quotations about Santa Claus
You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
HAVEN GILLESPIE, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"
All the world is happy when Santa Claus comes.
MAUD LINDSAY, "Santa Claus, a Wonder Story for Little Children"
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; who shares his joys with those
who are sad; whose hand is never closed against
the needy; whose arm is ever outstretched to aid
the weak; whose sympathy is quick and genuine
in time of trouble; who recognizes a comrade
and brother in every man he meets upon life's
common road; who lives his life throughout
the entire year in the Christmas spirit.
EDWIN OSGOOD GROVER, attributed, The Book of Santa Claus
They err who think Santa Claus enters through the chimney. He enters through the heart.
CHARLES W. HOWARD, attributed, Legendary Locals of Orleans County, New York
Whenever you give someone a present or sing a holiday song, you're helping Santa Claus. To me, that's what Christmas is all about. Helping Santa Claus!
LOUIS SACHAR, Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger
It's always good for us to pause
And think awhile of Santa Claus--
That jolly symbol we revere
When we approach the changing year.
Behind his beard so long and white,
In which our children take delight,
There beats a heart from color free
Which bids all children "come to me."
MARSHALL M. MORGAN, "The Spirit of Santa Claus"
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes--how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE, Twas the Night Before Christmas
I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.
SHIRLEY TEMPLE, attributed, Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion
The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.
GEORGE CARLIN, stand-up routine
I hear how kids wise up to the Santa Claus routine but pretend otherwise because the goods seem connected to keeping their parents' fantasies flowing. I've seen the parents trying to pretend for the same reason -- not because otherwise the gifts stop, but to maintain the innocence a little longer -- even when both sides know the other side knows.
CAROL BONOMO, Humble Pie
Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we'll be seeing six or seven.
W. C. FIELDS, The Mammoth Book of Zingers, Quips & One-Liners
It is often argued that religion is valuable because it makes men good, but even if this were true it would not be a proof that religion is true. That would be an extension of pragmatism beyond endurance. Santa Claus makes children good in precisely the same way, and yet no one would argue seriously that the fact proves his existence.
H. L. MENCKEN, Minority Report
I believed in Santa Claus, my two daughters did when they were young, and now my grandchildren do. Santa Claus is a pleasing myth, and a source of conversation and family cohesion at holiday time. Its effect on the children have been unobservable -- save that it gave joy and satisfaction.
A. V. MILLAR, The Rotarian, December 1942
In this age of instant coffee, overnight rush deliveries, and 30-second media sound bites, it's not surprising that children have discovered that their letters to Santa Claus can be sent by email.
PATRICK FLAHERTY, Dear Santa
The myth of Santa has grown to gigantic proportions. He is able to know all, to judge each and every child, to make reindeer fly and do all these things at the North Pole! Obviously Santa has slowly taken the place of God, doing things which only God can do. Unfortunately, this "god" is a legalistic "god," dispensing gifts only upon those who deserve them.
JOHN L. HOH, JR., Santa Claus: Is He For Your Child?
Santa Claus is a god. He's no less a god than Ahura Mazda, or Odin, or Zeus. Think of the white beard, the chariot pulled through the air by a breed of animal which doesn't ordinarily fly, the prayers (requests for gifts) which are annually mailed to him and which so baffle the Post Office, the specially-garbed priests in all the department stories. And don't gods reflect their creators' society? The Greeks had a huntress goddess, and gods of agriculture and war and love. What else would we have but a god of giving, of merchandising, and of consumption?
DONALD E. WESTLAKE, "Nackles", A Yuletide Universe
I think Santa Claus is, by and large, quite beneficial, for when the child is finally allowed -- or forced -- to recognize the nonexistence of Santa Claus, then the child is able to go through the vital intellectual process of reconstructing reality in light of new evidence, complete with back-forming new stories to account for past events. This prepares the child for many other disillusionments and gives her vital and well-supported experience in maintaining her grip on reality independent of the stories told to her at any given time.
ORSON SCOTT CARD, Lost Boys
Here's what we know about Santa. He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good. I think he's with the NSA.
DAVID LETTERMAN, Late Show with David Letterman, December 18, 2014
Whenever anyone was unselfish, that was Santa Claus. Christmas Eve was the time when everybody was unselfish. On that one night, Santa Claus was everywhere, because everybody, all together, stopped being selfish and wanted other people to be happy. And in the morning you saw what that had done.
LAURA INGALLS WILDER, On the Banks of Plum Creek
So Santa Claus is bogus but Grim Reapers are the genuine article. What does that say about the world?
MINDEE ARNETT, The Nightmare Charade