What to write in a Christmas card

Prima Team
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Sometimes buying a gift for the trickiest person on your festive shopping list is easier than racking your brain for the perfect Christmas card message! And as 2020 has been a challenging year in the wake of the ongoing global pandemic, joy, cheer and love will be needed more than ever over the festive period.

You want your Christmas card message to be thoughtful and come across as genuine, but when you have Christmas cards to write to everyone in your address book – and lots of other festive chores on your to-do list – that can feel like a tricky task.

You're left wondering what to write in a Christmas card? Should your message just be short and sweet? Or a long and crafted essay? Also, which Christmas message works for family or friends? Or a colleague, family friend or distant relative?

Don't fret! When it comes to knowing what to write in a Christmas card, we've got you covered – whether you're planning on posting a Christmas card, emailing a Christmas note or sending a festive Whatsapp message.

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Photo credit: Dan Brownsword - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dan Brownsword - Getty Images

What is the best message for Christmas?

A short and sweet yet friendly message works well for most Christmas cards to neighbours, friends and relatives. Try these:

  • Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

  • Merry Christmas from all of us to all of you.

  • May your Christmas be filled with love, joy and laughter.

  • Sending you seasonal wishes for a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

  • Happy Christmas from our home to yours.

  • Sending love and best wishes for a very merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year.

  • I hope your Christmas is filled with joy this year!

Photo credit: Poh Kim Yeoh / EyeEm - Getty Images
Photo credit: Poh Kim Yeoh / EyeEm - Getty Images

What should I write in a Christmas card to my family?

Christmas card messages to close family can be very personal (with in-jokes and a story or two) or contain a simple but thoughtful message. Here are a few ideas. For an extra special touch, include a family photo from the past year.

  • Christmas is always better with you around! All my love.

  • Christmas wouldn't be the same without arguing over Monopoly. Here's to me winning again!

  • Mum and dad, thanks for making every Christmas magical. We love you!

  • A [insert family name] Christmas is the best kind. Looking forward to spending the holidays with you.

Or if you won't be spending Christmas together:

  • We'll miss you this Christmas but don't worry, I'll eat your share of the dinner! All our love

  • Sending love and best wishes for the best Christmas ever. We'll miss you!

Photo credit: Poh Kim Yeoh / EyeEm - Getty Images
Photo credit: Poh Kim Yeoh / EyeEm - Getty Images

What should I write in my husband or wife's Christmas card?

A funny, personal message always goes down well, or you could opt for one of these:

  • All I want for Christmas is you!

  • Merry Christmas to the love of my life.

  • Christmas is always a magical time with you.

  • Thank you for making Christmas magic.

  • You're the best, and I love you more than ever.

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Photo credit: Westend61 - Getty Images

What should I write in a Christmas card to employees or colleagues?

Keep it friendly but professional with this message to employees:

  • Thank you for all your hard work this year. Enjoy some very well deserved time off with your family. Merry Christmas.

Or these short and sweet messages to a colleague:

  • It's been great working with you this year. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  • Merry Christmas. Wishing you all the best.

If you want to send a funny Christmas card

All of us have had a difficult year, and sometimes the best way to get through challenging times is with humour. We've found some fun, light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek Christmas cards that acknowledge Covid-19 and the ways in which we have had to adapt our lives. Here are some funny ones below...

How do you end a Christmas card?

Depending on who the Christmas card is addressed to, you could opt for 'love you' (for family, a best friend, a partner or your son or daughter), 'hugs', 'all our love', 'merry Christmas', 'seasons greetings', 'from your friends at' or simply just write your nickname, your full name or your name with title if it's a formal card. You could also just sign off 'the [insert surname] family'. Whatever feels right!

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