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130 Joyful Christmas Family Quotes To Warm Your Heart

130 Joyful Christmas Family Quotes To Warm Your Heart

Picture snowflakes dancing outside your window, the smell of freshly baked cookies, and the sound of your family’s laughter filling your home. 

Yes, the most wonderful time of the year — the magical Christmas — is just around the corner and I’ve collected some lovely quotes celebrating the joy that family brings during this holiday.

I gathered these Christmas family quotes from various online sources to capture the joy, laughter, and shared traditions that bring families closer during this special time of year. 

Let them remind you of the true meaning of Christmas within the embrace of your loved ones!

10 Most Beautiful Christmas Family Quotes

1. “Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving, and of families united.” — Norman Vincent Peale

family gathered at the Christmas tree representing the most beautiful Christmas family quote

2. “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” — Bill Vaughan

3. “Christmas is a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.” — Freya Stark

4. “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

5. “Christmas is a holiday that we celebrate not as individuals nor as a nation, but as a human family.” — Ronald Reagan

drawing of a family with Christmas tree next to them representing a beautiful Christmas family quote

6. “And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent.” — Taylor Caldwell

7. “Christmas is a box of tree ornaments that have become part of the family.” — Charles M. Schulz

8. “Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” — Margaret Thatcher

9. “Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” — Dr. Suess

10. “Christmas is a special time of year when family and tradition blend together into magical holiday grandeur.” — Candy Christmas

drawing of a family assembled around the Christmas tree

Inspiring Quotes About Christmas With The Family

1. “The magical dust of Christmas glittered on the cheeks of humanity ever so briefly, reminding us of what is worth having and what we were intended to be.” — Max Lucado

parents and three kids in Christmas PJs by the tree

2. “The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood.” — Richard Paul Evans

3. “Christmas is for children. But it is for grownups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts.” — Lenora Mattingly Weber

4. “The best present on Christmas is spending time with family and being reminded of the things that give you real joy.” — Unknown

5. “One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” — Andy Rooney

parents and children in holiday pajamas sitting around the Christmas tree

6. “Mankind is a great, an immense family… This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.” — Pope John XXIII

7. “When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things, not the great occasions, give off the greatest glow of happiness.” — Bob Hope

8. “The only mess in my house I find glorious, is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day.“ — Unknown

9. “December days . . . as Christmas time draws near; brings family warmth, and friendship’s joyful cheer, from memory’s store so many days to bless and cherish so in quiet thankfulness.” — John McLeod

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10. “Christmas is all about love, family, and children. It doesn’t matter what we eat or what presents we get as long as the holidays are spent with loved ones.” — Unknown

Christmas  joy with parents and three little ones in PJs

11. “I count my Christmas blessings with my family’s faces.” — Unknown

12. “Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” — Janice Maeditere

13. “Christmas is a constant reminder that we are blessed beyond words. Our family is proof that we are blessed beyond words.” — Unknown

14. “Christmas is the happiness that lights our children’s eyes. Christmas is a song of bells ringing through the skies. Christmas is a time of peace, of contentment deep within, a time of love and silent hope that years will never dim.” — Sherrill Thompson

15. “You don’t appreciate how much Christmas means with your family until you spend a Christmas without them.” — Unknown

parents and kids in festive pajamas sitting by the Christmas tree

16. “It’s not what is under the Christmas tree that matters, it is my family and loved ones gathered around it that counts.” — Unknown

17. “Love came down at Christmas; love all lovely, love divine; love was born at Christmas, stars and angels gave the sign.” — Christina G. Rossetti

18. “I used to think being a kid on Christmas was the best thing ever. Turns out being a parent on Christmas is.” — Unknown

19. “Nothing seems to bring people together like Christmas.” — Steven Dodrill

20. “Family is all about eternal warmth and bond. Christmas is all about being grateful for all the blessings. Family is Christmas.” — Unknown

family gathering around the Christmas tree in their PJs

21. “Good news from heaven the angels bring, glad tidings to the earth they sing: To us this day a child is given, to crown us with the joy of heaven.” — Martin Luther

22. “Some say that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when people are merrily greeting each other with love. I experience Christmas every day with my family.” — Unknown

23. “Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance — a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” — Augusta E. Randel

24. “Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show. The secret lies in an inner glow. It’s lighting a fire inside the heart. Goodwill and joy a vital part. It’s higher thought and a greater plan. It’s a glorious dream in the soul of man.” — Wilferd Peterson

25. “Christmas is a time when you get homesick — even when you are home.” — Unknown

parents and three kids in Christmas pajamas enjoying festive family moment

26. “When we remember a special Christmas, it is not the presents that made it special, but the laughter, the feeling of love, and the togetherness of friends and family that made that Christmas special.” — Catherine Pulsifer

27. “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” — Unknown

28. “Every year, like a good Catholic, I wait for Christmas. Putting up the lights, decorating the tree, making sweets, and then unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning… it’s a tradition my family has followed since I was very little.” — Malaika Arora Khan

29. “It makes me smile when I remember all the Christmas we had together as a family. All the laughter, the silly games for silly prizes, and all the fun we had at dinner. Christmas with family is the best.” — Unknown

30. “Christmas is like a family that warms your heart when everything around you is cold and lonely.” — Unknown

mom, dad, and three children in PJs sitting under a Christmas tree

31. “As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.” — Eric Sevareid

32. “Nothing beats a Christmas that is spent with family and loved ones.” — Unknown

33. “Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” — Dale Evans Rogers

34. “Seeing the light in my child’s eyes is all it takes to make Christmas the most magical time of the year.” — Unknown

35. “Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive.” — Robert Lynd

parents and a trio of little ones in festive PJs seated under a tree

36. “I can smell the freshly baked gingerbread cookies that grandma used to make us every Christmas. Even when I am miles apart from them this Christmas, the memories will keep me joyful.” — Unknown

37. “While everyone is busy looking for awesome parties to attend to, my family is busy preparing silly games for us to laugh about this holiday season.” — Unknown

38. “There’s no place like home for the holidays.” — Perry Como

39. “Time was with most of us, when Christmas Day, encircling all our limited world like a magic ring, left nothing out for us to miss or seek; bound together all our home enjoyments, affections, and hopes; grouped everything and everyone around the Christ.” — Charles Dickens

40. “Holidays with family create good memories that inspire us to be hopeful of better days to come.” — Unknown

family in matching pajamas around the tree

Merry Christmas Family Quotes

1. “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” — Peg Bracken

parents and daughter decorating the Christmas tree

2. “Christmas brings family and friends together. It helps us to appreciate the love in our lives that we often take for granted. May the true meaning of the holiday season fill your heart and home with many blessings.” — Unknown

3.  “We decorate our homes for this wonderful season. A large evergreen tree proudly stands in the main family room. Beautiful rainbow colored lights seem to dance to the tune of Christmas carols.” — Theresa Ann

4. “Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!” — Charles Dickens

5. “Merry Christmas is the warmest greeting we could say to one another. It instantly warms the heart and fills the atmosphere with love.” — Unknown

parents and their little girl trimming the Christmas tree together

6. “For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.” — W. J. Tucker

7. “For me, the spirit of Christmas means being happy and giving freely. It’s a tradition for all the kids in the family to help mom decorate the tree. Christmas is all about family, eating, drinking, and making merry.” — Malaika Arora Khan

8. “I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.” — Fred Rogers

9. “Merry Christmas is beyond a simple greeting, it is a blessing to let someone know that you wish them and their family peace, happiness, and bountiful grace.” — Unknown

10. “Some Christmas tree ornaments do a lot more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago.” — Tom Baker

mom, dad, and daughter decorating the Christmas tree

11. “Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever.” — Richelle E. Goodrich

12. “The merry family gatherings — the old, the very young; The strangely lovely way they harmonize in carols sung. For Christmas is a traditional time — traditions that recall the precious memories down the years, the sameness of them all.” — Helen Lowrie Marshall

13. “I find that it’s the simple things that remind you of family around the holidays.” — Amy Adams

14. “It doesn’t matter what has happened this year that has kept us apart from each other, just knowing you are here with me in heart still makes it a Merry Christmas.” — Unknown

15. “My ideal Christmas Eve is sitting by the fireside with my family, sipping hot chocolate, gazing at the Christmas tree, and feeling the love.” — Unknown

parents and their daughter with the Christmas tree

16. “I love the smell of Christmas trees, singing Christmas carols, baking my family’s favorite cookies, wrapping presents, and decorating my house!” — Debbie Trafton O’Neal

17. “Tonight the children meet with glee / To view the fruits on Christmas Tree, / And when its beauties we behold / We’re very sorry we are old.” — James McIntyre

18. “Christmas works like glue. It keeps us all sticking together.” — Rosie Thomas

19. “Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given — when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.” — Joan Winmill Brown

20. “It’s Christmas Time! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s a season of love, joy, peace, and cheer!” — Dana Sheree Coe

family of three adorns the Christmas tree

21. “Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence.” — Joan Mills

22. “Gifts exchanged and children smile, Christmas is such a joyous while!“ — Unknown

23. “Christmas is not about the lights, not about the presents, not about the food, but about being there for others, being a friend, loving someone whether they are family or not.” — S.E. Smith

24. “The best way to see Christmas is through the eyes of a child.” — Unknown

25. “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!” — Hamilton Wright Mabie

parents and daughter trim the tree with care

26. “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” ― Bob Hope

27. “Mom still has a huge, beautifully decorated Christmas tree. The whole family comes together after midnight mass and has the traditional plum cake and wine. We spend the night at Mom’s home, and in the morning we wake up and open the presents. In the afternoon, we sit down to have a traditional Christmas lunch.” — Malaika Arora Khan

28. “If there is love in your heart and your mind, you will feel Christmas all the time.” — Faith Hill

29. “Christmas is a gift of love wrapped in human flesh and tied securely with the strong promises of God. It is more than words can tell, for it is a matter for the heart to receive, believe and understand.” — Frank McKibben

30. “I love how Christmas reminds us to pause and reflect on the important things around us like family, friends, and all the things money can’t buy.” — Unknown

mom, dad, and daughter getting the Christmas tree ready

Motivational Christmas Quotes About Family

1. “Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.” — Larry Wilde

father and son adding holiday cheer to the fireplace

2. “Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.” — Charlotte Carpenter

3. “Christmas gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us.” — David Cameron

4. “Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding more time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.” — Thomas S. Monson

5. “My family values the season of Christmas so much that they raised us realizing that it doesn’t have to be December to practice kindness and generosity.” — Unknown

dad and son decorating the Christmas fireplace

6. “Christmas isn’t about candy canes or twinkling Christmas lights, it’s about the hearts that we touch, and the care that we show.” — Unknown

7. “Christmas brings together families and friends. Gather them with glee. And make every Christmas the best one it can be.” — Unknown

8. “Nothing can be better than opening gifts, eating great food, and singing Christmas songs with your family.” — Unknown

9. “Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.” — Eric Severeid

10. “Holidays — any holiday — are such a great opportunity to focus on bringing the family together.” — Lidia Bastianich

dad and his son by the fireplace arranging the Christmas ornaments

11. “Families and friends who are brought together by Christmas are the ones who stand strong whatever the upcoming years bring them.” — Unknown

12. “A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” — Garrison Keillor

13. “At Christmas, play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.” — Thomas Tusser

14. “What if Christmas doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” — Dr. Seuss

15. “Staying together as a family on Christmas is a blessing. Count your blessings and cherish your loved ones.” — Unknown

father and son adorning the cozy fireplace

16. “What’s the best way to celebrate holidays without spending too much? Go home to your family. Surely, you can feast on simple dinner paired with endless laughter and fun.” — Unknown

17. “Christmas is, of course, the time to be home, in heart as well as body.” — Garry Moore

18. ”Sending Christmas cards is a good way to let your friends and family know that you think they’re worth the price of a stamp.” — Melanie White

19. “Wherever my family may be, there Christmas will always be.” — Unknown

20. “Christmas Eve, a perfect night to express love for your family, to forgive those who have wronged you, and to learn to let go of your past mistakes.” — Unknown

dad and his boy decorate the fireplace for Christmas

21. “Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day.” — Helen Steiner Rice

22. “Christmas to me is as many people as possible happy.” — Tupac Shakur

23. “No matter what, I always make it home for Christmas.” — Dolly Parton

24. “The joy of brightening other lives becomes for us the magic of the holidays.” — W.C. Jones

25. “I love presents, but since I’ve gotten older, I haven’t really wanted anything. Christmas is about family.” — Jacob Latimore

son helping his dad in decorating the fireplace for Christmas

26. “At Christmas, all roads lead home.” — Marjorie Holmes

27. “One little Christmas tree can light up a home / So one little child can find a toy / One little Christmas tree can light up a home / So one little heart can find some joy.” — Jeff Hanna

28. “Christmas presents are nice, but being with family is the best gift of all.” — Unknown

29. “Ask your children two questions this Christmas. First: What do you want to give to others for Christmas? Second: What do you want for Christmas? The first fosters generosity of heart and an outward focus. The second can breed selfishness if not tempered by the first.” — Unknown

30. “Christmas time is cherished family time. Family time is sacred time.” — Unknown

father and son preparing the Christmas fireplace

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Funny Christmas Family Quotes 

1. ”A Christmas miracle is when your family doesn’t get into a single argument all day.” — Melanie White

drawing of a joyful family in Christmas attire

2. “Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.” — Victor Borge

3. “Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.” — Kin Hubbard

4. “My husband’s idea of getting the Christmas spirit is to become Scrooge.” — Melanie White

5. “It’s that special time of year when your whole family gathers together in one place to look at their cellphones.” — Jimmy Kimmel

It’s that special time of year when your whole family gathers together in one place to look at their cellphones

6. “I bought my brother some gift-wrap for Christmas. I took it to the Gift Wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.” — Steven Wright

7. “I don’t want Christmas season to end, because it’s the only time I can legitimately indulge in on particular addiction: glitter.” — Eloisa James

8. “My family loves Christmas; it’s the one thing we can all agree on.” — Unknown

9. “Everyone knows the most important part of the Christmas celebration is spending time with family you don’t get to see very often. Then you have an excuse to neglect them for the rest of the year.” — Unknown

10. “My mother-in-law has come round to our house at Christmas seven years running. This year we’re having a change. We’re going to let her in.” — Leslie ‘Les’ Dawson, Jr.

parents carrying kids, all smiling and wearing Christmas outfits

11. “I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying ‘toys not included.” — Bernard Manning

12. “The one thing women don’t want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband.” — Joan Rivers

13. “We’re the house that’s playing Christmas music by November 1.” — Jonathan Scott

14. “Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa.” — Bart Simpson

15. “There are three stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus; he does not believe in Santa Claus; he is Santa Claus.” — Bob Phillips

young couple with children in their arms in a festive Christmas moment

16. “Christmas, here again. Let us raise a loving cup; Peace on earth, goodwill to men, and make them do the washing up.” — Wendy Cope

17. “Christmas is a baby shower that went totally overboard.” — Andy Borowitz

18. “I love Christmas. I receive a lot of wonderful presents I can’t wait to exchange.” — Henny Youngman

19. “There are some people who want to throw their arms around you simply because it is Christmas; there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas.” — Robert Staughton Lynd

20. “Christmas is a magical time of year… I just watched all my money magically disappear.” — Unknown

smiling parents with kids in Christmas attire

Summing Up

I hope my Christmas family quotes reminded you that it’s the laughter shared, the stories told, and the moments spent with family that truly define the magic of Christmas.

Here’s to a holiday season filled with love, laughter, and the cherished company of your nearest and dearest!

130 Joyful Christmas Family Quotes To Warm Your Heart