145 Best Christmas Card Messages to Write in a Christmas Card 2023

Last updated: August 28, 2023

Christmas card messages are a simple way to reach out and send your warm wishes to friends, family, and loved ones. However, there's no doubt that sending a lot of cards can become overwhelming, especially when you add it to your already busy to-do list this season! The best Christmas wishes are the ones that we write from the heart, but sometimes even the best of us get stuck for inspiration!

Christmas Card Messages

If you're not sure what to write in a Christmas card we've got you covered. On this page, you'll find a huge range of messages to help you spread some holiday cheer!

Check out the festive Christmas card greetings for friends and family, as well as thoughtful messages that reflect the challenges many of us faced these past few years. I hope these examples help you find the right words to bless and encourage those around you this holiday season.

Our Christmas Wishes Collection

We've categorized our Merry Christmas card sayings into sections to help you find what you're looking for. From general writing etiquette to a range of our reader's favorite Christmas card messages and verses, we hope you find some inspiration to help you write your holiday greeting cards.

Scroll down the page to see all our Christmas card messages, or click on the links below to jump to a particular section.

Classic | Happy Holidays | Funny | Christian & Religious | Romantic | Faraway Friends & Family | Difficult Year | Coworkers & Boss | Thankyou/Teachers | Christmas Quotes | Signing Off

Tips for What to Write in Christmas Cards

Before you write each card, consider the person you're writing to. In addition to spreading the joy of the Christmas season, a heart-felt personalized Christmas message will make the recipient feel appreciated and special. Which really is what the Christmas season is about!

For close family or friends, take the time to mention something specific. It might be something you know they've experienced during the year, or perhaps it's something that they're looking forward to in the new year. This could include their family life, work promotions, as well as holidays they've taken or will take, etc.

For a client, business associate, or more distant relative, you may want to write a more formal Christmas card message wishing them a joyous Christmas season. You may also like to thank a client for their continued custom over the past year.

Add a Christmas quote or funny message to help share the joy of the holiday season. Always consider whether the message or joke is appropriate for the recipient and the tone you want to communicate.

Make sure you send out your Christmas cards in the first week of December (and no later than the second week). Don't forget to put your return address on the envelope in case the recipient would like to send a card back.

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Classic Merry Christmas Wishes for Cards

In this section, you'll find ways to say Merry Christmas that are short and sweet, perfect for good friends and close family.

Merry Christmas to a friend who makes my life merry and bright!

The gift of love. The gift of peace. The gift of happiness. May all these be yours this Christmas.

May the peace and blessings of Christmas be yours; And may the coming year be filled with happiness.

May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.

We hope you have a fabulous Christmas surrounded by family and friends, and we wish you all the best for the new year!

May the sweet magic of Christmas conspire to gladden your heart and fill every desire.

May this Christmas end the year on a cheerful note, and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

May the treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow. Wishing you lots of love, joy and happiness. Merry Christmas!

May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill. I'm wishing for you a new year full of contentment and joy. Have a Merry Christmas.

It's time to relish the goodies, to decorate every nook and corner of the home, and to cherish every get-together. May the joy and festivities continue to radiate in your lives long after Christmas is gone. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

May the spirit of Christmas fill your home full of precious memories with your beautiful family.

May the peace and joy of Christmas live in your heart all year long.

Christmas Greetings! With many good wishes for Christmas and the coming year.

May the blessings of peace, goodwill, and happiness be with you at Christmas and always.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy New Year.

May the blessings of Christmas be with you today and always.

May the peace and joy of Christmas be with you today and throughout the New Year.

Sending you a wish for peace and happiness at Christmas and throughout the New Year.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas season, and may you be blessed with good health, prosperity, and happiness in the coming year.

With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas filled with fun and laughter, and very best wishes for a fabulous New Year!

May this Christmas bring you much joy and happiness, and may your New Year be merry and bright. Thanks for being such a great friend!

Wishing you a joyous Holiday season and a happy and peaceful New Year.

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"Happy Holidays" Card Messages

In this section, you'll find examples of holiday greetings you can send to friends and family who don't celebrate the religious aspects of the holidays. So if you're not sure what to write in a non-religious holiday card message, we've got you covered!

Whatever is beautiful. Whatever is meaningful. Whatever brings you happiness. May it be yours these Holidays and throughout the coming year.

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year. May peace, love, and prosperity follow you always.

I hope your Holiday Season is fun, festive, and full of sparkles!

To a joyful present and a well-remembered past. Best wishes for a Happy Holidays and a magnificent New Year.

Wishing you a joyous Holiday Season and a most prosperous and healthy New Year.

May you have a peaceful Holiday season, and much joy and prosperity in the New Year.

Safe travels and warmest wishes for a wonderful Holiday season and a very happy New Year.

Getting to share new traditions with you makes this my favorite time of year. May you enjoy all that this holiday season has to offer!

Sending seasonal wishes of cozy winter evenings and the warm spices of the season from my family to yours.

May the closeness of friends and the comfort of home renew your spirits this Holiday Season.

Wishing you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness, and prosperity in the coming New Year.

Best wishes for the Holidays and for health and happiness throughout the coming year.

With all best wishes for a healthy, happy, and peaceful New Year.

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year.

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holidays and a Happy New Year.

Wishing you a joyous Holiday Season and a very happy and peaceful New Year.

May this Holiday Season be merry and bright. Sending happiness and joy to you and your loved ones.

Have a magical Holiday Season.

Season's Greetings and best wishes for the New Year.

Warmest wishes for a happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season.

Let the spirit of love gently fill our hearts and homes. In this loveliest of seasons may you find many reasons for happiness.

Wishing you a joyous Holiday Season and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Wishing you peace, love, and joy this Holiday Season.

We wish you and your family greetings of the Season, and a prosperous and joyous New Year.

See our Happy Holidays page for more non-religious messages.

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Funny Christmas Card Messages

Spread your Christmas cheer with these funny messages that poke some fun at the holiday traditions. Bring a smile to your friends' faces, and then add a personal message of your own.

The lights are shining, the baubles are bright. I hope you have a tree-mendous Christmas!

Have your 'elf a merry little Christmas! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

What's Santa's favorite rock star? Elf-is Presley! Hope you're rockin' around the Christmas tree this festive season.

It's Christmas time - which means mistletoe and wine! Eat, drink and be merry.

'Tis the season for festive feasting - put on your fat pants this Christmas and enjoy every morsel!

I hope you have a happy holidays with your "deer" ones this festive season.

I didn't know Mariah loves trees so much... all she wants for Christmas is yew.

What do the Elves use to clean the sleigh on Boxing Day? Santa-tizer! Merry Christmas.

What do you call Santa when he accidentally falls down your fireplace? Krisp Kringle! Wishing you a happy holidays.

What did the rapping paper say to the sticky tape? Yo yo yo - Merry Christmas!

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Religious Christmas Wishes & Card Messages

A collection of happy Christmas wishes and Christmas card messages for friends and family who celebrate the birth of Christ.

May God bless you at Christmas and always.

This Christmas, may the wonders of His love surround you now and forever.

May Joy be your gift at Christmas, and may Faith, Hope, and Love be your treasures in the New Year.

A silent night, a star above, a blessed gift of hope and love. And many Christmas blessings to you and your family.

On the first Christmas Day, God gave His greatest gift to us. May the wonder of it always guide and light your way. Merry Christmas!

As Christmas carols fill the air with joy and merriment, and the chime of church bells echoes all around, our prayers reach out to God. I wish you a joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Faith makes all things possible. Hope makes all things work. Love makes all things beautiful. May you have all the three this Christmas.

May You feel God's presence in the candles that softly spread their glow at Christmas. And, may you experience the wonder of His abiding love, as He guides you, through each day of the coming year. This Christmas, may God's Blessings be with you.

I pray that you experience the gift of faith, the blessing of hope, and the peace of His love at Christmas and always.

May God's blessings be yours this Christmas!

May your heart be lifted in praise this Christmas, for the wonderful gift of Jesus and the joy He brings to our lives. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

Merry Christmas. May God bless you richly throughout this holiday season.

May God fill your life with love, joy, and peace this Holiday Season and throughout the New Year.

Sharing with you the Glory, the Wonder, and the Miracle of this Holy Season. Have a Blessed Christmas and New Year.

Jesus is the reason for this Christmas Season.

The magic of Christmas is not in the presents, but in His presence. May you feel surrounded by His love this holiday season. Wishing you many blessings for the New Year.

See our Christmas Prayer page for more religious message ideas.

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Romantic Christmas Card Messages

Do you want to wish your sweetheart a very Merry Christmas? Use one of these romantic Christmas wishes to help your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife feel extra special!

Be my date this Christmas. I'll be waiting for you beneath the mistletoe.

May the season bring you as much happiness and love as you have brought me. Cheers to a wonderful Christmas together!

Wishing that your Christmas sparkles with festive cheer, like the shining star that you are.

Love is in the air... or is that turkey and eggnog? Wishing you a Christmas as wonderful as you!

No matter what gift I find under the Christmas tree, you're all I need. Merry Christmas to my sweetheart.

You're my best friend, and I'm so lucky to celebrate another Christmas with you. Happy holidays darling.

May your festive season be filled with surprises, joy, laughter, and lots of fun. Meet me under the mistletoe!

You are so special to me. I love sharing life and love with you. May all your wishes come true this Christmas.

May your Christmas be filled with happiness, love, and wonderful memories.

You are the gift I ask Santa for every year! I couldn't wish for a better gift than spending Christmas with you.

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Christmas Wishes for Faraway Friends & Family

Are your friends and loved ones far away this Christmas? Send them a Christmas card message to brighten their day. Here are some ways to wish the special people in your life a Merry Christmas from miles away.

Side by side, or miles apart, I'm sending you warm Christmas wishes from the bottom of my heart. I miss you!

Being apart at this special time of year isn't ideal, but I hope we can be together again soon. Merry Christmas!

Feliz Navidad - 聖誕快樂 - Joyeux Noël! Sending Christmas wishes to you from around the world this festive season.

Even though you're far away, you'll be in my thoughts this Christmas Day. Sending you warmest wishes for a very merry Christmas!

I wish we were seeing each other over the holidays. I'm thinking of you this Christmas!

I'm sending you smiles from across the miles and hoping you have a fabulous festive season. Happy holidays!

I wish you were driving home for Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Whether we are together or apart this Christmas, we will be in each other's thoughts. Wishing you a wonderful festive season!

I may not be there to celebrate Christmas with you, but I pray that we are together next festive season. Sending Christmas blessings.

Though we're far apart, I want to send a Christmas wish that's straight from my heart. Merry Christmas!

Christmas Card Messages for a Challenging Year

The past couple of years have been difficult for many with illness, loss, uncertain employment, and isolation. Many have found it to be lonesome or bleak, and these Christmas card messages offer a starting point for writing notes of encouragement to friends and family.

New Year? Yes please! Here's to better times ahead for us all! Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a safe and healthy 2024.

We've packed this Christmas card full of healthy hugs and kisses just for you! We hope you have a safe and Merry Christmas, and that we can see you again soon.

Sending you all our love and merry Christmas wishes. We might be apart today, but you're always in our heart. Take care and stay safe in these uncertain times. We miss you!

From our bubble to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! Stay safe and take care.

Merry Christmas! We're so sorry you've been ill and hope you are feeling stronger and better every day. May this holiday season offer you time for rest and recovery, and renewed hope for the New Year.

May the magic of the Christmas season fill your home with joy and peace. Sending lots of love to your family, and looking forward to the day we can see you again. Take care of yourselves and stay safe.

We are so grateful for all the sacrifices that you have made this year to support and serve others. May this Christmas be a time for you to rest and recover, and to reflect on all that you have achieved. Sending all our love to you this holiday season, and our prayers for a safe New Year.

Merry Christmas! Let's raise a glass to your good health and happiness. It's certainly not the same without you. Maybe it's time for Christmas in July? Until then, may you keep strong, stay safe, and take care of yourselves. We miss you!

Wishing you a very joyful Christmas and holiday season despite these difficult times. If things were different this year, we'd be right there with you. We hope that the New Year brings your family much happiness and prosperity. Take care of yourselves and let's chat soon!

You have been in our thoughts and prayers every day, as we remember [name] and miss him terribly. We know this Christmas season will be very difficult, and we wish we could gather around you in person to support you more. We are sending all our love from afar. If there's anything you need, please let us know.

Sending all our love to your family this Christmas. We know that this past year has been full of challenges, and we pray that the coming year brings more certain times for your family. Sending our best wishes for better days ahead.

Merry Christmas, dear friend! I'm constantly inspired by how creative you've been this year! But in the midst of all that, I know that you've been struggling. I hope you stay safe and strong over the holidays. The New Year is right around the corner, and brighter times with it. I miss you so very much and can't wait to see you!

We wish you a very happy Christmas and holiday season. You've been through a difficult time, and we pray that the coming year is full of hope and warmth. Sending all our love and good wishes for better days.

Christmas Card Messages for Your Co-workers or Boss

Are you looking for how to send Christmas wishes by email or messages for your work colleagues that acknowledge their help over the year? Get inspired with our top Christmas wishes for work colleagues, employees, and even your boss:

Wishing you a very merry Christmas to kick off a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!

Thanks for all your hard work this year. I hope you have a fun holiday season!

I really enjoy working with you - you're always there with a helping hand. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!

Warm wishes for a merry Christmas. Wishing you and your loved ones much success and good health.

It's coworkers like you that make coming into work so enjoyable. Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Doing business with you is a pleasure. I hope you have a wonderful festive season. Enjoy the holidays!

Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year! I appreciate the great work that you do. Enjoy your well-deserved vacation.

Thank you for being such an important part of our team. I hope you have a relaxing holiday season.

It's been a pleasure working with you this year. Wishing you and your family a happy holidays.

Sending continued thanks for your business. Best wishes for a very happy and successful new year.

See also our Christmas Messages to Employees and Holiday Messages to Employees pages.

Holiday Thank You Messages

There are many services that make our lives easier throughout the year. You might feel grateful for teachers and tutors, piano teachers and other music helpers, or coaches for your child's favorite sports. These workers have incredible patience, and a nice Christmas card full of kind wishes for a very special festive season can go a long way to show your appreciation.

You shine brightly in the classroom and will shine in your students' lives for many years to come. Merry Christmas!

Santa delivers presents one day of the year, but you give the gift of learning every day at school. Merry Christmas.

You are amazing and work so hard, and I really appreciate it! I hope you have a fantastic break. Happy holidays!

Enjoy your Christmas break. I am looking forward to seeing you next year (but not the pop quizzes and homework!).

Merry Christmas to the best [teacher/tutor/coach]. Thank you for teaching me so much this year.

As the holidays become busier, I'd like to pause and send you a heartfelt "Thank you!" for all your support and generosity this year. May your New Year be full of happiness and success!

This is the perfect time of year to let you know how much I appreciate everything you do. Thank You from my family to yours. May you have a wonderful holiday!

Just sending you a heartfelt reminder that I appreciate everything you do. Thank you for all your help this year! Wishing you a joyful Christmas!

Best wishes to you and your family this festive season from the [your family name] family. We hope you enjoy the festive season.

Thank you for the priceless gift of learning you have given to my child and for helping to guide [him/her]. Merry Christmas!

You are the reason why learning is so much fun. Thank you for being my teacher. I hope you have a merry Christmas.

I hope you have the relaxing and restful Christmas break that you deserve. You're the best. Merry Christmas!

Thank you for all that you've done for [me/my child] this year. You provide a safe, positive environment for students to thrive. Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and best wishes for another year of learning, growing, and making our class a better place.

You give us the gift of knowledge every day. Thank you for inspiring us to live, laugh and learn. Merry Christmas!

See also: Printable Teacher Appreciation Cards.

Inspiring Christmas Card Quotes

These quotes are a lovely addition to your Christmas card sayings, they capture the festive mood of the holidays and the feeling of family togetherness. From warm and sentimental to humorous, there are some beautiful sayings in this section we hope you can use in your card messages.

From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.
~ Emily Matthews

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.
~ Harlan Miller

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
~ Burton Hillis

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

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from the store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!
~ The Grinch, by Dr Seuss

Christmas: the only time of year you can sit in front of a dead tree eating candy out of socks.
~ Anonymous

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.
~ Larry Wilde

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
~ Garrison Keillor

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

When we recall Christmas past we usually find that the simplest things, not the great occasions, give off the greatest glow of happiness.
~ Bob Hope

Christmas is not an external event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart.
~ Freya Stark

I love the Christmas-tide, and yet,
I notice this, each year I live;
I always like the gifts I get,
But how I love the gifts I give!
~ Carolyn Wells

Heap on the wood! - the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
We'll keep our Christmas merry still.
~ Sir Walter Scott

See our Christmas Quotes page for more.

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How to Sign Off a Christmas Card

Add a little flair to your Christmas card and ditch the tried and tested "From ...". Whether you're looking for a way to sign off your Christmas card for a close loved one, or an acquaintance, you'll find an appropriate closing quote here:

  • All the best
  • All my love
  • Best wishes
  • Cheers
  • God bless
  • Happy holidays
  • Happy new year
  • Have a good one
  • Hugs and kisses
  • Lots of love
  • Love
  • Merry Christmas
  • Missing you
  • Much love
  • Peace and joy
  • Season's greetings
  • Sincerely
  • Take care
  • Take it easy
  • Until next time
  • Warmest wishes
  • Wishing you the best
  • With love
  • Your friend
  • Your loving wife etc
  • Yours faithfully

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