165 Merry Christmas Wishes & Messages to Write in a Christmas Card 2022

Last updated: December 7, 2022

Winter holidays are just around the corner, and as you unpack your Christmas cards, you might be wondering what Merry Christmas wishes you will write for your loved ones. Whether your favorite wintry traditions include cooking up a feast, enjoying cozy beverages, a solemn religious gathering, caroling, or hanging stockings for Santa, most agree that our family and friends are the most important part of Christmas.

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Unfortunately, we might not always be able to spend the holiday surrounded by all the people who matter in our lives. Many of us rely on Christmas cards and holiday greetings to let our loved ones know we are thinking of them. However, with all the things you have on your plate, it's not always easy to come up with the perfect Christmas message for all your cards. On this page you'll find a huge range of beautifully-crafted festive greetings, making it so easy for you to spread some Christmas cheer this Holiday season!

Here you'll find sweet Christmas messages, funny quotes and greetings, romantic wishes for your special someone, and religious message ideas for Christian friends and family. Whether you're writing messages to your close family and friends, or need simple message ideas for co-workers and acquaintances, these Christmas wishes are perfect for your cards this year!

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Short Merry Christmas Wishes & Greetings

Need a short and sweet (or dare I say it, last minute!) Christmas message to write in a card? Here are some short Merry Christmas wishes that are perfect for almost anyone!

From our home to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!

May the Christmas Season bring only happiness and joy to you and your family.

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Wishing you a joyous Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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

I hope your holiday celebrations are full of lots of fun, surprises, and magic!

Merry Christmas! With many good wishes for the holiday season and the coming year.

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

May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill. And may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy. Have a Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a lovely Christmas season and a very Happy New Year!

Cheers to warm holiday memories!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Merry Christmas! And best wishes for 2023.

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

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

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

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

In this loveliest of seasons may you find many reasons for happiness. Merry Christmas and lots of love from our family to yours!

Sending you my best wishes for a fabulous festive season from across the miles. Happy holidays!

Thank you for being such an important part of my life. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that the coming year is full of many blessings for you and your family.

May the closeness of your loved ones, family, and friends fill your heart with joy.

From my home to yours, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! Stay safe and take care.

May your Christmas shine brightly with joy and goodwill!

Season's Greetings! And best wishes for the New Year.

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!

Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!

Greetings of the Season and best wishes for the New Year!

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Here are several variations for how you can wish someone a very Merry Christmas. They're great if you're looking for alternative ways to sign off a Christmas card message.

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays!

Season's Greetings!

Happy New Year!

Happy Christmas!

Best wishes for the Holidays!

Have a magical Holiday season!

Funny Merry Christmas Wishes

Bring your faraway friends and family a smile and some cheer with these funny Merry Christmas wishes. These work well in a greeting card along with your own jokes or a funny message from you. I've added an example message you could write underneath some of the funny Christmas sayings, but definitely personalize them further to suit the recipient!

Christmas (noun). The only time of the year in which one can sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of socks.

"One of the nice things about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with a present."
~ Unknown
Don't think of it as me bribing you, think of it as spreading Christmas cheer!

"The 3 stages of man: He believes in Santa Claus. He doesn't believe in Santa Claus. He is Santa Claus."
Congratulations on finally making it to stage 3! Merry Christmas ol' man.

"It's all fun and games until Santa checks the naughty list."
Let's hope he wasn't paying close attention to us this year! Thanks for being such a great friend, it's been fun spending time with you this year. Here's to a fabulous 2023!

Lessons from a Christmas Tree:
"Be a light in the darkness.
We all fall over sometimes.
You can never wear too much glitter.
Bring joy to others.
Sparkle and twinkle as often as possible.
It's okay to be a little tilted".
~ Jane Lee Logan

"You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."
~ Maya Angelou
However tangled the lights are this year, I know you'll handle it with aplomb. Merry Christmas!

One sure sign that you're getting older is how Santa seems to look younger each year. Cheers to another year of holiday fun!

May your eggnog be spiked with plenty of rum to get you through this holiday season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

You're a lot like some of my Christmas tree ornaments. Bright, colorful. and a little bit cracked!

"I'm dreaming of a White Christmas. But if the White runs out I'll drink the Red!"
Looking forward to celebrating with you over the Holiday season. Cheers to a fabulous 2023!

"Time to get into the holiday spirit... gin, vodka, whiskey..."
Looking forward to celebrating with you over the holidays. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

Don we now our ugly sweaters...
Let's party! Merry Christmas!

I hope you love the present you told me to buy for you. Merry Christmas!

"Three Wise WOMEN would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, bought practical gifts, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and there would be peace on earth!"
To my very wise and amazing [wife/mother], what would we do without you? With all the cooking, cleaning, shopping, negotiating, cuddles, and stories, you take care of us and keep our family happy and healthy. Merry Christmas, we love you!

Please note: Christmas is canceled! Apparently YOU told Santa that you've been GOOD this year... he died laughing!

Merry Christmas Wishes for Family

Christmas is the time for connecting with distant family, as well as those we will see over the holidays. These Merry Christmas wishes for family will help you spread Christmas cheer near and far!

May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2023.

Whatever is beautiful. Whatever is meaningful. Whatever brings you happiness. May it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

They say the best gift around the tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas surrounded by your precious family, and many blessings for this year.

"Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."
~ Washington Irving
Thank you for graciously hosting us this Christmas season. May the rest of your year remain merry and bright.

To a joyful present and a well-remembered past! We raise a glass to you this Christmas all the way from [insert your location]. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a magnificent New Year.

I hope that the holiday season ends the present year on a cheerful note. May it make way for a fresh and bright New Year. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

There's nothing like a well-lit Christmas tree to remind me of all the fun we had together as children. Wishing you a holiday season as full of wonder as when we were young! Merry Christmas.

May the miracle of Christmas bring you joy and happiness. I wish for contentment and peace among you and your family.

We're so grateful that you could be here to celebrate the holidays with us and share in our good cheer! May our hopeful wishes follow you home and warm you through the New Year.

May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow for your lovely family, just as our childhood memories of holidays past are such happy recollections now. Wishing you lots of love, joy, and happiness. Merry Christmas!

Now that the kids are out of the house, you can rest easy for Christmas! Wishing you a relaxing and stress-free holiday.

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Merry Christmas Wishes for Friends

The Christmas season offers a great excuse to reach out to friends and let them know you care about them. Send them best wishes for the coming year with these lovely Merry Christmas wishes for friends.

They say that friends are the family you choose. I'm so glad to get to spend some time with my chosen family this holiday season.

I always feel like a kid again when Christmas comes around. You know what that means... Let's get up to some holiday mischief!

Cookies and cakes and spices and cocoa... When it starts to smell like Christmas, it's hard not to get into the spirit. Here's a little something to spread Christmas cheer around your home.

It wouldn't be Christmas without you. So glad to have you with me, year after year.

Wishing you Holidays filled with fun and laughter, and very best wishes for a fabulous New Year! I can't wait to celebrate NYE with you!

They say "It's all fun and games until Santa checks the naughty list..." Let's hope he wasn't paying close attention to us this year! Thanks for being such a great friend, it's been fun spending time with you over the year. Here's to a fabulous 2023!

Me: "I want a magical Unicorn for Christmas"
Santa: "Be realistic"
Me: "Okay. I want 5 minutes to myself each day to drink my coffee hot and pee in peace."
Santa: "What color Unicorn would you like?"
This made me think of us! Thank you for being such a great friend and support this year. Wishing you more sleep and time for yourself in the coming year. Happy Holidays!

Christmas is extra special when you spend it with people you care about, and I'm so lucky I get to spend it with you! Thank you for welcoming us into your home these holidays and making us feel so special. Merry Christmas!

Warmest wishes for a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Thanks for being such a great friend.

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!

Hooray, it's the holidays! I hope you have a great Christmas, and I can't wait to celebrate the New Year with you!

I hope your halls are decked with joy, love, and laughter. And may the New Year be full of adventure and fun! You deserve it!

On this Christmas Day, may you have everything you need to fill your home with peace and bliss. Wishing you a New Year full of promise and new opportunities!

The spirit of Christmas is bright and magical. When you start to feel it, it will enchant you with hope and wonder that lasts beyond the holiday season.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Season creating special memories with your beautiful family. With lots of love from the [insert family name].

Wishing you happy holidays and a wonderful New Year. Best wishes from the [insert family name].

Wishing you peace, love, and joy this Christmas and throughout 2023. With love from the [insert family name].

Merry Christmas! And best wishes for a healthy, happy, and peaceful New Year. Love from the [insert family name].

Wishing you a fun-filled holiday season and best wishes for a Happy New Year!

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Romantic Merry Christmas Wishes

Christmas is a lovely time for romance and cuddles in front of a warm fire. Set the mood with one of these romantic Merry Christmas wishes for lovers, perfect for writing in a card or text message to your special someone.

I can't think of any other way I would want to spend Christmas than staying warm with you.

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

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

Seeing you takes all the stress out of the Christmas season. Thanks for filling my holidays with joy and love.

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

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

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

Meet me under the mistletoe. I'll be there with bells on.

Being with you for Christmas makes me feel like a child again. Except, instead of anticipating my presents, I'm looking forward to our kisses.

I've been waiting all year to spend Christmas with you! Now that it's here, I can't think of any gift I'd want any more than this. Merry Christmas, my love!

My love for you shines brighter than the lights on the tree. Merry Christmas!

If I could package my heart and send it to you for Christmas, I would. Since I can't, this card will have to do.

You're the best Christmas present a [gal/guy] can get!

We may not be able to celebrate Christmas together this year, but just remember that you are always in my thoughts. With love from the bottom of my heart.

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Merry Christmas Wishes Quotes & Sayings

We've collected beautiful, inspirational, and funny Merry Christmas quotes and sayings. Use them to capture the holiday spirit in your greeting card messages.

"May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve."
~ Anonymous

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."
~ Will Ferrell, "Elf"

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

"I heard the bells on Christmas Day, their old, familiar carols play. And wild and sweet, the words repeat, of peace on earth, goodwill to men!"
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"For children, Christmas is anticipation. For adults, Christmas is memory."
~ Eric Sevareid

"There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas."
~ Charles Dickens

"Christmas is a box of tree ornaments that have become part of the family."
~ Charles M. Schulz

"This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone."
~ Taylor Caldwell

"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

"At its best, Christmas is a mirror in which we see reflected the very best life can be. Where we see ourselves moved by generosity, inspired by hope and uplifted by love, not only for ourselves but for the whole evolving universe."
~ Bruce Sanguin

"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

"We expect too much at Christmas. It's got to be magical. It's got to go right. Feasting. Fun. The perfect present. All that anticipation. Take it easy. Love's the thing. The rest is tinsel."
~ Pam Brown

"There's a certain magic that comes with the very first snow. When the first snow is also a Christmas snow, well, something wonderful is bound to happen."
~ Frosty the Snowman

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

"Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone."
~ Charles M. Schulz

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Religious Merry Christmas Wishes

These religious Merry Christmas wishes reference God, Jesus, and the first Christmas. They are a lovely way to wish your religious friends and family a Merry Christmas.

May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope, and the peace of His love at Christmas and always.

A silent night, a star above, a blessed gift of hope and love. A blessed Christmas to you!

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

The magic of Christmas is not in the presents, but in His presence. May you have the gift of faith this Christmas and many blessings throughout the New Year.

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 Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

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

On this beautiful Christmas day, surrounded by our friends and loved ones, let us remember the true meaning of Christmas, as we share God's love for creation.

Faith makes all things possible,
Hope makes all things work,
Love makes all things beautiful,
May you have all three for this Christmas.
Merry Christmas!

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

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. May God's Blessings be with you at Christmas and New Year!

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

God gave His greatest gift to us on that first Christmas Day and may the wonder of it always guide and light your way. Merry Christmas!

'Tis the season for giving, charity, respect for all God's creations, and bringing peace to our Earth.

"Christmas day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both."
~ Phillips Brooks

It's not what you get, it's what you give. Thank you for being an amazing example of charity and faith.

"Like God, Christmas is timeless and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting. It is something even more than what happened that night in starlit little Bethlehem; it has been behind the stars forever. There was Christmas in the heart of God before the world was formed."
~ Roy Rogers

"Advent helps us remember that light shines in the darkness and we reflect it."
~ Greg Richardson

May your light shine bright this Christmas season, as we reflect the message of Christmas.

A little child,
A shining star,
A stable rude,
The door ajar.
Yet in that place,
So crude, forlorn,
The Hope of all
The world was born.
~ Anonymous.

And if you'd like to add a bible verse to your card message, do take a look at our Christmas Bible Verses page.

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Merry Christmas Wishes Text Messages

Too busy for Christmas cards this year? A Christmas text message can be a casual alternative for reaching out to your friends and family. These short Merry Christmas wishes can be personalized too.

Merry Christmas! Tell [name of family members] to have a wonderful holiday!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season. Lots of love.

Happy Holidays! Hope your Christmas isn't a chore. Enjoy some relaxation time!

Wishing you a Happy Christmas with your loved ones.

We may not be together for Christmas, but I'm with you in spirit. Merry Christmas, I miss you.

Happy Holidays and see you in the new year!

Merry Christmas! Let's find some time to meet for a drink before the holidays end.

Thinking of you this winter season, hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Happy Holiday, from our family to yours.

Wishing you happiness and good health this Christmastime.

A little more sparkle, a little less stress. This Christmas, I wish you the very best.

Merry Christmas Wishes for Hard Holidays

In general, we like to keep things light-hearted at Christmas time. However, we can't ignore that many of us have had a difficult couple of years with illness, loss, uncertain employment, and isolation. With that in mind, here are some examples of Christmas greetings that offer notes of encouragement, including how to say Merry Christmas to someone who has lost a loved one.

As lovely as the holidays can be, they can also make people feel down and stressed. I know this can be a difficult time of year, and I want you to know that you're not alone. I'm sending you my warmest seasons greetings and lots of love.

New Year? Yes please! Here's to better times ahead for us all! Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a safe and healthy 2023.

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

This Christmas card is packed full of virus-free hugs and kisses just for you! We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and that we can see you again soon. Until then, cheers to you from afar for your good health and happiness!

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 wish you a very happy Christmas and holiday season. We know that this past year has been very difficult for you, and we pray that the coming year brings more certain times for your family. Sending all our love and good wishes for better days ahead.

Merry Christmas! We're so sorry you've been ill and hope you are feeling stronger and better every day. May this holiday season be a time of rest as you recover, and the New Year be full of hope for better days ahead.

We want you to know that you are 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, and if there is anything you need please let us know.

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

Merry Christmas Wishes for Distant Loved Ones

Many people send Christmas Messages to loved ones near and far, but what happens when it's the distance itself that's getting to you? Holidays can be a poignant time as we remember our past and miss those people who have been a large part of our lives.

The nostalgia I feel for cozy Christmas times in front of the fireplace is often accompanied by missing you. I hope you're having a warm holiday with loved ones surrounding you.

Though I won't be able to see you this Christmas, be assured I will be thinking of you all day.

I'm cooking your favorite dish this Christmas in your honor. We're thinking of you and miss having you here for the celebration.

This holiday season, I find myself wishing you were here with me. I'm sending you a hug through the mail and wishes for a beautiful Christmas celebration.

Though I can't make it home for Christmas, home is always in my heart.

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

You've always made Christmas a special time for me. Now, I hope you can feel my love and gratitude from far away. Wishing you a Merry Christmas with all my heart.

Merry Christmas Wishes for your Colleagues and Boss

The Holiday season offers an opportunity to express gratitude for your colleagues and boss and wish them all the best for the coming year. These messages are a starting point, and you could personalize them further, such as to thank a co-worker for their support during a complicated work project.

You've been working so hard this holiday season. Thank you for all your efforts! Hang in there and enjoy some Christmas magic on me!

May your heart and home be filled with all of the joys the festive season brings. Here is a toast to a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Congratulations on a great year, and warm wishes to you and your family throughout the holiday season.

Merry Christmas! Enjoy your time off and see you in the new year.

I appreciate your leadership and support throughout this past year. I'm hoping you get the opportunity to relax and spend time with your loved ones during the holidays.

Merry Christmas! And best wishes for a healthy, happy, and peaceful New Year.

May the holiday season end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. Merry Christmas!

Warmest wishes for a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Best wishes for the holidays, and for health and happiness throughout the coming year.

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

Greetings of the Season and best wishes for the New Year!

Merry Christmas from all of us at [insert company name]. We hope you have a very happy holiday, and we wish you all the best for the New Year.

You are truly amazing and work so hard, thank you for all your efforts this year. I hope you have a very happy holiday season!

Make sure to also check out our holiday messages to employees and Christmas messages to employees.

If you're looking for more card messages and wishes ideas then take a look at our other pages:

Christmas Card Messages
Merry Christmas Wishes (incl. funny)
Happy Holidays Wishes (incl. funny)
Christmas Quotes
Christmas Greetings for Cards
Season's Greetings & Messages
Holiday Messages to Employees
Christmas Messages to Employees
Christmas Poems
Christmas Funny Poems
Religious Christmas Messages
Christmas Religious Poems
Christmas Prayers
Christmas Bible Verses
Kids Christmas Poems
Printable Christmas Cards
More Xmas Cards
Merry Christmas Images
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New Year Quotes
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