Merry Christmas one and all!

OUPANZ christmas booktree Higher Education and TradeEveryone at Oxford University Press Australia wishes you a very Merry Christmas!  Have a wonderful day, wherever you are. Here are some of our favourite seasonal quotations to get you in the mood!

“Christmas, in fact, is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.”
The Zodiac Arch by Freya Stark

“Always winter and never Christmas; think of that!”
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

“At Christmas I no more desire a rose
Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth;
But like of each thing that in season grows.”
Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare

“Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans. No more merciful beheadings. And call off Christmas!”
Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves spoken by Alan Rickman

“Don’t they know it’s Christmas?”
title of the song by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure

“And girls in slacks remember Dad,
And oafish louts remember Mum,
And sleepless children’s hearts are glad,
And Christmas-morning bells say ‘Come!’
Even to shining ones who dwell
Safe in the Dorchester Hotel.”
Christmas by John Betjeman

“‘Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,’ grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.”
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

“’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”
A Visit from St Nicholas by Clement C. Moore

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know.”
White Christmas by Irving Berlin

“Merry Christmas to one and all!”
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

What is your favourite quotation about Christmas? Reply to this blog or tweet it tagging @OxfordAustralia!

9780199668700The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations is a vast treasury of wit and wisdom spanning the centuries and providing the ultimate answer to the question, ‘Who said that?’ Find that half-remembered line in a browser’s paradise of over 20,000 quotations, comprehensively indexed for ready reference. This dictionary provides a quote for every occasion from the greatest minds of history and from undistinguished characters known only for one happy line.

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