Christmas is coming; it is almost here!
With Santa and presents, good will and cheer!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “Christmas,” 1940s
I look in mother’s closet,
And what do I see
But a huge pile of presents!
Maybe one is for me.
If I just take a peek
At those bundles in there,
I wonder whether mother
Really would care…
~“Christmas Presents,” in The Herald, December 1943
Nothin’s as mean as givin’ a little child somethin’ useful fer Christmus. ~Kin Hubbard
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
Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. ~J. L. W. Brooks, 2007
Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes by Evan Esar, 1968
That love weighs more than gold!…
~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon (1876–1961), “The Right Gift,” 1912
What I like about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with the present. ~Don Marquis, as quoted in 20,000 Quips & Quotes by Evan Esar, 1968
Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. ~Peg Bracken (1918–2007), unverified
I love the Christmas-tide, and yet,
I notice this, each year I live;
I always like the gifts I get,
But how I love the gifts I give!
~Carolyn Wells, 1913
The test of all happiness is gratitude… Children are grateful when Santa Claus puts in their stockings gifts of toys or sweets. Could I not be grateful to Santa Claus when he put in my stockings the gift of two miraculous legs? We thank people for birthday presents of cigars and slippers. Can I thank no one for the birthday present of birth? ~Gilbert K. Chesterton, “The Ethics of Elfland,” Orthodoxy, 1908
a big present
wrapped in red foil—
Yeah, it’s Grandma!
~Terri Guillemets, “Grandma love at Christmas,” 2019, blackout poetry created from Janet Evanovich, Visions of Sugar Plums, 2002, pages 151–155
The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other. ~Johnny Carson, unverified
It is better to give than to receive a Christmas gift because you don’t have the bother of exchanging it. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes by Evan Esar, 1968
To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every year. ~E. B. White, “Notes and Comment,” The New Yorker, 1949 December 24th
’Tis blessed to bestow, and yet,
Could we bestow the gifts we get,
And keep the ones we give away,
How happy were our Christmas Day!
~Carolyn Wells, “A Christmas Thought,” 1900
Christmas Present Quotations
Original post date: 2004 Nov 5
1st major revision: 2018 Sept 6