How to write the perfect Christmas card message

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It’s nearly that time of year again, and we’ll soon be decking the halls, wrapping presents and celebrating with loved ones. So, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas cards. Cards are all about spreading warm wishes and cheer during the festive season, so whether you’re sending them out to family or friends, here are some ideas for what to write when you’re staring at that blank page.

Here, we’ll cover:

  • Christmas card messages for family & friends
  • Funny Christmas sayings
  • Christmas card messages for pet parents
  • Christmas card wishes for the New Year
  • How to sign your Christmas card

Christmas card messages for family

When sending Christmas cards to family members, making it personal is what’s important. The festive season can be an emotional one, so it’s a good time of year to come together and spread messages of love and cheer. This means it’s also okay to be a little cheesy.

Modern life means that often families may be spread further apart, so sending a Christmas card is an opportunity to catch up, reconnect and let people know you’re thinking of them. Here are some Christmas card messages for family:

  • Thinking of you this Christmas. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
  • It’s time for mulled wine, candles, mince pies, songs, reindeer, carols, laughter — and most importantly, LOVE.
  • Sending love and good wishes, even from far away.
  • Family like you are the greatest Christmas gift of all.
  • Together is our favourite place to be. We can’t wait to see you soon!
  • Being together is the perfect gift. We can’t wait to celebrate in person!

Christmas card sayings for friends

Cards sent out to friends can be the most fun to write. If you’re wondering what to write in a Christmas card to a close friend, include a fun message or something that’s tailored specifically to them. If you’re sending cards to colleagues or acquaintances, you can keep your message more generic.

  • Here’s to a merry old time!
  • Last Christmas I gave you my heart – and you still have it. Love you!
  • May your Christmas be full of laughs and lazy naps.
  • Joy and peace to you and yours.
  • Wishing you a happy and healthy Christmas.
  • Wishing you a Christmas that’s merry and bright.
  • May the festive season bring you the music of laughter and the warmth of friendship.

Funny Christmas messages

Want to make someone smile the moment they open your Christmas card? Include a funny Christmas message that’s lighthearted, personal and sure to elicit a chuckle. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

  • Merry Christmas! I hope Santa left you some wine. (For the gravy, of course!)
  • Merry Christmas! I hope Santa brings you that pony you wanted when you were 5.
  • Christmas is a time to cherish what’s important — friends, family, and food!
  • Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money.
  • We tried our best…
  • Getting this picture was a Christmas miracle.
  • Sorry we dropped the ball this Christmas. Happy New Year!

Christmas card messages for pet parents

If someone on your Christmas card list is a proud parent to a cat or dog (or any other animal!), add a note for their furry friend.

  • Santa Claws is coming to town.
  • Here comes Santa Paws!
  • Meowy Christmas!
  • Merry Woofmas!
  • May your days be furry and bright.
  • Happy Mew Year!
  • Bark Humbug!
  • Cold noses, warm wishes.
  • Peace, love and belly rubs.
  • Unleash the joy of the season!

Christmas card wishes for the New Year

Maybe you were a little late sending out Christmas cards this year, but not to worry! Include a message about the New Year and no one will be any the wiser. Here are some to give you some inspiration:

  • Oh, what a year!
  • Joy to you and yours.
  • What a crazy / messy / wonderful year.
  • Love, cheer and Happy New Year.
  • Wishing you a New Year filled with peace and love.
  • May your New Year be filled with cheer.

How to sign Christmas cards

Once you’ve made sure your message is free of spelling and grammar errors, sign off with an appropriate closing. Here are a few sign-off phrases you can use:

  • Wishing you joy,
  • Love always,
  • Warmest wishes,
  • All our love,
  • With love,