Merry Christmas wishes: the best messages to write in a Christmas card

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Photo credit: Antonio Suarez Vega - Getty Images
Photo credit: Antonio Suarez Vega - Getty Images

Christmas is officially fast approaching. Perhaps you’ve already pre-ordered your turkey, found the perfect gift for the man or woman in your life, fished out the decorations from the attic in preparation for the 1st of December, but have you thought about Christmas cards and the Merry Christmas wishes you'd like to send?

One of the most thoughtful rituals of the festive season, a personal Christmas card never goes amiss. Of course, in the past, they came solely in the form of sweetly illustrated paper cards hand-delivered in the post, with people often picking up the best charity Christmas cards of the year, but now they can take all sorts of forms. You can send your loved ones Merry Christmas wishes traditionally or via email or a whole host of social media platforms. The key is nailing the message.

Knowing what to write in a Christmas card to a friend or family member can often be more difficult than one may think, with many feeling like their mind has gone blank when it comes to putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards).

You may be trying to impress a new interest with a funny or romantic message (no pressure!); perhaps you’re writing to someone who’s had a difficult year or to a religious relative who you need to get the messaging right with - whoever it is you're sending to, it's important to get it right with your Christmas wishes.

The good news is, you don’t have to wonder anymore. To help spread festive cheer this year, leading online card and gift retailer Moonpig has shared some suggested words of thought to help you nail your Christmas cards...

Famous quotes

  • Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals! - Kevin McCallister, Home Alone

  • Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart - Santa Claus, Polar Express

  • This is Christmas, the season of perpetual hope - Kate McCallister, Home Alone

  • Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind -
    Kris Kringle, Miracle of 34th Street

  • If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling that love is actually all around - David, The Prime Minister, Love Actually

Funny suggestions

  • What’s a dinosaur’s least favourite reindeer? Comet! (Sorry, too soon?)

  • I put so much thought into your gift that it’s now too late to get it. Oops. Merry Christmas anyway!

  • Don we now our ugly jumpers, fa la la la!

  • I would say all I want for Christmas is you, but about that handbag…

  • Christmas is a time when everyone wants his past forgotten and his present remembered.

  • Sure, being on the nice list gets you more presents. But being naughty has its own reward…

  • ‘Tis the season to get tipsy!

Romantic festive ideas

  • Merry Christmas, I love you more and more every year!

  • Screw the mistletoe, you can kiss me anytime you like!

  • You are the egg to my nog, and I love you. Merry Christmas!

  • There’s no present under the tree that’s better than waking up and seeing you next to me every day.

  • All I want for Christmas is you!

  • To me, you are perfect. Merry Christmas.

  • Yule always be my favourite.

Faraway friends

  • Merry Christmas to you and yours - here’s hoping the new year will bring us closer together!

  • Sending festive greetings overseas - may this year be the brightest of all

  • To my friends who are far away, I hope you have a wonderful time this festive season

  • Sending long-distance hugs this Christmas

Classic suggestions

  • Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and the happiest new year!

  • Happy Christmas to you and yours from me and mine.

  • ‘Tis the season to be jolly! Hope your Christmas is filled with joy.

  • Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

  • Here’s to a season filled with warmth, comfort and good cheer! Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

What to write to someone if they've had a hard year

  • 2021 might not have had your back, but here’s hoping for a brighter year ahead.

  • I know it’s been a tough year, but here’s to brighter beginnings! Wishing you a very happy new year.

  • Some good news: Christmas is here! Sending you lots of festive love.

  • May this Christmas and New Year bring you light, love and laughter.

  • Sending the warmest of wishes for a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

  • Wishing you peace and happiness this festive season.

Religious festive wishes

  • Happy Hanukkah from our family to yours!

  • Here’s to a light and bright Hanukkah.

  • Happy Hanukkah, may this season be full of miracles for you and yours.

  • Season’s greetings to you and your family.

  • Best wishes to you this holiday season.

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