With Christmas just around the corner, it’s almost time to gather with family and friends to celebrate the festive period by eating, drinking and generally being merry!
It’s also a great opportunity to reflect on the year that’s almost complete.
Inspired by some of the most influential writers throughout history, we’ve compiled a collection of our favourite of festive quotes to get you ready for the most wonderful time of the year, and give you a chance to reflect on what makes Christmas special to you.
"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." (Charles Dickens).
"Christmas is not a date; it's a state of mind" (Mary Ellen Chase)
"Blessed be the date that unites all the world in a conspiracy of love" (Hamilton Wright Mabie)
"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month." (Harlan Miller)
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." (Calvin Coolidge).
"There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections and traditions." (Bill McKibben)
"Merry, Merry Christmas, which reminds us of the illusions of our childhood, reminds grandfather of the joys of his youth, and transports the traveller to his chimney and his sweet home!" (Charles Dickens)
"Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing...Let's Return to Our Childlike Faith" (Grace Noll Crowell)
"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." (Norman Vincent Peale)
"Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart." (Washington Irving)