Literary Christmas Quotes

Primary English Christmas Quotes

In this blog post I share some much-loved quotations from songs, poems and stories on the theme of Christmas.

From the lips of one of my favourite literary heroines, Jo March, “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.”

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Little Women. Artwork Primary English Education.

Chris Van Allsburg’s illustrated story The Polar Express is a modern classic. I love the little details in the drawings like the Univeristy of Michigan pendant in the boy’s bedroom. Go Blue!

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The Polar Express. Artwork Primary English Education

Christina Rossetti gets two mentions in this list. The first is for, “Love came down at Christmas.”

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Love came down at Christmas. Artwork Primary English Education

The second is ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’. The choral arrangement of this poem by Harold Darke was voted the greatest Christmas carol of all time in a poll of choral experts and choirmasters that was published on 7 December 2008.

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In the bleak mid-winter. Artwork Primary English Education.

What would Christmas be without a quote from Charles Dickens? I particularly like this one, “I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.”

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Charles Dickens. Artwork Primary English Education

Great Christmas quotations don’t just come from stories and poems. I love this sentiment from John Lennon: “So this is Christmas and what have you done.”

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So this is Christmas and what have you done. Artwork Primary English Education.

My all-time favourite Christmas-themed novel is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Imagine living in a land where it is, “Always winter and never Christmas.”

The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe. Artwork Primary English Education.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Artwork Primary English Education.

Even wizards celebrate Christmas. And Professor Dumbeldore seems to have a philosophical outlook about the inevitable unwanted gifts, “One can never have enough socks.”

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Harry Potter. Artwork Primary English Education.

I love the haunting melody of the Coventry Carol. Just as well as I’m a Coventry girl through and through.

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The Coventry Carol. Artwork Primary English Education.

Sometimes it’s all too easy to forget the origins of the Christmas story. St Luke’s Gospel makes sure we remember what it’s all about.

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St Luke’s Gospel. Artwork Primary English Education.

Even when there’s little to go round, the family in the Book Thief manage to have a memorable Christmas.

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The Book Thief. Artwork Primary English Education.

John Betjeman reminds us that advent isn’t about chocolate calendars but preparing for the arrival of Jesus.

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John Betjeman. Artwork Primary English Education.

As I approach the end of my list of Christmas quotations, I can’t help but mention Away in a Manger.

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Away in a Manger. Artwork Primary English Education.

And last but not least, Clement Clark Moore’s poem, The Night Before Christmas.

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The Night Before Christmas. Artwork Primary English Education.

Have a merry Christmas.

Rachel Clarke: Director – Primary English Education

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