As the air cools, you don your favorite comfy sweater and pick up a hot cup of Joe as you catch up with friends. You deck the halls and line your table with comfort foods as family gathers for the holiday season. From fall to early winter, the colder months bring people indoors to self-reflect and hunker down in blankets to wait out the snow — at least there’s hot cocoa!
The holidays welcome special times with family and an opportunity to set new goals for yourself. Here are 20 inspirational quotes for the holiday season – from all kinds of people, backgrounds, and for all different holidays – to get you pumped up for the next few months.
“Hoof and Horn, Hoof and Horn. All that dies shall be reborn. Corn and Grain, Corn and Grain. All that falls shall rise again.” – Ian Corrigan, Lammas harvest blessing and lyrics attributed to “We All Come From the Goddess”
“This Sukkot may you be blessed with abundant happiness, health and gratitude.” — Sukkot harvest blessing
“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.” — Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”
“Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last.” — Lawrence Welk
“You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There’s another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity.” — Bill Gates
“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” — Henry David Thoreau
“As long as Hanukkah is studied and remembered, Jews will not surrender to the night. The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle.” — Irving Greenberg
“Just as Hanukkah candles are lighted one by one from a single flame, so the tale of the miracle is passed from one man to another, from one house to another and to the whole House of Israel throughout the generations.” — Judah L. Magnes
“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
“I am because we are.” — Umoja
“The axe forgets what the tree remembers.” — African Proverb
“Yule — Yule log for the Christmas-fire tale-spinner — of fairy tales that can come true: Yul Brynner.” ― Marianne Moore
“First, I am thankful for my health. Second, I am thankful for my family. Third, I am thankful for my warm home. Fourth, I am thankful for the abundance in my life.” — Wiccan Prayer for Yule
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder
“It’s Festivus… for the rest of us!” — Frank Costanza
“And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who demand of it necessary, serious, and great things.” — Rainer Maria Rilke
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” ― S. Elliot, “Four Quartets”
“Wherever you find love, it feels like Christmas” ― The Muppet Christmas Carol
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” ― Neil Gaiman
From a celebration of the turning of the seasons to sacred holidays and wishes for new beginnings, these 19 quotes provide you with an opportunity to reflect on the holiday seasons. The fall harvest reminds you that some things are temporary, but you can still have and achieve abundance. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Yule and similar holidays remind you of sharing your wealth, warmth and inner light — and that all things are possible, even when it seems all is dark.
The New Year signals new beginnings, but you must remember everyone makes mistakes, and in those “mistakes” are opportunities. Don’t freeze up and fear that you are imperfect. Just live your life, and find the beauty in doing so. Here’s to making every moment count!