Oh, the Christmas tree’s my favorite
Of all the trees that grow.
~Laura F. Armitage, “My Favorite Tree,” 1906
Mistletoe and gleaming holly,
Symbols of a blessed day…
~Louisa May Alcott, “Merry Christmas,” in The Horn of Plenty, 1876
A candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise or stir at all,
But softly gives itself away,
While, quite unselfish, it grows small…
~Anonymous, “Christmas Candle,” c. 1945
Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the Christmas lights. ~“Dumbleclaus,” internet meme, 2014 [A funny little mod of Albus Dumbledore’s line in the 2004 movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, screenplay by Steven Kloves, based on the 1999 book by J. K. Rowling.
The bells ring out, and how they dance
Below, around the Christmas Tree!
~Hiram Ladd Spencer, “To My Daughter: A Christmas Reverie,” 1878
In prickly green of Christmas wreaths
The holly berries glow,
The Christmas trees will sparkle soon,
With Christmas fruit bent low…
~Hannah G. Fernald, “Outside,” 1906
It was a full week until Christmas, but the den blazed with lights and smelled deliciously of pine needles. ~Paula Detmer Riggs, Paroled!, 1992
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy Lemon Smith (1887–1963), unverified
For Christmas comes but once a year,
When harvesting is ended;
With merry din, the day comes in,
By love and mirth attended;
The children dance and shout with glee,
The eyes of all are beaming,
And high above the Christmas tree
The Star of Hope is gleaming.
~Edgar A. Guest, “Christmas Comes but Once a Year,” The Friendly Way, 1931
After the children, stuffed and sleepy, finally went to bed, Gertrude and Arnold sat together in the love seat and watched the tree lights blink. ~Ethel Pochocki (1925–2010), “The Attic Crèche,” The Attic Mice, 1990
Tradition: sit with husband in a room lit only by tree lights and remember that our blessings outnumber the lights. Happy Christmas to all. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, Christmas Eve tweet, 2008
The Christmas tree is a symbol of love… ~Andy Rooney, “Just the Way It Is,” in McCall’s, 1982
The best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature. If some of our great decorated trees had grown in a remote forest area with lights that came on every evening as it grew dark, the whole world would come to look at them and marvel at the mystery of their great beauty. ~Andy Rooney, “Just the Way It Is,” in McCall’s, 1982
Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. ~1800 Quotes, Quips, and Squibs, E. C. McKenzie, 1972
Christmas Eve — the tree blazed with lights. ~Amy Campbell, “Christmas Eve,” 1872
It is not the Christmas lights that are important, it’s the Light of Christmas… ~Liz Palagi, “Twinkle, Twinkle,” Does God Hate Christmas?: A Devotional for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, 2015
My childhood’s Christmases each brought to me
The wondrous glory of a Christmas tree;
Now, every year, since I’ve to manhood grown,
I buy a tree for children of my own.
And so to‑night my mind looks back and sees
Life a long avenue of Christmas trees.
~Carolyn Wells, “Christmas Eve,” Idle Idyls, 1900
I was a normal child of normal parents, who laid out a traditional crèche. Their nativity scene had the proper number of shepherds, angels, lambs, sheep, oxen, and wise men complete with entourage of camels and servants. When I married, I started out with my own appropriate manger, bought at a religiously correct gift shop.
But something happened. I think it began when my son brought home a red-velvet deer, one golden antler missing, bought at a school bazaar. It joined the crew at the manger. That paved the way for other pilgrims: a glass bluebird, a china calico cat, a wooden rabbit with drum, a turkey salt shaker, a black ceramic pony with flowers in its mane, and three see-, hear-, and speak-no-evil monkeys joined at the hips. They sat on the roof of the stable with the angel.
Each year the company of characters grew, until the manger had to be brought out from under the tree onto a table. It was the most delightful of scenes. ~Ethel Pochocki (1925–2010), “Still Acceptably Quaint, But Flirting With ‘Odd,’” 1996 [A little altered. This is what my grandmother’s Christmas nativity scene was like too! Ms Pochocki wrote a lengthier description of this same hodgepodge scene in her story “The Attic Crèche” incorporated into her 1990 book The Attic Mice.
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~Bill Vaughan, c. 1957
Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all thirty feet tall. ~Larry Wilde, unverified
Depending on how good you are at watching and analyzing the weather, taking down the Christmas lights is something that can be postponed until the end of July. ~Robert Kirby, “Up on the Roof Top,” Family Home Screaming, 1999
The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect! ~Charles N. Barnard (1921–2015), unverified
Christmas Trees, Lights, & Decorations Quotations
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