Have a Holly, Jolly Quote-mas!

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Well, here we are for DAY Four of our 12 Days of Christmas- Journaling Prompts for the Season. You probably have guessed our focus for today’s journaling. There’s nothing like a good old quote to get the creative juices flowing. Well,  let’s hope so. As a matter of fact, I do so love a good quote. I season my journal and planners with words I long to dine on repeatedly. A well turned out phrase can spark our imagination, offer great insight, and send us off running in a direction we had not anticipated!

No matter what track you have travelled on this journey, today anything goes! Find the quote that sparks magic, makes your belly flip, or gives your imagination little wings. Take one, or take them all! Run, like Rudolph, or Go deeper! Travel light, or be creative. The quotes below include serious and silly, but the most important thing with any quote is that it ignites a response. Read until you hit the one, that for better or worse catches you, causes you to pause or stops you in your tracks.

May your muse be ever in your favor…!

Your Prompt (s) for Today:

Christmas, my child, is love in action. … Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.–Dale Evans Rogers

Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance — each beautiful, unique and too soon gone. ~Deborah Whipp

I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays — let them overtake me unexpectedly — waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: “Why, this is Christmas Day!” ~David Grayson

To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every year. ~E.B. White

There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. ~Erma Bombeck

The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin. ~Jay Leno

The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other. ~Johnny Carson

I hear that in many places something has happened to Christmas; that it is changing from a time of merriment and carefree gaiety to a holiday which is filled with tedium; that many people dread the day and the obligation to give Christmas presents is a nightmare to weary, bored souls; that the children of enlightened parents no longer believe in Santa Claus; that all in all, the effort to be happy and have pleasure makes many honest hearts grow dark with despair instead of beaming with good will and cheerfulness. ~Julia Peterkin

In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it “Christmas” and went to church; the Jews called it “Hanukka” and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say “Merry Christmas!” or “Happy Hanukka!” or (to the atheists) “Look out for the wall!” ~Dave Barry

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that — as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time. ~Charles Dickens

Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God.–George F. McDougall

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.–Hamilton Wright Mabie

Journaling Suggestions and Support:

Run, Run, Rudolph: Pick ONE quote and hit the ground running. Or at least have the pen scribble across the paper.

Travelling Light: Do any quotes trigger a memory, remind you of a loved one? Allow the quote to lead you into a family photo album. Which (if any) of the quotes remind you of which family member? Try to pick a quote that would have been said or agreed with by a relative and write why you believe is their perspective.


Respond simply to one to three of the quotes. Or all of them, if you like!

Going Deeper: Go for the quote that makes you angry; or causes you to want to support it, or argue for it, or against it. Go line by line in the longer quotes….what is the root of your anger, argument, or resonating feelings. Or pick a few and write about the connecting thread between them, and why it matters to you.

Christmas Creatives:  Bring the words to life with your creative spirit!


Create a card or note utilizing one of the quotes.

Do you have a favorite saying or quote about Christmas? 

Published by enthusiasticallydawn

Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at dawn.paoletta@gmail.com

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