Best Quotes About Holiday

The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to. -P. J. O'Rourke

My feelings are those of a schoolboy getting in sight of the holidays. Or more seriously, my feelings are perhaps those of a matador who has decided not to enter the bull ring. -Geoffrey Fisher

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

April in Paris, chestnuts in blossom, holiday tables under the trees. -E. Y. Harburg

Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap. -Simone de Beauvoir

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

I also hate those holidays that fall on a Monday where you don't get mail, those fake holidays like Columbus Day. What did Christopher Columbus do, discover America? If he hadn't, somebody else would have and we'd still be here. Big deal. -John Waters

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell. -George Bernard Shaw

I don't want to go to the Bahamas on holiday. I hate islands. I want to go to Brittany, where it's cold and raining, and there's nothing fancy about it. -Julie Delpy

The holidays are also a time when people freak out about their finances. If you don't want to spend the money, why not try some of the other options instead of killing a bunch of animals? -Christina Applegate

Christmas is a holiday that persecutes the lonely, the frayed, and the rejected. -Jimmy Cannon

One of the wonderful things about this glorious holiday trip I'm on is that I'm in public with people. It hasn't been inclined… I don't know – something to do with the death of my wife. It's inclined to make me isolated. -Jeremy Brett

But to make a holiday record that involves favorite American songs and then also get to sing about Jesus birth, it just seemed like a real easy, subtle way to combine a couple of things that I love. -Amy Grant

Who the hell wants fourteen pairs of shoes when they go on holiday? I haven't had fourteen pairs in my life. -Brian Clough

Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future. -Julius Sterling Morton

When I came to England at the very beginning of commercial television it was easy for me because I was only doing one or two shows a week at most. It was really a holiday. -Richard Lester

One could make money and get a career going with a low-budget horror film about killers attacking on holidays. It is always flattering to have somebody copy you. -John Carpenter

We usually use that mostly on the weekends because we have access to the range during the week. But I can tell you a number of times they have had a training holiday at Fort Benning, so nobody trains, and to drag him in is like pulling teeth. -Nancy Johnson

We're going to do something that's really unprecedented in the industry by launching the console in all three major markets for the same holiday. It's never been done before. -J Allard

I was born in London in 1919. I first went to America in 1946 for a three-month holiday. Then I came back, worked here for almost a year sold up my home and went back on immigration in 1947. -George Shearing

My father was in the civil service. I can remember standing in a bus shelter in the pouring rain, and that we were allowed candy floss at the end of the holiday if we had behaved. -Honor Blackman

I just feel – specifically about that holiday – why is it just one day that you have to tell the person that you love how much you love them? I think that is a little silly. I am much more the girl that likes the spontaneous. -Michelle Trachtenberg

If you think Independence Day is America's defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down. -Tony Snow

I knew there was something I had to do yesterday. I couldn't remember what it is. I can't figure it out. I know it's a holiday. I know I don't have a meeting. It's very confusing. -Jennifer Beals

Passover and Easter are the only Jewish and Christian holidays that move in sync, like the ice skating pairs we saw during the winter Olympics. -Marvin Olasky

In spite of holidays when I was free to visit London theatres and explore the countryside, I spent four very miserable years as a colonial at an English school. -Patrick White

The sea from Dunkirk to Dover during these days of the evacuation looked like any coastal road in England on a bank holiday. It was solid with shipping. -Douglas Bader

Of course, the idea of a six months' holiday is enough to make anyone laugh at anything, but I find that besides that I was a good deal harassed and run down, and I am glad to cut off from everything and start fresh. I feel miserably selfish about it all the time. -Richard Harding Davis

I wrapped that Monday and started on my third episode for Miss Match on Thursday of that same week and we just wrapped yesterday cause it was split over the holiday. -Charisma Carpenter

Wal-Mart doesn't really care about your faith. Wal-Mart cares if you have money to spend, and it is going to be as generic as possible in exploiting the holiday season for every buck it can make. -Richard Roeper

November is Jewish book month, so Jewish Community Centers all around the country have book fairs where they invite authors and sell books in advance of the holidays. -Anita Diament

I saw why people died and how they died. I saw gunshot wounds and liver failure. It was a good learning experience, so I came regularly on weekends and holidays. -Michael Baden

Orphans, dead parents, lonely children at Christmas, morose spoken word recordings, everything you love about the holidays. Move the turkey over so you can fit your head in the oven. -April Winchell

Christmas is the antithesis of Thanksgiving. Christmas is pretty much a man-made holiday. -John Clayton

There is no racial or ethnic involvement in Thanksgiving, and people who may be very distant from the Christian system can see the beauty and the positive spirit that comes from the holiday. -John Clayton

Just as a puppy can be more of a challenge than a gift, so too can the holidays. -John Clayton

All holidays can be good times. -John Clayton

With all of the holiday cheer in the air, it's easy to overlook the ingredients in the foods. Ingredients such as salt, sugar, and fat – all of which leads to diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes, heart disease, and cancer. -Lee Haney

A systemic cleansing and detox is definitely the way to go after each holiday. It is the key to fighting high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and other health-related illnesses. -Lee Haney

I really only ever go on sun holidays so in my experience I prepare myself for the beach. -Lisa Snowdon

In our open society, we are inclined to give to the less fortunate for the pure goodness of giving. We open our home to those who are alone on this holiday to spread some warmth into the life of another. -Jeff Miller

The second trial was a fair trial. I do not call it a second trial. I call it a fair trial, as opposed to the first trial, which was an unfair trial, a Roman holiday. -Sam Sheppard

My favorite holiday spot has to be New York, on the St. Lawrence River. Without a doubt that area there is perfect for me. Very, very spacious. It's nice. -Tom Felton

After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working. -Kenneth Grahame

There is an atmosphere about the picture theatre that speaks of entertainment and relaxation. The charming surroundings, good music, and the fact that each visitor is determined to enjoy a few hours of holiday all exert an influence on the mind. -Ivor Novello

I went to America on holiday when I was 17 and, before I knew it, I'd been signed up by an agency and had these obligations I didn't understand, but which I couldn't say no to. This industry chose me. But I did choose to make it fulfilling. -Elle Macpherson

I've just finished my next collection, Possible Side Effects, and I'm now working on a collection of holiday stories as well as a memoir about my relationship with my father. -Augusten Burroughs

That's what the holidays are for – for one person to tell the stories and another to dispute them. Isn't that the Irish way? -Lara Flynn Boyle

I do not read SF as much as I used to. It's too much like a busman's holiday. -Jack L. Chalker

I went out every single night so I was never alone with my stepfather. At 12, I stopped going on holiday with them. The times I was alone with him I always made sure I was all covered up. -Christine Keeler

I had done a fair bit of traveling during the holidays in my school days with my guitar and discovered that I could live on it. Admittedly, I traveled with a sleeping bag but I could always find somewhere to lay my head. -Jeremy Irons

CBS started to confiscate our packages and mail as a safety procedure. A lot of packages that people send for the holidays and to our kids we can't open. A lot of times they are from overseas. It's very upsetting at times. -Hunter Tylo

In August most of Europe goes on holiday. -Tony Visconti

This is such a special summer holiday for me. I haven't known myself so relaxed in years. -Kylie Minogue

I have had a holiday, and I'd like to take it up professionally. -Kylie Minogue

When I did Taming of the Shrew, I was very tired, and I decided to have a holiday and make a documentary. -Diane Cilento

There are a lot of Grinches out there that would like nothing better than to take any references to religion out of the holiday season. -Ernest Istook

I love writing about my job because I loved it, and it was a particularly interesting one when I was a young man. It was like holidays with pay to me. -James Herriot

I grew up in the 1950s and '60s, when it was almost a holiday when a black act would go on Ed Sullivan. -Al Sharpton

I have been keeping myself fit. I am going on holiday next week in the Mediterranean so that I can really unwind after the football season and have a rest. -David Ginola

It's like your children talking about holidays, you find they have a quite different memory of it from you. Perhaps everything is not how it is, but how it's remembered. -Denis Norden

Nothing says holidays, like a cheese log. -Ellen DeGeneres

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

A holiday is when you celebrate something that's all finished up, that happened a long time ago and now there's nothing left to celebrate but the dead. -Abraham Polonsky

A 'For Sale' sign in your yard during the holidays is like a 'kick me' sign. You are telling buyers you are a distressed seller. -Ray Brown

If we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday at a time of presidential inaugurals, this is thanks to Ronald Reagan who created the holiday, and not to the Democratic Congress of the Carter years, which rejected it. -David Horowitz

Since I'm always working, my best holiday memories are definitely when I can just go home and spend time with my family. -Chris Brown

I have the biggest sweet tooth. After the holidays, I gotta start working out. -Devon Werkheiser

The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It's part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy. -Bob Schieffer

I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again. -Tim Vine

Over the holidays, and even during filming, I realized that I actually like my body, even if it's not perfect according to the book. I just feel sexy. For the first time, I don't want to get rid of the curves. I just want to tone it up. My body is comfortable, and it's not unhealthy, so I'm going to rock with it. -Rihanna

I wanted to play piano in restaurants in the south of France. I went there on holiday once and I saw this guy playing in an old tuxedo. He was all disheveled, with a whisky glass on the piano. I thought that was the coolest thing. So what's happened to me with 'Twilight' isn't really what I'd planned. -Robert Pattinson

I think religion is a bunch of hooey, and I think that the holidays are an opportunity for people to get stressed out, getting their rush to shop. It's so conformist. -Ricky Martin

I went along doing the one-salad-a-night routine for a year. And I remember feeling so tired and depressed and irritable. I had no personal life. I was always flying someplace – weekends, holidays, vacations. Dinners at night were no fun because I couldn't eat. -Carol Alt

During the holidays, everyone needs a break from studying for exams and Christmas shopping. I wanted to put together a diverse tour that rocks in many musical directions but always points to Christ. -TobyMac

When my mother was born on 14 April, he named her after a Latin American holiday, the Day of Americas, that nobody knew about. My due date also happened to be 14 April. -America Ferrera

I used to spend all my school holidays cycling around, so all this training has made me feel like a kid again. -Denise Van Outen

The reason I did the book about holidays is that you're a different person on holiday. You're sleeping somewhere unfamiliar, knocking about with people you've never met and for 10 days you're someone else. You're out of your comfortable zone. -Karl Pilkington

When I go on holiday and people ask me what I do, I tell them I do some internet stuff and I've done a couple of books and I hope they just leave it at that. -Karl Pilkington

My first real foreign holiday was my honeymoon 20 years ago, and we went to Bali. It was particularly special for that reason, I enjoyed it very much – I had packed music scores and a practice drum pad, suspecting that I would be completely bored, but actually they remained in my case. -Evelyn Glennie

I love out-of-the-way, rugged places. For me, holidays are about the experiences, and the people, and the memories, rather than sitting on a nice beach getting tanned. I try to plant myself where I am and embrace what is there in front of me. -Evelyn Glennie

Next year, I hope there will be even more parties, lots of holidays and just having a good time, really. Plus wing-walking, air shows and learning to fly, as they are all things I want to do. I won't be restricted by age. -Carol Vorderman

Capri on the Amalfi Coast in Italy is my ultimate holiday destination. -Vidal Sassoon

I used to always go to church on holidays, but I don't go much any more. -Michael Phelps

I do want to have holidays and see my family and friends. -Jason Clarke

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I took time to reflect on what is most important to me and realized I need to find a way to put the fun back into racing. -Kurt Busch

Usually I spend my holidays with my family. -Mike Shinoda

Where does it stop? You get offered money for your wedding, then for your kids, new houses, holidays… We earn enough from football and sponsorships, why do you need any more? -Ryan Giggs

It's really easy to figure out why I love what I love, the holidays and food. I know the difference between having them and not having them. -Sandra Lee

I absolutely adore Thanksgiving. It's the only holiday I insist on making myself. -Ina Garten

The best holiday I ever had was the first one I went on without my parents, when I was 17. -Joe Elliott

I think cookies are sort of the unsung sweet, you know? They're incredibly popular. But everybody thinks of cakes and pies and fancier desserts before they think cookies. A plate of cookies is a great way to end dinner and really nice to share at the holidays. -Bobby Flay

One of the things that happens in my house on the holidays is after dessert, we sit down to a very ambitious men-versus-women game of Trivial Pursuit. It's brutal. And there's a trophy. -Bobby Flay

I hate Halloween. I hate dressing up. I hate – I wear wigs, makeup, costumes every day. Halloween is like, my least favorite holiday. -Amy Poehler

It seems astonishing to be paid for indulging in pure pleasure. For me to go to Coburg is rather as if a trainspotter was sent for a few weeks to Swindon or a chocoholic asked on holiday by Green and Black. -A. N. Wilson

When I was filming 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' in America, for a couple of weeks beforehand we would always fit in a family holiday in California. -Anthony Head

Well, it wasn't a holiday, but I had expected to do some sightseeing when I went to Haiti to film a series called 'True Horror' for Discovery. Before I arrived, our film crew were kidnapped and held at knifepoint. -Anthony Head

Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you're giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism. -Caroline Kennedy

I wouldn't say that holidays are manufactured by corporations, but they're certainly exploited and mined by them. -Dan Savage

I grew up in a city, I'm a city person – I go on holiday and I'm bored. -Danny Boyle

I thought I had to show people that I would get in early, stay late or even all night, work on holidays. I didn't want to be the rich kid who was along for a free ride. -Maria Shriver

I was on holiday recently and I came home to find that one of the papers here had 'bikini'd' me on the beach. I was wearing a grossly unflattering costume and they had published photographs of me taken from behind. I looked dreadful. I went into our local newsagent and bought up every copy. -Amanda Burton

From 1971 onwards, the Memorial Day holiday was officially observed on the last Monday in May and became the unofficial start of the summer, with barbecues, blockbuster movie openings and mattress sales. -Allen West

My idea of a holiday was following my family up the hill with my pekinese, who would skip over the heather in front of me. -Rupert Everett

The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can. -Giada De Laurentiis

Chestnuts are my favorite ingredient to use in the fall, especially for the holidays. I always find that they are meaty, hearty and have a mysterious refinement when cooked or roasted over sea salt. -Geoffrey Zakarian

I'm not a good time-off person. I'm awful on holiday. It comes from having that period when I didn't work. That really was the worst bit. -Gary Barlow

My restaurants are never opened on Thanksgiving; I want my staff to spend time with their family if they can. My feeling is, if I can't figure out how to make money the rest of the year so that my workers can enjoy the holidays, then I don't deserve to be an owner. -Michael Symon

I don't think any other holiday embraces the food of the Midwest quite like Thanksgiving. There's roasted meat and mashed potatoes. But being here is also about heritage. Cleveland is really a giant melting pot – not only is my family a melting pot, but so is the city. -Michael Symon

People who hardly ever cook at all, suddenly at the holidays, feel like it's their responsibility to not only cook dinner for large groups of people suddenly, but to serve things that are fussy or fancy or formal. And I don't think that's what anybody really wants, especially if you're not good at it. -Ted Allen

The government's view is that the best time to announce bad news, news that it doesn't want the public to dwell on is late on a Friday, when it will wind up in the Saturday papers, which if you were readers, then the week day editions. A holiday weekend is even better. -Bob Schieffer

I drove 3,500 miles this summer on our family holiday, we drove across 10 countries. I have driven across the United States four times. I love cars, I love being in cars, I think so do most people. I want to help and support those people who have that same kind of enthusiasm for driving that I have. -Geoff Hoon

'The Christmas Song,' by Nat King Cole, is not only a masterful performance; to me it just sounds like the holidays. I've never sung it, because Nat's version is so perfect. I gotta leave it alone. -Harry Connick, Jr.

I celebrate everyone's religious holidays. if it's good enough for the righteous, it's good enough for the self-righteous, I always say. -Bette Midler

I don't think I've had a holiday in my entire life that wasn't about my dad's work. -Kat Dennings

What I find most disturbing about Valentine's Day is, look, I get that you have to have a holiday of love, but in the height of flu season, it makes no sense. -Lewis Black

The whole Valentine's thing is fine, but you don't back it up right next to the biggest gift-giving holiday of the year. Unbelievable. And we find it acceptable. -Lewis Black

My father was king of the guidebooks and our holidays were always planned, taking us from a great gallery to an ace cafe to a beautiful view. And as an actor, I loathe improvisation because there's no structure and no one knows what's going on. -Olivia Williams

Family holidays and weekends are really brightly colored memories, full of my mother and father, rather than our nannies and au pairs. -Olivia Williams

With all of their benefits, and there are many, one of the things I regret about e-books is that they have taken away the necessity of trawling foreign bookshops or the shelves of holiday houses to find something to read. I've come across gems and stinkers that way, and both can be fun. -J. K. Rowling

I was raised with a huge Armenian influence, always hearing stories of Armenia, celebrating Armenian holidays. -Kim Kardashian

I always try to describe making movies like summer camp, or some holiday where you spend all day, every day with a new group of people whom you kind of love and then never see again. -Eddie Redmayne

I have a little bit of an addiction to work. So I'm always hiding in the bathroom with my Blackberry to work when I'm on holiday. -Penelope Cruz

For most of my career I did one comic a day, every day, including weekends and holidays. -Scott Adams

I don't need a holiday or a feast to feel grateful for my children, the sun, the moon, the roof over my head, music, and laughter, but I like to take this time to take the path of thanks less traveled. -Paula Poundstone

My idea of a beach holiday is going to New York for two weeks, just going and hanging out. -Bill Condon

Rome holds my psyche in balance. Whenever I'm there, it's like a holiday. -Giambattista Valli

It's surprising to me how many of my friends send Christmas cards, or holiday cards, including my atheist and secular friends. -Christopher Hitchens

Every holiday on the calendar, I check in a hotel and fast – I don't eat, I don't drink, I don't talk. -Dick Gregory

It's the time of year when the literati give advice on what we should be reading on our summer holidays. These terrifying lists often leave me appalled at my own ignorance, but also suspicious about the pretension of their advocates. -Arthur Smith

Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday. -Lindsay Ellingson

The clearest way to cut some of this fiscal drag would be to extend the current payroll tax holiday and increase it – as proposed by President Barack Obama. This would cut the fiscal drag by almost half. -Mark Zandi

The extension and expansion of the payroll tax holidays for workers would be number one on my list and key to avoiding recession. -Mark Zandi

If I'm on holiday, I'm active on the beach, I play tennis, I run, I swim a lot. It's just about making the workouts fun, I think, and then it doesn't really feel that bad. -Candice Swanepoel

My first holiday to San Francisco in 1998-99 was supposed to be a two-week vacation but I ended up staying five weeks and nearly didn't come home. -Johnny Vegas

When I go on holiday, I go to places that have animals I'm interested in. -Dominic Monaghan

I'm one of these people that if I have a nice holiday – like I have had in Turkey repeatedly – I go back a lot. -Freema Agyeman

I always look forward to the holidays because I love dressing up in festive, shimmery evening dresses. -Hilary Rhoda

I'm Muslim the way many of my Jewish friends are Jewish: I avoid pork, and I take the big holidays off. -Aasif Mandvi

I always loved family holidays, and I had this vision and dream as a little girl of having a big family of my own. -Brooke Burke

For me, I think everybody with half a heart tries to do their best to do their part of good during the holiday season. -Darren Criss

The only way to go on holiday is with your expectations at ground level. Convince yourself before you go that the weather's going to be dreadful and there will be nylon sheets. You'll then be pleasantly surprised. -Jenny Eclair

Over the holidays is when I have the most occasions to cook and bake. -Nina Dobrev

The concept of doing holiday episodes is a huge part of what's fantastic about doing TV. And viewers agree; you see the numbers going up for holiday episodes. -Dan Harmon

When I was a kid, Halloween was strictly a starchy-vegetable-only holiday, with pumpkins and Indian corn on the front stoop; there was nothing electric, nothing inflatable, nothing with latex membranes or strobes. -Susan Orlean

I think it's fascinating that there's a whole holiday dedicated to things that we fear and that's so interesting about the nature of humanity. -Deborah Ann Woll

Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I always go all-out with my costumes. -Ginnifer Goodwin

My mother never liked Mother's Day. She thought it was a fake holiday dreamed up by Hallmark to commodify deep sentiments that couldn't be expressed with a card. -Meghan O'Rourke

One of the biggest things I used to struggle with was about things like going on holiday. Whereas all your friends can talk about something and plan something all year long, I know that I'm probably going to be away and I'm going to miss all of it. If a job comes up, you just can't be there. -Douglas Booth

My father had his own business, a clothing store, which he inherited from his father. He travelled abroad frequently and was quite extravagant, so we had skiing holidays and summer holidays on the beach. -Britt Ekland

For many years I enjoyed the pleasure of cruising on my yacht all summer long and these were my best holidays. In mid-May, we'd start in St Tropez. I'd collect my bikinis from my home there and then we'd go up to Cannes for the Film Festival, on to Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix and then to Italy. -Ivana Trump

Holiday? Is like, what? I'm a hyperactive girl, so it may be boring for me to be on the beach doing nothing. I just need to find a place for three weeks and work but sleep in the morning, maybe write a little bit, have a glass of red wine. That's my perfect holiday. -Melanie Laurent

I grew up in the countryside riding horses, and I also ride every holiday in Spain, which is where I was born. It's a big part of my life. -Astrid Berges-Frisbey

Most of the holiday movies I enjoy, like 'It's a Wonderful Life,' don't really involve Santa. -George Wendt

Around the holidays, or anytime I'm going on vacation, I try to bump up my cardio or lose a pound before leaving. -Stacy Keibler

I'm very spiritual and I'm Jewish by faith. I'm not a practising Jew, I'm more of a recreational Jew. I celebrate the holidays and I try to inform my kids about their heritage because I think we all at some point have to defend our heritage and if they get picked on I want them to know why. -Peter Segal

With the advent of Twitter and Facebook and other social networking sites, genuine privacy can only be found by renting a private villa for a holiday. Hotels are now out of the question for my wife and I. -Robert Powell

If ever there was a holiday that deserves to be commercialized, it's Halloween. We haven't taken it away from kids. We've just expanded it so that the kid in adults can enjoy it, too. -Cassandra Peterson

I think they should create a holiday for friends-with-benefits relationships. Because I feel like Valentine's Day is, maybe it's a day to stay home and cry. -Elizabeth Meriwether

I'm lucky that most of the time I'm on location in amazing places. Most of the time, I don't need holidays, I just stop working. -Stephanie Beacham

My worst holiday was in Athens when I was a young drama student at Rada in 1965. I ran out of money. I had my things stolen and I wasn't able to speak a word of the language. -Stephanie Beacham

Fact is, famous people say fame stinks because they love it so – like a secret restaurant or holiday island they don't want the hoi polloi to get their grubby paws on. -Julie Burchill

If it's a romantic holiday, the only thing I need is my wife. We love quiet and calm places where we can't be disturbed. Neither of us likes being in busy places; we would much rather stay in our hotel room and enjoy each other's company. -Jean Reno

I'm a minimalist. I don't really need much to enjoy a good holiday – just my family and the bare essentials. -Jean Reno

Every Christmas now for years, I have found myself wondering about the point of the celebration. As the holiday has become more ecumenical and secular, it has lost much of the magic that I remember so fondly from childhood. -Whitley Strieber

During holiday parties I end up recycling a lot of my cocktail dresses and just wearing a layering piece, like a blazer and tights, with it. -Lauren Conrad

I shot my first lion at the age of 14 when a pride threatened my father's livestock while he was away on holiday. -Wilbur Smith

I live in Cape Town but my favourite holiday destination is Hermanus, a little seaside town about a 90-minute drive away, over the pass and down to the sea, on the sunshine coast. It's where I love to escape to with my wife for a weekend every now and again. -Wilbur Smith

I get great joy from creating the perfect Norman Rockwell holiday. This is why I think I might be Martha Stewart's brother from another mother. -Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Overspending is as certain a part of the holiday season as overeating. But pushing away from both the table and the cash register at least a little bit sooner can make the post-holiday hangover hurt a little bit less. -Jeffrey Kluger

For years, I never knowingly went on a holiday. When I travelled, it was for work. Now I am a huge advocate, particularly to places which have amazing wildlife, such as Antarctica, India and Patagonia. -Miranda Richardson

I no longer have a style to maintain. I rent a little flat in Los Angeles, I don't take holidays, I don't dine out and I take cheap flights. -Rufus Sewell

Plenty of friendships are sustainable through dinners and lunches, but will not stand a week away. So be careful with whom you go on holiday. -Julian Fellowes

I've been going to Bamburgh for holidays since I was a child. -Kevin Whately

I'm not one for sightseeing or going around the shops when I'm on holiday. I do enough shopping when I'm at home, and like to have a complete break when I'm away. -Paloma Faith

I enjoy shopping and going on holiday. -Tamara Ecclestone

My boyfriend thinks it's crazy that I wear a different bikini every day on holiday. -Tamara Ecclestone

I started writing 'Brick Lane' when my children were two years and five months old. We were on holiday in the north of England when I was overtaken by a compulsion to start writing. -Monica Ali

My 20s was a sea of worry. I worried about benefit forms, about being thrown out of my flat. I never went on holiday because I thought: 'What if an audition comes up?' I was a nervous wreck. -David Nicholls

During holiday parties when people used to ask me what I did for a living, I would tell them I sold resort timeshares. That was an effective conversational nonstarter, until I met someone that actually did sell resort timeshares. -Dean Karnazes

Kind 'Guardian' readers have been forwarding me round robin Christmas newsletters for years now: lengthy missives full of perfect children, exotic holidays, talented pets and endless, tedious detail. The notes that accompanied them revealed they had inspired in the original recipients everything from mild irritation to absolute rage. -Simon Hoggart

I filed a brief as a friend of the court in the U. of Michigan to keep affirmative action at the U. of Michigan, which I attended the law school. And I was one of the original sponsors of making the Martin Luther King birthday a federal holiday. -Dick Gephardt

It is right that people should have a statuary right to holidays and a maximum working week. It is right that part-time workers should have the same equality when it comes to hourly rates. -John Reid

All definitions of wilderness that exclude people seem to me to be false. African 'wilderness' areas are racist because indigenous people are being cleared out of them so white people can go on holiday there. -Jay Griffiths

If you're thinking of coming to America, this is what it's like: you've got your Comfort Inn, you've got your Best Western, and you've got your Red Lobster where you eat. Everybody's very fat, everybody's very stupid and everybody's very rude – it's not a holiday programme, it's the truth. -Jeremy Clarkson

I first saw the island of Noirmoutier when I was two weeks old. I think it's probably safe to say that I didn't fully appreciate it at the time; but I grew to love it as year after year I spent holidays there at my grandparents' cottage. -Joanne Harris

I've never quite worked out how to do holidays. I've got a house in France which I suppose is a kind of holiday house. But it's really only so I can go on drawing when I get there. I'm never far away from the feeling that I want to be getting on with something. -Quentin Blake

Long weekends at festivals, short weeks at home, all summer long: now that is surely preferable to the immense cost and headache of the nuclear family holiday in the sun? -Tom Hodgkinson

I've never understood activity holidays since we seem to have far too much activity in our daily lives as it is. Find a culture where loafing is the order of the day and where they don't understand our need to be constantly doing things. Find somewhere you can have a hammock holiday. -Tom Hodgkinson

Writers tend to write stories as a kind of holiday between novels, or as preliminary steps towards a novel. Stories just don't often make up a writer's main body of work, and that's not because they don't see the market for it. -James Lasdun

Christmas was always a big holiday in our family. Every Christmas Eve before we'd go to bed, my mom and dad would read to us two or three stories and they would always be 'The Happy Prince,' 'The Gift of the Magi' and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas,' and I would like to keep that alive. -Cameron Mathison

During the first 13 centuries after the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, no one thought of setting up a creche to celebrate Christmas. The pre-eminent Christian holiday was Easter, not Christmas. -Nancy Pearcey

A summary of every Jewish holiday: They tried to kill us, we won, let's eat! -Alan King

I've got two young children, so holidays are not the same as they used to be. There are now two types: family holidays and holidays you need from that holiday. -Diego Luna

I rarely go into a shop on holiday, because fashion and design are what I'm involved in every day. I need another world. -Carolina Herrera

I believe in miracles. At the age of 13, I was on holiday in Moscow with my mother. It was the only trip I took in my whole childhood. We stepped off a metro train and were approached by a talent scout who told me that she wanted to sign me to her modeling agency. -Olga Kurylenko

'Elf' has become this big holiday movie, and I remember running around the streets of New York in tights saying, 'This could be the last movie I ever make,' and I could never have predicted that it'd become such a popular film. -Will Ferrell

Documenting trips makes them that much richer. I stick in train tickets and business cards from restaurants. It makes the whole experience poetic, describing the sights, smells and sounds around me. It means I can relive the holiday years later. -Hayley Atwell

I read a lot of heavy literature when I'm on set, so on holiday I want to indulge in something light-hearted. -Hayley Atwell

It may come as a surprise, but Frou Frou was really like a kind of little holiday from my own work. Guy and I, we have always worked together, and then over the years, it became clear that we wanted to do a whole album together. It was very organic and spontaneous – just one of those wonderful things that happens. -Imogen Heap

I have been to Turkey almost every summer holiday of my life and pretty much only on summer holidays, which makes me a very shallow Turk indeed. -Joseph O'Neill

I think I have an inherent modest level of stress, but I'm only super-aware of it when it goes away, when I'm on holiday and I think, 'Oh this feels pretty good.' -Mark Ronson

I can only speak for myself, but when I was growing up in Memphis – and having the Martin Luther King holiday and the moment of pause on April 4th – he was just a statue to me. I wanted to make him a little bit more real to me as a human being. -Katori Hall

I love watching old movies, and some of the holiday-themed ones are really great. I also have a bizarre thing that I'll do: I'll turn on a foreign-language TV station, usually Spanish, and watch a whole show, riveted, even though I have no idea what anyone is saying. I don't know why I find that so addictive, but I do! -John Travolta

Whenever I was planning a trip or a holiday, flights and hotels were easy. But when it comes to the stuff you want to do when you get there, working that out was really hard. -Ruzwana Bashir

What you do on travel holiday is what your memories are based on. People want to do cool stuff, and this is what will shape your entire experience. -Ruzwana Bashir

I have never gone on a real trip, never taken a holiday. The best holiday for me is spent in my workshops when nearly everybody else is on vacation. -Enzo Ferrari

My holidays are very important. Mind you, I take a very long one every year. -Bruce Forsyth

I love the atmosphere at the mall – everything about Christmas. I don't think anything specific gets me in the holiday spirit except for the holidays themselves. -Drake Bell

On the beach, we women are at our most exposed and therefore most vulnerable. As any woman deserves to look and feel good, especially when she's away on holiday, she needs swimwear that pays proper attention to comfort and function. And there should also be some thought put into value. -Geri Halliwell

I love holidays in New York. I love 'em. I want to celebrate something all the time, and New York has holidays for every day of the week, practically. I like holidays in New York City. -Elaine Stritch

When checking in at an airport, no matter how rude the check-in person is to you, always smile and be nice because you don't know what kind of day they've had. You are going on holiday and they're stuck wherever they are. Be nice to them because they can re-route your baggage to wherever they feel like. -Ross Kemp

When I travel, I just take what I need and I run. I always have my briefcase stuffed with work, even when I go on a holiday. -Ian Schrager

Every year since I was very small, my family – Mum, Dad, sister Charlie-Ann and brother Stephen – and I have been holidaying in Carvoeiro in the Algarve, so that has very fond memories for me. -Pixie Lott

Seems like Americans just want it to be Halloween all year. The holiday just keeps getting more popular. -Amity Shlaes

Ah, my dad's whistle. On holidays when I was a kid, we would all be off in the rock pools along the beach. When it came time to go, we'd hear the whistle and we'd all come running. Like dogs! -Kate Winslet

Christmas and the holidays are the season of giving. It's a time when people are more kind and open-hearted. -Gisele Bundchen

Christmas comes during a season when the Earth is in its darkest time. It's a holiday for the family and for everyone. -Melissa Etheridge

Everyone is always telling me that I must be exhausted, but I've learned how to use my time well, and that includes holidays to recharge. I always try to give myself big chunks of time to think about what the next project is going to be. -Wayne McGregor

It's very hard to respect people on holiday – everybody looks so silly at the beach, it makes you hate humanity – but when you see people at their work they elicit respect, whether it's a mechanic, a stonemason or an accountant. -Alain de Botton

My normal life is like being on holiday. -Valentino Rossi

Being in The Fall isn't like being in another group. It isn't a holiday. A lot of musicians are really hard to deal with. They aren't as smart as me. -Mark E. Smith

America's work ethic is non-stop; it's not even enshrined in law that workers have to get their two weeks holiday money. But Americans work harder than everyone else I can think of. -Dylan Moran

I have to fit holidays around tournaments, particularly the grand slams, in Melbourne, Paris, London and New York. -Roger Federer

The Dr. King holiday is not just for black people, African-Americans or people of African descent. -LZ Granderson

My parents really did believe in the Golden Rule. They really did believe that all people should be treated equally. They had friends of every culture, we celebrated different holidays, but really, secretly behind it, they had no problem telling me who I couldn't marry. -Diane Farr

I spend my money on holidays and eating out, and it allows me to be generous. -James Nesbitt

Twitter seems like a busman's holiday: just more writing. I have no plans to do it. I'll just stick with my 24/7 webcam. I'm old-fashioned that way. -Tina Fey

I've no interest in going on a road trip. If I want to go on holiday, I want to sit on a beach, swim, drink cocktails and read a book. -Sam Riley

My parents instilled a really good work ethic from when I was little – if you want to have money to spend on holidays, you earn it. So I've always been someone who wanted to be able to survive by myself, but I think you have to let down the barriers a little bit – let other people in. -Emilia Fox

My husband is always telling me: 'We're on holiday – we don't need to have an itinerary!' But I always want to see as much as I can. Sometimes, I come back from holiday needing a holiday. -Ashley Jensen

Men, we don't get much, as far as holidays go – Father's Day. -DMX

If you go away with, you know, a girlfriend, wife, whatever, you have an argument on holiday because you're not used to spending that much time with people. -Karl Pilkington

For me, a good holiday is about value for money rather than things to see. -Karl Pilkington

I've done some luxury flying, which is brilliant. It has only happened once or twice, but it was nice because flying is the worst part of the holiday. But then again, if the plane crashes, you're still dead. For that much money I'd want a little capsule that whizzed me off to safety if it was going to crash. -Karl Pilkington

I went on two holidays as a child. It wasn't what people did where I grew up. -Keeley Hawes

I am not into action and adventure on holiday; that doesn't really do it for me. I would much rather go and lie down. -Keeley Hawes

I am not complaining; I had a beautiful childhood – we didn't have a lot of money, but there was always food on the table, and my parents saved money so that in the holidays we would all get in the car and drive to the mountains. I have amazing parents. -Noemie Lenoir

There was an undercurrent of poverty throughout my childhood. We lived with my grandmother in her two-bedroom flat, and I slept with my parents. We had cheap holidays, I had to save for my bike and get a paper round as soon as I was old enough. -Bernard Hill

I love dressing up around the holidays! My friends also really like to get dressed up. It's an excuse to get fancy. -Beth Riesgraf

I'm really into beaches, but I also enjoy a bit of culture. An ideal holiday would have a nice balance of the two, but I'm definitely not into adrenalin sports, nor would I enjoy spending a month solid on a beach. -Miranda Raison

I do read on holiday, but it tends to be very lowbrow. I'm into really camp biographies, and I'm a shameless fan of Jilly Cooper. -Miranda Raison

Christmas is far and away my favorite holiday. I love everything about it, from the event that inspired it, hoping for a white one, to wrapping presents. But mostly I love having family and friends gathered, and sharing traditions. -Ellen Hopkins

Every time I've been to Los Angeles, I've hated it. My brother works there, so I usually go each year for a holiday. -Laurence Fox

The worst thing people ever say is that 'I can't afford to have kids!' It's selfish, and what infuriates me is when people say they can't do stuff they like go on holidays and buy cars when they have kids. You can – you find the money, you've just got to work harder for it. -Tamer Hassan

I'm lucky in that I travel a lot for work. I also manage several holidays a year. I'm not someone who sits in the sun or goes sightseeing, though. If I go away, it will be for fishing or something like that. -Vinnie Jones

I always went to Ireland as a child. I remember trips to Dundalk, Wexford, Cork and Dublin. My gran was born in Dublin, and we had a lot of Irish friends, so we'd stay on their farms and go fishing. They were fantastic holidays – being outdoors all day and coming home to a really warm welcome in the evenings. -Vinnie Jones

I remember thinking when I was younger – we used to take holidays to Spain and France, and I just thought I was never going to get further than Spain or France. I really didn't when I was younger. And then I started auditioning for 'Narnia,' and the first thing when I got the part was go straight to New Zealand, halfway around the world. -William Moseley

As a kid, I would get my parents to drop me off at my local library on their way to work during the summer holidays, and I would walk home at night. For several years, I read the children's library until I finished the children's library. Then I moved into the adult library and slowly worked my way through them. -Neil Gaiman

When I encountered rich people for the first time, I discovered that not only do they holiday in places that are hard to find on a map, but that they also use the names of seasons as verbs. When they asked me, 'Where did you summer and winter growing up?' I would usually say, 'As a child? The same place I springed and autumned.' -Artie Lange

When I was younger, I had some close friends who always loved European football, and Real Madrid at that time were the dominant force. I remember family holidays when we used to go to Spain, and we'd bring back replica shirts of Real Madrid and pretend to be the players when we played in the park. -Gareth Bale

I know plenty of people who do, who get their holidays paid for and in return have their photographs taken on the beach, but not me. -Max Beesley

I love all the holidays and getting to see my family a lot during the fall. I also love the weather and getting to wear sweaters and jackets. -Melissa Ordway

Halloween is fun, but it wasn't always my favorite holiday. I think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. -Tobin Bell

It used to bug me that I couldn't even afford to take my family for a proper holiday. I didn't have any professional knowledge, and getting a photographer's job in a magazine was out of the question. So, armed with a Pentax K1000, I started going to various maidans of Mumbai, looking for subjects. -Boman Irani

I'm a hopeless romantic. I love love. My middle name is Love. Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday. I want to have a family and children. I am a sucker for every romantic comedy that comes out. -Jennifer Love Hewitt

I love theatrical props: a cup filled with solid fake tea, say, or a collection of fake food, including a rubber turkey, which, during the holidays, I wrap in tinfoil so it appears to have just come out of the oven. -Amy Sedaris

As a form of escapism, yearning for the 20th century is understandable, but in practice it would be horrible – sort of like going on a holiday promising yourself you could go without the Internet, only to crumble and walk in a daze to the local Internet cafe to gorge on connectivity. -Douglas Coupland

If you waste five minutes of time a day, over the course of a year that adds up to one full work day. Think of five wasted minutes as a slow-release holiday drug. Savour it. -Douglas Coupland

Even when you take a holiday from technology, technology doesn't take a break from you. -Douglas Coupland

Dia de Los Muertos is a holiday that pays tribute to the dead and also celebrates life. So I thought, what better of an idea to bring it in with PETA and let people know how we can respect the living and the dead. Going vegetarian could be an incredible option for people if they would just educate themselves. -Christian Serratos

I find that it's the simple things that remind you of family around the holidays. -Amy Adams

I like to go to America. That's where I go for most of my holidays. -Frank Lampard

Christmas is a season which almost all Christians observe in one way or another. Some keep it as a religious season. Some keep it as a holiday. But all over the world, wherever there are Christians, in one way or another Christmas is kept. -J. C. Ryle

It's a very rich brew that's in your psyche by the time you're in your 60s, and I think that's rather interesting. It makes you feel you've lived a very long life; it's like going on holiday to three different cities rather than spending two weeks in Lisbon. You look back on the holiday, and you seem to have been away forever. -Deborah Moggach

For years, I had a top secret clearance and never left Russia. Just once did I go to Bulgaria with my wife for a holiday at the Golden Sands resort, but I could not mention my real name. I was allowed to travel abroad only in the early 1990s. -Mikhail Kalashnikov

Our many different cultures notwithstanding, there's something about the holidays that makes the planet communal. Even nations that do not celebrate Christmas can't help but be caught up in the collective spirit of their neighbors, as twinkling lights dot the landscape and carols fill the air. It's an inspiring time of the year. -Marlo Thomas

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving for me is re-watching some of the classic holiday blunders that have been depicted on television. I remember laughing uncontrollably on the set of 'That Girl' back in 1967 when we shot the episode, 'Thanksgiving Comes But Once A Year, Hopefully' during our second season. -Marlo Thomas

Lets talk about the holidays, more specifically, consumption during the holidays. If it's true that 'We are what we eat,' most of us would be unrecognizable during the period that ranges from the night before Thanksgiving through that day in early January when everyone decides to return to the gym. -Rachel Nichols

I take my mobile phone and iPad wherever I go. I like to switch off when I'm on holiday, but I always check emails in case someone at home is trying to get hold of me. -Olly Murs

I like to go to Mauritius on holiday. -Stan Wawrinka

I think I'm a big kid at heart, so I get very excited around the holidays. -Bobby Moynihan

I know a lot of actors picture themselves winning Academy Awards. I really just wanted to do a Christmas movie because it's the kind of movie that I really love to watch. I'm a sucker for the holidays. -Leigh-Allyn Baker

I love Thanksgiving because it's a holiday that is centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me. -Marcus Samuelsson

Most cultures traditionally link food and spirituality directly with periodic restrictions and celebrations punctuating the year. Abstinence from particular foods or full-on fasting is part of many religious traditions and holidays. -Marcus Samuelsson

The holidays are my favorite time of year! Christmas was always one of the biggest celebrations in Sweden, and I look forward to the festivities each year. -Marcus Samuelsson

The Swedish Christmas is definitely unique, even throughout Scandinavia. Like Christmas everywhere, it's a very family-centered holiday. -Marcus Samuelsson

I learned from my grandmother, who grew up in devastating war times, how important it is to keep with tradition and celebrate the holidays during tough times. -Marcus Samuelsson

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday – it's a day that's American to the core and it's a day that's all about what and how we eat. -Marcus Samuelsson

The great outdoors is a theme with me; a walking holiday in Scotland is perfect – Culloden and the forests of Aviemore are both favourites. -Erin O'Connor

I've enjoyed many camping holidays with my sister and her children, but we're pretty posh campers. -Erin O'Connor

In my work, I'm called to a job at the drop of a hat, so I like a sense of order to my holidays, and holding a map makes me happy. -Erin O'Connor

My relationship with the mountains actually started when I was 16. Every year, a group used to be taken from Auckland Grammar down to the Tangariro National Park for a skiing holiday. -Edmund Hillary

To call New York's traffic at holiday time a nightmare is to understate. -Dick Cavett

I used to have a very unmediated experience of food but, because of the recipe testing, I've lost that now. I can't switch it off even when I'm on holiday. -Yotam Ottolenghi

When I was a girl, my grandmother would take me during the holidays to see the windows at Saks and Rockefeller Center. -Michael Learned

Personally, I don't take holidays; I go on trips. My idea of relaxing is taking a trip that isn't commissioned. I'll work just as hard, but without that nagging pressure of fulfilling a commission. Now that's what I call a holiday. -Martin Parr

I carried on acting during school holidays and was all set to go to drama school when I was offered my first professional job appearing in 'King David' with Richard Gere. -Gina Bellman

The No. 1 best-selling Christmas album of all time is from Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, the Jewish smooth-jazz legend Kenny G. American Jews have always produced a lot of holiday music, just not Hanukkah music. -Matisyahu

'I am a bad mother.' Every Christmas, this is what I think because the holiday season fills me with such anxiety. I'm sure that other mothers are happily baking cookies, decorating trees, and finding perfect gifts for everyone. -Tess Gerritsen

I don't think of Home Depot as romantic, but I do think the Christmas wonderland they put up during the holidays is magical. That is what Home Depot is to me, and that is the only romantic thing about it. -Betty Who

When I was a kid, my mother used to film all of our holidays and all of the good times, and I kind of associated the camera with everything being okay and everything being happy. -Natalia Kills

My father is from Jamaica, and as a child I spent many holidays there. I remember the weight and drenching wetness of that hot rain, as I experienced it in my childhood, not only for itself, but for what it represented for me. -Sadie Jones

I tend to opt for relaxed family holidays when I can. -Samantha Bond

Whenever I go on holiday, I like to time travel and imagine what it must have been like 500 years ago. I love the Tuscan landscape, which is reminiscent of a Claude Lorrain painting. -Jools Holland

I am a keen medievalist and like going around museums and ruins and finding out about the people and local culture. I'm not one for sitting by a pool or lying on a beach. I also like to sketch while I'm on holiday, if I have time. -Jools Holland

Instead of waiting until the holiday season – when mail solicitations flood in from worthy organizations – and making a flurry of gifts because this is the time of year to give, sit down and take stock. Identify your passion, learn about it, and direct your time, mind, and dollars to aligned causes and organizations. -Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

I had a holiday job in a kitchen, but I think we'll draw a polite veil over that. There was nothing joyous or creative about it. And none of this helped my studies. -Fergus Henderson

I always wanted to be a photographer. While I was at school, I got a lab-monkey holiday job in the darkrooms at the 'Independent.' What they taught me there was: you need to get the whole story in one frame. -Ben Schott

Christmas is a Christian holiday, and any self-respecting person of another religion should not celebrate a holiday that they don't believe in. Clearly, Christ is in the name of the holiday, so there should be a belief in Him. -Monica Johnson

During the holiday season, Christmas specifically, it can be hard to be away from family and friends. -Monica Johnson

Give up pride for good during the holidays. This is where I've been especially stubborn. As I walk more and more in this path of Christianity, I see that letting my guard down and admitting that I don't want to be alone is far better than dealing with me, myself and I, who always seem to want to keep up appearances. -Monica Johnson

No holiday, no job, no amount of money, not even my own security can mean more to me than my love for God. -Monica Johnson

In Britain, the major public holiday used to be Guy Fawkes Day… that was celebrated on November 5th with things like bonfires and fireworks… I think that made Halloween seem preferable. The idea of having pumpkins and costumes and parties seemed much more appealing than burning down your neighborhood. -Lisa Morton

Valentine's Day itself, like most holidays in the modern era, has been heavily influenced by commercialism that focuses on the appeal of romantic fantasies. -Aberjhani

Passover is my idea of a perfect holiday. Dear God, when you're handing out plagues of darkness, locusts, hail, boils, flies, lice, frogs, and cattle murrain, and turning the Nile to blood and smiting the firstborn, give me a pass. And tell me when it's over. -P. J. O'Rourke

I've always saved. I believe in keeping money back for a rainy day and living within my means. I don't buy expensive clothes; I have a 10-year-old car I'm hoping to replace when a big job comes in. I suppose when we do go on family holidays, I am quite happy to spend when we are there. -Sanjeev Bhaskar

We never thought 'Say Something' would be a holiday song. I'm still surprised that it's resonating at this time of year. Maybe that's why it's working so well – it balances out all the joy. -Ian Axel

I could just go to the horse races and take lovely holidays, but I have some strong views, and I want to make a difference. -Zac Goldsmith

People generally complain that they're overburdened by responsibilities, forgetting that they chose to have those responsibilities. No one makes you work like a dog in order to live in a nice house, put your kids in nice schools, drive a smart car and go on exotic foreign holidays. It's up to you. -Mark Barrowcliffe

Though President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894, the occasion was first observed on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. -Brendan I. Koerner

In 1887, Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day an official holiday, with Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York quickly following suit. -Brendan I. Koerner

Thanksgiving, our eminent moral holiday, doesn't have much for children. At its heart are conversation, food, drink, and fellowship – all perks of adulthood. -Rosecrans Baldwin

I've battled my weight since I was 12. My parents took to us to New York once, for a holiday, and there I'd buy fruit loops from a 24×7 shop and sit down with my books. I never played; I wasn't that kind of kid – I just read. I ate chocolates like peanuts. I was 86kg till I was 19. -Sonam Kapoor

I may not be the number one movie star, or my films might not be doing too good. I am grateful for what life has offered me. I have got a great family, parents are together, have a great sister, I get to holiday. All these things make me grateful towards life, for everything. I always say – have an attitude of gratitude. -Sonam Kapoor

For me, a holiday is about taking a book and going to a mountain and reading. -Sonam Kapoor

I was 13 – 14 when I first tasted stardom. In the summer holidays, my dad made me act in these films that went on to become superhits. I became a child star. -Mahesh Babu

Mistletoe, the same plant you kiss under at holiday time, may be an effective aid against certain types of cancer. -Chris Kilham

There's something about a holiday that isn't all about how much money you spend. -Hilarie Burton

Fourth of July. My birthday is July first, and my best friend's birthday is July fifth, so it's always been a favorite holiday. It's all about having a cooler full of sodas, hot dogs, and just hanging out and shooting off firecrackers, being low-key, watching the fireworks. -Hilarie Burton

I love the holidays on 'The Middle' because I feel like I'm getting that very traditional American holiday experience that I never had growing up. -Eden Sher

Think Indonesia and tourism, and the first thing that comes to mind is probably Bali. Think golf holiday, and most people would dream of Scotland or Ireland. But Indonesia harbors one of the best-kept secrets in the world of travel: it is a golfer's paradise. -Raymond Bonner

There are no accomplished golf tour operators in Indonesia, so a golf holiday there is a do-it-yourself operation. But don't let that deter you. -Raymond Bonner

People who read on holiday always have a better time because it's total escapism, both physically and mentally. -Jasmine Guinness

If summer racing didn't exist, I could go on holiday, yes, because nobody else would then be riding winners; but as long it goes ahead, I'll do it for the reason that I want to ride more winners than anyone else. -Tony McCoy

People recognise me when I'm holiday on the beach. -Joanne Froggatt

Medical attention and emotional support can be difficult to obtain for those in need, yet both are essential to nurturing healthy futures year round and especially during the holiday season. -Sylvia Mathews Burwell

I have a huge costume section in my closet – wigs, mustaches, the whole thing. Halloween's my favorite holiday, so I have a lot of weird stuff. -Clark Duke

I can barely recall a single holiday when my father didn't make a scene or create some kind of chaos. We were always walking on eggshells. -Dominique Moceanu

I used to go swimming and passed the tennis courts every day, and that's how it started. My mum said, 'Why don't you play tennis in your summer holidays because you have nothing to do except swim for an hour or whatever?,' and that's how I started playing. -Sania Mirza

Like all kids with divorced parents, I have an abundance of holidays. -Deb Caletti

The holidays are only holy if we make them so. -Marianne Williamson

Bad presidents don't deserve holidays. They deserve scorn. -Ben Shapiro

Let's assume for the moment that the logic behind Presidents Day is actually sound for certain presidents. Why not have a separate holiday for Lincoln and one for Washington – as we used to do, before we became so concerned with the 'Every President Gets a Trophy' ethos? -Ben Shapiro

Thanksgiving was always a favorite holiday for me. The preparation was fun! My grandma and I would walk to the butcher on Jamaica Avenue in Queens, order the bird, and buy all the fixings at the market. -Debi Mazar

For holidays, I like doing special cheery touches around the table, like color-coordinating the plates and napkins to fit the theme. -Debi Mazar

My own passion for caravan holidays has been occasionally commented on by the media. It is certainly something that I am proud of. -Margaret Beckett

My husband and I have enjoyed many summer holidays on the Continent, and many people say that their most memorable trips have been the journeys made on the spur of the moment. -Margaret Beckett

Some people think that going on a caravan holiday is a slightly more upscale version of camping. Let me assure you, it is much better than that. You know that you will have your creature comforts wherever you are. I never have to pack light, and I can put the kettle on in any location. -Margaret Beckett

On most holidays, you'll find me in Mexico. Actually, on most holidays you won't find me. I'm at a beach, and it's wonderful. -Kyrsten Sinema

My mother is the sort of woman who not only can raise a chicken and roast it to moist perfection but, as she proved to my openmouthed sister and me on a family holiday to Morocco when we were very young, can barter for one in a market, kill it, pluck it, and then cook it to perfection. -Hamish Bowles

I miss both of my parents terribly every day, but especially as we approach Thanksgiving. We always came together as a family for that holiday, playing capture the flag and touch football and laughing a lot. -Mark Shriver

I'd love to do a safari holiday somewhere in Africa – maybe Kenya or Tanzania. I have never been, and we've deliberately waited until the children are older so that they could appreciate it, learn something and come back with stories. -Louise Nurding

As much as we love being sociable on holiday, part of me craves the idea of being away, staying in a hut on the beach, and maybe not seeing anyone for days apart from Jamie and the boys. -Louise Nurding

I love everything about the holidays: the decorations, the parties, and spending time with friends and family. What I love most is that feeling of giving back. Every bit counts. -Brad Goreski

Holidays have been commercialized. It has become about material things. But the holidays are about sharing stories and being in each other's presence. -Malcolm D. Lee

Our kids are not Jewish, and they're not Catholic. They're not Episcopalian. They're not Buddhist. They're not anything. We do all the holidays to keep the traditions and the culture going, but I truly don't have a great feeling about any particular organized religion, and I don't think it's right to impose one on my kids. -Rhea Perlman

I had always known that I was Jewish – we celebrated the holidays, we went to a synagogue – but I had never known that I was supposed to feel ashamed about it. -Caroline Leavitt

My family background is Mexican, and I was born in Chicago. It's pretty much family tradition every time we get together for Christmas and major holidays to sing. Our family time is centered around the food and a little bit of performing for one another. -Ailyn Perez

I remember being banned from other houses as a younger child during the winter holiday season; I was the only one who didn't believe in Santa Claus, and I was ruining everyone's Christmas. -Jami Attenberg

Since I travel to the four corners of this planet for work, I don't need sun holidays or that kind of thing. -Ben Elliot

When I go on holiday, I wear wedges. They accentuate your leg, honey, and you have to look good on the beach. -Amy Childs

I just love being around my family during the holidays. -Martha MacIsaac

I don't spend on expensive brands. I don't need foreign holidays. -Om Puri

Like many parents after a long family holiday, I usually welcome the moment when my kids head back to school. -Jose Andres

I was a heart surgeon before I came to Congress, and I've worked many holidays on behalf of my patients. -Larry Bucshon

In Asia, it is very hectic – there is no overtime, no holidays, no weekends. It's pretty rushed because they are trying to cut the deadline. -Godfrey Gao

Friends at school were always quite shocked that we holidayed in Nigeria, but it was all pretty middle-class, really. -Chiwetel Ejiofor

I come from a really poor family, and when I started doing campaigns, it changed everything for my family. I am not complaining; I had a beautiful childhood – we didn't have a lot of money, but there was always food on the table, and my parents saved money so that in the holidays we would all get in the car and drive to the mountains. -Noemie Lenoir

I used to work at a movie theater and sold hams at Honey Baked Ham during the holidays. I sold a ton of hams, and they offered me a regular job there, which I turned down. I feel like anything you do, just do it 100% because then that work ethic will bleed through when it's time to work on your dreams. -Tika Sumpter

The first time you go on holiday is the test of a relationship, when you really find out if you're compatible or not. You find out what's annoying about that person, and whether or not you're willing to put up with that because you love them and you don't want to be alone. -Alice Lowe

The holidays are important, but the path I've chosen doesn't take that into consideration. I do what I can to enjoy them, but it's one of the sacrifices of being an athlete. -Brittany Bowe

I look my best when I'm totally free, on holiday, walking on the beach. -Rosamund Pike

I'm a huge holiday person. I love having parties and giving gifts. -Megan Hilty

Corned beef and cabbage – that's our favorite holiday meal when all the O' Haras gather around the table. -Kelli O'Hara

My family often travels to New York City during the holidays, and that's always a good time. -Sara Shepard

My parents, Mary Agnes Smith and Rowland Smith, both had to work since their early teens, she in the holiday boarding house of her mother and he in his father's market garden in Marton Moss, a village on the south side of Blackpool, just north of Saint Anne's-on-Sea. -Michael Smith

The holiday season can be an especially trying time for our service men, women, and families. Military service and deployment create empty seats at holiday tables, religious services, and celebrations. -Geoff Stults

We asked our friends and relations to lend us their children, and, because we lived in London, children loved to come and stay for their half-term holidays. -Maeve Binchy

My mother hoped I would meet a nice doctor or barrister or accountant who would marry me and take me to live in what is now called Fashionable Dublin Four. But she felt that this was a vain hope. I was a bit loud to make a nice professional wife, and anyway, I was too keen on spending my holidays in far flung places to meet any of these people. -Maeve Binchy

I grew up in this era where your parents' friends were all called aunt and uncle. And then I had an aunt and an aunt. We saw them on holidays and other times. We never talked about it, but I just understood that they were a couple. -Patti Davis

With the advent of Twitter and Facebook and other social networking sites, genuine privacy can only be found by renting a private villa for a holiday. -Robert Powell

The most classic French dessert around the holidays is the Christmas log, with butter cream. Two flavors. Chocolate and coconut. My first job in the kitchen when I was a boy was to make these Christmas logs. -Alain Ducasse

In France, Christmas is a family holiday. You stay home. New Year's Eve is when you go out. -Alain Ducasse

When I go on a holiday to a tropical place, I'll spray tan before I go. -Michael Douglas

My own parents divorced when I was six. I was raised with my brother Joel by our mother on the East Coast, visiting my father in Los Angeles during holidays. When your parents are divorced, you don't know anything else, do you? -Michael Douglas

My daughter is a horseback rider, so I try to watch her ride; we take holidays together. -Michael Douglas

I don't spend a lot on holidays, but have been very fortunate to travel extensively through doing various challenges around the world. The best place I've ever been is Argentina. -Ian McKeever

My favorite thing about the holiday season is the lights! I love walking around with family, friends, and a cup of peppermint hot chocolate to look at all the beautiful lights and decorations. -Caroline Sunshine

Our family's special holiday tradition is going over to my grandparent's house on Christmas morning. My grandma cooks a big breakfast, and I love hearing her tell old funny stories. -Caroline Sunshine

I hate that there'll be moments in my day and I'll be patting down my legs trying to find my phone. I hate how anxious it makes me feel when I don't have it. When I go on holiday, or I go back to Australia, I put my phone in my bag and I don't worry about it; I think differently and I feel less stressed. -Liam Hemsworth

From the big mountains in the north to the valleys in the south, all through my childhood and teenage years, my family would always holiday in Wales. -Luke Evans

Nothing has ever touched on what fun childhood was. Summer holidays were bliss. We made home movies, with real stories in them. My father had such charm and charisma, and made everything so funny. -Jane Birkin

Being poor with three small children is terrifying. You can't make any plans. You know you're not going on holiday, ever. There's no way you could ever afford driving lessons or a car. And the guilt I used to feel: they had holes in their shoes, and at one point, I had to send them to school wearing Wellingtons when the sun was shining. -Sue Townsend

I survived because I never took on big responsibilities in my private life. In the early days, I lived on two or three pounds a week and learned to cook – and I'm a good cook – because I had to. Even when I went on holiday, I stayed in other people's houses. -Cameron Mackintosh

I get recognised in the street, but that's more from all the Scottish people who are down in Blackpool on their holidays. -Charlie Adam

As a company dedicated to creating fun and affordable toys for children, everyone at Ty is proud to play a small part in helping children in need have a happy holiday. We are proud to be associated with Toys for Tots and congratulate our Marines for a job well done. -Ty Warner

I've never stayed in a tent or a caravan in my life, and I never joined the Boy Scouts. I don't see the point of going on holiday to enjoy less comfort than I have at home. -Terry Wogan

When my children were very young, I was slated to go on a business trip. When it was nearly canceled, I decided I wouldn't tell anyone and go off for a week's vacation anyway. In the end, the trip went off as planned. But I was intrigued by the idea of an illicit holiday. -Sophie Hannah

Most people think I am very nice; they think I'm their friend, which is lucky, but it means you're never allowed to be in a bad mood. They take it personally. The worst is when you're on holiday with your family. -Romain Duris

My family and I are so close, it's important to have a close knit relationship and to make time to spend with each other, especially at the holidays. -Gia Coppola

The pursuit of natural knowledge, the investigation of the world – mental and material – in which we live, is not a dull and spiritless affair: rather is it a voyage of adventure of the human mind, a holiday for reckless and imaginative souls. -Archibald Hill

I try to celebrate all the holidays that the Scriptures talk about. -Amar'e Stoudemire

I look forward to the holiday season every year. -Cate Blanchett

I think if I had come out of drama school and been an instant Hollywood superstar, I would be taking long, leisurely holidays. -Richard C. Armitage

I never wanted for anything. We went to Ireland for holidays every year. I was 14 when we first went to Italy. My mum was determined I was going to go to a good school. My mum was an absolute grafter. A real grafter. I got my work ethic from her. -Imelda Staunton

I don't go for holidays or celebrate my success because I know nothing is permanent. I don't let it get to me – like I am India's top director with too many hits. If that happens, I might lose the connect with my audience. The day I go wrong, they will run away from me. I want to be like an assistant director all my life. -Rohit Shetty

It's more enjoyable for me to know that life is finite. Knowing that, I would like to go to a party. When you get to the holidays, if you think that the holidays will be forever, you just take it for granted. But, if you know that you have just three days at the beach, you will be so happy to be there every day. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Aim to write for an hour per day. I used to be a teacher, and an hour a day before school was all it took for me to write my first book. Don't get discouraged if a holiday or illness interrupts your writing habit. Just start it up again. -Caroline Lawrence

It's no coincidence that the word 'holiday' suggests a holy day, or that the longest book in the Torah concerns the Sabbath. If you wish to advance in any sphere, the best way is to take a retreat. -Pico Iyer

I have flown with British Airways since I was a very little child, so it feels quite special to have gone from family holidays flying around Europe to become a gold card holder and be spoiled enough to travel more than not in first class. -Orlando Bloom

It seems to be the way I get jobs – I book a holiday, I get to the other side of the world, then I'll get the job. -Margot Robbie

Families always have these unspoken dramas, and at holidays, everyone is supposed to sit down and pretend that none of that is going on. -Richard LaGravenese

Car-essential is a real turn-off to me, so yeah, I just want a friendly holiday resort with a villa and a pool, but which is really private, but there again, there's a supermarket and a doctor's and a beach a five-minute walk away. That's all I want, and it's quite difficult to find. -Robert Webb

We have a family holiday once a year, usually abroad, but that's it. I feel I should have holidays for my family's sake, but I'm not that adventurous. -Robert Webb

Two brothers and a sister, my niece, my nephew… we're a very small group. We're very close, very tight-knit. We spend every holiday weekend together. -Cristela Alonzo

Being a non-swimmer, I've never been excited by the sea so avoid it on holidays. -Donald Sinden

I don't fear death so much as I fear its prologues: loneliness, decrepitude, pain, debilitation, depression, senility. After a few years of those, I imagine death presents like a holiday at the beach. -Mary Roach

The smell of pine needles, spruce and the smell of a Christmas tree – those to me, are the scents of the holidays. -Blake Lively

I wear a lot more glitter around the holidays, so I'm always wearing different glitter nail polish or fun metallic eye shadow. It's the holidays – everything is more twinkly and celebratory. -Blake Lively

We had idyllic summer holidays, building sandcastles with my father on the beach at Bridlington. It might sound strange, but I think that secure cocoon of familial love was so nourishing, it gave me the strength to live life on my own. -Kiki Dee

I love spending time with my family and friends during the holidays, and my favorite holiday tradition would be the pozole that my mom makes almost every Christmas. It's the best! -Becky G

My favorite holiday memory was sitting at home all day in my pajamas during winter break for school watching a bunch of old Christmas movies like 'Jack Frost' and 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' with my siblings and parents. -Becky G

For me, acting is like a holiday. When you're directing, you have a strong sense of responsibility for others. It's exciting but exhausting, especially when you're like me: always wanting to break the rules. -Simon McBurney

My family is certainly very vocal. They're very Italian. A lot of our holidays end with people screaming at each other across the room. And everyone's very opinionated and intelligent. A lot of my aunts and uncles are wildly educated, and their opinions reflect that. We're all very liberal. -Chris Evans

When I was at home, I always cooked, and I usually cook over all the holidays. I always used organic. -Nell Newman

I would like to spend Christmas in different countries all over the world. I love seeing how different cultures celebrate the holidays in their own unique ways. -Mallory Jansen

I don't like holidays. And I don't like crowds of people. I don't like noise. -Roz Chast

I love to cook a meal for the so-called holidays. You always need the turkey. I like making a good BBQ brisket as well. -Action Bronson

I love, when I'm on holiday in cities, going into church and feeling that reverence and that kind of automatic respect: the sort of magic which exists in those kind of religious temples. -James Norton

If somebody doesn't want to cook at home or has more family members than they have room for, then it's great to be in a city that's got restaurants that are actually busy on the holidays. -Danny Meyer

As a child, I used to spend nearly all my summer holidays with my aunt in Wales, and we used to catch mackerel in a boat and then cook them on board. -Mary Quant

No one can complain about earning good money, but for me, it's being able to help my family out, put my brother and sister through school, take my family on holiday. That's where I get the biggest buzz, not buying a pair of £500 shoes. -Abbey Clancy

Being in Oxford can be a bit like being on holiday – there's plenty of time spent in the pub. -Kevin Whately

I love Thanksgiving. In Canada, we don't really have a lot of history with Thanksgiving, and it's a holiday devoted to food, and that warms the cockles of my being. -Mackenzie Davis

I just don't take myself as seriously anymore. But as a result of that, I am taking myself more seriously. My ego has gone on holiday, and it can't get a flight back home. -Rhys Ifans

I think people get excited about summer wardrobes and what they will wear on holiday, and people have an opportunity to wear things that they don't normally wear when they're in the city. -Jade Jagger

The only holiday of independence which I can never leave out is the celebration of the independence of the Jewish State of Israel. -Milos Zeman

I am not someone who's very good at looking after herself, and I am also not someone who goes on holiday very often. -Jane Green

I have only ever been to Antigua to hop over to other Caribbean islands. The airport had always seemed perfectly lovely, but I'm a quiet sort of holiday girl, and Antigua always seemed big. -Jane Green

Each year, in my quaint efforts to send out paper holiday cards with personal messages, I probably discard one for every three I actually manage to put in the mail. The reason is that my handwriting is now less legible than it was when I was in the second grade. -Meghan Daum

Handwriting challenges aside, I love paper cards. I love the endless stewing involved in picking them out at the store. I love buying holiday stamps at the post office, and I love that 'whoosh' sound the cards make when I drop them into the mail slot. -Meghan Daum

I go up to San Francisco on holidays and spend time with my family there, but whenever I go to Japan, I enjoy every moment. I try to go back there every year or so. It's a phenomenal place, and I absolutely love it. It's not my second home; it is my home. Whenever I go back, I feel very connected with Japan. -Ryan Potter

I work on holidays. I work on birthdays. I work on New Year's. I work. I keep my ears to the streets. -Juicy J

We think that in Mexico, online trading of shares and financial instruments is not going to be as important as it is in the U.S. On days that there is a banking holiday in the U.S., you hardly see any movement here on the stock exchange. -Carlos Slim

I was very fortunate that all my holidays I'd spend with my grandfather, experiencing a much more traditional way of life and listening to these wonderful stories, which I now feel are such an important part of Indian thinking. -Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

I was a little punk rocker and was pregnant with Sarah when I went to university. I had her in the Christmas holidays of the first term. It was 1979, and UCL was very proud of its reputation as a liberal university, so they were very helpful. -Alison Owen

I feel like girls should dress down a little bit on the holidays, even though the instinct is to get really dressed up. -Chris Benz

In the beginning of my twenties, I started transcendental meditation. For years, I did nothing else. Every holiday, I went to courses. Meditation is a real simple instrument. You don't need a long beard or a sari. It's meant to bring you to yourself. It's as easy as that. -Peter Lindbergh

I always joke that my kids' favorite holiday is Father's Day. They love the way I celebrate the occasion by writing each of them a thank-you letter and a generous check. It's my way of letting them know how much I appreciate the great pleasure and privilege of being their dad. -Wayne Dyer

When I was ten, I spent a school holiday watching a lot of films: 'Dead Poets Society', 'Stand By Me', 'Home Alone' and 'The Goonies'. It completely inspired me. I told my parents I wanted to become an actor after that. -Russell Tovey

One should live between extravagance and meanness. Don't save money by starving your mind. It is false economy never to take a holiday, or never to spend money for an evening's amusement or for a useful book. -Orison Swett Marden

I can't explain something I saw on holiday on Holy Island when I was about nine years old, but do you know what, it could have been my PE teacher dressed in a monk's habit. I have no idea. I'm not a ghost person… it doesn't mean there aren't unexplained things; I just don't think they're ghosts. -Tom Goodman-Hill

I've been banking my holidays, which means I take time off later in the year. It makes it a lot easier to fit filming in; it can be quite challenging to study and film at the same time. -Bindi Irwin

Children crave routine and find listening to the same stories over and over again soothing. If you've grown weary of the holiday books you've read your kid 7,883 times, try adding 'dude' to the end of every line of dialogue. -Adam Mansbach

A holiday vacation can mean sampling all kinds of new cuisine – whether it's Uncle Joe's award-winning chili or the exotic flavors of Nepal. If your little ones are fussy, be sure to ease mealtime hassles by bringing along a supply of the familiar foods they're accustomed to rejecting at home. -Adam Mansbach

I always love the holiday episodes, because you really get to see everybody at their best. -Rocky Carroll

I never thought about writing a novel until I was 13, and that happened by chance. I was on school holidays, and I was bored, and I thought I just wanted to do something to occupy myself instead of asking, 'What can I do, mum? Entertain me.' I started, and it really just took over, and I realised, 'Wow, this is an amazing experience.' -Alexandra Adornetto

When I first told people I was writing a book, some would say that was interesting, but others thought it was some holiday project and I would lose interest. I think my parents thought the same thing, and they were surprised when I kept going. I'm not sure I thought I would keep going, but then it became a big part of my life. -Alexandra Adornetto

I had left the music industry at the end of 2001, after 10 years, and had spent three years writing every single day – producing two unpublished novels, one abandoned novel, and three unproduced screenplays. The word 'no' and I were on more than nodding terms. The word 'no' and I were talking about going on holiday together. -John Niven

I once worked at a record label called London Records. The company was owned by Roger Ames, one of the most successful figures in the British music industry. Roger always placed a value on loafing, on holidays, on not being in the office all the time. -John Niven

The teams that worked on the innovative distribution of 'The Interview' are just a few of the many that put in long hours over our studio holiday to ensure business continuity, rebuild our systems, and protect our company. -Michael Lynton

Every year, I looked forward to Oprah Winfrey's Favorite Things episode. I watched with my notebook computer in my lap so I could Google the items and order them for the friends and family on my holiday gift-giving list. -Lori Wilde

I spent a lot of time at my grandparents in the school holidays, and the only books in the house were a copy of the Bible and Agatha Christie's 'Murder at the Vicarage.' I developed a taste for murder mysteries and then later discovered libraries, second-hand bookshops, and jumble sales. -Val McDermid

I don't classify myself as the first space tourist because I wasn't as though I paid and had a holiday out of it – although I had a fab time. -Helen Sharman

After 'X Factor,' I got loads of gigs. Then I went on holiday just after the tour and bought my Rolex in Tenerife. I needed to go through that phase – splurge and see that it's worthless – to get it out of my system. -Rebecca Ferguson

Traditionally Presidents Day was Washington's birthday. It was celebrated as a public holiday on February 22 each year, in peace or in war. -Nigel Hamilton

During the holiday season, it's easy to forget that sometimes the best gift of all is simply the gift of time. I can't think of anything a writer would appreciate more than being given time and space to work. -Kate Klise

My idea of a traditional holiday – the right way to do it – goes back to the days when gift-giving meant sharing homemade things: hand-knit sweaters, carved wooden toys, smoked meats and the like. -Mark Frauenfelder

I think it is really important to indulge on the holidays, I think that we all deserve that; I think that the more you worry, the more it's a problem. I think everyone's relationship with food is all about giving your body what it wants and what it needs. I think indulging is good and working out, too, for sure! -Martha Hunt

I used to spend my holidays there in my grandparents' large family house, with my numerous cousins. When I die, I am going to be buried in the village cemetery. -Yves Chauvin

Not all of E. Nesbit's children's books are fantasies, but even the most realistic somehow seem magical. In her holiday world, nobody ever goes to school, though all the kids know their English history, Greek myths, and classic tales of derring-do. -Michael Dirda

From the late 19th to the early 20th century, the December issue of almost any general-interest magazine regularly featured a holiday horror or two. -Michael Dirda

For me, the two weeks between Christmas and Twelfth Night have come to be reserved for desultory reading. The pressure of the holiday is over, the weather outside is frightful, there are lots of leftovers to munch on, vacation hours are being used up. -Michael Dirda

Books don't only furnish a room: they also make the best holiday gifts. -Michael Dirda

When I became a mother of two, I decided to work with brands that remind me of family because they're my No. 1 priority. Now I'm partnering with Puffs to encourage people to get out and not hibernate inside. People should enjoy the holiday season, and if you do have a runny nose or the sniffles, Puffs is there to take care of your symptoms. -Vanessa Lachey

An awful lot of people have childhood memories of holidays in Cornwall, and the holidays are old-fashioned and hugely successful. You stick a child and a dog on one of the beaches, and they just light up; they just love it. -Martin Clunes

I have learned that I must take a holiday at least once each year if I want to survive! -Maelle Gavet

It's funny what memory does, isn't it? My favorite holiday tradition might not have happened more than once or twice. But because it is such a good memory, so encapsulating of everything I love about the holidays, in my mind it happened every year. Without fail. -Molly O'Keefe

My son is getting close to the age that I remember watching Scrooge, and as he loves to be scared, I can't wait to start my favorite holiday tradition all over again with him. -Molly O'Keefe

The fact is, we need markers in life, whether we subscribe to a religion or not. And the major holidays, such as Christmas, serve to remind us of the turning world. -Jay Parini

My earliest memories of holidays are from when I was about eight. We lived in Pennsylvania, and every year we'd visit Miami. -Jay Parini

I often think that the last holiday is the greatest, but then some really stand out in my mind. One of the best was one my wife and I had in the Lake District. We stayed in a B&B and walked around the countryside for two weeks. -Jay Parini

I had very busy parents, but I really appreciated having a set of traditions during my own childhood, like consistently celebrating holidays at the same place. -Ivanka Trump

My sister Naomi and I always wanted to go to Tahiti. We planned a fantastic holiday to visit several islands, but at the last moment, Naomi cancelled. It was the first time I'd holidayed alone, and it was absolutely the best. -Marie Helvin

If I'm on holiday, I travel light, but if it is a work trip, I take everything but the kitchen sink. -Marie Helvin

Thanksgiving is America's favorite holiday because it's a time when we put aside our cares, much as the struggling Pilgrims did nearly four centuries ago, and eat a gut-busting meal without worrying about the 'out years.' -David Ignatius

I give to panhandlers on occasion, especially around the holidays, but have always been involved with charity, which was an important part of the way I was brought up. My siblings and I knew early on in life that we were incredibly fortunate and have never taken that for granted, so we recognize the importance of giving back. -Donald Trump, Jr.

Every winter, I'm a sexy academic deconstructionist. And in the summer, it's normally Brigitte Bardot on holiday in the 1950s. -Liz Goldwyn

The beautiful vagabonds, endowed with every grace, masters of all climes, and knowing no bounds – how many human aspirations are realized in their free, holiday-lives, and how many suggestions to the poet in their flight and song! -John Burroughs

Being a Jehovah's Witness, I don't celebrate birthdays or holidays. I don't vote. -Prince

Kindness, tolerance, integrity, modesty, generosity – these are attributes that events permit us. They are our holiday moods, and we are as proud of them as of the fine clothes we have hung away to wear on occasions. -Ben Hecht

The school holidays were always an exciting time in the Brownlee household. This was the opportunity for my brother Alistair and me to escape from the classroom and enjoy the great outdoors. Our childhood was jam-packed with fun family games and activities. -Jonathan Brownlee

No Ohio family should be forced to go hungry during the holidays or any time. -Sherrod Brown

A Jewish food is one that is almost sanctified, either by its repeated use or use within the holidays or rituals. So food that may have not been Jewish at one point can become Jewish within the cultural context. -Gil Marks

Every holiday has unique fare and symbolic foods, but none as much as Rosh Hashana. -Gil Marks

Most of the traditional foods we eat on Jewish holidays start out with a seasonal reason as to why we eat them, and later a religious significance is tacked on. -Gil Marks

Passover is the most widely observed of all the Jewish holidays, and the Passover Seder… is the most practiced of all the Jewish rituals. -Gil Marks

France has been struck on the day of her national holiday – the 14th of July, Bastille Day – the symbol of liberty, because human rights are denied by fanatics, and France is clearly their target. -Francois Hollande

For years, Judaism has been a sort of product put on the religious shelf, and on holidays, we would take it off the shelf and let seculars play with it for a bit. Now, Judaism is going back to being something that more closely touches everyone. -Yair Lapid

If, for 2,000 years, you dress up differently, believe in a different God, celebrate different holidays, and on top of it insist on telling everyone that you're completely different than them, ultimately they'll believe you. -Yair Lapid

Don't we all think picky eaters are a pain in the rear end? The good thing about the holidays is that it's a buffet-style thing, so you can pick what you want. It's about filling your belly, not theirs. -Eric Stonestreet

I had a lovely childhood. For family holidays, we went as far as the car could take us – we would drive to Florida, even though it would take three days. I didn't know we didn't have a lot of money because there was always food on the table. I didn't have a lot of stuff, but I did figure skating for a long time, and I always had my skates. -Rachel McAdams

People want to see more diversity. That's why you have the Kevin Hart making $17 million dollars on a holiday weekend. -Octavia Spencer

Less tension in the Middle East is always a positive, and any drop in gas prices will essentially act as a tax break for consumers going into the holiday shopping season. -Jeff Duncan

I loved to do sports when I was young. We were on a family holiday and went sailing. I just loved it. And there, you can say, life began to change for me. -Hannah Mills

Though Washington had closed down for the holidays, the next day, December 26, a key message from Hanoi brought Kissinger racing back to his office. It was the signal the White House had anxiously been awaiting; it was also the day of one of the biggest raids by the giant B-52s. -Alistair Horne

Devon holds a special place in my heart. As a child, I normally went on holiday to Bantham and have lots of happy memories from my time there. I used to catch sand eels in the early morning and go fishing for bass throughout the day. I remember a gull taking my bait. -Richard Branson

I read everything, but generally more fact than fiction – especially autobiographies and biographies. I've read 'Long Walk to Freedom' by Nelson Mandela at least twice on holiday. Every time, I'm totally awed by his vision, strength and forgiveness. I feel honoured to have got to know him and his wonderful wife Graca over the years. -Richard Branson

I think I got into travelling because it was so not in my blood, so against my tendency to just stay put because my dad just hated going on holidays, because, as I've said in many essays, the thing that he hated more than anything else in life was spending money. And as soon as you leave your home, you're spending money. -Geoff Dyer

Even when I was an engineer, I was a comic on my job. At birthday and holiday parties, I was the one scheduling and emceeing. If you work on your gift, and you're good, it will shine through. -Loni Love

Not that I went into the Olympics with any doubt, but my holiday plans afterwards depended on how well I did – bronze, silver or gold. -Adam Peaty

I find that I'm constantly drawing. Even when I'm on holidays or when the baby's sleeping, I'll just start doing some automatic drawing, something like that, and then it will turn into a piece, even though I thought I was just doodling. -Marcel Dzama

I think I'll probably be pregnant all through my 30s. I've always pictured everyone around the table for the holidays and together once a week. It'll be heartbreaking if it doesn't end up happening, but hopefully it will. We've got some embryos on hold. -Chrissy Teigen

Americans have much less holiday, so for them, four or five days away is like a mini vacation, but for us, it's just a long weekend. In Europe, one takes time off more casually. -Margherita Missoni

It's always fun to visit multiple locations on one trip, but I think it also really depends on the ages of those on holiday. As a child, I loved spending time in one vacation spot, getting attached to the location, becoming comfortable, and feeling as though I were at home. This is something I would like for my children to experience. -Margherita Missoni

We didn't travel much when I was little – most of what we did was visit various campsites around Conway, north Wales. My first major holiday abroad was to Ibiza with my parents when I was five. I vividly remember the plane touching down and that the hotel had great swings with lots of little lizards darting about that I was determined to catch. -Paul Hollywood

For me, it is always part of my holiday to go and work my way along the shelf in the local artisan bakery with its breads, savoury tartlets, pastries and cakes. It is soul food: one of those things that tells you about a place and the history of a place and its people. -Paul Hollywood

Some of my fondest memories are holidays by the seaside. -Mary Berry

I mainly cook British food with a few things I've had on my holidays. I went to the Canary Islands a few years ago, and we had all sorts of different mushrooms on brioche with pancetta on top, and it was delicious. I had it most days for lunch, so I thought, 'I'll do that when I get back,' and now it's in my cookbook, an absolute favourite. -Mary Berry

My best holidays were in Devon and Cornwall when the children were growing up. We always used to stay on farms because our children were pretty wild, and it was great going to the beach every day. We used to go to Launceston and Salcombe and all over those two counties. -Mary Berry

In 1924, I became a Dozent in Gottingen and worked out the quantum mechanics during a holiday stay on Heligoland. -Werner Heisenberg

Easter is one of my favorite holidays with the kids. They get to run loose, and we always have our family and loved ones all around us! -Camila Alves

I love holidaying with the kids after working hard, it is amazing. -Mahesh Babu

The holidays are a rough time for the homeless, but it's a year-round problem we have to solve. -Mike Binder

I don't know that I read more than the average person. I don't think I do very much. I tend to read more when I'm on holiday. That's when I can go through books like you wouldn't believe. I read a bit of everything, but the novel has always been very important to me. -Mark Knopfler

When I was young, my family used to go and stay in hotels on the south coast in places like Devon. I loved those holidays because they were with my brothers, who were away at school; I really looked forward to them. -Stephen Frears

I never thought I would become an actress. I always wanted to get into politics, and I moved to Argentina and worked for the U.S. embassy for a bit. It sort of happened upon me when I was home for the holiday – acting, that is – and I stuck with it. -Meghan Markle

The holidays are a time to – not quite play it safe – but play it classic. You don't want to be the girl in a head-to-toe sequin look, where you look like you should be an ornament on the tree. -Meghan Markle

Any day that is designated to shower the person you love with love is my favorite holiday. -Kevin Nealon

The holidays are a way to get away from the pain of the year, creating something people can laugh at. That's a gift. -Josh Gordon

I love holidays. It's such a wonderful time for the whole family to be together and not have to worry about schedules and that kind of thing. -Toni Collette

When I go to Ohio to visit relatives on holidays, I am often astonished by the level of casual dismissal offered up by way of discussion. -Theresa Rebeck

I'd waste a holiday trying to set a story in this new place I'd visit, whereas I would never write a story about Indianapolis. -Darryl Pinckney

All in all, we Muslims have only two holidays, and they're always getting moved around from season to season, from month to month, because we're dependent on the moon and not the sun, and unlike the Jews, we haven't created a leap year, so we have no Adar Bet. -Sayed Kashua

Is it too late to institute a leap year and mandate that the holidays fall on regular, convenient dates – so that Id al-Fitr will come, say, in the spring and Id al-Adha in early summer? -Sayed Kashua

Thanksgiving is the only day of the year when most of the stores here are closed during the day and reopen after midnight. Even restaurants shut down for the holiday, except for the fast-food chains. -Sayed Kashua

If I am training on a holiday, most likely nobody else is – and that gives me the edge. If I'm supposed to run for 20 minutes and I get back and it's only been 19:34, I'm going to jog in a circle for 26 more seconds. I'm never going to cut it short. -Carli Lloyd

Even after creating a budget and being more money conscience, it's still easy to overspend during the holidays. -John Rampton

If money is tight, or you're on a limited budget, then consider DIY or used gifts. DIY could be something like baked goods for your friends, family, and neighbors. Plus, if you have children, it's a great activity to do with them during the holidays. -John Rampton

Going to Cambridge was a bit of a culture shock, I was a working class lass from Batley who hadn't been anywhere apart from the odd holiday on the Costa Del Sol. -Jo Cox

I have my way of dealing with lows in my career: I just go on a holiday. Coping with a failure of a film is like coping with a break-up. It's sad and heart-breaking, and it's not like I got over it right after my holiday; it took me some time. -Alia Bhatt

I change so many houses and places where I live; I change them like I change socks. I don't have this absolute, kind of, how you say, attachment. My brother, if he just has to go to holiday to sleep in different bed, for him it is a disaster. I can sleep under this table or in a five-star hotel; I don't care. -Marina Abramovic

People are lost. Their feelings are based around material things, and because that doesn't make them happy, they look for something else: bullfighting or soccer, or they go travelling, off to India – and that's not right. You can't just decide, 'I'm going on holiday to India.' Only when God allows you to. You have to ask His permission to go there. -Justo Gallego

I'm a really big fan of all things macabre in general; Halloween happens to be my favorite holiday. -Dove Cameron

The moment we finished shooting for 'Bruce Lee,' my wife Upasana reminded of a pending holiday. -Ram Charan

I didn't feel the need to rebel as a teenager. From age nine to 16, I went to school in Montreux in Switzerland, and it was heaven. I went to England for the Easter holidays, Cyprus for Christmas and summer holidays, and I was delighted to have that independence. -Angela Bowie

I got roles from good production houses, though I wasn't keen on them, as I was asked to – and I won't – wear a bikini in a film. I'm not conservative, as I'd wear it on holidays, but definitely not in front of the camera. I have to think of my family. -Mouni Roy

Even on holidays, I wake up early, and by 7 A.M., I am out sightseeing. -Mouni Roy

We now have the technology to pretty much hear everything. Can you imagine how our holiday dinners would be if every relative's entire conversations from birth to that moment in time was shown to every other relative? -Rick Santelli

I never dress up too much on holiday, but I do spend money on good sandals from labels like Aquazzura. -Poppy Delevingne

The best holiday I went on as a kid was to Disney World. I wore the same Minnie Mouse dress for 5 days straight and refused to go on any rides apart from It's A Small World. I think my parents wanted to kill me. -Poppy Delevingne

We have 40 people over for Thanksgiving, 30 people for Easter lunch, 35 people on Christmas Eve. People tend to expect to spend their holidays with us, which is lovely and an expectation I carry with pride. -Sonya Walger

I always liked movies like 'American Graffiti' and 'Gregory's Girl.' 'Gregory's Girl' is particularly perfect because it really captures that summer holiday bubble of teenage utopia. Even though it's got a happy ending, there's a feeling that these characters may never see each other again. -Edgar Wright

I love listening to music on holiday, and back in the old days, I used to travel with cassette tapes and a boombox. -Art Malik

My idea of a great holiday is not to go out. It's to find somewhere where I'm not confronted by people coming up to me and saying, 'You're Art Malik, aren't you?' It's quite nice sometimes not to be recognised. -Art Malik

For our country and people, October 10 is a meaningful revolutionary holiday when they celebrate the birth anniversary of the genuine vanguard of the revolution, its militant General Staff, which has taken responsibility for their destiny and leads them. -Kim Jong-un

Nobody was like, 'Kimberly, we're going to let you anchor general news or host a show or do any of that.' I at first started out doing legal analysis, but I had to make the case to my bosses… give me a shot, give me a chance, and I was able to do that: say, 'Let me fill in. Let me show you my range. Nothing to lose here – it's the holidays.' -Kimberly Guilfoyle

I think, of all the holidays we celebrate, my least favorite is Earth Day. For one thing, I never know what sort of gift is appropriate. A jar of dirt, maybe? And it's not clear to me why Earth even needs a 'day,' since a spin on its axis creates a day. That's like giving a man who owns a shoe store a gift of a pair of shoes. -W. Bruce Cameron

During the holidays, I often see my sisters, who still, even after all these years, can't always seem to agree with me. They take silly, indefensible positions, such as denying that my parents loved me more because I was the better child. -W. Bruce Cameron

I've always been in love with the States. When I was a kid, we would take these long summer holidays in Texas, Nashville, and all over. I fell in love with the people, the food, even the smell. You don't necessarily get that in old Europe. -Ed Weeks

I always prefer to save up and have a four- or five-star holiday rather than take lots of little breaks where the standards aren't so high. -June Whitfield

I didn't want my daughter to grow up in that intense attention – wherever we went, we'd get paparazzi. There are bigger, better superstars in America, so I thought, 'I'll go there for a quick holiday, and relax.' And my holiday just turned into me loving it and wanting to stay there longer and longer. -Mel B

I think Valentine's Day is one of those holidays like New Year's where people develop such high expectations that even if it's a decent day, it doesn't live up, and it's disappointing. -Brett Young

I tried snowboarding at 14, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I snowboarded every day off I had, every weekend I had off of school, every holiday we had off from school, and it became a huge part of my life, not just what I love to do, but really just kind of who I was. -Amy Purdy

I love sparkly eyes for the holidays, especially New Year's Eve. -Kat Graham

If it's not messy and it doesn't drip over the sides, it's not a holiday hot chocolate -it's just an average hot chocolate. -Alex Guarnaschelli

My British mum met my American dad when she was on holiday in the United States when she was 19. She kinda never looked back. I was born in the United States, raised in Montana and London. -Philip Winchester

My husband is Australian, and my family is scattered around the U.K. and France mostly, but we try to get a big group together for the holidays. -Darcey Bussell

I don't believe in perfection, but those acrimony-free gaps during our family holidays can be downright blissful. -Ron Howard

I fell in love with it after going there on holiday when I was 16: we went on one of those red bus tours, and it goes past Juilliard, and I was like, 'I want to go there'. -Gayle Rankin

I wanted to make a video for the holidays, but none of the traditional holiday songs were moving me. -Bonnie McKee

The light dims a little bit as you get older and new generations come along. But it's around the holidays when I am remembered the most. It is very special, and I get a kick out of it now as much as I did when I first started. -Johnny Mathis

I really do think that putting expectations on a holiday is setting yourself up for failure. -Delilah

I have never once celebrated a Valentine's Day as a romantic holiday. For me, it's another opportunity to tell my kids or whoever how much I love them. I hang pink crepe paper and make heart-shaped pancakes! -Delilah

We're losing jobs in our manufacturing base, and those families that are going to be out of work over the holidays, that is a very sad thing. That is more governmental dependency. That is a reduced tax revenue for the state and for the federal government. -Anthony Scaramucci

The story of my holiday decorating is if Ralph Lauren was trapped in a 1950s Woolworth, this is what it would look like. -Mary Kay Andrews

The holidays are the worst time to travel, and ISIS aren't making things any easier. -Katherine Ryan

'Fast And Furious 7' was quite random. I remember that it was the first holiday that I took in the entire year. I was in Mussoorie for two days with my friends when I got a call from my international PRs asking me to audition for 'Fast And Furious 7.' -Ali Fazal

Having a birthday around the holidays was never easy and, with every successive year, it felt more and more as if celebrating my birthday got thrown into the December holiday mix as an afterthought. -Chelsea Manning

As the grandson of Italian immigrants, maybe I am biased, but I think Christopher Columbus, the man who is rightfully credited with bringing European civilization to the Western Hemisphere, deserves the national holiday enacted by Congress in 1934. -Tom Tancredo

I don't drive smart cars; I don't go on fancy holidays. All my money has gone on my kids' education. -Nigel Farage

I spent a lot of time over in England wrestling at Butlins holiday camps for Brian Dixon and All Star Wrestling. -Daniel Bryan

I always believe holidays strengthen the family bond, away from our daily hectic schedules. -Chiranjeevi

When I came to Mumbai in 2005 for a holiday, I received work offers. So I decided to stay back and pursue a modelling and acting career. -Hazel Keech

I have an art-school background, not a fashion background where it's like, 'Oh, we're going on holiday to Miami.' -Giles Deacon

When I first came out, holidays were hard. I reached a point where I didn't go home anymore. I constructed my own, kind of like, family group around Christmas. -Dee Rees

Not a manager or an executive yet? It's not too early to practice. Many companies are always looking for people to volunteer to help coordinate happy hours, onboard new employees, or plan the holiday party. -Katrina Lake

In the 2010 holiday quarter, Apple reported $26.7 billion in revenue, up 70 percent from a year before. That means it's nearly as big as IBM, which did $29 billion in the same quarter. -Daniel Lyons

Back when I was 15 or 16, in Dallas there was a department store called Sanger-Harris. One holiday season, I got a job as a gift wrapper there. The others were all experts who did that job every year, and I was by far the youngest person, who was totally inexperienced. In those days, department stores around Christmastime were a total frenzy. -Karen Katz

In 1984, when I was a rookie member of the House, there was a bill introduced to make Martin Luther King's birthday a state holiday. It didn't have a chance. As time passed, though, more and more states adopted the holiday. Finally, after about five years, we passed it and, I think, almost unanimously. As I said, change is slow and hard. -John Grisham

I have already done two Christmas films: 'Elf' and 'Four Christmases.' I guess I really am a sucker for Christmas. Both movies are really about the importance of family. I come from a brood of five kids, and it's the one time of year we can all get together. It's hands-down my favorite holiday. -Peter Billingsley

'A Christmas Story' has become such a special part of the holiday season for so many families. -Peter Billingsley

My favorite holiday memory is making gingerbread houses. It's something I've done with my children since they were born. -Yolanda Hadid

I drew a lot. I always had sketchbooks. My parents were really great about any gift-giving holiday – birthdays, Hanukkah, Christmas – it was always art supplies for my brother and I. -Abbi Jacobson

I'm from Philadelphia, and I go to Philly a bunch throughout the holidays, which is my only time to see my family, so we get pretty festive around that time of year. It's also the only time I have vacation. -Abbi Jacobson

In December 2014, Uber held its annual holiday party on an unfurnished floor at its swank, mood-lit headquarters in San Francisco. Employees and investors attended in flamboyant attire from the Roaring '20s and drank at an open bar into the early morning hours. -Emily Chang

I enjoy the holidays, but I'm back to work pretty quickly. -Ian Ziering

During the holiday season, we've asked everyone within the sound of my voice that if you're going to celebrate, celebrate in a responsible manner. -Jesse White

I adore Biarritz. I first went there in the Eighties, and my wife and I liked it so much that we ended up buying a holiday home there. -Tim Pigott-Smith

Christmas is my favorite holiday because you spend time with family. I love the decorations, the music, and buying gifts for people. Everything about Christmas is the best. -Jessica Sanchez

Mine wasn't a lakes-and-boats kind of childhood. I grew up on a Glasgow council estate with a single mother. For our holidays, we went to Grandma and Grandad's caravan near Aberfoyle. -Kelly Macdonald

What compels the Hindu right's volcanic reaction to Valentine's Day? Some of its members have protested that the holiday is the product of a 'rotten imported culture' from the West. -Elizabeth Flock

I'm a dog lover. With the holidays, everything gets a little bit hectic. There's a lot on your mind, and maybe you forget that your animals also feel that stress as well. So try to keep them on the same routine; try to keep the chocolate out of their mouth. -Justin Hartley

Halloween was definitely the biggest holiday when I was a kid. We started making our Halloween costumes in August. Me and my mom. My mom was a single mom; it was just her and I. -Jason Blum

I've never lost that freelance mentality. You can't take a holiday because you're worried the work will dry up. -Charlie Brooker

However varied you try to make your work, you still bump up against the end of you. You keep knocking into a wall, and the wall is your own skull. But when you adapt somebody's work, it's like a door into somewhere else. It feels like a holiday from myself. -Nick Hornby

Teachers complain a lot about how tough their job is. But, you know, the day begins in most schools at nine o'clock, ends at 3.30 P.M. They have six weeks' holiday during the summer, two weeks' holiday at Easter and at Christmas. Yes, they don't just work when they're at school, but even so, compared to a lot of other jobs, it's not that tough. -Toby Young

I was one of those goofy kids whose year narrowed down to focus on Christmas from about September on. I guess I was like Ralphie in 'A Christmas Story,' in that I would get swept up into the anticipation of the holiday, watching the lights go up, hearing the songs in the stores, getting special Christmas issues of comics and all that. -Paul Dini

I've always liked the Krampus character, and I've always been fascinated with him, especially the tradition that he was such a part of the holiday season in Europe, in Germany, Austria, northern Italy, various other places. -Paul Dini

My parents were working class and didn't have much money, so holidays tended to be two weeks in a caravan at St. Andrews or a B&B in Blackpool. -Ian Rankin

Most of my holidays are with wonderfully generous friends with houses in the country or the South of France. -Patrick Cox

The holidays are only overwhelming because it's crunch time. It's like everyone trying to get last-minute things in before the New Year starts. -Leandra Medine

I do get antsy if I haven't got lines to learn, a character to play. But yes, I do take holidays. -Mark Strong

When you're on tour, you really don't get to hang out with and spend the holidays with your family and friends. And there isn't usually much of a break in between performance dates. -Ace Young

'Kris Kringle' is a holiday musical for a new generation – a gorgeous score paired with a heartwarming tale of family and forgiveness. -Andrew Keenan-Bolger

The first time I came to New York, I was 14. I was on holiday, and I loved it! I knew that I would come back to live here. It's a city that makes you feel, very quickly, at home. -Kenza Fourati

Each holiday season, as family members arrive and couches are unfolded, my household settles into a palpable nostalgia. Poorly designed photo albums are pulled from the shelves. Home videos of prepubescent siblings in matching pajamas dance across the television screen. -Clint Smith

Galentine's Day is the day before Valentine's Day. People sometimes think, 'Oh, it's a replacement for Valentine's Day.' But it's not. You can celebrate Galentine's and Valentine's. And it comes from the sitcom 'Parks And Recreation'… Amy Poehler's character created this holiday because she wanted a day to celebrate her girlfriends. -Kayleen Schaefer

'Robin's Test' is more contemporary than what I normally do. It's about couples going on a camping holiday for a 50th birthday. Two couples go, and then this other couple were going to come, but they've broken up, and so the man from that couple turns up, but with a new girlfriend that nobody likes – and I'm playing that character. -Julia Davis

We don't yet call it 'Thxgvng,' because any holiday whose centerpiece sits in an oven for four to six hours, after having sat out for as long to reach room temperature, must be spelled all the way out. Cook a turkey. You'll see. This is to say that you're not just roasting a turkey, obviously. -Wesley Morris

I had a huge interior world as a kid: I'd sit on endless wet holidays in Cornwall playing with paper dolls. -Abi Morgan

I think that when you talk to people about Monopoly, they love talking about their memories associated with it. And for me, I'm the same way. I mean, when I think about Monopoly, I think of my family playing at the holidays. -Mary Pilon

I was in 'Christmas with the Crawfords' with Joey Arias. I did that for six years, so I have a holiday show mentality a little bit. -Chris March

Holidays – any holiday – are such a great opportunity to focus on bringing the family together. -Lidia Bastianich

Vin brule is a version of mulled wine enjoyed in Piemonte, in northwestern Italy. It's a perfect choice for holiday entertaining because you can double or even triple the recipe and leave it over very low heat, ladling it out as your guests come in from the cold. -Lidia Bastianich

Match the right food to the right occasion. Think about what you are celebrating. If you are honoring people, what are their favorite foods? If it is a holiday, what is the food for it? When you give an identity to the party, people appreciate that. -Lidia Bastianich

If you don't like me, don't turn your television on at the holidays, because you won't be able to escape. -Jennifer Nettles

Fans talk to me about how 'Country Christmas' has become a holiday tradition for them and that they all watch to start their holiday season. To be a part of people's holiday traditions is a real joy. -Jennifer Nettles

The theme of 'A Christmas Story' is that you can count on Christmas – that everybody has a Christmas story. Everybody has that time in the holiday season that they remember. -Marc Platt

What makes 'A Christmas Story' universal, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, is that you recognize that family… It's ultimately about a family being glued together for the holiday season. -Marc Platt

I'm a true country Southern girl that has always been built around family, cookouts and gatherings and being together on the holidays, singing together and laughing together. So whenever God opened doors for me to be able to travel the world and sing and do all the great things that I've done, I didn't want to lose that part so family first for me. -Fantasia Barrino

Listing and counting have a spooky, magical power, and the holiday season is a spooky, magical time. -Elif Batuman

Why is there an end of the year? Because the calendar imposes numerical order on time. There is a natural fitness in the celebration of the New Year, a holiday of numbers imposed on things, with lists, as well as with Advent calendars and songs like 'The Twelve Days of Christmas.' -Elif Batuman

When I first travelled to New York in 1982 on a summer holiday as a student, I remember thinking how exciting it was, how energising it felt, and also how it felt dangerous – it was a place where you could make a wrong turn, either geographically or just in a human interaction, and suddenly find yourself in trouble. -John Lanchester

Since Chip and I try to go on a date night once a week, we don't feel the need to keep holidays like Valentine's Day all to ourselves. We set the table fancy, we all get dressed up, and we serve a big, beautiful candlelight dinner. It's our kids' favorite, too. -Joanna Gaines

The crown of lamb has always been a quintessential Christmas dish, and growing up in India, we would read about lamb when learning about the holiday. -Maneet Chauhan

I think the biggest sacrifice I had to make was giving up time and missing out on things. Not going to college and getting the college experience. Or missing important holidays. All my time was spent in the studio. -Poo Bear

With the exception of an occasional cocktail party with friends, my holiday entertaining mostly centers around smaller get-togethers with family. -Ree Drummond

After living in the United States for over 10 years, here is what I have learned about the Fourth of July: it is more of a barbecuing holiday than anything else. -Michelle Dean

I wanted to create clothes that my friends and I can wear throughout the seasons. We wear Rouje in Paris, on holiday, or at work. -Jeanne Damas

The acknowledgement and celebration of Juneteenth as an American and possibly international holiday is something that I would put in the life goals column for me. -Kenya Barris

We grew up with musicians coming over jamming. We had tons of instruments. So holidays were always like, 50 people would come over, and there would be a jam session with everyone playing jazz. -Elisabeth Moss

I take the six weeks of the school summer holidays off because I'm pretty sure I'm not going to look back on my life one day and say, 'Damn, I wish I hadn't spent so much time with my children.' -Lisa Jewell

When I travel, I can leave everything at home apart from books. I curate my holiday reading rigorously and would be devastated if I found I'd left one at home. -Lisa Jewell

I don't do enough movies that I can call it a career. It really is sort of like summer jobs or something like that. It's very much like holiday work as far as, okay, I do it, and I'm there for two weeks and hopefully am working really hard, and then it's done, and I kind of go back to what I was doing before. -Wyatt Cenac

I don't drink occasionally. I don't drink on the holidays. I don't drink alcohol, period. Not wine, not nothing. -Bernard Hopkins

I wouldn't like to say that I spend most of my time on holiday, but I have done a lot of traveling and have been to a lot of places. -Penny Lancaster

I happily went on holiday with my parents until I was 18, because we always had such a good time that I didn't want to venture off and do my own thing. I have very fond memories of those holidays with my brother, mum, and dad. -Penny Lancaster

Time seems to slow down after the winter holiday. New York loses all of its winter romance and is just cold. -Lela Loren

Among her many accomplishments, my mother is often identified as the leader of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday movement. -Bernice King

Christmas is the biggest holiday in numbers – in terms of gross amounts – because you have one and a half to two months. -Jacques Torres

The house I've bought in London, the holidays, everything has been bought from making people laugh, and if you'd said to me when I was 14 that's how I was going to make my living, I would have smiled from ear to ear. -Dominic Holland

'Law & Order' is a six-month shoot. Everything has to be crammed in. I had so much fun, but it wasn't a holiday. We had seriously long days, and we'd finish at 8 P.M. and start again at 7 A.M. We were doing six-day weeks, which sometimes tripped onto the seventh. But I loved it all. -Bradley Walsh

Sometimes, on holiday for a few days, I would rest, but I couldn't sit for long. I had to go to the gym to run. To get myself fit. I need to do something. Sometimes my wife would get annoyed and say, 'Come on, we are on holidays,' but she knows what I am like. -Cesar Azpilicueta

I am never on holiday. -Sergio Marchionne

Although I loved 'Black Sails,' 'Lost in Space' was like holiday camp after that. -Toby Stephens

Summer at the Hollis household is all about us getting together and enjoying the pool, and Fourth of July is probably one of my favorite holidays to do just that. -Rachel Hollis

The best way to celebrate the holidays is with some delicious food. -Rachel Hollis

Freedom is not an instantaneous holiday, as we once dreamed. It is a road. A long road. We know this now. -Svetlana Alexievich

Life is all about balance, and there are certain times of the year – birthday, anniversary, holidays – that are meant to be enjoyed without guilt. That being said, Thanksgiving is a meal – it's not a Thanksgiving day, and it's not a Thanksgiving week. -Harley Pasternak

The joke may be that no one likes fruitcake, but if that were the case, they wouldn't appear on store shelves every holiday season! -Harley Pasternak

If you'd rather spend the holidays with your friends or your dog or digging wells in Kenya than with your family, do it. -Jen Sincero

Just like every young woman, I love getting all glam for the holidays. -LeToya Luckett

The smartest thing I've done for my kids is writing a song about a holiday. Every year after that, even after I'm gone, they'll get a small check from the play it gets around the Fourth. -Shooter Jennings

Everyone goes on holiday in Britain. Even Hell's Angels. -Adam Curtis

I am called a legend, and people see me as one, but because of that, I don't think I should have to hide at home and only go on holidays, drink champagne, and watch TV. I am somebody that wants to impact onto people's lives. -Nwankwo Kanu

Thanksgiving is America's favourite holiday, and a brilliant piece of personal as well as patriotic calendrical invention. -Linda Colley

Most national holidays in most countries rest on selective memories of the past. -Linda Colley

I was given this beautiful coffee table book of Soviet architecture for my birthday. It has a lot of holiday camps, swimming pools, theatres, and buildings that were built for leisure activities. Incredible architecture in the most obscure places. It's a little bit sad, because a lot of it has been left to fall apart. -Roisin Murphy

Martin Luther King can have his own self-titled birthday recognized as a national holiday, but not our country's first president? -The Ultimate Warrior

Thanksgiving Day, the holiday, has a certain feeling to it. -The Ultimate Warrior

Just acting on someone else's set feels like a holiday, almost. -Kayvan Novak

I'm an old-fashioned girl, and as a kid, I used to go on holidays to Scarborough. -Debra Stephenson

I adore cooking and baking and holiday feasts and dining with friends and spending too much money on mind-blowing meals in wonderful restaurants, but mostly, and quite simply, I love food. -Kim Brooks

During the 2005 Bush tax holiday, corporations didn't bring back the billions they stashed overseas to build new factories, increase wages, or create more jobs. The lion's share of that windfall went to CEO raises and stock buybacks for investors on Wall Street. -Bob Menendez

A holiday is an opportunity to journey within. It is also a chance to chill, to relax. It is when I switch on my rest mode. -Prabhas

I like meeting my friends, being with my family, going for holidays. -Ileana D'Cruz

The first time I listened to Coldplay, I was at a train station in Paris with my family on holiday. I put on 'Clocks' on my discman, and I fell in love. -Sigrid

Whether it's Memorial Day or any other holiday, music has the power to set any mood and build long-lasting memories. -Nadia Ali

Sergio Ramos looks great to me. He always looks after himself, and he's coming back in the shape you'd expect. He doesn't let himself go when he's away on holiday. -Julen Lopetegui

I hate staying in resorts. When I go on holiday, I like to stay in crappy places with great surf. -Jesse Spencer

I do think that Thanksgiving is a very nice holiday because it's all about saying thank you; it's being thankful. -Jacob Tremblay

I love the holidays – any holiday – but Christmas has always been sort of special because I grew up reading Charles Dickens. -Matthew Gray Gubler

For me, Hyderabad was all about summer holidays, rasam rice, spicy pickles, and more. -Aditi Rao Hydari

It is kinda strange when people know exactly where I've been because they saw it in the newspaper. But this is the culture we live in now, where people are interested in what you're doing on holiday, so we have to just basically accept it. -Ashley Cole

I don't dance! Only when I'm on holiday. -Ashley Cole

Of course I would buy a house in Marbella. In Marbella, you can buy a house by the beach, relax there, and later you can go there on holiday and everything. -Carlos Tevez

My favorite holiday look would be either red velvet or sequins. That's always gonna be my go-to for a holiday look! It's a classic; it always works. It goes perfect with the occasion and the weather. It's a feel. -Hennessy Carolina

As much as I love beach holidays, I do really like to get out and about and explore. It's why I like Los Angeles: because I can easily drive to Malibu or Santa Monica to see what they have to offer. I get itchy feet if I stay still too long in one place when I'm abroad. -Alesha Dixon

A family holiday to Jamaica in 2004 – my uncle was getting married out there, and it was the first holiday I'd had in Jamaica, which is where my father is from. My friends and I stayed in a really plush hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, so we had a great experience. -Alesha Dixon

I always take an iPod and iPod speakers so that when you're in the hotel room you can have it on, or when you're at the beach you can put it on quietly. Music can really set the tone for your holiday. -Alesha Dixon

My holidays in Hyderabad would be spent on films sets visiting my father and uncle, or in the studios; I was gradually drawn to films. -Naga Chaitanya

Halloween is my favorite holiday. It's like my Christmas. -Tech N9ne

I'm aware of my value as a player, of course. But do I need to buy a holiday home that I'm only going to use two weeks every year? Course not. It's a waste. Why not give the money to people who could do with it. -Craig Bellamy

I wanted to create a small town underwater where the characters were more like us than like fish. They have fire. They take walks. They drive. They have pets and holidays. -Stephen Hillenburg

Work is hard, and jobs can be dull. But you can't just take a holiday when you feel like it. You turn up because it is the right thing to do. -Katie Hopkins

I love to take some holidays. In fact, I am a guy who wants to take a break for at least 10 days after each movie. -Mohanlal

My family home was a rented house in the East End of London. My parents could have bought it at one point, but they preferred to spend their money on holidays and theatre tickets. It was strange to see it handed on to someone else when my father passed away. -Matthew Bourne

Bali is one of those places you can just keep going back to, and everything is there: the infrastructure, the culture, the art, the beautiful villas. My wife Liv and I go there quite often because we know that when we do arrive, it's like an instant holiday. -Henry Golding

Valentine's Day is one of those tricky celebrations where you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. If you love it, you're buying into a holiday created to sell greeting cards, bad bouquets, and shoddy love-themed stuffed animals. And if you're opposed to it, you're considered lonely and single and have clearly never had a valentine. -Dan Levy

I grew up with my dad sitting us down at the holidays and putting on 'The Honeymooners.' -Dan Levy

Me and my sister made up a game called 'Milky Cow'. We were on holiday in France when I was 12, and there was a kid who had bovine features, and every time we went past her, we'd say, 'There's Milky Cow'. -Greg Davies

I work from mornings to late nights, even on weekends and holidays. I hardly have any free time, let alone time to play other games. -Masahiro Sakurai

I hope maybe I'll be in a Christmas movie that becomes part of someone's holiday tradition. -Lacey Chabert

All of our family holidays were always work trips for my parents, so my sister and I would sit somewhere or find a kids' club while my parents would be interviewing people. -Lucy Boynton

Ronaldo, the Brazilian one – incredible player. I met him once. I was in Ibiza on holiday and quite by chance ran into him in a club. He's the only man I'd go up to and ask for a picture. And I did. -Peter Crouch

I don't want to answer questions about my favourite food or holiday spot. -Ram Gopal Varma

We speak Turkish at home, and I can speak the language. I have a lot of family there – I try to fly to Turkey once a year when I have holidays. -Emre Can

Blanc called me when he was in the United States and I was still on holiday. He said he was very happy to recruit me, that he had wanted me for several seasons. Obviously, this gave me an added incentive to sign for PSG. -Angel Di Maria

I was on my way to law school when a friend of mine at an extras agency said, 'Do you want to come to this movie set and get paid $100 bucks a day to pretend you're at a party?' And I was like, 'Yeah, summer holiday, let's do it.' So I went, and on lunch, the writer asked me to audition for a role, and I got it. -Italia Ricci

I miss my family so much. My ideal holiday is just to hang out with them. -Emilie de Ravin

When you start to work out during your holidays, you know you've got the motivation. When I stop working hard during my holidays and getting excited before the beginning of the season, that's when I'll know it's time to call it quits. -Patrice Evra

I celebrate my life, whether it's being a single mother, wearing diamonds, or holidaying in exotic places. -Sushmita Sen

I feel like a lot of like the old-timey Christmas songs, the classics, a lot of it is very vocal. A lot of harmonies and, like, crooners, it puts you in that holiday spirit, I feel like. -Kirstin Maldonado

In the holidays at school, I used to go training with my dad every day. I used to see the hard work that went in behind what was an unbelievable Wigan team. -Owen Farrell

I am mightily relieved that my holiday does not come after a long queue with the National Holiday Service, complete with bedroom-sharing like the NHS. -John Redwood

For me, summer holidays, vacations, New Year, and any trip away from Bengaluru meant going to Goa. My mother is from there. -Radhika Pandit

Spending time with my family is very high-rated. It's what I really like to do on my holidays. -Marc-Andre ter Stegen

I am not crazy about bags or watches. For me, anywhere I go for a holiday or for work, the first thing that I go and buy are shoes. -Jennifer Winget

One thing I've told people with the holidays, cooking in particular – don't make something that stresses you out. If there's something you're intimidated to make, maybe just don't make it. -Haylie Duff

I'm terrible at relaxing and holidays. For me, a day off is going to the gym. I could never just lie on the beach and read a book. -Grigor Dimitrov

Every year around Christmas and Thanksgiving, I buy a bunch of toys for the sick children in the oncology center at the St. Louis Children's Hospital. I really love giving back and putting a smile on their faces, especially during the holidays. -Devon Windsor

My sister, mom, and I always make holiday treats like Christmas cutout cookies and red and green chocolate chip cookies. -Devon Windsor

The Christmas-New Year's holiday season can be a double-edge sword when it comes to one's mental health. -Gad Saad

At training camp, you brainwash yourself into thinking every,day is the same, no weekends or holidays. It's all the same – a work day. You develop a mental state to just work hard and get ready for the fight. -Paulie Malignaggi

When I was a kid, all our seaside holidays were spent on Canvey Island or in Clacton-on-Sea. -Harry Redknapp

My mum and dad never went abroad for a holiday. My dad was overseas in the war but never thought about going anywhere like the Mediterranean after that, so my mum died without ever having been on a plane or abroad. -Harry Redknapp

When I'm with my daughters on a holiday, I become one of the girls instead of their mother. -Hema Malini

When I came to Spain, people thought I would fly home again after the holidays, stay up all night celebrating, and would have no discipline. That may be true of other players, but it's not my way. -Rivaldo

I am a Christmas nerd. Christmas is my favorite holiday. -Jonathan Scott

I thought I was in good shape. When I was at Burnley, and we got our body fat done, I had a really good percentage. Sean Dyche was happy. I went to Tottenham, and I was well high – I think they pinch you tougher at Tottenham – that's what I think. Unless it was my all-inclusive holiday in Mexico. -Kieran Trippier

Super Bowl Sunday is an American holiday at this point. Usually, I'll have people over, and it's pretty much just a chill day. Football is on all day. -Molly Qerim

I grew up on 'Doctor Who,' and they used to do holiday specials every single year, and it just made me so happy that it was just sort of this tradition every year. -Lachlan Watson

I've been to three different islands in the Maldives, and the Caribbean was relaxing, although my holidays are always peppered with some sport, sightseeing, or diving. -Tamzin Outhwaite

When the holidays approach and the weather turns cold, you spend your nights watching and rewatching saccharine movies until you fall asleep, hoping for some gleam of happiness or catharsis that never comes, a version of life that looks like a Hallmark movie or where your idealized prince finally shows up. -Ben Domenech

When it comes to gift giving, I always want to get everyone a little something. The problem is that every time I go holiday shopping for others, I come out of the stores with shoes for myself. -Natalya Neidhart

Writing fueled me, and my task was to make it fit into my life. I practiced my trade as an attorney, and on weekends and holidays, I typed away. I assumed a nom de plume, Selena Montgomery, to separate my fiction from more academic publications. -Stacey Abrams

Giving back to those in need is something that everyone on all sides of the political aisle can relate to, and it is beautiful to see people come together, especially during the holiday season. -Ainsley Earhardt

Paris. Toulouse. Malmo. Copenhagen. Brussels. Berlin. For most people, they are lovely cities where you might happily take a holiday. But for the world's Jews, they are something else, too. They are place names of hate. -Bari Weiss

I like to celebrate the holiday season – not so much in a religious way, per se, but in a unifying way. -Michael McDonald

I've always had a dream that I might write a Christmas song that might resonate with people during the holidays. -Michael McDonald

I was on holiday in Ibiza, having a lovely time, writing a book and looking at the stars every night and generally not having a care in the world. Then I got sent the script for 'Death in Paradise.' I couldn't get back to England in time for the auditions, so my girlfriend filmed me on her camera, and I sent it off via email. -Ben Miller

Our home in Dubai is a beach house, so it's more casual and not formal in its tone. It's a holiday home. We are mostly in the pool or on the beach or in the sun. It's an outdoor place for the family. So there are mudbikes, a boat, football posts, and the pool is heated. -Gauri Khan

In Mumbai, life is always on the go, but in Delhi, I get a break; it gives me a lot of peace. Here I feel like I am on a pampered holiday, and I am treated like a princess. -Nikita Dutta

My mum was working in London, so I went to school there until I was 12. But every holiday would be in Scotland, and when I went to boarding school, I'd either be there or Scotland. -Rachael Stirling

A golf holiday with the guys is always nice. I'm a bit of a bandit on the golf course because I play with a handicap of 10, but I should be lower than that. -Theo Walcott

My holidays are generally impromptu, since a crazy work schedule is bound to eat into a long-planned trip. -Ekta Kapoor

My favourite thing about the holiday season is to spend time with family and friends and to take time off to celebrate. -Julie Payette

Whatever your interests or abilities, I encourage you stay active during the holiday season. -Julie Payette

I'm not the number-one fan of the heavy holiday meal. And also, I didn't grow up eating them, the traditional Western holiday meals, so it's just not something I have a nostalgic relationship to. -Samin Nosrat

I live hour by hour, day by day. I can't even plan a holiday. I go on holiday, like, the day after I book it. -Caroline Flack

Speed on its own isn't always so exciting. On a racing motorbike, I can do over 180 mph, which is fast, but not as fast as the airliners that we all climb aboard to fly off on holiday. Modern passenger jets can cruise at between 500 and 600 mph, but sitting in an aeroplane like that for hours on end isn't very exciting, is it? -Guy Martin

I think a lot of people of my generation have a certain guilt that, from the Sixties onwards, we started taking package holidays abroad and neglected our own country. -Michael Portillo

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