to substantial gratitude. We thank them for nothing.” — Charles Lamb

"A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great" — Proverbs 18:16

“To be rich in admiration and free from envy, to rejoice greatly in the good of others, to love with such generosity of heart that your love is still a dear possession in absence or unkindness – these are the gifts which money cannot buy" — Robert Louis Stevenson

“In suggesting gifts: Money is appropriate, and one size fits all.” — William Randolph Hearst

“Gifts, believe me, captivate both men and Gods, Jupiter himself was won over and appeased by gifts.” — Ovid

Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words

– Harlan Miller

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