You will also find:
Christmas carol quotes are ingenuous expressions of love and devotion to God's Newborn. Simple yet poetic, there is something timeless about carols; a stillness, a sense of wonder. They open people's hearts.
So include some of these Christian Christmas quotes and poems in your gifts and Christmas greetings, and put a smile on a loved one's face.
O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy Birth!
And praises sing to God the King,
And peace to men on earth;
For Christ is born of Mary,
And, gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.
Phillips Brooks (1835-93):
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Sacred Infant, all-divine,
What a tender love was thine
Thus to come from highest bliss
Down to such a world as this!
Edward Caswall (1814-78):
See, Amid The Winter's Snow
Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace.
The holy tide of Christmas
All others doth efface.
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
No royal things, as used by kings, were seen by those that found him;
But in the hay the stranger lay, with swaddling bands around him.
William Walker (1809-75): Ye Nations All, On You I Call (The Babe Of Bethlehem)
O holy child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in:
Be born in us today!
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel!
Phillips Brooks (1835-93): O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Ah, Jesu, my heart's treasure blest,
Make thee a clean, soft cradle-nest
And rest enshrined within my heart,
That I from thee may never part.
Martin Luther (1483-1546),
transl. H.R.Bramley (1833-1917):
Vom Himmel Hoch, Da Komm Ich Her (From Highest Heaven I Come To Tell)
To teach us humility all this was done;
Then learn we from hence haughty pride for to shun;
A manger's his cradle who came from above,
The great God of mercy, of peace and of love.
English Traditional (Chappell, 1853-9): A Virgin Unspotted
Last not least, here's one of my favorite Christmas carol quotes:
"The angel of the Lord came down, and glory shone around."
after Christopher Tye (c.1500-73): While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By NightReturn to Top
Love is what Christmas is all about. This chapter contains Christian Christmas quotes as well as non-Christians' quotes about Christmas. I don't think it matters which quotes about Christmas are Christian Christmas quotes, because Christmas love quotes capture the essence of the Holiday just as much as religious Christmas quotes do.
"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."
(Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby)
"Nothing opens our heart the way a little baby does."
(Duncan P. Shepherd)
"Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."
"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."
"When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness."
"It's all about being loving."
For the most original quotes about Christmas, you'll need to go to the Bible.
If, while reading, you come across a sentence or phrase that strikes a chord with you, I suggest you write it down on a sheet of paper. This way, you'll see whether it retains its glow outside the complete text, and thus would make an inspiring, stand-alone Christian Christmas quote.
"Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."
"I have come that they may have Life, and have it to the full."
According to Christian tradition, the following passages from the Prophets are related to the coming of the Christ (so you could use them for religious Christmas quotes, too):
"The greatest honor we can give Almighty
God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love."
Julian of Norwich (1342-1416)
"If Christ were born in Bethlehem a
thousand times, but not in you:
You would remain forever doomed." (Original text: 'Wär' Christus
tausendmal zu Bethlehem geboren, doch nicht in Dir: Du bliebst noch ewiglich verloren.')
Angelus Silesius (Johann Scheffler, 1624-77)
I've found some of the most beautiful religious Christmas quotes in The Shorter New Oxford Book of Carols, a very (very!) good compilation of Christmas carols from Europe and North America. You can buy it on Amazon for silly money.
If you're looking for Christmas carol quotes from the Middle Ages - you'll find loads. Christmas carol quotes from English Traditional carols? No problem. 19th-century American Christmas carol quotes? It's all there.
If you can't find enough Christmas carol quotes here, there's also
a longer, more comprehensive version of this book:
The New Oxford Book of Carols
it gets excellent reader reviews and may be worth the investment if you're
after those religious Christmas quotes that few people know by heart.
The First Testament was written down in Hebrew; Jesus spoke Aramaic, and the New Testament was written down in hellenistic ("koine") Greek.
Without mastery of these three languages, how are we going to know which Christian Christmas quotes are properly translated?
Ultimately, we're not going to know. However, there's a great resource to help you find the best religious Christmas quotes for your purpose: The 4-in-1 Bible.The Revised Comparative Study Bible is a great 'sourcebook' for the best religious Christmas quotes. It has four side-by-side columns on facing pages, giving you the parallel texts of four excellent and well-respected translations. Compare ...
And there's more ...
If you really want to get into this (whoa!), opt for an 8-in-1 tome. However, to save you from having to invest in a forklift truck, these versions cover the New Testament only.
Two editions come highly recommended by many readers: