At WisdomFishing we love quotes and we like Christmas as much as the next guy. But we also believe in maintaining a perspective. With that in mind, here are some antidotes for when you’re feeling  just too darn candy-cane-sugar-plum-over-the-top joyous. Use sparingly, lest you are visited by strange ghosts from the past.


Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer… Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously? Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

There has been only one Christmas — the rest are anniversaries. W. J. Cameron

From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it. Katharine Whitehorn

The one thing women don’t want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband. Joan Rivers

The threat of Christmas hung in the air, visible already in the fretful look of passersby as they readied themselves for the meaningless but necessary rites of false jovialities and ill-considered gifts. Peter Dickinson

Santa Claus has the right idea — visit people only once a year. Victor Borge

I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up — they have no holidays. Henny Youngman

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it. Richard Lamm

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

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. Author unknown

There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime. Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them. P.J. O’Rourke

Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money. Author unknown

Dear Santa: I’m writing to let you know that I’ve been naughty… and it was worth it, you fat, judgmental bastard. Author unknown