Christmas Card Sayings, Wishes & Quotes

You’ve taken your photo, chosen your card design, and compiled your mailing list, now what to write inside a Christmas card? We’ve gathered some ideas for popular seasonal sayings, meaningful holiday wishes, and quotes to inspire your holiday and Christmas card messages to friends and family.

For friends

The holidays are a great time to connect with friends near and far with news of the past year and best wishes for the next. Whether your Christmas message is casual or formal, funny or sentimental depends on your own style and your relationship with the recipient. And remember to add a personal touch! Here are some ideas for holiday and Christmas wishes for friends to include in your card:

  • Happiest holidays to you and yours.
  • Merry Christmas, and here’s to many more coffee dates and long walks in the New Year.
  • Cheers to the New Year! Wishing you lots of love, happiness, and champagne.
  • Your friendship is the best gift I could ask for. I’m so thankful for you!
  • Fa La La La La… whatever, you get it. Merry Christmas.
  • Good food, good wine, good friends… hope your holiday is #blessed.
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For family

When writing your Christmas card messages to your family, keep in mind that you might say Merry Christmas to your grandmother in a different way than to your childhood friend. It’s always nice to include a personal touch to your Christmas card that incorporates a family tradition or a note about future plans to visit. Of course every family is different, so we’ve included a few family-friendly ideas that you can make your own:

  • Thinking of you this Christmas season, wish you were here!
  • Sending you happy holiday wishes from over the mountains, we can’t wait to visit next summer!
  • Wish we could send you some of Grandma’s famous pumpkin pie, but this card will have to do! Merry Christmas from all of us.
  • The holidays are a time for family (and great food!) Wishing you all the best of both this season.
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Merry christmas

The Christmas card is a tradition of sharing family news, happy tidings, and merry Christmas wishes with friends and family. Whether it’s short and sweet or long and heartfelt, these Christmas sayings are the perfect way to spread cheer for the holiday.

  • Have a very merry Christmas and the happiest New Year!
  • Wishing you and your family a merry and bright Christmas.
  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We hope you have a very merry Christmas and enjoy the warmth and magic of the holiday season.
  • Merry and married! Christmas wishes from the new Mrs and Mrs!
  • So very merry! Warmest wishes from our growing family to yours for a happy holiday season!
merry christmas

Happy holidays

A happy holidays message is a great way to send cheer no matter what holiday you celebrate. There are lots of different ways to say “happy holidays,” here are just a few:

  • Wishing you the happiest holidays and a wonderful New Year in 2020!
  • Sending you peace, love, and joy this holiday season.
  • Have a hap-hap-happy holiday!
  • Happy holidays from our family to yours.
  • Wishing you the best this season and always! Happy holidays
  • Warm wishes for a happy holiday.
  • Happy everything this holiday season.
happy holidays


Funny Christmas cards really let your personality shine through. An action shot of the kids, a pet pun, or an irreverent sentiment might just be the hit holiday card of the season. Here are some ways to add humor to your holiday wishes:

  • Have a Meowy Christmas and a Happy Mew Year
  • Wishing you peace, love, and happiness in the New Year. Champagne is an excellent start. Cheers!
  • ‘Tis the season for leftovers and stretchy pants. Best wishes during this delicious time. Happy holidays!
  • All I want for Christmas is you. Seriously. Get in the box.
  • Let’s make this a December to remember.
  • Keep calm and jingle all the way.
  • Happy Holi-yays
  • If kisses were snowflakes, I’d send you a blizzard.
  • “All is calm, all is bright.” Whoever wrote Silent Night clearly hasn’t been to our house on Christmas Eve. Wishing you joy (and peace!) this holiday.


There’s nothing quite like the Christmas classics. These tried and true Christmas card sayings are perfect to send to friends, family, and neighbors alike. Keep it simple with classic Christmas messages like these:

  • We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  • Have a jolly holiday.
  • Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season and all the best for the New Year!
  • Wishing you love, light, and laughter for Christmas and the New Year too!
  • May your days be merry and bright. Happy holidays from all of us!
  • May your heart be filled with all the joys of the season.
  • Season’s greetings, from our house to yours!


If your faith is part of your family’s holiday tradition, you may choose to share a meaningful Christmas verse from the bible or an inspirational Christmas message with friends and family. Here are some ideas for religious Christmas messages to include in your card.

  • May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
  • Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
  • A merry heart does good like medicine. Proverbs 17:22
  • And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. Luke 1:14
  • Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14
  • Have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year!
  • May His love surround you at Christmastime and always.
  • He is the reason for the season
  • Have a blessed Christmas and bountiful New Year!
  • Wishing you every blessing as we celebrate the birth of our Lord.


Want to say something a little different this year? These modern holiday messages are fresh and unexpected ways to say “Merry Christmas” with a twist.

  • Let’s Eat, Drink & Be Merry
  • Merry everything and a happy always.
  • Warm and cozy holiday wishes.
  • Cheers to the New Year!
  • Peace. Love. Joy.


There’s no better time of year to share a heartfelt message with your loved ones. These meaningful holiday wishes are sure to warm hearts.

  • Wishing you peace, love, and laughter in the New Year.
  • May the holiday season bring you special moments and happy memories.
  • Find joy in the little things this Christmas.
  • Keeping you in our hearts this holiday season, and always!

Quotes / lyrics

Nostalgic Christmas songs, lines from beloved movies, and famous quotes about Christmas are great sources of inspiration for what to write in your Christmas card. Even though it’s already been said, a Christmas quote can perfectly capture the sentiment you’d like to share.

  • “Have yourself a merry little Christmas.” - written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
  • “Baby, it’s cold outside.” - written by Frank Loesser
  • “May your days be merry and bright” - from “White Christmas” written by Irving Berlin
  • “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” - written by Meredith Willson
  • “Although it’s been said many times, many ways, merry Christmas to you.” - from “The Christmas Song” written by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé
  • “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” - written by Edward Pola and George Wyle
  • “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” - from “White Christmas” written by Irving Berlin
  • “Joy to the world” written by Isaac Watts
  • "Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!" – Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." – Charles Dickens
  • “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” – Charles M. Schulz
  • "Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality." — Washington Irving
  • “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!” - Home Alone II
  • “Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind.” - Miracle on 34th Street
  • “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” - It’s a Wonderful Life
  • “Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas.” - National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” - A Christmas Story
  • “Come out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs…” - Die Hard
  • “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” - Elf