- Millennials are the generation born between 1981 and 1996.
- In some ways, their life is harder than it was for their parents at the same age.
- Many millennials are struggling financially and emotionally. Even online dating isn’t as easy as it might seem.
Everyone likes to think that their life is hard, that their problems are bigger and less solvable than anyone else’s.
But for millennials — the generation born between 1981 and 1996 — that might in fact be true. Many of these 20- and 30-somethings are struggling financially, emotionally, and even in the love department, in ways that their forebears weren’t.
Below, we’ve listed some of the most significant ways in which life is harder for millennials than it was for their parents.
Millennials are less financially stable than previous generations
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Business Insider’s Linette Lopez reported on some disappointing data from the Washington, DC-based think tank Young Invincibles.
Among white Americans ages 25 to 34, median income decreased 21% between 1989 and 2013 — though it increased among Latinos, who started at a disadvantage.
What’s more, as Steven Rattner described in a 2015 New York Times op-ed, millennials also have a lower net worth ($10,400 in 2013) than Gen X had ($18,200 in 1995).
Perhaps the most startling finding comes from a 2017 paper by social scientists at Harvard, Stanford, and University of California, Berkeley: Economic mobility has decreased significantly since the 1940s.
Specifically, about 90% of Americans born in the 1940s outearned their parents by the time they hit 30. That figure drops to 50% among Americans born in the 1980s. The authors attribute the change largely to growing income inequality.
Millennials are saddled with student debt — but a college education is more necessary than ever
Rattner also points out that “college is becoming less affordable even as it has become increasingly necessary.” (According to the Young Invincibles data, even college grads with debt earn more than people without a degree.)
Between 1993 and 2015, average tuition increased 234% — when the inflation rate was just 63%. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 46% of grads left college with debt in 1995, compared to 71% in 2015.
That makes it harder for millennials to hit those traditional “adult” milestones, like having kids or buying a house.
Millennial men are more likely to live at home with their parents than previous generations
Pew Research Center data reveals that, among men ages 18 to 34, living at home with parents has been the most common living arrangement since 2009. (Women in this age group are more likely to be living with a spouse or a romantic partner than they are to be living with their parents.)
The main culprit seems to be unemployment. Pew reports that research suggests employed young men are less likely to live at home than unemployed young men, and employment among young men has decreased significantly in the last few decades.
Living at home isn’t a bad thing per se, but it can make it harder for millennials to feel independent.
Millennials are overwhelmed by the dating pool
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Social scientists call it the “paradox of choice”: In some cases, the more options we have, the less likely we are to make a decision at all.
Online dating is a prime example of the paradox in action. With thousands of potential dates just a swipe away, how can you choose just one? And even if you do, how do you know you’ve picked the right one?
Sometimes, that can lead to unhealthy relationship behavior. INSIDER’s Kristin Salaky spoke to experts who said that when a relationship gets rough, instead of trying to work on it, millennials may look to see what else is out there — and that’s easier to do than ever.
Millennials feel like they have to be ‘always on’ at work
Digital technology has transformed the way we think about work.
Instead of clocking out at 5 p.m., it’s now possible to physically leave the office, then sign back on once you get home. And a lot of young employees building their careers are doing just that.
Randstad’s 2014 Employee Engagement Study found that 45% of employees feel pressured to respond to email after hours. Millennials, the study found, are the generation most likely to stay “on” during off hours.
Millennials are shelling out more than previous generations on childcare
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Another report from Young Invincibles, highlighted in The Washington Post, shows how the cost of raising a child has skyrocketed in the last half-century.
As The Post’s Jonelle Marte reports, in 2013, child care and pre-college education comprised 18% of the total cost of raising a kid, compared to just 2% in 1960.
The fact that millennials are earning less and burdened by student debt only makes the situation more untenable.
The Age of Millennials has drawn to a close. The Pew Research Center, the arbiter of such things, has officially defined the “Millennial” generation as those who were born from 1981 to 1996. This does not mean the end of Baby Boomers talking shit about Millennials online, mind you; if anything, they’ve got even more stuff to complain about as a younger, albeit nameless generation puts us to shame.
The asininity of online discussions about generational difference masks something important: the political generation gap is today wider than ever before. It is wider than the gap for which the term “generation gap” was coined, between the postwar Boomers and their elders.
While the first generation gap was a factor in divisive issues such as the Vietnam War, recreational drug use, and whether or not rock music was any good, it was the 1972 Nixon-McGovern presidential race that gave a sense of its true scope. Those under 40 were 12 percentage points more likely those over 60 to support McGovern, Nixon’s Democratic challenger. On his blog Honest Graft, Boston College political scientist David Hopkins contrasts this figure with data from the 2016 election, in which those under 40 were 17 percentage points more likely to vote Democratic — an all-time high.
Generation gaps are easiest to diagnose when they coalesce around titanic cultural events. The Vietnam War was the precipitating issue for the ’60s generation gap in the U.S., which pales in comparison to the generation gap in Russia caused by the fall of the U.S.S.R. And during China’s Cultural Revolution, the young, Mao-loyal Red Guards — some of whom were middle-school aged — went out on a state-sanctioned rampage, destroying Chinese cultural artifacts and inflicting bodily harm on the teachers who once led their classrooms.
The horrors of the Cultural Revolution are somewhat less salient in the West than other 20th century authoritarian crimes, but in China they have left a serious scar on the nation’s psyche. (In The Three Body Problem, the blockbuster work of Chinese science fiction that has attracted a wide readership in the U.S., the intimate violence of the Cultural Revolution leads one young scientist to become so disillusioned in humanity’s potential for goodness that she asks aliens to come destroy the earth — obligingly, they take her up on the offer, and three novels’ worth of chaos ensues.)
Lately, though, our nation’s conservative commentators have taken to raising the specter of an All-American Cultural Revolution by referring to the recent wave of campus activism as evidence of “Maoism,” as if undergrads disrupting some speaker they find offensive were magically a precursor to Nancy Pelosi personally leading an army of antifa supersoldiers on a purge of every Republican over the age of 40.
While it’s obviously possible for young leftists to go too far or to be mistaken about a particular policy or issue — they’re college students, after all, working through their political beliefs in a polarized era — this non-issue gets amplified by outrage-based conservative media outlets who assemble every minor campus excess into a narrative that universities are growing more repressive by the day. By some metrics, this is the opposite of what’s happening: the libertarian-leaning Foundation for Individual Rights in Education tracks changes in campus policies towards free speech and reports 10 consecutive years in which the number of universities with “severely restrictive speech codes” has declined. With Breitbart running stories with titles like “Top 10 Craziest College Campus Stories of 2017,” though, you can see how Boomers might be encouraged see Mao lurking in the shadows of every “safe space.”
Part of the reason that Boomers find it easy to see Millennials so differently is that to them, the country is pretty much the same as it was when they were young. The lack of a politico-cultural upheaval of the World War II/Cultural Revolution variety allows them to see the Millennial experience as basically the same as theirs, plus those damn phones (and these, and those, and all these damn phones too).
The economic conditions that structure the Millennial experience, though, are extremely different. The bulk of the explanation for this difference has nothing to do with Millennials; it’s actually the Boomer generation that experienced unique economic conditions that allowed them to thrive.
Discussions of Millennial-relevant economic trends tend to focus on the rising cost of housing and the explosive growth in tuition costs. More recent attention, though, has focused on the macroeconomic puzzle of the growing productivity-wage gap. Worker productivity — the amount of economic output given a fixed economic input — has risen steadily since the end of WWII. For the first 28 years, wages kept pace, but in 1973, the “great divergence” occurs, which someone on Twitter recently termed the “avocado toast gap.”
— Kathryn Cannon (@katiecannon2) May 27, 2017
The graph is indeed striking. But which time period is “normal” — 1945 to 1973, or 1973 to the present?
The fundamental determinant of wages is the value of labor, and the value of labor in the postwar U.S. was extremely high: the rest of the worlds’ factories were destroyed, while ours were not. Globalization hadn’t taken off, so there was no competition between, say, auto workers in the U.S. and auto workers abroad. In a globally connected economy where nearly any job can be hypothetically automated or outsourced, the value of American manufacturing labor is simply lower than it was before. The erosion of union power has certainly exacerbated the trend, but collective bargaining can only increase wages if the revenue is there to begin with.
The reason this matters for understanding contemporary intergenerational conflict is that relative wealth is all we can really observe in our own communities. A wave of headlines accompanied a 2016 report headed by Raj Chetty called “The Fading American Dream”: for the first time in history, people born in the early ’80s (the oldest Millennials) were only 50 percent more likely to earn more money than their parents, a metric Chetty refers to as “absolute mobility.”
But if you dig into Chetty’s actual data, a different story emerges. Among people born during World War II, an astonishing 90 percent earned more than their parents, who’d been slapped with the Great Depression to deal with in the decade before they had kids. Similarly, when the oldest Boomers were born in 1946, there was an 86 percent chance they’d out-earn their parents. But by the time Generation X came about in the early ’60s, “absolute mobility” had already decreased to around 60 percent.
Although the idea of “pulling yourself up by the bootstraps” has long been part of the American mythology, this is actually the lived reality of a significant number of Boomers — after all, boomers were much more likely to be first-generation college students than Millennials are. Meanwhile, while the poverty rate has declined since 1959 overall, in the wake of the Great Recession, young people have become more likely to be impoverished than olds. All of this helps to illustrate the uniqueness of the Boomer generation, and perhaps the genesis of their disdain for Millennial concerns.
It seems unlikely that Boomers will ever fully appreciate the effects the economic changes of the 2000s have had on the lives of Millennials. And in the absence of some kind of massive culture-dividing event, age has become the primary point of political cleavage. This was particularly pronounced in the 2016 Democratic Iowa Caucus, when Bernie Sanders won 84 percent of Millennials and Hillary Clinton won 69 percent of the vote among Boomers. The long-term case for optimism is that such a climate seems to be energizing young voters, setting up a generation who’ll be politically active for their entire lives.
But given the distribution of power in society, it’s almost an inevitability that economic concerns specific to Millennials will go under-addressed in the short run. For now, if we want to affect any sort of meaningful change, the best we can do is focus on increasing intergenerational communication in the hopes of forging a mutual understanding. In other words, call your grandparents!
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The past five decades – spanning from the time when the Silent Generation (today, in their 70s and 80s) was entering adulthood to the adulthood of today’s Millennials – have seen large shifts in U.S. society and culture. It has been a period during which Americans, especially Millennials, have become more detached from major institutions such as political parties, religion, the military and marriage. At the same time, the racial and ethnic make-up of the country has changed, college attainment has spiked and women have greatly increased their participation in the nation’s workforce.
Our new interactive graphic compares the generations today and in the years that each generation was young (ages 21 to 36) to demonstrate the sea change in young adults’ activities and experiences that has occurred over the past 50 years.
Our analysis finds several distinctive ways that Millennials stand out when compared with the Silent Generation, a group of Americans old enough to be grandparents to many Millennials:
1Today’s young adults (Millennials ages 21 to 36 in 2017) are much better educated than the Silent Generation. The educational trajectory of young women across the generations has been especially steep. Among Silent Generation women, only 9% had completed at least four years of college when they were young. By comparison, Millennial women are four times (36%) as likely as their Silent predecessors were to have at least a bachelor’s degree at the same age. Educational gains are not limited to women, as Millennial men are also better educated than earlier generations of young men. Three-in-ten Millennial men (29%) have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 15% of their young Silent counterparts. These higher levels of educational attainment at ages 21 to 36 suggest that Millennials – especially Millennial women – are on track to be our most educated generation by the time they complete their educational journeys.
2A greater share of Millennial women have a bachelor’s degree than their male counterparts – a reversal from the Silent Generation. In the past half-century, growing shares of both men and women have earned a bachelor’s degree. However, women have made bigger gains over the period. Among Millennials ages 21 to 36 in 2017, women are 7 percentage points more likely than men to have finished at least a bachelor’s degree (36% vs. 29%). Back when Silents were ages 21 to 36, women were 6 points less likely than men to have finished at least four years of college education. Gen Xers were the first generation of women to outpace men in educational attainment, with a 3-percentage-point advantage among Gen X women ages 21 to 36. By comparison, the Baby Boom generation was the most recent in which men were better educated than women, having a 2-point advantage over young Boomer women.
3Young women today are much more likely to be working, compared with Silent Generation women during their young adult years. In 1965, when Silent women were young, a majority (58%) were not participating in the labor force and 40% were employed. Among Millennials, that pattern has flipped. Today, 71% of young Millennial women are employed, while 26% are not in the labor force. This shift to more women in the workplace occurred as early as 1985, when Boomers were young. Then, nearly seven-in-ten young Boomer women (66%) were employed and 29% were not in the labor force.
4Millennials today are more than three times as likely to have never married as Silents were when they were young. About six-in-ten Millennials (57%) have never been married, reflecting broader societal shifts toward marriage later in life. In 1965, the typical American woman first married at age 21 and the typical man wed at 23. By 2017, those figures climbed to 27 for women and 29.5 for men. When members of the Silent Generation were the same age as Millennials are now, just 17% had never been married. Still, about two-thirds of never-married Millennials (65%) say they would like to get married someday. When asked the reasons they have not gotten married, 29% say they are not financially prepared, while 26% say they have not found someone who has the qualities they are looking for; an additional 26% say they are too young and not ready to settle down.
5Millennials are much more likely to be racial or ethnic minorities than were members of the Silent Generation. Fifty years ago, America was less racially and ethnically diverse than it is today. Large-scale immigration from Asia and Latin America, the rise of racial intermarriage and differences in fertility patterns across racial and ethnic groups have contributed to Millennials being more racially and ethnically diverse than prior generations. In 2017, fewer than six-in-ten Millennials (56%) were non-Hispanic whites, compared with more than eight-in-ten (84%) Silents. The share who are Hispanic is five times as large among Millennials as among Silents (21% vs. 4%), and the share who are Asian has also increased. However, the share who are black has remained roughly the same.
6Young Silent men were more than 10 times more likely to be veterans than Millennial men are today. Although Millennials came of age at a time when the United States engaged in military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, they are far less likely to have served in the military than their Boomer or Silent predecessors. Among men, only 4% of Millennials are veterans, compared with 47% of Silent men, many of whom came of age during the Korean War and its aftermath. The number of young men serving in the active-duty military has decreased drastically since the establishment of an all-volunteer force in 1973, which is reflected in the decreased share who are veterans since then. Comparable historical data for veteran status by generation is not available for women, but contrary to men, the number of women serving in the active-duty military has risen in recent decades.
7Greater shares of Millennials today live in metropolitan areas than Silents or Boomers did when they were young. In 1965, when members of the Silent Generation were young, two-thirds (67%) lived in a metropolitan area, while one-third (33%) lived in non-metropolitan areas. And a similar share of Baby Boomers (68%) lived in metro areas when they were young. By comparison, more recent generations are residing in metropolitan areas at higher rates. More than eight-in-ten Gen Xers (84%) lived in metropolitan areas when they were young and about nine-in-ten Millennials (88%) today live in metro areas.
Note: This is an update of a post originally published on March 19, 2015.
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Maybe it’s just my age (I prefer “mature” or “grown up” to “old”), but I often consider what lies ahead in the next 20 years. How do I want to spend my free time? Where do I want to spend it? How do I want to live?
I find that many of my Baby Boomer clients are facing the same dilemma, and I know many lifelong Seattleites who still love the city, but daydream about an escape from the city’s grey winter drizzle and the increasing traffic congestion.
These clients may have lived in their homes for a long time (or not) but regardless of time, everyone has significant equity given the monumental value appreciation the housing market has experienced over the past few years. Maybe the house is too big, with bedrooms that are rarely occupied, or a large yard with upkeep and responsibility that occupies too much time. And what about the places they want to visit before the knees go out?
It is clear that Seattle has a housing issue: there is not enough supply to meet demand, particularly as an influx of new residents have arrived in the Emerald City with good jobs and a desire to take root in our community. As realtors, we feel the pinch in our inability to provide homes for our new inhabitants. Tiny homes are going up on sub-divided lots that increase density, which can characterize a neighborhood. The few homes available are generating multiple offers and have pushed urban-loving dwellers “into the burbs.”
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In helping you consider your future and take advantage of today’s seller’s market, I propose a few possible next steps:
1. Stay in Seattle and downsize. “Sure,” you say, “this sounds good in theory, but where should I go?” Well, after a dearth of no new condo buildings over many years, Seattle and Bellevue are finally building condos that will be available in the next few years. My brokerage, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, is marketing some exciting options that will provide urban amenities, state-of-the-art technology, and walkability in Downtown Seattle, West Seattle and the International District. These options will allow residents to age in one-level units that provide amenities such as concierge services, spas and workout facilities. Condos also provide a “lock and leave” lifestyle that many Baby Boomers crave, especially when they choose to flock to warmer locales during Seattle’s chillier seasons.
Many of these buildings are under construction now, and only require a fee of 5% of the purchase price to secure tomorrow’s home at today’s pricing. Given that the median price of a resale condominium in downtown Seattle rose 19% in 2017, the savings can be significant when planning ahead. In the Seattle area, waiting a few more years will undoubtedly result in less selection and higher price points. The reservation/presale method also affords you the opportunity to take a year or two to get organized before undertaking a move, not to mention the value appreciation your home will continue to gain before it is sold a few years down the road.
2. Plan to put your home on the market…but before you do, get a home equity loan. This is fairly easy to do and many banks (where you already have a relationship), offer them at little or no cost. An appraisal may be required, but use those funds for flexibility – a deposit on a smaller home here, a down payment for a home in a sunny spot, or check something off of your bucket list. Consult with your real estate agent and designer, and use some of that windfall for making home improvements that will benefit you now and at the time of sale. You don’t have to pay interest on that loan until you use it.
3. Explore whether building an ADU (Auxiliary Dwelling Unit or “Mother-in-Law”) or a DADU (Detached Auxiliary Dwelling Unit) may be an option for you. Can you live on one floor of your home and rent out the lower level? Is it possible to build over the garage or put a modular home on your lot? Our local zoning laws are changing to allow more urban density. Think about a mini family compound or deferring some of your mortgage payment, taxes and insurance with rental income. Not only can an ADU or DADU provide additional income, they are also highly desirable features for millennial buyers, and will add value to your home when you decide to sell.
4. Sell your home and buy a multi-family building in which you will reside in one unit. Check with your tax advisor, but much of the gain on your current residence can be tax free or a 1031 exchange, which can allow you the flexibility to move that equity into something that will gain in value while your renters pay for your living cost. Already own rental properties and don’t want the hassle, but also don’t want to take the tax hit? Ask your financial planner about DSTs (Delaware Statutory Trusts).
5. Sell your home now and rent. Now’s the time to experience the floating home lifestyle to see if you will like it. Do you want to try high rise living for a year? Craving a more rural setting with privacy and room to roam? Explore options while you have money in your pocket and the ability to be nimble when the right situation appears.
So, you may be wondering, what I’m doing to complete my roadmap for the future:
- My husband and I have already purchased a multi-family property in an up-and-coming Seattle neighborhood. We are renting it out now, and will consider moving into one of the units in the future.
- I currently have a floor plan for converting our two-story home to a top unit for us and a lower rental unit, allowing us to remain in our neighborhood while offsetting expenses.
- We also have a deposit on one of those new high-rise buildings in downtown Seattle, which will give us walkability and a vital community…should we choose that direction.
- I am looking at options for a second home, preferably somewhere that’s affordable and with plenty of sunshine! Palm Springs is at the top of our list, but we still haven’t decided on a preferred location.
- My husband and I recently secured a home equity loan that gives us the flexibility to move quickly, without a home sale contingency, so we’d be prepared if the right home were to come onto the market tomorrow. In the meantime, we’re taking care of improvements that we can enjoy now, and will also add value when we are ready to sell!
We aren’t sure what the future holds, but we are ready for whatever comes. And you can be too.
- "Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years … Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart. " – George Matthew Adams
- "The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting." – Louisa May Alcott
- "Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. – Bess Streeter Aldrich
- "The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!" – Charles N. Barnard
- "Gifts of time and love are certainly the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas." – Peg Bracken
- "The earth has grown old with its burden of care But at Christmas it always is young, The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair And its soul full of music breaks the air, When the song of angels is sung." – Phillips Brooks
- "I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses. " – Taylor Caldwell
- "Remember, if Christmas is not found in your heart, you will not find it under a tree." – Charlotte Carpenter
- "Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." – Calvin Coolidge
- "Christmas, in its final essence, is for grown people who have forgotten what children know." Christmas is for whoever is old enough to have denied the unquenchable spirit of man. " – Margaret Cousins
- "Without we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska will not make it 'white'." – Bing Crosby
- "Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing: Whatever doubts assail us, or what what fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. faith again. " – Grace Noll Crowell
- "It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one's fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit." – Isabel Currier
- "Something about an old-fashioned Christmas is hard to forget." – Hugh Downs
- "They err who thinks Santa Claus comes down through the chimney; he really enters through the heart." – Mrs. Paul M. Ell
- "Christmas, my child, is love in action." – Dale Evans
- "Do give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal." – Lenore Hershey
- "My first copies of Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn still have some blue-spruce needles scattered in the pages. They smell of Christmas still." – Charlton Heston
- "At Christmas, all roads lead home." – Marjorie Holmes
- "My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. – Bob Hope
- "The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others' burdens, easing other's loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas." – WC Jones
- "A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, but softly gives itself away; While quite lonely, it grows small." – Eva K. Logue
- "Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become absolutely alive." – Robert Lynd
- "Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love." – Hamilton Wright Mabi
- "The merry family gatherings – The old, the very young; The strangely lovely way they harmonize in carols sung. For Christmas is tradition time – Traditions that recall the precious memories down the years, The sameness of them all." – Helen Lowrie Marshall
- "There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions." – Bill McKibben
- "I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month." – Harlan Miller
- "Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence." – Joan Mills
- "Christmas is, of course, the time to be home – in heart as well as body." – Garry Moore
- "What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. – Agnes M. Pharo
- "Mankind is a great, an immense family … This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas." – Pope John XXIII
- "One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Do not clean it up too quickly." – Andy Rooney
- "Christmas – that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intimate that it is like a fragrance. day of remembrance – a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved. " – Augusta E. Rundel
- "Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone." – Charles Schulz
- "As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas bought to be, Christmas is." – Eric Sevareid
- "Christmas is the day that holds time together." – Alexander Smith
- "Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion." – Ralph Sockman
- "Christmas … is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart." – Freya Stark
- "Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends." – Margaret Thatcher
- "At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year." – Thomas Tusser
- "What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic." – Unknown
- "Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wrought in smiles." – Unknown
- "If there is no joyous way to give a festive gift, give love away." – Unknown
- "Until one dreams the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. All else is outward display – so much tinsel and decorations. Firelight's glow. It's the warmth that comes to the hearts of men when the Christmas spirit returns again. " – Unknown
- "Many banks have a new kind of Christmas club in operation. The new club helps you save money to pay for last year's gifts." – Unknown
- "Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world – stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death – and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love ? Then you can keep Christmas. " – Henry Van Dyke
- "Christmas is for children. But it is for grownups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts." – Lenora Matttingly Weber
- "Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance – each beautiful, unique and too soon gone." – Deborah Whipp
- "Somehow, not only for Christmas, But all the long year through, The joy that you give to others, Is the joy that comes back to you. your heart's possessing, Returns to you glad. " – John Greenleaf Whittier
- "Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall." – Larry Wilde