70+ Holiday Quotes For Any Festive Occasion

Whether you’re looking to add an inspirational saying on your Christmas card or want to put a smile on someone’s face with a funny note, you’ve come to the right place. We put together some of our favorite holiday quotes to set the right mood. From heartwarming quotes about the meaning of Hanukkah to encouraging New Year’s quotes on new beginnings, you’re sure to find the perfect saying for your holiday greeting cards. You can adapt these holiday wishes and message ideas to work for a traditional Christmas card, holiday newsletter, custom photo card, or celebratory cards for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, the Lunar New Year, Diwali, and more.

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Quotes About Fall And Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving card with family photoFall is all about new beginnings and feeling grateful for what you have and what’s to come. Convey that message to your loved ones near and far by sending them a Happy Thanksgiving card with one of these quotes. Thanksgiving Day is a time to show your gratitude for your friends, family, and all that you have in life. These best Thanksgiving quotes will remind everyone of the reason for the fall season!

  • “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”—Henry David Thoreau
  • “Not what we say about our blessing, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”—W.T. Purkiser
  • “What if, today, we were grateful for everything?”—Charlie Brown
  • “Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot.”—Hausa Proverb
  • “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”—John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • “Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.”—Amelia Barr
  • “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”—Jim Davis

Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot.

  • “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.”—Melody Beattie
  • “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.”—Unkown
  • “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.” Oprah Winfrey
  • “Good mashed potato is one of the great luxuries of life.” Lindsey Bareham
  • “You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.” Hillary DePiano
  • “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” —Henry David Thoreau
  • “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” —Maya Angelou

Inspirational Quotes for Christmas

A photo family Christmas card with handwritten script saying Merry ChristmasWhen the magic of Christmas is in the air, everyone can feel it. Get inspired to decorate, wrap, and celebrate with one of these heartwarming Christmas quotes and consider adding one to a personalized Christmas card or Christmas gift. These are truly meaningful holiday quotes that are sure to make your card or gift that much more special.

  • “Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.”—Dr. Seuss
  • “From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.”—Emily Matthews
  • “Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”—Janice Maeditere
  • “Christmas is forever, not for just one day. For loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away.”—Norman Wesley Brooks
  • “Christmas is a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.”—Freya Stark

Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.

  • “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful”—W.T. Ellis
  • “The magic of Christmas never ends and its greatest of gifts are family and friends.”—Unknown
  • “What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.”—Agnes M. Pahro
  • “Love the giver more than the gift.”—Brigham Young
  • “Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.”—Helen Steiner Rice
  • “At Christmas, all roads lead home.”Marjorie Holmes


Funny Holiday Quotes for Christmas

A fun, playful Christmas card with red illustrations of ornaments, stars, snowflakes, candy canes, presents and family photosAdd a little fun and laughter to the holiday with one of the funny Christmas quotes below. Include one of these on your unique Christmas cards or gift tags for a playful twist and a clever way to keep spirits bright and light this holiday season. Whether you’re looking for the perfect caption for your wintery Instagram or other social media post, or want to add some wit to a funny holiday card, here are some Christmas quotes that will spread laughter and joy. Enjoy these classics from cultural figures like Garrison Keillor and Bob Phillips.

  • “Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.”—Victor Borge
  • “Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included.”—Unknown
  • “Christmas is a magical time of year… I just watched all my money magically disappear.”—Unknown
  • “Christmas is a time when everybody wants his past forgotten and his present remembered.”—Phyllis Diller
  • “A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.”—Garrison Keillor

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.

  • “It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters, it’s who is around it.”—Unknown
  • “Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever.”—Richelle Goodrich
  • “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”—Hamilton Write Mabie
  • “Dear Santa, Before I explain, how much do you know already?”—Anon
  • “There are three stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus; he does not believe in Santa Claus; he is Santa Claus.”—Bob Phillips
  • “Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.” Mary Ellen Chase

Hanukkah Quotes & Sayings

Get in the spirit of Hanukkah with an enlightening saying about its meaning. Whether you’re trying to teach your little one about the significance of this holiday or simply want to wish someone a lovely Hanukkah, you’re sure to find the perfect quote. Photo Hanukkah cards are a delightful option for winter greetings and Shutterfly has a wide assortment of Hanukah cards ready to be personalized with family photos and more.

  • “May love and light fill your home and heart at Hanukkah.”—Unknown
  • “A candle is a small thing. But one candle can light another. And see how its own light increases, as a candle gives its flame to the other. You are such a light.”—Moshe Davis
  • “The darkness of the whole world cannot swallow the glowing of a candle.”—Robert Atlinger
  • “We light candles in testament that faith makes miracles possible.”—Nachum Braverman
  • “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”—Buddha
  • “Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”—Anne Frank

May love and light fill your home and heart at Hanukkah.

  • “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”—Anthony J. D’Angelo
  • “On Hanukkah, the first dark night, light yourself a candle bright. I’ll you, if you will me invite, to dance within that gentle light.”—Nicholas Gordon
  • “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”—Edith Wharton
  • “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”—James Keller
  • “A little more fun, a little more love, a little more light every night. That’s the joy of Hanukkah.” —Unknown
  • “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” Henry David Thoreau
  • “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” Maya Angelou

New Year Quotes

Cheers to new beginnings! Some words of encouragement are always welcomed. Include one of these sayings throughout your New Year’s cards or on your New Year’s caption to wish your friends a great new year. These Happy New Year messages, well wishes, and quotes will remind you to uphold your new year’s desires, help you fill the blank space in your holiday card, and most importantly, share your joy with others this holiday season. Explore our entire New Year’s card collection.

  • “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”—Brad Paisley
  • “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”—Oprah Winfrey
  • “Last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.”—T.S. Eliot
  • “Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.”—Sarah Ban Breathnach
  • “Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.”—Guy Finley
  • “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”—C.S. Lewis

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

  • “You gotta find your best self and when you do, you gotta hold on to it for dear life.”—Cheryl Strayed
  • “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.”—Rainer Maria Rilke
  • “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”—Benjamin Franklin
  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”—Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.” Jonathan Huie
  • “The best is yet to come.” Frank Sinatra
  • “”You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.” Hillary DePiano

Holiday And Vacation Quotes

Instant photo book with pictures of a family for a giftsWe’re all deserving of a relaxing and joyous vacation every once in a while. Send your friend off right to their next vacation or holiday with a nice note. Whether you write something funny or motivational, your words will be appreciated. In addition, you can use these fabulous quotes within your holiday and vacation photo books. These quotes will be a perfect addition to your photo books and will add words and captions to  your most important memories. When you include these quotes within your album, it brings to life how great those memories were when you were creating them. Having your photos within reach in a travel photo book is an amazing way to spend the holiday season.

  • “A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.”—Earl Wilson
  • “Isn’t it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation?”—Zig Ziglar
  • “A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.”—Robert Orben
  • “I love my job only when I’m on vacation.”—Unknown
  • “Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.”—Leo Tolstoy

Once a year, go somewhere you’ve never been before.

  • “No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.”—Elbert Hubbard
  • “Take a vacation so long, you forget all of your passwords.”— Unknown
  • “The journey, not the arrival, matters.”—T.S. Eliot
  • “Once a year, go somewhere you’ve never been before.”—The Dalai Lama
  • “There should be sympathy cards for having to go back to work after the holidays.”—Unknown

Resources Related to Holiday Quotes

Once you’ve found the perfect quote to include in this year’s holiday card, make sure to make a list (and check it twice) with all your favorite quotes for the season. Then use these in any notes, personalized gifts, and other holiday festivities you want.
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