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What to Write in a Christmas Card

Send the most thoughtful and sweet Christmas card wishes this holiday season.

By: Krista Childers, Editor, AllFreePaperCrafts.com
What to Write in a Christmas Card
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If you're stuck on what to write in Christmas cards that you are sending to loved ones this year, this What to Write in a Christmas card article may be of service to you. Sure, "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" work for the front of any winter card, but some of us struggle with what to write on the inside. Christmas messages are often used as your end of the year recap as well as to wish the recipient of your card all the best in The New Year. We have suggestions for both general phrases when you're struggling for what to say in a Christmas card as well as some Merry Christmas religious quotes for those who follow the biblical stories about the meaning of Christmas. 

There is also a section for non-Christmas-specific card greetings. General holiday card wording can be used if you are uncertain of which holiday a person celebrates, to send winter wishes for more than one holiday, and more. These are broader than just Christmas.

Table of Contents
General Christmas Greetings
Christian Christmas Quotes
Other Holiday Card Wording
DIY Christmas Cards to Make

 

General Christmas Greetings

When thinking of Christmas card wishes, many of us freeze when we touch pen to paper. You can write specific goings-on in your life, inside jokes, or personal greetings to your recipient. However, for some more common phrases and messages beyond "Merry Christmas", take a look at some of these suggestions below. You will find some lovely options for what to say in a homemade Christmas card that you may not have thought of. This collection is great resource to keep for this year and the years to come to help you when you can't think of what to write in a card.

  1. "Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year."

  2. "Merry Christmas! Thank you for being such a joyous part of my year. All the best with hope that the next year will be full of as many wonderful memories."

  3. "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Charles Dickens

  4. "I heard the bells on Christmas Day
    Their old, familiar carols play,
    And wild and sweet
    The words repeat
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" 
     - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  5. "Merry Christmas! May the warmth of this Christmas season remain with you and yours throughout the coming year."

  6. "Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time." - Laura Ingalls Wilder

  7. ​"May you and yours be given the true blessings of Christmas: joy, love, hope, and peace!"

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

  9. "Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas." - Peg Bracken

  10. "This Christmas, I am thankful for your love. May The New Year bring you luck, peace, and joy."

Christian Christmas Quotes

For those of us who celebrate the true reason for the season, these Merry Christmas religious quotes are perfect ways to remind those why we celebrate this merry day. The First Christmas has a lot of imagery and stories, as do other religious texts. It can be difficult to narrow down the type of Christmas messages you want to send those you care about. These suggestions relate to Christianity and Christmas with quotes as well as beautiful phrases that are faith-based in nature but can be customized for your own Christmas cards.

  1. "Jesus is the reason for the season. May He continue to bless you in the coming year."

  2. "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." - Matthew 1:23

  3. "I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the word seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses." - Taylor Caldwell

  4. "And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." - Luke 1:35

  5. "Christmas is a giving heart that thinks of others first. Whoever believes in God’s love will find peace and eternal life."

  6. "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." - Luke 2:14

  7. "May the miracle that is Christmas fill your heart with joy and peace. May your next year be as blessed."

  8. "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." - John 16:33

  9. "Wishing you the peace, happiness, and love that the true meaning of Christmas brings."

  10. "After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh." - Matthew 2:11

Other Holiday Card Wording

You may want to send a non-Christmas card to loved ones. It can be a challenge to think of holiday card sayings that are not based around your standard Christmas greetings or religious quotes. There are several holidays that people celebrate. These suggestions will help you to send all your best wishes for a wonderful new year without focusing on Christmas. Whether they celebrate a different winter holiday, such as Hannukah or Kwanzaa, or focus on Winter Solstice activities or do not celebrate anything, these overall winter wishes will help you to address them with thoughtful greetings. 

  1. "Season's greetings! I wish you the best in The New Year!"

  2. "Happy holidays to you and yours! May your new year be full of happiness and luck."

  3. "During this holiday season, may your home be filled with lots of laughter and love."

  4. "Best wishes for a happy holiday season and my sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year. May the next year be as prosperous."

  5. "There is SNOWbody I'd rather spend the holidays with than you."

  6. "Warmest thoughts and best wishes for an enjoyable holiday season and a very Happy New Year."

  7. "And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been." - Rainer Maria Rilke

  8. "Glad tidings to you and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!"

  9. "Family and friends are such an important part of the holidays. I am glad to have you in my life. Best wishes for the winter and the next year."

  10. "I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending." - Fred Rogers

DIY Christmas Cards to Make

Now that you have some ideas for what to write in a Christmas card, here are some card ideas to try. Below you will find handmade Christmas cards with beautiful images, text, and designs on the front but that are blank inside. These are the perfect types of cards to use for your Christmas greetings. Sending a handmade card that also has a beautiful and thoughtful message will show your family and friends how much you care.

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