Listed below are several Christmas quotations (gathered from Catholic Online). You might have your students do one or more of the following:

  • Design a Christmas card using one of the sayings along with their own message.
  • Research other Christmas quotations and share a favorite and why that it is so.
  • Compose their own Christmas quotations.
  • Use one of the Christmas quotations as the basis of a one-page essay on the meaning of Christmas.
  • Research and report on teachings or reflections of the saints on the meaning of Christmas. See, for example, “The Saints Teach Us about Christmas.”


What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.- Agnes M. Pharo

The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not Christmas in his heart.- Helen Keller

There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas.- Henry Van Dyke

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”- W.T.Ellis

Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.- Lenore Hershey

May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; the spirit of Christmas which is peace; the heart of Christmas which is love.- Ada V. Hendricks

We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.- Winston Churchill

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.- Charles Dickens

Christmas is not just a time for festivity and merry making. It is more than that. It is a time for the contemplation of eternal things. The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving.- J. C. Penney (“Christmas Thoughts”)