120 Christmas and Holiday Wishes: What to Write in a Christmas Card

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Fa-la-la-la-la! The holidays are here and it’s time to send out a gazillion Christmas cards and holiday cards to everyone you’ve ever met in your entire life! Okay, slight exaggeration. But, no matter what you celebrate, the holiday season is the time to show your appreciation and gratitude for your family and friends. Having everyone around during this time of year is so special, and even if you can’t all be together you can (and should) still send your warmest holiday wishes with a beautifully written message.

If you’re wondering about what to write in this year’s Christmas cards or season’s greetings, don’t overthink it! Use this comprehensive guide to get your thoughts flowing and pen moving. From funny, to religious, to romantic, to non-denominational holiday messages and famous quotes, there is a little magic here for everyone. So, get those chestnuts roasting, grab your Christmas cards from your drawer, and let’s get started!

Funny Christmas Wishes

You don’t need to be so serious! Keep the holidays light and fun with a hilarious Christmas wish! Christmas is a time to enjoy with family and friends, and what better way to do that than with a little laugh?

  • Yule always be my favorite!
  • That warm feeling isn’t the Christmas spirit. I think you left the oven on.
  • Christmas is a Claus for celebration!
  • Adults can enjoy Christmas too. Until the credit card bills arrive.
  • I hope your smiles will be as big as your credit card bill this Christmas!
  • Merry Christmas! I hope you love the present you told me to buy for you.
  • Wishing you sanity and a strong drink this holiday season!
  • ‘Tis the season for leftovers and stretchy pants. Happy Holidays!
  • Fill your cup of cheer with whatever you want! Merry Christmas!
  • You’re a gift in my life. And not the kind I’d return for store credit. Merry Christmas!
  • Happy slow down and cozy up season!
  • Remember, Santa is watching everything. Yes. Even that. Merry Christmas!

Religious Christmas Wishes

Sending a beautiful religious-themed message to celebrate the birth of Christ will be well received by anyone who appreciates the true meaning of Christmas. Spread the Christmas spirit by including one of these religious Christmas wishes in your card!

  • May God bless your Christmas season with joy and love.
  • May the miracle of Christ’s birth bless your life with special joy this season.
  • Wishing you a very Merry Christmas on this holy day. I am so thankful for you.
  • Merry Christmas to my loved ones. May God replace your troubles with peace and prosperity.
  • This Christmas, I pray that God blesses our family with an abundance of happiness. Happy holidays!
  • May Christ bless us with love, grace, and joy! Merry Christmas! I hope you have a great holiday.
  • Today, we celebrate the birth of our Lord and cherish all that he has done for us. Merry Christmas!
  • May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, love, and laughter. May God bless you today and every day.
  • I hope you get endless reasons to smile and rejoice in the upcoming year! Have a blessed Christmas.
  • The magic of Christmas is not in the presents but in His presence. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
  • Part of the spirit of Christmas is thinking about the special people who bless this world… like you.
  • May the divine presence of Jesus Christ be with you throughout this holy season and bless all your days!

Romantic Christmas Wishes

The holiday season is such a romantic time to share with your loved one. Let your husband, wife, girlfriend, or boyfriend know how much you love them and how lucky you feel to have them in your life with a romantic holiday message.

  • All I want for Christmas is you.
  • Having you in my life makes Christmas even more magical. Happy Holidays, my love!
  • You are the most wonderful part of the most wonderful time of the year.
  • The only thing I love more than Christmas is you.
  • Your love is the best Christmas gift I could ever receive. Merry Christmas, sweetheart!
  • This time of year makes me realize how lucky I am to share my life with you. Merry Christmas!
  • Merry Christmas to the reason I feel merry and bright every day. I love you.
  • Spending Christmas with you reminds me how lucky I am to be with you.
  • Our love burns brighter than the star on top of the Christmas tree. May this Christmas and New Year be the best we’ve ever had!
  • There is no one I’d rather make memories with this holiday season than you. Merry Christmas, my love.
  • You know where to find me this Christmas Eve. Under the mistletoe, eager to share our holiday kiss!
  • Christmas is more magical with you in my life. I’m looking forward to all the memories and romantic moments the holiday season has in store for us!

Christmas Wishes for Family

There’s no feeling quite like having the family around Christmas morning! And even if your family isn’t close-by, still send them your warmest wishes. Here are some thoughtful messages to include in your holiday cards to your family.

  • Cookies and sweets in every corner of the house! That’s how it smells during Christmas with family!
  • May the closeness of your loved ones, family, and friends fill your heart with joy.
  • Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Season creating special memories with your beautiful family. With lots of love from the [insert family name].
  • Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. May peace, love, and prosperity follow you always.
  • From our home to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!
  • On the occasion of Christmas, I pray that we all are always there for each other, there with each other to celebrate Christmas and also life.
  • It’s the end of the year and you have finally got enough time to spend with your family. Enjoy it. Merry Christmas!
  • Wishing a blessed Christmas to all my family and friends. May the smiles on your faces never get dull and you all are always happy.
  • You all are extremely dear to me and on the occasion of Christmas, I want you all with me to make it a special Christmas for me. Merry Christmas.
  • It’s the most blessed time of the year. It’s Christmas. It’s the time when the family gets back together again. Merry Christmas to the best family I could ever have!
  • The only thing I desire this Christmas is to be with my family and friends. Wishing a blessed Christmas to my loved ones far away.
  • Sending lots of love, warm wishes, and prayers to you on this holiday season. May you have a Christmas to remember.

Christmas Wishes for Friends

Who would we be without our friends? Christmas is the perfect time to show your appreciation for a good friendship and give your friends the best wishes for the new year ahead!

  • Jingle bells, jingle bells, I have this song stuck in my head! And now you probably do, too. Merry Christmas!
  • May the Holiday Season find you in good spirits, filled with joy and peace, and plenty of love and laughter. Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!
  • All the way from here, I send a special wish, a holiday hug, and a holiday kiss!
  • Merry Christmas! Unless, of course, the North Pole melts away due to climate change and the reindeers have to relocate leaving Santa without a means of transportation… But I’m sure it’ll be fine.
  • Far apart during this holiday, but totally together in our hearts and minds. Merry Christmas!
  • Love, joy, and happiness is all I wish for you. May you wake up on Christmas morning and find them all in your shoe. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  • We may not be together on Christmas morning, but you're always in my heart.
  • This Christmas, I have a piece of advice for you: give nothing but coal to your kids. That way, you’ll teach them a precious lesson and save a ton of money in presents. You’re welcome. And Happy Holidays!
  • Have a lovely Christmas in the warmth of your home and in the company of your loved ones. Happy Holidays!
  • No matter how hard things are in your life, everything always seems a bit better around Christmas time. Here’s wishing you a lovely Holiday Season!
  • Since I had trouble finding a word to rhyme with Yuletide, I’ll just wish you a Merry Christmas, instead. Happy Holidays!
  • If you wanted to have the only house visible from space, this Christmas, you’ve gotten your wish. Just kidding! I may be a little jealous… Happy Holidays!

Christmas Wishes for Co-Workers

We spend an incredibly large portion of our time with coworkers. Take this opportunity to show your gratefulness for your team of coworkers or colleagues by wishing them the happiest of holidays.

  • Merry Christmas to you and a wonderful new year too!
  • Wishing you and your loved ones a magical holiday season!
  • Thank you for all the great times during the craziest workloads. Happy Holidays!
  • Wishing all my coworkers a safe and happy holiday season!
  • I am so happy to have a coworker like you. I wish you the Merriest Christmas!
  • Lucky you have a friend co-worker like you. Thank you for making work a happy place to be. Merry Christmas!
  • May Jesus always be with you in good times and bad. I hope his blessings shade you every day. Merry Christmas!
  • May this Christmas season help you get drunk enough to get distracted from the workload!
  • We are truly a family here, and I am so grateful for each of you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
  • The energy you bring to the office is a blessing for all of us. I hope you have a beautiful Christmas season!
  • I consider you to be a blessing and hope you have a wonderful holiday season with you family.
  • Happy holidays dear colleague! May your Christmas celebration be filled with joy, happiness, and love.

Christmas Wishes for Someone Grieving

Christmas time can be very difficult for someone who is grieving a loved one. This Christmas season, give your support to someone in need of some comfort with a beautiful message. Avoid giving advice, and definitely keep the focus on them. Use these simple and sweet messages in your Christmas or holiday card to someone who’s experienced a loss.

  • May God bless you and your family during this Christmas season.
  • May the promise of Christmas fill your hearts with comfort and peace.
  • Thinking of you during this Christmas season and sending you lots of love.
  • Our love and thoughts are with you during the Christmas season and the promise of hope it brings.
  • You will be in my prayers over Christmas and the New Year. May God bless you with peace throughout.
  • It’s hard when Christmas comes during a difficult time. Just want you to know I’m thinking of you.
  • Sometimes the holidays only seem to remind us of what we have lost. But you will never lose the love and caring of those who know you and want the best for you.
  • My deepest love to you and your family this Christmas. I wish you all the blessings of the holiday season.
  • I’m thinking of you this Christmas and sending lots of love.
  • Wishing you and your whole family as much peace and happiness you can find during this difficult time.
  • I pray God grants you and your family peace and that your Christmas brings you cherished memories.
  • I can’t begin to understand what Christmas must be like this year, but I hope the holiday season brings you peace and strength.

Non-Religious Holiday Wishes

Depending on who the recipient is, you might not want to be overly religious in your Christmas messages, and that’s okay! There are plenty of wonderful ways to wish someone joy and happiness during the holidays.

  • Hoping this holiday season is joyful!
  • So grateful for our family this holiday season.
  • Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year.
  • Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holidays and a Happy New Year.
  • Here's to a merry and bright Christmas Day!
  • May your holiday season shine as brightly as the twinkling stars on Christmas Eve.
  • Season's Greetings and best wishes for the New Year.
  • May your holiday season be filled with joy and the New Year brimming with hope.
  • Here's to hoping Santa fills your Christmas stocking with everything you wished for and more!
  • Let the spirit of love gently fill our hearts and homes. In this loveliest of seasons may you find many reasons for happiness.
  • Safe travels and warmest wishes for a wonderful Holiday season and a very happy New Year.
  • Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year. May peace, love, and prosperity follow you always.

Bible Verses for Christmas

If you’re religious, then you can go wrong with writing a Christmas Bible Verse in your Christmas cards this year! There are hundreds of wonderful verses to choose from, and these are some of the most beautiful and comforting.

  • "For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable." – Romans 11:29
  • “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable Gift.” – 2 Corinthians 9:15
  • “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” – Matthew 2:10
  • “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” – Luke 2:14
  • “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people.” – Titus 2:11
  • “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21
  • “He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth.” – Luke 1:14
  • “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
  • “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
  • “They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.” – Luke 2:16
  • “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
  • “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” – Romans 15:13

Best Christmas and Holiday Quotes

There is simply no shortage of amazing Christmas and holiday quotes. From popular books and movies to historical figures and religious leaders, heartfelt quotes about the holidays are in abundance. These are some of our favorites!

  • “Love the giver more than the gift.” – Brigham Young
  • “Christmas is a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.” Freya Stark
  • “Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting.” – Thomas S. Monson.
  • “May love and light fill your home and heart at Hanukkah.” – Unknown
  • “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Theresa
  • “May the spirit of the holidays be with you throughout the New Year.” – Unknown
  • “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.” – John Boswell
  • “Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.” – Helen Steiner Rice
  • “Holidays are such a great opportunity to focus on bringing the family together.” – Lidia Bastianich