Receiving Christmas cards from friends and family is one of the pleasures of the season. Sending them out, on the other hand, can be a real grind. Before you even get to the tedious envelope-licking stage, there’s the small matter of figuring out exactly what you want to say.
As always, a good first step is to read what others have written – and when it comes to Christmas card sayings, you can be sure that a lot has been written. Whatever your tastes, you can likely find a yuletide message that captures your own sentiments or a sparkly turn of phrase that strikes your fancy.
While a comprehensive collection of Christmas greetings would fill a book (or two), the following list contains a wide selection of the wittiest, most famous, and just plain best quotes and sayings about the holidays. Use them to craft your own Christmas card wording, or just copy them as-is.
General Christmas Wishes
Sometimes basic is best. Here are some ideas for generic holiday phrases to use in a Christmas greeting card.
You don’t need a lot of words to evoke the holiday season. Here are some familiar Christmas quotes that do the trick. For some unique wording ideas, see our list of short Christmas greetings.
It’s the best time of the year
And a Happy New Year
Whether it’s funny, cute, or profound, poetry has the power to express a lot in a few short words.
When we live Christmas every day
I notice this, each year I live;
I always like the gifts I get,
But how I love the gifts I give!
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away;
While quite unselfish, it grows small.
not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving,
are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel,
in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others
is good you do yourself.
‘Twas Christmas told the merriest tale;
A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
The poor man’s heart through half the year
From one place to another
The warmth and joy of Christmas
Brings us closer to each other.
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
But let it whistle as it will,
We’ll keep our Christmas merry still.
And radiantly abide
Within your heart until
Love all lovely, Love Divine,
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear.
And when totaled by the lot
May you find all you’ve been given
To be more than what you sought
Sending a Christmas card to (or from) kids? Here are a few holiday messages that reflect a childlike spirit.
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Click, click, click
Down thru the chimney with
Good Saint Nick
You better not cry,
You better not pout,
I’m telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town!
Of course, family is always at the top of the Christmas card list. Here are some Christmas sayings that seem particularly appropriate for relatives near and far.
The holidays are a time to affirm bonds of friendship, sometimes with people we haven’t seen in a long time. Here are some Christmas quotes and sayings for friends, wherever they may be.
That love weighs more than gold!
Wouldn’t dreams be coming true
If we kept the Christmas spirit
All the whole year through?
Figuring out what to write in a Christmas card to coworkers can be tough, especially if you don’t know them intimately. Here are some office-appropriate holiday messages that get the job done.
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
The Best of the Rest
We’re not done yet – not even close. Here are some more ways to say “Merry Christmas” that don’t quite belong in any of the categories above.
Want even more Christmas card sayings? Check out our list of religious holiday messages. Or, for something completely different (and maybe a touch off-color in places), see our list of funny things to write in a Christmas card.