What To Write In A Christmas Card – 75 Festive Greetings To Use


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Are you in search of what to write in a Christmas card? The perfect message is tricky sometimes, so here’s some help! Here are 75 fantastic ideas for what to write to make your family, friends, and loved ones smile this holiday season. From classic greetings, to funny holiday wishes; discover the ideal message that best suits everyone on your Christmas card list.

What To Write In A Christmas Card - 75 Festive Greetings To Use

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3 Ways To Use These Christmas Messages

You’ve got options when it comes to what to write in a card for Christmas, and where/how to write it:

Firstly – When writing Christmas cards that you’ve purchased.

You can simply write an appropriate message into a Christmas Card that you buy in the shops.

PROS: Cost effective, and you get to write a specific message that’s suitable for each specific person.

CONS: Takes time to write everything out by hand.

Secondly – Print It Into A Personalised Card

You can use a specific message that works for everyone – and print it into a card you’re getting made for you to send.

PROS: Time saving as you can add everything pre-printed (even your names if you like, and then you just have to add the name(s) of the recipients.

You can also choose exactly what you want on the front of the card.

Funny story: my parents used to have photos of me and my two siblings on their Christmas cards. Imagine looking at your picture hanging up on your teachers blackboard alongside all the classic cards with robins and Santa Claus on?!

CONS: It’s much more costly to make your own Christmas cards.

It can also feel weirdly impersonal if everything is pre printed, which is the opposite of what you’re probably aiming for!

Lastly – A Mix Of the Two!

You can do a mix if you like – and get a pre printed Christmas card that has a specific message that you really like, and that sounds like you. Then, add any extra message(s) that you want to.

PROS: You can add as much or as little as you like, depending on how well you know the person. There’s less pressure to write anything if there’s something already there.

CONS: You may feel like there are too many words if you do both. The best way to overcome this is to keep the pre-printed message really simple.

Related: 17 Helpful Christmas Card Tips You Don’t Want To Miss

75 Christmas Card Greeting Ideas

So now you’ve decided on what you need your greeting(s) for, it’s time to pick the right one(s).

There are lots of options available, and I’ve created some categories so you can find something suitable a little more quickly.

5 Simple Christmas Card Greetings

For when you want something quick and easy – that says it all in just a few words. Great for pre printed Christmas card messages as they would be easily added to for each person.

#1 – Hope you have a holly, jolly Christmas!

#2 – Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season.

#3 – Seasons Greetings

#4 – Happy Holidays

#5 – Merry Christmas And A Very Happy New Year

17 Classic Christmas Card Messages

Lady writing in her Christmas cards

Great options for those that are a little more traditional, or for people that you don’t know quite as well (and would prefer to stay a little more formal than funny…).

#1 – Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with peace, joy, and love!

#2 – May this holiday season bring joy and happiness to you and your loved ones.

#3 – Have a really ‘Merry Little Christmas’, full of holiday cheer!

#4 – From our family to yours, have a very happy holiday season.

#5 – Sending warm wishes to you. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas filled with joy and peace.

#6 – May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!

#7 – Happy Holidays! Hope you have a really good time…

#8 – Best wishes for a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

#9 – Wishing you the most amazing time during this holiday season…. 

#10 – Wishing you the joy of family, the love of friends, and the peace of the season.

#11 – Here’s to a magical day filled with Christmas spirit that lasts all of the coming year.

#12 – Sending you all the love, peace and joy in the world this holiday season!

#13 – May your Christmas be merry, bright, and full of good cheer!

#14 – Here’s to making memories that will last a lifetime. Merry Christmas!

#15 – Hoping these Christmas wishes fill your home with joy and laughter!

#16 – Wishing you a very merry Christmas, and all the best in 202x!

#17 – Merry Christmas wishes to you this festive season.

15 Funny Christmas Card Messages

Christmas is a time for laughing – so why not make the recipient giggle a little…

#1 – Wishing you a Christmas as bright as your Christmas tree lights and as sweet as your holiday treats!

#2 – Hope Santa comes! Don’t worry, I’ve already sent him the link to your Pinterest board…

#3 – Here’s to eating too much cake and being merry this year (very merry!)

#4 – It’s ugly Christmas sweater season – have fun!

#5 – Santa, please define ‘nice’ because my standards seem to be slipping

#6 – Happy Holidays! May all your twinkly lights be in working order this festive season. I hope your Christmas is bright!

#7 – Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle; just enjoy the jingle!

#8 – Wishing you a holiday season so bright, you’ll need sunglasses!

#9 – Hope you get to open lots of presents and eat too much food this Christmas! That’s my wish for you…

#10 – May your Christmas be filled with more joy than a kid who just found their hidden stash of candy.

#11 – I’m on the naughty list, and I regret nothing!

#12 – Sending you lots of Christmas cheer this holiday season!

#13 – Wishing you a White Christmas! But if your White Wine runs out, be sure to drink the Red…

#14 – This Christmas, remember that calories don’t count – that’s my gift to you.

#15 – May your holiday season be filled with joy, laughter, and the sweet sound of wine corks popping!

10 Religious Christmas Greetings

Christmas Quote

Because that’s the real reason we celebrate Christmas…

#1 – Holiday Greetings! May your hearts be touched by this holy season.

#2 – God bless you at Christmas and always.

#3 – Wishing you peace and joy that never ends. Merry Christmas!

#4 – Celebrate the miracle of Jesus’ birth with love and joy. Happy Christmas!

#5 – May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace for the holidays

#6 – May the spirit of Christmas bless you with greater faith, hope and love.

#7 – Jesus is the reason for this season. Have a blessed Christmas!

#8 – Wishing you the blessings of faith, hope, and love as we celebrate the birth of Jesus

#9 – May the light of Christ’s love shine brightly in your heart this Christmas and throughout the year.

#10 – May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with gratitude and praise.

8 Christmas Card Quotes To Use

Christmas Quote

Sometimes it can be hard to pick your own Christmas message for a card, so why not use a Christmas quote that says it for you…?

#1 – “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air”

#2 – “May you never be too old to search the skies on Christmas Eve”

#3 – “Christmas magic is silent, you don’t hear it. You feel it, you know it, you believe it”

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

#5 – “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” — Buddy the Elf (from the movie “Elf”)

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

#7 – “Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day.” — Helen Steiner Rice

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

Related: 22 Festive Christmas Quotes You’re Going To Love!

11 Christmas Card Greetings For Those Struggling

Although it’s a brilliant time of year for most of us, life is still going on and there are some people that have to cope with loss, illness and other difficult things.

These people need a special message to help them through the festivities….

#1 – May the peace and joy of Christmas help you navigate through these tough times.

#2 – Sending you so much love and light this Christmas time. I’m here for you.

#3 – I know times are tough, but I want you to remember that you are cherished and loved this Christmas.

#4 – Consider this a virtual hug and heartfelt wishes for brighter days ahead. Merry Christmas, my lovely friend.

#5 – This Christmas, remember that you have an amazing support system around you, including me.

#6 – Despite the hardships, I hope you can discover pockets of peace and calm this holiday season.

#7 – You’re always in my thoughts, and I’m sending you warm holiday wishes wrapped in love.

#8 – You are stronger than you know, my friend. Wishing you courage, strength, and a Christmas overflowing with love.

#9 – May the spirit of Christmas wrap you in comfort and healing.

#10 – Your strength is truly inspiring. Merry Christmas to someone I admire so much.

#11 – You are in our thoughts and prayers this Christmas.

9 Christmas Card Greetings For Those That Are Far Away

#1 – Sending lots of hugs this holiday season to you and your family!

#2 – Though miles apart, our hearts are close this Christmas. Missing you and sending warm wishes.

#3 – Wishing you a Christmas as beautiful as our memories together, no matter how far apart we are

#4 – Even though we’re separated by miles, you’re always near in my thoughts. Merry Christmas!

#5 – The best gift this Christmas would be having you here, but until then, sending love across the miles

#6 – May the magic of Christmas bridge the gap between us and bring us closer in spirit.

#7 – Sending you a little piece of home and a whole lot of love this holiday season.

#8 – Here’s to hoping our paths cross soon, but until then, sending Christmas warmth your way

#9 – Thinking of you across the miles and sending you all the joy and love this Christmas.

What To Write In A Christmas Card - 75 Festive Greetings To Use

So if you’ve been asking “what is the best thing to write in a Christmas card?”, I hope these ideas have given you the answer (or inspired you to create something unique).

No matter what Christmas card sayings you decide to write in your cards, make sure they come from the heart.

And when it comes around, I really do hope that YOU have a brilliant season too!

Enjoy every moment and have a Merry Christmas!


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This article was written by Chrissy

Hi - I'm Chrissy... Having run my own business for 12 years as a Professional Organiser and Interior Designer, I know what works (and what doesn't!) when it comes to setting up a home that works both functionally and aesthetically. Now you can mostly find me in a coffee shop or at home, working full time on (which I setup back in 2011) sharing all my tips and ideas. My mission is to help you create a home that you love to live in every day...


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