23 Christmas Friendship Quotes That Embody The True Meaning Of The Holiday

Of all the gifts, love is the greatest gift.”

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Every year, as soon as Thanksgiving dinner leftovers are wrapped up, most people's attention immediately turns to the next major holiday on the calendar: Christmas. 'Tis the season, right? A marathon of eating, drinking, and socializing — what's not to like? If you need a little nudge to get into the holiday spirit (or you're just looking to get your heart warmed) check out these Christmas friendship quotes. Whether you text them, use them as Instagram captions, or write them on a card, these heartfelt quotes are guaranteed to express how much you appreciate your BFF.

While, for many folks, the holiday season is all about gift-giving — and trying to score major Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales — this time of year also gives you the opportunity to bring happiness to those you hold close. Christmas cheer, anyone?

So the next time you need to bah-humbug about the holidays and their toll on your bank account, give your best friend a call and let them know how amazing you think they are. There's nothing more "holiday" than that. Below, you’ll find 23 Christmas quotes about friendship that embody the true meaning of the holiday.



"Christmas is the season when people run out of money before they run out of friends." — Larry Wilde


“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


"Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” — Charles M. Schulz


“I don't think Christmas is necessarily about things. It's about being good to one another." — Carrie Fisher



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


“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 Sevareid


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


“Christmas was definitely the best thing ever, even better than pizza. But instead of all her favorite toppings, Amitola was surrounded by all her favorite people.” — Aishabella Sheikh


“'I am here, forever, to protect you. To help you, to love you. To keep you happy.' It was an oath that every elf knew, but never had to say. There was no prompt. At a certain age, two elves of nearly the same name would meet. Then one would say the oath, simply because they felt compelled to. It was more than a promise; it was a feeling. One that every single elf was born with.” — Kristina Aziz


"Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving." — B.C. Forbes


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


"Faithful friends who are dear to us, gather near to us once more." —"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Ralph Blane)


“Of all the gifts, love is the greatest gift.” — Lailah Gifty Akita



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


"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


"To me, that’s what’s important at Christmas. People. Family. Friends." — A.C. Kret


"What better way to honor our loved ones, past and present, than to reach out and change a life for the better? And, the holidays are a perfect time to look outside of ourselves and be a true friend. A legacy of generosity can create memories that reverberate beyond the moment and outshine the brightest of heirloom ornaments." — Joanne Huist Smith


"Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart." — The Polar Express


"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


"If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love is actually all around." — Prime Minister, Love Actually


"Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy; who gives himself by thought or word or deed in every gift that he bestows." — Edwin Osgood Grover


“Christmas works like glue, it keeps us all sticking together.” — Rosie Thomas


"At Christmas every body invites their friends and thinks little of even the worst weather." —Jane Austen, Emma

Additional reporting by Mia Mercado and Lauren Grant

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