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200 Happy Holiday Quotes For The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Last Updated: October 14, 2022 by Team

Your bags are packed, your passport is ready, and the whole family is on their way to the airport. The vacation anticipation is at an all-time high. You’ve turned off your work emails, found a house sitter, and made your holiday playlist.

The holiday season is the perfect occasion to make memories with the people you care about most. Wishing your loved ones a “Happy Holidays” is a great way to spread joy and show you care about them.

Here are some of our favorite holiday quotes – use them to get that perfect Instagram quote, caption your Facebook photos, or just get general inspiration for your next trip!

Also, check out our selection of quotes about home and family that will inspire you to celebrate your favorite place.

120 Holiday Quotes For Any Festive Occasion

Top 10 Holiday Quotes

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

“Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.” – Leo Tolstoy

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

“The average vacation is one-tenth playing—nine-tenths paying.” – Arnold Glasow

“When I light each Hanukkah candle, I am reminded of my Jewish roots, the mission to repair this world, and the need to be a blessing to others.” – Sandy Sherman

“Never believe that a handful of dedicated people can’t change the world. Inspired by faith, they can. The Maccabees did then. So can we today.” – Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

“I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

“A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place….” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Sometimes, a flame can be utterly extinguished. Sometimes, a flame can shrink and waver, but sometimes a flame refuses to go out. It flares up from the faintest ember to illuminate the darkness, to burn in spite of overwhelming odds.” – Karen Hesse

“Make your vocation your vacation. That is the secret to success.” – Mark Twain

My Holiday: More eating, more sleeping, and stay up late.

Happy Holiday Quotes

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“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.” – William Shedd

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

“One-week vacations are too short to prevent burnout; by the time you relax enough not to think about the office the week is almost up.” – Cecilia Mikalac

“Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” – ―Maya Angelou

“There should be sympathy cards for having to go back to work after vacation.”

“If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” – Bob Hope

“We need about seven days to figure out who we are and where we’re at and love each other. It’s a time for reflection to help us try to figure out how we’re gonna enjoy the next year.” – Chuck D

“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

In memory of all the loved ones who cannot be with us this holiday season.

Funny Holiday Quotes

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“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” – Robert Orben

“A one day holiday can at times be better than a one week vacation if you totally unplug for that one day!” – Catherine Pulsifer

“Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“Last year, I came away from the vacation thoroughly bloated and ten pounds heavier, convinced I’d blocked an artery and possibly shortened my lifespan by a few months. But I was also deliriously contented, which is surely what it’s all about.” – Cash Peters

“There is one voyage, the first, the last, the only one.” – Thomas Wolfe

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

“Quit your job, buy a ticket, get a tan, fall in love, never return.” – Island Company

“Nothing says holidays like a cheese log.” – Ellen DeGeneres

“No, I didn’t get a thing done, but I sure soaked up every minute of the memory we were making, and I count it all as time well wasted.” – Brad Paisley

“I’ve been homesick for countries I’ve never been, and longed to be where I couldn’t be.” – John Cheever

“Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you’re giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism.” – Caroline Kennedy

“What I also hold dear about Kwanzaa is that it teaches us all pride in our African heritage, our roots.” – Synthia Saint James

“I hope your vacation gives you the pleasure you need so that you don’t have to think of any problems back at home. Enjoy your vacation.”

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

“My first day back at work has inspired me to book my next vacation.”

“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace

“Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.’” – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“This is the season when people of all faiths and cultures are pushing back against the planetary darkness. We string bulbs, ignite bonfires, and light candles. And we sing.” – Anita Diamant


Inspirational Holiday Quotes

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“The light of kindness and goodness in our heart is ultimately what we must tap into. We do not so much ‘fight the darkness (of hate and bigotry)’ as we illuminate it when we unite our own inner light with the inner light shining in our fellow brothers and sisters.” – Aimee Ginsburg Bikel

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

“Kwanzaa is powerful in its ability to reconnect people with certain principles.” – MK Asante

“Think about it; how do you feel when you are planning a vacation? You feel excited and happy. Your stress level is diminished, and this also affects your work in a positive way.” – John Morgan

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“I see Kwanzaa as an opportunity for African-Americans to reaffirm ourselves if we choose to, a chance to rebuild and renew our focus. I see Kwanzaa as a holiday of the spirit.” – Jessica Harris

“Do not wait until you are dying to go on vacation. I think if I had to give you one piece of advice that would be it. We put things off. We do not mean to, but we do. We carry around the assumption that there is plenty of time to do whatever needs to be done.” – Marty Cauley

“Vacation calories don’t count.”

“There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.” – Eric Sevareid

“No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

“It is faith in our people and service to them that grounds our lives, gives meaning to our work and victorious movement to our struggle.” – Dr. Maulana Karenga

“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” – Earl Wilson

“An upcoming vacation gives us something to eagerly anticipate.” – Jaime Kurtz

“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” – Harlan Miller

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

“To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” – Calvin Coolidge

“Moderation in exercise, eating and amusement is the best guarantee of a beneficial vacation.” – Ollie Reeves

“The world has grown weary through the years, but at Christmas it is young.” – Phillips Brooks

“x“No matter where you go, there you are.” – Buckaroo Banzi

“Trips and vacations are so much more. These experiences show you what’s possible and challenge you to examine the paths you’ll take in the future.” – Blake Mycoskie

“I love places that make you realize how tiny you and your problems are.”

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

“A good vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work.” – Morris Fishbein

“Kwanzaa’s seven principles—unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith—are also shared values that bind us as Americans. And in the spirit of the season, we reflect on the blessings of the past year and commit to building a brighter future for all our children.” – President Barack Obama

“Often, it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light.” – Rabbi Rafael Goldstein

“I need a six month vacation, twice a year.”

“Vacations mean a change of pace, a gentleness with ourselves, a time of rest and renewal, and a time to stretch ourselves and encounter new people, new lands, new ways, and new options.” – Anne Wilson Schaef

“After a while, just staying alive becomes a full-time job. No wonder we need a vacation.” – —Michael Zadoorian

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – Cesare Pavese

Right now I'm at this stage of life where I Started hating holiday.

Bank Holiday Quotes

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“To be famous is to stand on a pedestal and give the world permission to tell you all your flaws.” – Chris Colfer

“The next time an unbeliever tells you they would believe in God ‘if He would just do a miracle,” you will know that is not true. Miracles do not convert people, God converts people.” – Todd Friel

“Writing takes place in an open playing field with limitless possibilities, most of them terrible.” – Scott Gates

“Women laugh when they can, and weepe when they will.” – George Herbert

“Like with Berle, he was always trying to steal the scene, get a little extra.” – Phil Silvers

“It’s a different experience to be with your kids when your spouse isn’t around.” – Jerry O’Connell

It's beginning to cost a lot like Christmas. UNKNOWN

Summer Holiday Quotes

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“A vacation is a sunburn at premium prices.” – Hal Chadwicke

“Don’t worry. Beach happy.”

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” – Aristotle

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” – Edward Pola & George Wyle

“Don’t bother me I’m on vacation.”

“The sun and the sand and a drink in my hand with no bottom. And no shoes, no shirt, and no problems.” – Kenny Chesney

“My favorite place to vacation is anyplace by the ocean.” – Nina Arianda

“A holiday is an opportunity to journey within.” – Prabhas

“Say yes to adventure, especially in the summer.”

“Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.” – Dalai Lama

“Vacation mood: on.”

“Life is better in flip flops.”

“When it comes to the summer months most people start to think about where they will be going on vacation. This is the time of year when most individuals take time off of work because the kids are out of school. It is the perfect time for everyone to spend time together and to regroup from the stress that is often experienced with everyday life.” – Cindy Crawford

“Travel: It gives you a home in a thousand strange places, then leaves you a stranger in your own land.” – Ibn Battuta

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it” – Rosalia de Castro

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” – Sam Keen

“Come, let us embrace the mystery in the spirit of life, as we celebrate the goodness of Kwanzaa and the African American heritage. Come and give thanks for companions on the journey in the struggle for freedom and justice.” – Addae Ama Kraba

“The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

I'm the person at the bar in the airport because my vacation begins once I get past security.

Holiday Wishes Quotes

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“Christmas is a baby shower that went totally overboard.” – Andy Borowitz

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” – Andy Rooney

“Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters, Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.” – Maya Angelou

“Christmas can’t be bought from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more.” – Dr. Seuss

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way [they] handle these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” – Maya Angelou

“Damn! How low can you get, givin’ Kris Kringle a parking ticket on Christmas Eve? What’s next? Rabies shots for the Easter Bunny?” – Santa Claus in ‘Home Alone’

“Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us.” – David Cameron

“Hanukkah is about the spark of the divine in all of us made in God’s image.” – Suzanne Fields

“Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it — you feel it. You know it. You believe it.” – Kevin Alan Milne

“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” – Ruth Carter Stapleton

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.” – Marjorie Holmes

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” – Charles M. Schulz

“We’re the house that’s playing Christmas music by November 1.” – Jonathan Scott

“I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another.” – Carrie Fisher

“Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa?” – Bart Simpson

“This is the Christma spirit, as in spirits, booze.” – Michael Scott

“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” – Janice Maeditere

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” – Edna Ferber

“The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin—inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night.” – John J. Geddes

“The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood.” – Richard Paul Evans

“At this time of year, few fights evoke more feelings of cheer and goodwill than the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree.” – Queen Elizabeth II

“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white.’” – Bing Crosby

“Let us keep Christmas beautiful without a thought of greed.” – Ann Garnett Schultz

“What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.” – Phyllis Diller

“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” – William Shakespeare

“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To your opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” – Oren Arnold

“Just because I cannot see it doesn’t mean I can’t believe it!”

“T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” – Clement Clarke Moore

“Merry Christmas! If you are reading this from your hiding place in the bathroom, on the back porch, or in your childhood bedroom, because you cannot spend one more minute with your relatives, this is totally fine. You are doing great. You have built a life that works for you, and tomorrow, you get to go back to it.” – Emily McDowell

“Christmas is a time when you get homesick — even when you’re home.” – Carol Nelson

“May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve.”

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” – Burton Hills

“It’s Christmas Eve. It’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be.” – Frank Cross

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” – Mary Ellen Chase

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Buddy the Elf

“The message of Christmas makes us recognize the darkness of a closed world, and thereby no doubt illustrates a reality that we see daily. Yet it also tells us that God does not allow Himself to be shut out. He finds a space, even if it means entering through the stable.” – Pope Benedict XVI

“Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” – Dr. Seuss

“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.” – Alexander Smith

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” – Agnes Mae Pharo

“At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.” – Thomas Tusser

“Fine old Christmas, with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in the noblest fashion, and had set off his rich gifts of warmth and color with all the heightening contrast of frost and snow.” – George Eliot

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“A good conscience is a continual Christmas.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing, but of reflection.” – Winston Churchill

Go home for the holidays. Spend the whole time doing tech support for family.

Holiday Season Quotes

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

“Vacation is that time when you wish you had something to do while doing nothing.” – Frank Tyger

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams

“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.” – Fred Rogers

“When I was on a two-week vacation I noticed something. The vacation lasted a good long time then suddenly it was over. Life is like that also.” – Fr. Cedric Pisegna CP

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” – Lawrence Block

“A vacation helps to relieve stress and boredom, gives us a change of scenery, provides us with adventure, and helps to bring us closer to the people in our lives.” – E. S. Woods

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” – Anne Frank

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Milton Berle

“I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

“I’m all about the palm trees and 80 degrees.”

“Time for some Vitamin Sea.”

“Neglecting vacation is neglecting success because every success needs an accumulated positive energy!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

“I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc

“Isn’t it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation?” – Zig Ziglar

“Hanukkah is more than a holiday. It is a source of comfort and joy, just as this excerpt from the poem, “In the Jewish Synagogue at Newport,” – shows.

“Jet lag is for amateurs.” – Dick Clark

“Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.” – William James

“It’s better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”

“There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

“We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

“I would rather own little and see the world than own the world and see little of it” – Alexander Sattler

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost


Holiday Quotes With Family

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“In the end, kids won’t remember that fancy toy or game you bought them, they will remember the time you spent with them.” – Kevin Heath

“Just a reminder that I’m going on vacation and you’re not.”

“Good vibes happen on the tides.”

“The vacation we often need is freedom from our own mind.” – Jack Adam Weber

“To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Anderson

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” – Isabelle Eberhardt

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell

“There’s no vacation from being a parent.” – Chevy Chase

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. ” – Aristophanes

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

“The spirit of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is shared by all people who love freedom.” – Norma Simon

“The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and all the memories we’ve made along the way.”

“I learned a long time ago that trying to micromanage the perfect vacation is always a disaster. That leads to terrible times.” – Anthony Bourdain

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you.” – Saint Teresa of Calcutta

“Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.” – Thomas Fuller

“Let us not engage the world hurriedly.” – Odu Ifa

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the way in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela

“I love my job only when I’m on vacation.”

“Read a lot when you’re on vacation, but nothing that has to do with your business.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Don’t Count The Days. Make The Days Count.” – Muhammad Ali

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Take vacations, go as many places as you can, you can always make money, you can’t awakes make memories.”

“In America, there are two classes of travel: first-class and with children. ” – Robert Benchley

May the magic of the holiday season fill your heart and home with Peace,Love Joy

Holiday Quotes With Friends

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“All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson

“You can’t have a narrow mind and a thick passport.” – Pauline Frommer

“A candle is a small thing. But one candle can light another. And see how its own light increases, as a candle gives its flame to the other. You are such a light.” – Moshe Davis

“As you grow older, you learn a few things. One of them is to actually take the time you’ve allotted for vacation.” – John Battelle

“I like to vegetate when on vacation given my busy schedule when I’m at work.” – Zac Posen

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aristotle

“Excuse me while I taunt my Facebook friends with another picture of my beach vacation.”

“Take vacations, and go as many places as you can. You can always make money, but you can’t always make memories.”

“Chilling out on the bed in your hotel room watching television, while wearing your own pajamas, is sometimes the best part of a vacation.” – Laura Marano

“To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.” – Charles Horton Cooley

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

“Love the giver more than the gift.” – Brigham Young

“One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.” – Richard Burton

“To many people, holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance.” – Philip Andrew Adams

“A vacation is like love – anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort, and remembered with nostalgia.”

“No matter what fabulous place I visit, I don’t feel like I’m on vacation unless I’m dehydrated and covered with sunscreen.” – Chelsea Cain

“He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

“Some of your best ideas come when you’re on vacation.” – Gautam Singhania

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

“I want to vacation so long, I forget all my passwords.”

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” – Mark Twain

“I need a vacation, not a stupid weekend.”

“People don’t take trips . . . trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

“My goal is to hit the gym every day I’m on vacation. Usually I just end up sleeping and drinking beer.” – Gary Allan

I will find my holiday magic in the mess. BRENE BROWN

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