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" My parents still treat Christmas like I'm thirteen years old. "
" Come Christmas Eve, we usually go to my mom and dad's. Everybody brings one gift and then we play that game when we all steal it from each other. Some are really cool, others are useful and some are a bit out there. "
" There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. "
" Every Christmas now for years, I have found myself wondering about the point of the celebration. As the holiday has become more ecumenical and secular, it has lost much of the magic that I remember so fondly from childhood. "
" November is auspicious in so many parts of the country: the rice harvest is already in, the weather starts to cool, and the festive glow which precedes Christmas has began to brighten the landscape. "
F. Sionil Jose
" We had been to a couple really awkward office Christmas parties, including one at our production company. It's just a really interesting place, an event that hadn't really been captured. "
" There are those who argue that the public celebration of festivals such as Christmas should be discouraged, in the questionable belief that it might somehow offend those of other religions or none. "
Pope Benedict XVI
" Why not share with the world the way it is and tell them my feelings about my cat, and how I played with my kids, and how addicted to Christmas time I am, and the smell of pine needles and hearing my kids laugh. "
" I'm literally obsessed with Christmas, and it's been my dream ever since I was a little girl to make a Christmas album. "
" Christmas in the Buckley household is hilarious - at the family dinner, we all have to do a song, no matter if you can sing in tune. "
" From the leg lamp to Ralphie's tongue getting stuck on a frozen pole to that BB-gun incident, 'A Christmas Story' has left its mark on all our brains, so much so that it sometimes feels like this story is our own. "
" Mummy weighed sweets and nuts so that everyone would get exactly the same amount. During the year, everything is measured roughly, but at Christmas, it has to be absolutely fair. That's why it's such a strenuous time. "
" The year I turned 16, I spent the weeks before Christmas dropping hints to my parents about how much I wanted - no, needed - my own transportation. "
" I hate feeling full, so Christmas is about the only time I really stuff myself. "
" As a child, I was bonkers for Christmas. The entire month of December, I couldn't sleep at night from anticipation. "
" Every Christmas, I cook an elaborate Mexican dinner. "
" I turned the Gloucester Christmas lights on and our local Newent lights on, so everyone recognises me now. It is a completely different life for me. "
" Nothing is as peaceful as when Christmas is over, when one has been forgiven for everything and can be normal again. "
" I had a Commodore, and then I remember getting a Nintendo for Christmas and it being a total game-changer. And the hours that I would spend playing the video game and trying to convince my mother that it was improving my hand-eye coordination. It was a worthy use of time. It made my hand-eye coordination better! "
" My Barbies were usually naked. Once, I took their heads off, cut their hair, drew on their short, spiky hair with some markers, then stuck the heads on Christmas lights. Every year, we'd string our tree with those Barbie heads. It looked demonic. My parents were so cool - they saw it as a form of self-expression. "
" We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice. "
Pope Paul VI
" I worked every day - Christmas Eve, birthdays - trying to become a great basketball player. Everywhere I went, I had a basketball. "
Harvey Mason, Jr.
" During the holiday season, Christmas specifically, it can be hard to be away from family and friends. "
" Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us - a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead. "
" When I was six years old, I fell in love with magic. For Christmas, I got a magic box and a very old book on card manipulation. Somehow, I was more interested in pure manipulation than in all the silly little tricks in the box. "
" Christmas lights may be the loneliest thing for me, especially if you mix them up with reindeers and sleighs. I feel alone. I feel isolated. I feel I do not belong. "
" My parents made a great sacrifice to make sure that we had something wonderful at Christmas, and through the help of the state and others, we were able to have a good meal. "
" My dad likes to recite the story of 'Pablo the Donkey' before dinner to teach us the real meaning of Christmas. Every year, it's the same; every year, we cringe! "
" Adults are tempted to produce and perform Christmas for their kids and their families, and they arrive at Christmas Day weary and disillusioned. "
" Who can't relate to the idea of leaving one chapter behind and moving on to the next? "
" I grew up as a photo nut. Every Christmas I would get a new camera. It's a huge part of my life. "