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What to Write in a Christmas Card

What to write in a Christmas card

For almost all of us, sending Christmas cards is a wonderful tradition that we have upheld for years. But like you, I know it can quickly become overwhelming when deciding what to write in a Christmas card, especially if you’ve got a lot of cards to send.

No doubt, 2020 has been a really stressful year (Thanks COVID) so it can be tempting to skip sending out your cards this year. However, if there was ever a time that our friends and family needed to receive our heartfelt messages at Christmas, it’s this year!

With social distancing rules and travel restrictions in place, it’s obvious that many of us would be spending the holidays apart from some of our loved ones. But that’s not going to stop us from reaching out with love this Christmas season. Our friends, family, significant others, and even our coworkers all need the holiday cheer we can send their way.

If you are having a tough time putting your love into words, don’t feel bad just yet. See, that happens to the best of us. As Harlan Miller said, “Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.”

So whether you are writing one card or 50 cards, this post will help you get the job done with ease while making everyone on your list feel the love in your heart.

May your days be merry and bright

Feel free to run through the entire article or jump straight to the section that interests you most. I hope you find a message or a combination of messages that feels right and helps you with giving word to how you feel inside.


Here are some recommendations that I’ve found helpful when trying to write Christmas greeting card messages:

  • Use music to get yourself in the mood: Whenever you are struggling to get yourself in the right frame of mind, consider turning on some Christmas tunes.
  • Feel free to keep it short and simple.
  • A little appreciation can go a long way: If the recipient has been a blessing to you in some way during the year, now is a good time to say thank you.
  • Bonus Tip: When sending a card to a family or friend who is not a native English speaker, try saying “Merry Christmas” in their native language. I’m sure you’ll impress them. More on that later in this post…

Still in need of a little more guidance or inspiration? These greetings would help start the flow of your creative juices as you start writing your season’s greetings to the special people in your life.

Merry Christmas Card

Short Christmas Card Messages

A short Christmas message doesn’t have to be impersonal. Below you would find ideas that’ll inspire you to write short but heartfelt messages:

  • Wishing you the happiest of holidays. Enjoy your break!
  • You’re in my heart this Christmas and always.
  • Here’s wishing you a holly, jolly Christmas celebration, Stan!
  • Thinking of you this season and wishing you a merry Christmas.
  • Smile, it’s Christmas! Season’s Greetings, Alex!
  • Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas
  • I’ve waited 364 days to say this: Merry Christmas Sandra!
  • Wishing you all the happiness your holiday can hold!
What to write in a Christmas card during COVID

General Christmas Card Messages

  • Merry Christmas, from our bubble to yours! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Lots of love, Karen!
  • Christmas is a good excuse to send cards to all my favorite people.
  • May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.
  • The gift of love, the gift of joy, the gift of peace. May all these be yours at Christmas and beyond.
  • Whatever is beautiful, whatever brings comfort, and whatever gladdens the heart, may it be yours this Christmas season and throughout the new year.
  • Sending you warm wishes for a wonderful Christmas filled with precious moments that you’ll always remember.
  • I know it’s been a rough year. So here’s wishing you peace and hope at Christmas and a new year full of better days.
  • Sending you hugs this Christmas season. I hope the holidays bring a charge for you to rest and recharge.
Merry Christmas to a friend

What to write in a Christmas Card for Friends

Spread some Christmas cheer to your friends with these cute messages:

  • I’d send you love, peace, and joy in an envelope if I could. Obviously, I couldn’t, so I chose to send a card instead. Merry Christmas, Denise!
  • When I think back on all the happiest moments this year, celebrating the birth of your baby stands out for me. I hope you have an exciting first Christmas as a mom.
  • Knowing people like you makes this special time of the year even more special. Merry Christmas, Paul!
  • I asked Santa to give you a big fat check and a slim body for Christmas…I hope he doesn’t mix them up like he did last year!
  • Season’s Greetings Michelle! I hope that this Christmas ends the year on a cheerful note for you and paves the way for a fresh and exciting New Year.
  • As we pull the curtain on 2020, I just wanted to say thank you for being an amazing friend. Merry Christmas, Sara!
  • Wishing you a merry Christmas and the chance to do lots more travel [insert hobby] in the new year!
  • Becoming friends with you during such a challenging year as 2020 is proof that good can come out of even the worst situations. Happy first Christmas as friends!
Christmas card message to friends

What to write in a Christmas Card for Your Best Friends

Your best friends and buddies deserve a special Christmas message from you. Hopefully, these would inspire you:

  • Merry Christmas from across the miles! You are in my thoughts this season, as always!
  • Even though we are worlds apart this Christmas, I’ll always hold you close in my heart.
  • Here’s what the perfect Christmas would look like for me: opening presents, eating food, and singing Christmas carols…with you by my side! Can’t wait to see you, Max!
  • 2020 has been an unusual year and it’s really taught me to appreciate the unusual friends in my life. Thank you Barbara for making this year special for me!
  • I’ve tried to stuff as much love in this Christmas card as I could. I hope you get every bit of it. Love you loads!
  • I hope this little card serves as a reminder that although the year didn’t go as planned, there is still a lot to be thankful for at Christmas. And our friendship is one of the things. Merry Christmas Charlotte!
  • All the fun at Christmas would be pointless without best friends like you to share the season with. Thank you for being an amazing friend!
Christmas time with family

What to write in a Christmas Card for Family

Let your family feel some of the warmth in your heart at this season. Here are some Christmas wishes to help you do that:

  • More than the carols, the decorations, the gifts, the Christmas trees, or the lights, what makes Christmas so special is having a sister like you to celebrate it with. Love you, Katie!
  • Here’s what I’m praying for you this Christmas: that the holidays would be gentle and sweet to you, and that they’ll be filled with many reasons to smile and be joyful both now and in the new year. Have a wonderful Christmas, Ella!
  • Christmas has a way of reminding us of the most important things in life: our faith, our family, and our friends. I’m grateful for you, Sam!
  • My greatest joy at Christmas isn’t what’s under the tree, it’s who’s around it. I’m so grateful for the blessing of having you there.
  • When I count my blessings at Christmas, I count y’all twice. Feel so blessed to have you as family. Merry Christmas!
  • Money is scarce, times are hard, but I still managed to get you a Christmas card. Have a jolly Christmas!
  • So sorry you can’t make it this Christmas. But hey, just means more food for the rest of us. LOL.
  • Mom, your love shines brighter than all the Christmas lights in the world put together. We couldn’t have asked for a better mom!
What to write in a Christmas card to husband/wife

What to Write in a Christmas Card to Husband/Wife

  • You put the merry in my Christmas, Sarah! I love you.
  • If kisses were snowflakes, I’ll send you a blizzard! Merry Christmas, Derek!
  • Merry Christmas, honey! Meet me under the mistletoe!
  • Christmas may still be coming but I’ve already got the best present in you. XOXO
  • Merry Kiss-mass darling! I can’t wait to get under the mistletoe with you!
  • You are my everything! No presents necessary this Christmas.
  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from someone who is completely smitten.
  • Merry Christmas to the bright, bold, and beautiful blonde reading this card right now. Love you, Michelle!
  • Long after the Christmas decorations have been taken down, the light that your presence brings would continue to shine bright. You are a blessing to me!
  • Christmas lights are great! But what’s even greater is the love and light that your presence brings. Thank you for all you do, Elise!
image of colleagues at Christmas party

Christmas Card Messages for Colleagues, Coworkers, and Bosses

Thank you for inspiring me to do my best work every day. Happy Holidays!

  • It’s been a pleasure working with you this year. Merry Christmas and I hope the new year is filled with many more exciting opportunities to collaborate.
  • You make work a lot merrier. And for that, you deserve a very Christmas and a happy new year in advance.
  • May the joy and cheer of Christmas be with you, both now and every step of the way in the new year. Have your best Christmas ever!
  • The holidays are a perfect time to remind you of how much your business means to us at Thoughtful Greetings. Merry Christmas!
  • Christmas is a perfect opportunity to say how much I love having you on my team. Merry Christmas, with thanks for all you do!
  • Merry Christmas to a terrific team lead! Looking forward to doing some more great work with you in the coming year. Enjoy your break!
  • You’ve made working in the finance department so much fun this year. Now have a fun holiday!
  • You are one of the reasons why we had an amazing year at Thoughtful Greetings. Thank you for your patronage!
Christmas message for teacher

What to Write in a Christmas Card for Teachers

If you’ll be helping your kids write a Christmas message to their teacher, here are a few suggestions to help you get started:

  • Thank you for always inspiring me to demand more from myself. Happy Holidays Miss Carla!
  • To my dear teacher who has made school fun, and me smarter: I hope you have a magical holiday season!
  • Mrs. Sandra, you’re the reason I’m happy to come back to school after Christmas!
  • Thank you for being a fantastic teacher. Enjoy your break! That’s your homework assignment.
  • Just like Christmas that only comes once a year, teachers like you only come around once in a lifetime. Merry Christmas!
Funny Christmas card message

Funny Christmas Card Messages

These hilarious messages can come in handy when trying to decide what to write in a Christmas card to friends and family.

  • Merry drunk! I am so Christmas!
  • If a white-bearded, fat, old guy grabs you and tosses you in a bag, don’t worry: I told Santa I wanted a good friend for Christmas.
  • Christmas is that season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money. Have a jolly Christmas, Clara!
  • I’ve thought so long and hard about the best Christmas gift for you that it’s now too late to get it. So I hope this card suffices. Happy Christmas, Barbara!
  • I heard that the best gift to give out this season was love. Any ideas where I can buy some? LOL…Merry Christmas, Chris!
  • Merry New Year and Happy Christmas! Oh my…did I mix that up?
  • A tree died so you could have this Christmas card. I hope you are proud of yourself.
  • I finally found the perfect Christmas gift for you. But guess what? It’s sold out! Merry Christmas anyway!
  • To my coder friend: <p>Merry Christmas and a happy new year in advance, Paul</p>
  • What did one Christmas ornament say to another? “I like hanging with you” LOL. I hope we get to spend some time together this holiday. Merry Christmas and Miss you Loads!
  • I hope your December 25th is splendid this year! It’s cool if December 26th doesn’t turn out great. It’s really just the 25th I care about. Haha!
  • I want my Christmas card message to feel personal this year. So for you, I’d like to say: “Whomever you are, Merry Christmas to such an amazing family/friend who means a lot to me.” LOL
Christian Christmas card messages

Christian Christmas Card Messages

These messages will help you write faith-filled Christmas messages as you celebrate the miracle of Jesus’ birth – the reason for the season.

  • May the peace of God rest upon you and all yours at this season and beyond.
  • May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with warmth and love. Merry Christmas, Sandra!
  • May the grace of the Lord Jesus, the love of God and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you and your family this Christmas season and beyond. Have a joyful celebration!
  • May the timeless message of Christmas fill your heart and home with joy and peace now and throughout the coming year.
  • At the heart of Christ-mas is Christ. May His love, peace, joy, and goodness fill your heart this season and beyond.
  • Of all the many things we share, I am most proud that we share a common faith in Jesus, the reason for the season.
  • May His everlasting light be your guide this Christmas season and all throughout the New Year.
  • Wishing you a season that is merry and bright with the light of God’s love. Have a wonderful Christmas, Suzie!
  • Here’s my prayer for you: that your faith in God’s love will be strengthened, as you reflect on the true reason for the season. Merry Christmas, Liz!
Quotes to write in a Christmas card

Quotes for Christmas Cards

Quotes can sometimes form the basis of what you write in a Christmas card. Here’s an example using a Christmas quote by Robert Paul: “You know you’re getting old when Santa starts looking younger.”

So here’s how I’d typically use that in a card:

  • “You know you’re getting old when Santa starts looking younger.” Merry Christmas, Grandpa!

Here are a few Christmas quotes from some brilliant minds that we all can borrow:

  • “Christmas is a time when everyone wants his past forgotten and his present remembered.” -Phyllis Diller
  • “Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.” — Oprah Winfrey
  • “At Christmas, all roads lead home.” – Marjorie Holmes
  • “May this season find you among those you love, sharing in the twin glories of generosity and gratitude.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “There are three stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus; he does not believe in Santa Claus; he is Santa Claus.” —Bob Phillips
  • “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” —Burton Hills
Christmas tree showing Merry Christmas in different languages

How to Say “Merry Christmas” in other Languages

This section would help you with saying “Merry Christmas” in other languages. As mentioned earlier, this can be a way of ending your card message when writing to a non-native English speaker. The recipient would probably be impressed that you thought it nice to go the extra mile to write in their own language. Simple actions like this depict thoughtfulness. So here we go:

  • Arabic: Eid Milad Said!
  • Chinese (Cantonese): Seng Dan Fai Lok!
  • Chinese (Mandarin): Sheng Dan Kuai Le!
  • French: Joyeux Noel!
  • German: Fröhliche Weihnachten!
  • Hindi: Krisamas kee badhaee!
  • Italian: Buon Natale!
  • Korean: Meli keuliseumaseu!
  • Polish: Wesołych Świąt!
  • Portuguese: Feliz Natal!
  • Russian: Schastlivogo Rozhdestva!
  • Spanish: Feliz Navidad!
  • Tagalog: Maligayang Pasko!
  • Vietnamese: Giáng sinh vui vẻ!
Merry Christmas card


Some nice phrases to end your Christmas wishes:

  • Merry Christmas!
  • Lots of love,
  • You are loved!
  • Happy Holidays!
  • With Christmas cheer!
  • Merrily yours,
  • Have your best Christmas ever!
  • Sending you warm, winter wishes.
  • Have yourself a merry, little Christmas.
  • Sending you Christmas hugs…
  • Have a wonderful Christmas.
  • Lots of Christmas love,
  • Christmas Blessings,
  • Wishing you joy,
  • All my love,
  • Have a jolly Christmas!
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