Lucy: Beethoven’s birthday is December 16th Shermy! Have you decided what you’re going to get me?
Shermy: Yes! I’m not going to get you anything!
Lucy: What kind of a holiday is it where you don’t give girls presents?
—Charles M. Schulz (1922–2000) American Cartoonist, Writer, Artist
From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.
—Katharine Whitehorn (b.1928) English Journalist, Writer, Columnist
Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!
—Phyllis McGinley (1905–78) American Children’s Books Writer, Poet, Writer of Children’s Books
If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work: but when they seldom come, they wished for come, and nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.
—William Shakespeare (1564–1616) British Playwright
A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
—Garrison Keillor (b.1942) American Author, Humorist, Radio Personality
As you get older, you get tired of doing the same things over and over again, so you think Christmas has changed. It hasn’t. It’s you who has changed.
—Harry S. Truman (1884–1972) American Head of State
So stick up ivy and the bays, and then restore the heathen ways, green will remind you of the Spring, though this great day denies the thing, and mortifies the earth, and all, but your wild revels, and loose hall.
—Henry Vaughan (1621–95) Anglo-Welsh Metaphysical Poet