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Stuck on what to write in a Christmas card? Send very merry Christmas wishes with these Christmas card sayings and ideas from Hallmark.

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2018

Christmas is a special time of year where family and friends reconnect over shared wishes and Christmas messages. Many families look forward to receiving their Christmas greetings and family photos and display or hang them for the holiday season. For that reason it’s important to take the time to craft your message carefully for your loved ones. If you’re looking for Christmas writing inspiration, we’ve collected a list of perfect Christmas card messages and wishes for your own holiday greetings.

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Best Christmas Card Messages & Wishes

Christmas cards are primarily made up of the following sections: the greeting, a personal message, a chosen holiday quote or message, your signed name, and family photos. All of these pieces should be carefully chosen and heartfelt. If you’re struggling to find the right message or sentiment, we’ve found some great Christmas wishes for any occasion or relationship. Browse our choices below:

Classic Christmas Greeting Card Messages

Christmas is a time of tradition, so classic christmas card messages are perfect for any season’s greetings. For specific inspiration, look to our favorite classics below.

Merry Christmas Wishes

Sometimes a simple “Merry Christmas” is the most elegant message we can offer to our loved ones. For messages that follow this kind and simply crafted sentiment, look to the following examples:

  • ‘Tis the season to wish one another joy and love and peace. Merry Christmas.
  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  • Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.
  • The gift of love. The gift of peace. The gift of happiness. May all these be yours at Christmas.
  • May Santa Claus bring everything you wished for. Merry Christmas!
  • Here’s to a year of blessings and beyond. Have a Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays Messages

For those who prefer general Holiday messages and wishes, here are a few classic greetings you can use:

  • Best wishes for Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year.
  • Warmest greetings of this festive season and best wishes for happiness this New Year.
  • Wishing you a magical and blissful holiday!
  • All the best to everyone this Holiday Season!
  • May everything on your wishlist come true. Happy Holidays!
  • Here’s to a wonderful Holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Or, for more examples, check out our resource on holiday cards messages and wishes.

Religious Christmas Card Greetings

Find the right Christian Christmas card messages for friends and family with the list of greetings below:

  • May your Christmas be filled with the true miracles and meaning of this Merry time.
  • May the joy and peace of Christmas be with you all through the New Year. Wishing you a season of blessings from heaven above.
  • May your world be filled with warmth and good cheer this Holy season, we wish you a joy-filled Christmas.
  • A silent night, a star above, a blessed gift of hope and love. A Merry Christmas to you and your whole family.
  • I wish you the unconditional love of God in all the dreams of your heart and your everyday prayers. Merry Christmas.
  • Praying you have a wonderful Christmas filled with moments you’ll always remember.
  • May God bless you with a festive, loving and peaceful celebration this Christmas and all throughout the year.

Christmas Messages For Friends

Your friends are a true Christmas gift, so let them know how special they are in your Christmas letter. You can find some of our favorite examples below:

  • For your Christmas time I wish you many blessings, much happiness, and even more love.
  • Having you as my friend makes me feel as if it is Christmas every day. Merry Christmas.
  • Christmas is a feeling true friends share with laughter and love to show that they care.
  • I hope you’re all making this a Christmas to remember!
  • So grateful to have a friend like you at Christmas and all year long.
  • Your friendship and your love is the best Christmas gift that I’ve gotten. Merry Christmas.
  • It’s friends like you that make this season so special and magical.
  • Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best this wonderful holiday has to offer. May this incredible time of giving and spending time with family bring you the joy that lasts throughout the year.

Christmas Messages For Family

Christmas if the best time of year for spending time with your loved ones, so make sure your Christmas card reflects that sentiment. Check out our examples for Christmas messages for family below:

  • There is no greater gift this festive season than spending time with family all around the Christmas tree.
  • You’re all so important to us. Stay safe and stay happy this holiday season!
  • To all the people who are dear to me, I wish all of you nothing but the joy and happiness that this Christmas brings!
  • Having family like you is the best Christmas gift there ever could be.
  • At Christmas and always, what a blessing you are.
  • Thinking of you with lots of love at Christmas.
  • Grateful to be blessed with such a wonderful family. Merry Christmas!
  • Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.

Christmas Messages For Teachers

Teachers have given much of their time this year to your children, and Christmas is a great time to let them know how much you appreciate them. For message inspiration, look to our examples below:

  • May this holiday season be full of surprises and cheers, simply because you deserve the best.
  • Season’s Greetings from the family! Hope you all end the year on a bright note.
  • Best wishes for you and your family this Christmas. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  • Have a cheerful, holly, jolly, and a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
  • Thank you so much for all that you’ve done this year. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
  • Happy Holidays. Wishing you every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Business Christmas Card Greetings

For professional settings, you should use more reserved, but still heartfelt, greetings. We’ve collected a list perfect for any office, whether it’s for a coworker, employee, or manager.

Employee Christmas Card Messages

  • Good tidings we bear to you and your family! May we all have a Merry Christmas.
  • Happy Holidays and all the best to you in the year to come.
  • Holiday time and all the time, I so appreciate the great work you do.
  • Peace, love and harmony we wish to you and may love fill your home with blessings too. Happy Holidays.
  • We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year. Merry Christmas!

Messages For Coworker

  • Wishing you a holiday season full of fun, and a new year filled with prosperity.
  • It’s a pleasure to work with you and a joy to wish you a merry Christmas!
  • Hoping that the new year brings you new opportunities and new possibilities.
  • Enjoy your well deserved rest and time with family. Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

Messages For Boss

  • Merry Christmas from all of us! Here’s to a season of success and harmony.
  • We’re all hoping that you have a fantastic holiday season and a fabulous New Year.
  • Warmest wishes for a happy holiday season.
  • In this loveliest and happiest of seasons, may you find many reasons to celebrate. Have a wonderful Christmas!
  • Wishing you a festive holiday season and a very happy new year.

Christmas Card Quotes

Sometimes a quote conveys your holiday sentiment best. In that case, we’ve found a few favorites for the holiday season that you might love for your own Christmas cards.

  • Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day. by Helen Steiner Rice
  • We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
  • I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. Charles Dickens
  • Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Christmas is the day that holds all time together. Alexander Smith
  • I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, With every Christmas card I write, May your days be merry and bright, And may all your Christmases be white. Irving Berlin
  • Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . .means a little bit more!’ Dr Seuss
  • Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. Janice Maeditere
  • Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind. Mary Ellen Chase
  • Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. Hamilton Wright Mabie
  • Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. Unknown
  • From Home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other. Emily Matthews

Signing Christmas Cards

Christmas cards should be signed by hand in either blue or black ink. Even if the rest of your card is printed, you should personally sign the card. If you’re looking for ideas on closing remarks, find examples here:

  • Best wishes
  • With love
  • With all our love
  • Happy Holidays
  • Merry Christmas
  • Much Love
  • Hugs and kisses
  • XOXO
  • All the best
  • Warmly
  • Take care
  • Yours truly
  • Sincerely
  • Cheers
  • Lots of love
  • God bless
  • Your friend

Do your best to choose a sign off that is appropriate for the recipient. For example, if it’s for a professional relationship, “Take care” or “Happy Holidays” will do. For friends and family, “Much Love” and “Yours Truly” are fine.


More Christmas Card Resources

If you’re looking for additional Christmas card resources you can read our piece on What to Write in a Christmas Card. Or you can browse our Christmas card collection to find the right card and stationary for you and your family.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Across the world, people are putting up their Christmas trees, hanging their Christmas decorations and writing Christmas cards to their family and friends. If you’re looking for a way to spread joy to your loved ones this holiday season, these Christmas quotes are perfect for you.

We’ve gathered the best Merry Christmas greetings that celebrate everything about this special season. There are funny Merry Christmas quotes to make your loved ones chuckle. As well as joyful and inspirational Christmas wishes that will warm your loved ones’ hearts. Once you’ve found a quote that you like, add your Christmas message to a personalized Christmas gift, like a mug, blanket or candle.

Classic Christmas Wishes

Classic Christmas wishes capture the overall essence of the holidays. They are straightforward and make great Merry Christmas wishes for family, friends and acquaintances too.

  • “Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.”—Dr. Seuss
  • “A silent night, a star above, a blessed gift of hope and love. A blessed Christmas to you!”—Unknown
  • “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”—Charles M. Schulz
  • “We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Good tidings we bring to you and your kin; We wish you a merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!”—"We Wish you a Merry Christmas"
  • “Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.”—Margaret Thatcher
  • “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”—Roy L. Smith
  • “Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light. From now on, our troubles will be out of sight.”—Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
  • “The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much.”—Henry David Thoreau
  • “Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.”—G.K Chesterton
  • “Christmas is a stocking stuffed with sugary goodness.”—Mo Rocca
  • “The spirit of Christmas fulfills the greatest hunger of mankind.”—Loring A. Schuler
  • “The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.”—Charles Dudley Warner
  • “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”—Calvin Coolidge
  • “Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”—Washington Irving
  • “Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.”—Helen Steiner Rice
  • “At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.”—Thomas Tusser
  • “There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas.”—Charles Dickens
  • “It's the most wonderful time of the year. There'll be much mistletoeing and hearts will be glowing when loved ones are near. It's the most wonderful time of the year.”—Eddie Pola and George Wyle
  • “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
  • “Fine old Christmas, with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in the noblest fashion, and had set off his rich gifts of warmth and color with all the heightening contrast of frost and snow.”—George Eliot
  • “At Christmas, all roads lead home.”—Marjorie Holmes
  • “Mankind is a great, an immense family… This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.”—Pope John Paul XXIII
  • “Christmas is a box of tree ornaments that have become part of the family.”—Charles M. Schulz
  • “Teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”—"It's a Wonderful Life"

Funny Christmas Wishes

A funny Christmas wish will make your holiday card stand out — not to mention, bring a smile to the recipient’s face. Get as ‘punny’ or as witty as you like with funny Christmas messages.

  • “A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.”—Garrison Keillor
  • “One of the nice things about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with a present.”—Unknown
  • “Nothing says holiday like a cheese log.”—Ellen DeGeneres
  • “Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men and Batteries not Included.”—Unknown
  • “There are three stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus; he does not believe in Santa Claus; he is Santa Claus.”—Bob Phillips
  • “Do give books”—religious or otherwise
  • “Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”—Dave Barry

Sentimental Christmas Wishes

There is something so special about the holidays — a sight, sound or scent can quickly bring us back to some of our best memories. These sentimental wishes will ignite that same effect.

  • “May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; The spirit of Christmas which is peace; The heart of Christmas which is love.”—Ada V. Hendricks
  • “Let the spirit of love gently fill our hearts and homes. In this loveliest of seasons may you find many reasons for happiness.”—Unknown
  • “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.”—Bob Hope
  • “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”—W.T. Ellis
  • “This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.”—Taylor Caldwell
  • “What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal and that every path may lead to peace.”—Agnes M. Pharo
  • Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance—each beautiful, unique and too soon gone.
  • “Christmas is sights, especially the sights of Christmas reflected in the eyes of a child.”—William Saroyan
  • “There are no strangers on Christmas Eve.”—Adele Comandini
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Alongside my usual Christmas wishes for world peace and goodwill to all men, I would like to add another: can school leaders and consultants please stop ruining good educational ideas?

In Terry Pratchett’s book Small Gods, the Great God Om manifests in his church in the form of a tortoise, only to find that no one really believes in him anymore. Instead, they believe in the structures, routines and buildings that have grown up around him. They have built a shell around the idea and the idea has died.

I was reminded of this when discussing Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction with a group of teachers in a school I was visiting. Like many schools, their leadership team were very excited about this paper on the research behind effective teaching. Unfortunately, it had led to them turning the paper into a series of “non-negotiables” they expected to see in every lesson.

Rosenshine teaching advice

“We have to include a retrieval quiz at the start of every lesson because Rosenshine says it works best,” they told me.

I wracked by brains. I am very familiar with this paper and was fairly sure he says no such thing. He urges us to “begin the lesson with a short review of previous learning”, but this need not take the form of a quiz.

As I have written before, there are many ways of reviewing previous learning. While I might argue that a quiz is a great way of doing it, Rosenshine has nothing to say about this being the best method. Rather than engaging with an excellent idea on the importance of reflecting on prior learning, and why it works, teachers were going through the motions to demonstrate something to others.

A layer goes around the idea and the idea dies.

Knowledge organisers

We can see the same thing happening with knowledge organisers. Once again, I have written about this idea before for Tes, and a good idea it is. Spending time as a department thinking about what you expect pupils to learn from a unit and how best to organise this information is great. Giving pupils this information in a clear format so that they can revise from it and use it for self-quizzing is wonderful.

However, once again, the idea is being killed by poor leadership. I am hearing from teachers in a number of schools who have been instructed to create knowledge organisers so that pupils can use them in cover lessons. How they will be used is not discussed.

It is hardly surprising, then, that these teachers look to simply borrow knowledge organisers from other schools to save them the work of creating them themselves. This rather misses the point of them: they need to be tied to your exact curriculum. Again, a good idea is killed off by the things around it.

Whole-class feedback

The same thing is happening to whole-class feedback. This is a beautifully simple idea. Instead of writing “You need to add more detail” in 30 books, you write it on the board and then show them how. If almost everyone needs the same feedback, it may as well be given to the whole class. There may be a number of slightly different errors; these too can be addressed to the whole class and they can look for the mistakes in their own work, helping them to develop their ability to review their work.

However, there are schools where teachers have been told that this kind of whole-class feedback is now school policy and comes with a sheet that must be filled in stating the feedback being given, and then glued in the pupil’s book as evidence. A good idea for giving feedback in an effective and efficient manner is being killed off through the need to impose a structure on it.

Sadly, this list could just continue on and on. At the heart of all of them is the same problem: a focus from school leaders and consultants on telling teachers what to do rather than why they should do it.

What works best?

Instead, talk to teachers about why it helps to plan out the exact things you want pupils to recall and why they should share this with pupils, and then leave it up to them to implement this. Share with teachers Rosenshine’s work and why it is good to start with a review of previous learning, and leave them to find the best way to apply this in their classroom. Tell teachers why some forms of feedback are more effective than others and then set them free to do it in the way that works.

That is my wish for 2019: that we stop killing off great ideas and start trusting teachers to teach.

Mark Enser is head of geography and research lead at Heathfield Community College, and author of Making Every Geography Lesson Count

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Christmas Card Sayings & Christmas Card Wording Ideas

Finding the perfect Christmas card sayings to express your festive wishes is one of the most fun aspects of creating Christmas cards. You can take your Christmas card wording ideas and combine them with our suggestions to create your unique holiday greetings.

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Choose from the following unique Christmas wording and sayings shown below, mix and match, or customize card text with your own:


May the spirit of Christmas
be with you
throughout the New Year


Wishing you a Merry Christmas
touched with wonder
and filled with love


The Magic of Christmas never ends
and its greatest of gifts
are family and friends.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


The Gift of Christmas is a
precious reminder that we
are loved!


May your Christmas be filled with
joyful noise!


Wishing you a Christmas
overflowing with
Love and Laughter!


May you have
the spirit of Christmas
which is Peace,
the gladness of Christmas
which is Hope,
and the Heart of Christmas
which is Love.


The gift of love,
the gift of peace
The gift of happiness...
May all these be yours at
Christmas



May all the joys
of Christmas
fill your heart
throughout
the New Year


Family and Friends
are a wonderful part
of Christmas!


Wishing you a
Very Merry Christmas
and a
Happy New Year


With every wish for
a very Merry Christmas and
the Happiest of New Years


Glad Tidings for Christmas
and a Happy New Year


May the Spirit of Christmas
be with you
throughout the New Year


May Christmas bring you Joy
and the New Year every Blessing


Wishing you Joy and Peace
at Christmas and
throughout the New Year


Warmest greetings of the Season
and best wishes for
Happiness in the New Year
with Christmas Blessings


Warmest Wishes for a
Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year


With Kind Remembrances
and Best Wishes for a
Bright and Special New Year


Peace on Earth
and Joy to all
with love from


Wishing you all the
Hope, Wonder and Joy
that the Season can bring!


Wishing you a joyous Holiday Season
and a smashing New Year


Warmest Greetings
and
Best Wishes
for the
New Year


Wishing you
every happiness
this Holiday Season
and throughout the coming


May the coming year
bless you with
life's every wealth


Warmest thoughts and Best Wishes
for a Wonderful Holiday and a very
Happy New Year


May you find peace, love, and the
true spirit of the Holiday Season


Wishing you health and happiness
this holiday season and in the year to come!


With all good wishes
to you and your family
for health and happiness
throughout the coming year.


Have a warm and cozy holiday


Wishing You
All the Special Blessings
of the New Year


May Your Holidays Be Merry
and the New Year filled with friends,
family and good times


Hope, Health and Prosperity in (Year)!
Warm Holiday Wishes


Warmest Wishes for a
Wonderful Holiday Season


Warmest Greetings of the Season
and Best Wishes for
Happiness in the New Year


Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays
and all the Best in the New Year


Joy to the World!


Peace on Earth
With love,


Wishing you
all the Special Blessings of
this Glorious Season!


Celebrate the Wonder
and the Joy
of the Holiday Season


Wishing our Friends and Family
a Joyous Holiday filled with Peace,
Love, and Prosperity.
Best Wishes for a Healthy New Year!


Have a Magical Holiday!


Wishing you
the Joy of Family,
the Happiness of Friends,
and the Wonder
of the Holiday Season.


May the Holiday Spirit be with your Family
Today and Throughout the New Year


May the Magic and
Wonder of the Season
Fill your Heart and Home.
Happy Holidays!


It's the little things that matter most!
Enjoy the Holidays.


Wishing You
all the Joys of the Season
and Every Happiness
Throughout the Coming Year


May the joys and blessings
of the Holiday Season
be yours throughout the year


Joy! Joy! Joy!


Peace, Joy and Love to You!


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