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What to Write in A Christmas Card | Christmas Wishes

What to Write in A Christmas Card | Christmas Wishes

With the possible exception of birthday cards, there’s no greeting card more iconic than the humble Christmas card/holiday card, and with good reason. Christmas cards have been around almost as long as people have been sending cards. Greeting cards started in 13th century Europe with Valentine’s Day cards. By the 15th century, the practice had grown to include warm Christmas wishes around the holidays, and the rest is history. 

 At Simply Noted, we like to be inclusive of all holidays, but we recognize that each has its own stories and well-wishes associated with it. This article will focus on how to craft thoughtful Christmas wishes. Future articles may focus on other holidays, and we’ll undoubtedly provide guidance on “Happy Holidays” cards at some point.


There’s no wrong way to write a Christmas card as long as you’re speaking from the heart. But sometimes, people may have difficulty expressing themselves with words. That’s why we’re providing some essential guidance here, along with specific phrases you can use to complement your Christmas wishes later in the article.

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Know Your Audience

What you write in a Christmas card has a lot to do with who you’re sending it to. Family and close personal friends should get personalized messages intended to warm the cockles of their hearts. You should include personal details that help demonstrate the depth of your relationship. 

 On the other hand, cards for acquaintances can be just as casual but should carry a more generalized focus. You can elaborate on general holiday sentiments and leave out the heavy personalization. 

 Business cards should express general sentiments as well. The main difference here is the formality of the language. Business Christmas cards should be considerably less casual than cards sent by individuals to family and friends. These are professional relationships, and the language should reflect that.

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A woman standing outside at Christmas time smiling in the snow.

Secular or Religious?

In some ways, your choice to send secular or religious cards has more to do with your preferences than your recipients. If you prefer a more secular Christmas, then feel free to leave out religious language. Your recipients may be religious, but they’ll still appreciate the sentiment. If, however, your Christmas is primarily a religious celebration, then you should include whatever faithful Christmas wishes you prefer. Christmas cards about expressing your thoughts and feelings around the holidays, so be true to yourself. 

 That said, you should also consider your recipient’s feelings. If you prefer a secular Christmas, but a family member holds deeply religious views, you might want to avoid taking an overly casual or humorous position in their card. This gets back to knowing your audience. You want to express yourself, but you also don’t want to offend.

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Don’t Know What to Say? Use Someone Else’s Words!

Better writers than us have been waxing poetic about Christmas for centuries. Sometimes using a well-sourced quote can express your Christmas wishes better than anything you might cook up on your own. Don’t feel bad if that’s the path you take. Expressing yourself with others’ words is very common. Some quotes you might use include:

  • “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill 
  •  "My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?" – Bob Hope 
  •  "Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." – Calvin Coolidge

If you prefer a religious holiday, Bible quotes are always in fashion.

A Christmas card with holly berries and stars.


Below you’ll find a selection of Christmas wishes that you can use in your Christmas cards. Feel free to tweak them as needed to fit your situation better.

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General Christmas Wishes

  • “Merry Christmas! May your holiday be filled with warmth, laughter, and the love of the season.” 
  •  “Wishing you and your family all the best this holiday season!” 
  •  "We wish you a holiday season full of peace, joy, and happiness." 
  •  “Friends and family are what the holidays are all about. We can’t wait to get the chance to see you all again!” 
  •  “This Christmas, take the time to reconnect with your loved ones and find your spark of joy.” 
  •  “I hope that the Christmas spirit fills your home and every corner of your heart.”

Religious Christmas Wishes

  • “Jesus is the reason for the season, today, tomorrow, and for all eternity.” 
  •  “May God’s love spread through your heart this Christmas so that you and your family may experience the joy of the holidays.” 
  •  “Let the birth of our Savior act as a beacon in the dark, lighting your way to a warm and loving holiday season.” 
  •  "May God bless and keep you this Christmas and throughout your life." 
  •  “Wishing you a Christmas season that’s filled with the light of God’s love.”
A funny Christmas elf on a snowy branch.

Funny Christmas Wishes

  • “Here’s wishing your kids a wonderful Christmas and you Christmas bills you can afford!” 
  •  “Unfortunately, there will be no Christmas this year. Apparently, someone told Santa that you’d been good, and he died laughing!” 
  •  “You deserve an incredibly thoughtful, hand-crafted gift that speaks to the core of who you are as a person. I’m sure someone will get that for you. In the meantime, here’s a gift card!” 
  •  “It’s Christmas again, the time of year where we all get each other thoughtful gifts so that they can be returned for something we really want. Merry Christmas!”

Business Christmas Wishes

  • “We appreciate your business and wish you all the best in the coming year. Merry Christmas!” 
  •  “Wishing you and yours all the happiness the holiday season has to offer. Here’s to a successful 2022!”
  • “You’re a hardworking member of the team, and we couldn’t do what we do without you. Merry Christmas, with thanks for all you do!” 
  •  “Merry Christmas from everyone at [Your Company]. We wish that your holidays will be filled with happiness and joy through the new year.”


Sending out handwritten Christmas wishes is the purest expression of the venerable Christmas card, but it’s time-consuming. Instead, let Simply Noted do the work for you. All you have to do is upload your addresses and your Christmas message, and our automated handwriting machines will craft, address, stamp and mail authentic-feeling handwritten Christmas cards for everyone on your list. It’s the next best thing to doing it yourself — and if you don’t have time, it’s the best thing, hands down!