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What to Write in a Christmas Card: Christmas and New Year Greetings Examples

Ho-ho-ho! Do you hear bells ringing? It’s Christmas time here!


It’s a magical holiday season to spend time with your loved ones, celebrate and have fun doing some festive activities. There are a lot of important Christmas to-dos such as taking a family portrait, cooking gingerbread men, decorating a Christmas tree or going shopping for presents.


In the hustle and bustle of holiday routine, it’s so easy to lose sight of some significant tasks such as writing annual Christmas cards for family, friends or colleagues. So we’re here to help you create the perfect holiday card with warm Christmas wishes for everyone on your list.


The story behind sending Christmas cards

Christmas is one of the most significant religious holidays for Christians. It’s officially celebrated in most English-speaking countries on December 25th.


As a religious holiday, Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. However, for many people, this holiday is not only spiritual but rather a cultural celebration with secular traditions, like exchanging gifts, sending festival cards, waiting for Santa Claus, singing carols with family or cooking a Christmas pudding. These traditions don’t just differ from country to country, but even from family to family.


Sending Christmas cards is a time-honoured tradition started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole, a senior civil servant. He helped set up the Public Record Office (now the Post Office) and wondered how he could encourage people to use its services more. Together with his friend John Horsley, who was an artist, they created the first cards and sold them for a shilling.


The progress of printing methods decreased the price to half a penny and made Christmas cards extremely popular, spreading the tradition throughout Europe by 1990. Today, sending holiday cards is still a common tradition. Some families even add a family photo or a letter that describes what they did last year.


Crafting the perfect card isn’t time-consuming if you prepare beforehand. Let the special people in your life know that you’re thinking of them by sending a Christmas card.


What to write in a Christmas card

Crafting holiday cards is the perfect way to give thanks, encourage and send warm Merry Christmas and Happy New Year wishes. But putting your thoughts and feelings into words is not always easy. Thus, we’ve prepared some helpful tips and examples to help you kickstart your writing and craft your next Christmas card:


Start with Christmas greetings

At the beginning of your card, add a short and warm greeting that serves as a festive way to address a person. Classical opening lines can include simple Christmas salutations such as:

  • Happy Holiday!
  • Merry Christmas!
  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  • Have a holly, jolly Christmas!
  • Merry Christmas with a lot of love!
  • Unwrap yourself a joyful Christmas!
  • Ho ho ho, hope you’ve been good this year!


Want to expand your vocabulary? Check out our article “7 English Words and Phrases For Thanksgiving” to learn new words related to the holiday season.


Compose personalized Christmas messages

If an addressee is your close friend or family member, write a heartfelt Christmas and Happy New Year message to show your love and appreciation this holiday season. To make your card even more personal, use specific details related to the recipients — mention some big news or events that happened last year or even a special occasion coming up. Here are some examples:

  • The best gift one can hope for this year is to spend time together. I can’t wait to celebrate the holidays with you.
  • I want you to know how significant our friendship is to me. Thanks for supporting me during one of the hardest moments of my life. Happy holidays!
  • May your next year be full of happiness. I’ll miss you! But I hope we’ll enjoy many more years together as friends and spend a lot of Christmas eves together.
  • On this most blessed day, I wish you love for all your kindness. I hope the New Year will bring you many days of happiness.
  • This season is so much more than parties and gifts. May your Christmas be filled with true miracles and the real meaning of this magical time.
  • Warm Christmas wishes for the most sincere person I’ve ever known. Stay blessed!


Choose appropriate business New Year wishes

When it comes to writing Christmas cards for your colleges, employees or business partners, remember to keep a professional tone in your letter, especially if you write on behalf of your company. Don’t forget to thank them for their support.

  • Happy Holidays from everyone at [Company’s name]. We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and blessings.
  • We appreciate your business and wish you the best in the upcoming year.
  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We are so glad to have you as a client and look forward to serving you next year.
  • When we work, we work hard. It’s time to celebrate Christmas, so let’s party harder. Merry Christmas to all our employees!
  • Our company is so proud to have you all onboard. We wish you a merry Christmas season.
  • The end of the year brings no greater joy than the opportunity to express to you season’s greetings and good wishes. May your holidays and New Year be filled with joy.
  • As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped to shape our business in a most significant way. We value our relationship with you and look forward to working with you in the year to come. Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with peace, joy and prosperity.


Add a few jokes

If you know that a card receiver enjoys a good laugh, feel free to include a few funny lines. But make sure that the humour is suitable for the occasion.

  • If you don’t like my present, it’s because you have bad taste. I’ll still wish you a Merry Christmas!
  • Fa la la la la, la la la la! There’s snowbody like you!
  • I’m trying something new this Christmas. I’m going to wrap myself up and sleep under the Christmas tree so you’ll finally understand what a gift I am to all of you.
  • The best thing about the holidays is getting to catch up on sleep and TV shows. Enjoy!
  • If tonight some big fat man kidnaps and throws you in a sack, then please stay calm. Because many people would have asked Santa for a sweet friend like you. Merry Christmas!
  • Christmas is a time for remembering family and trying to guess everyone’s sizes! Have a wonderful Christmas.

Include Bible verses or religious quotes

Christmas blessings quotes or appropriate verses from Bible can create a special holiday mood for someone you share your faith with. Choose one of the Christmas verses and add them to your card to encourage a person or build their faith. Just make sure that your message matches their religious beliefs.

  • 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
  • She will bear a Son; and you shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. — Matthew 1:21
  • For today in the city of David, there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. — Luke 2:11
  • When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. — Matthew 1:23
  • We wish your family the peace, love, and happiness that can only be provided by our Savior. May you be blessed this Christmas.
  • Christ the Savior is born! Merry Christmas!
  • Merry Christmas! We have hope because Jesus was born.


Consider short Christmas quotes

Special quotes are always an excellent way to share the magic of the holiday season. Inspire your friends or relatives with cheerful quotations that show your festive spirit.

  • From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas bring us closer to each other. — Emily Matthews
  • He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. — Roy L. Smith
  • My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. — Bob Hope
  • Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. — Peg Bracken
  • The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. — Charles Dudley Warner
  • We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. — Winston Churchill
  • Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone else. — Charles Schulz


Don’t forget to sign your Christmas card. Use an informal closing for your New Year wishes for family and friends and a more professional one for business cards.


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What to Write in a Christmas Card: Christmas and New Year Greetings Examples

informal new year wishes

Ringing in the New Year is cause for celebration, for spending time with friends and family, and for looking back. A lot can happen in a year and between the good, the bad and the ugly, this may seem like an understatement for most.

As glasses are raised and fireworks explode into the sky, it’s important to recognize the special symbolism this holiday brings with it.  A time of new beginnings and fresh starts also comes with a time of reflection. Whether your resolutions consist of keeping your hands out of the cookie jar or giving your heartfelt word to work on relationships with loved ones, it can take work. And it can make all the difference to put these hopes into words and warm wishes. Seeing is believing.

These Happy New Year messages, well wishes, and quotes will remind you to uphold your new year desires, help you fill the blank space in your New Year card and most importantly, share your joy with others this holiday season.

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Happy New Year Greetings Messages

The perfect addition to your New Year’s greeting cards no matter whom the recipient.

  • Wishing you a Happy New Year with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come.
  • Out with the old, in with the new: may you be happy the whole year through. Happy New Year!
  • Counting my blessings and wishing you more. Hope you enjoy the New Year in store.
  • I resolve to stop wasting my resolutions on myself and use them to repay you for the warmth you’ve shown me. Happy New Year!
  • Nights will be dark but days will be light, wish your life to be always bright – Happy New Year.
  • Let us look back at the past year with the warmest of memories. Happy New Year.
  • Let the old year end and the New Year begin with the warmest of aspirations. Happy New Year!
  • One more year loaded with sweet recollections and cheerful times has passed. You have made my year exceptionally uncommon, and I wish this continuous forever. With you around, each minute is a unique event for me. I wish you to have a year as incredible as you are.
  • On this New Year I wish that you have a superb January, a dazzling February, a Peaceful March, an anxiety free April, a sensational May, and Joy that keeps going from June to November, and then round off with an upbeat December.
  • On this New Year, may you change your direction and not dates, change your commitments and not the Calendar, change your attitude and not the actions, and bring about a change in your faith, your force and your focus and not the fruit. May you live up to the promises you have made and may you create for you and your loved ones the most Happy New Year ever.
  • May this year bring new happiness, new goals, new achievements and a lot of new inspirations on your life. Wishing you a year fully loaded with happiness.
  • Wishing every day of the new year to be filled with success, happiness and prosperity for you, happy new year.
  • May the new year bring you warmth, love and light to guide your path to a positive destination
  • Here’s wishing you all the joy of the season. Have a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Inspirational Messages

Everyone could use a little pick-me-up this holiday season especially when it comes to sticking with New Year’s resolutions. Use one of these inspirational New Year messages to instill a little hope in the hearts of your loved ones and put a smile on their faces.

  • A New Year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself. Happy New Year.
  • As the New Year approaches us with hopes anew, here is to wishing you and your family a wonderful year ahead.
  • As the New Year dawns, I hope it is filled with the promises of a brighter tomorrow. Happy New Year!
  • Every end marks a new beginning. Keep your spirits and determination unshaken, and you shall always walk the glory road. With courage, faith and great effort, you shall achieve everything you desire. I wish you a Happy New Year.
  • On the road to success, the rule is always to look ahead. May you reach your destination and may your journey be wonderful. Happy New Year.
  • No one can go back in time to change what has happened, so work on your present to make yourself a wonderful future.
  • You’re supposed to let go of the past and start off new. You’re supposed to forgive all those who have hurt you and be open to new relationships, with open arms. That is why it is called the ‘New’ Year. May you have a Happy New Year.
  • End each year with a few good lessons and start the new one by showing that you have learnt the lessons of the past well.
  • The New Year has brought another chance for us to set things right and to open up a new chapter in our lives.
  • Unlike what most people think it is never too late to be what you wish to be.
  • Failure doesn’t influence your inner resilience, and failing simply means that you’ve discovered another false way to move your life forward. Profit from it.
  • At precisely the moment you feel like giving up, victory is always within reach. Remember this moving into the New Year.
  • We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.

New Year Wishes

The New Year is the perfect occasion to appreciate all the good things that the past year has given you and all the good things that are yet to come. In the past 365 days you have experienced beautiful moments that wouldn’t have been quite the same without all of the special people in your life. Convey your warmest wishes and show your friends and family you put some extra thought into wishing them the happiest of New Years with the perfect sentiment. Cheers to successes. Cheers to failures. And cheers to those that helped you make your year what it was.

New Year Wishes to Friends

Add a personal touch to your New Year wishes to friends. It’s important to make sure you let those nearest and dearest to your heart know just how much you cherish their friendship whether old or new. These wishes also make perfect additions to your New Year’s party invitations.

  • Knowing you has been a master class in true friendship. During the New Year, I hope to emulate your love and warmth. Wishing you a very Happy New Year.
  • Another year of success and happiness has passed. With every new year comes greater challenges and obstacles in life. I wish you courage, hope and faith to overcome all of the hurdles you may face. May you have a great year and a wonderful time ahead.
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Happy New Year Messages

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Chinese people greet one another with unique sayings when they meet during the Chinese New Year. The following are some words and phrases that are used as greetings at Chinese New Year (with their Chinese characters, pinyin Romanization for Mandarin Chinese, and English translation). 

These happy New Year messages, well wishes and quotes will enable you share the joy and love during the festive period.

Beginnings of Greetings and Sayings

Greeting an older (or respected) person is a little different in Chinese: nín for 'you', instead of the common . For example:


Zhu nín... (/joo neen/)

Wish you (older/respected) ...


Zhu nǐ ... (/joo nee/)

Wish you (younger/informal) ...

Basic Greetings and Sayings

1. 新年好

Xīnnián hǎo

2. 过年好

Guònián hǎo

3. 新年快乐

Xīnnián kuàilè

4. 新春快乐

Xīnchūn kuàilè

Happy 'New Spring'

5. 春节快乐

Chūnjié kuàilè

6. 吉祥如意

jíxiáng rúyì

Good fortune according to your wishes

7. 年年有余

Niánnián yǒuyú

8. 吉星高照

Jíxīng gāozhào

Fortune will smile on you ('lucky star high shines')

9. 心想事成

Xīnxiǎng shì chéng

May all your wishes come true.

10. 大吉大利

Dàjí dàlì

Greetings and Sayings for Health

1. 龙马精神

Lóng mǎ jīngshén

The spirit of the dragon and horse

2. 身体健康

Shēntǐ jiànkāng

3. 机灵活泼

Jīlíng huópō

A bright and lively spirit (especially used for children under the age of 10, wishing them to be active and smart)

Greetings and Sayings at Work and for Business

1. 恭喜发财

Gōngxǐ fācái

Happiness and prosperity (use this when receiving gifts or lucky money)

2. 财源广进

Cáiyuán guǎngjìn

'Enter broadly wealth's source'

3. 工作顺利

Gōngzuò shùnlì

May your work go smoothly

4. 事业有成

Shìyè yǒuchéng

5. 平步青云

Píngbù qīngyún

Have a meteoric rise (usually to wish for promotions)

6. 马到成功

Mǎ dào chénggōng

7. 步步高升

Bùbù gāoshēng

8. 一帆风顺

Yīfān fēngshùn

May your life go smoothly.

9. 升官发财

Shēngguān fācái

Win promotion and get rich

10. 生意兴隆

Shēngyì xīnglóng

Greetings and Sayings for Students

1. 学业有成

Xuéyè yǒuchéng

2. 学习进步

Xuéxí jìnbù

3. 金榜题名

Jīnbǎng tímíng

Success in the examination (for those taking an important examination, including students.

Greetings and Sayings for the Family

1. 阖家欢乐

Héjiā huānlè

Felicity of the whole family

2. 阖家幸福

Héjiā xìngfú

Happiness for the whole family

Funny New Year Greeting


Gōngxǐ fācái, hóngbāo ná lái

Wishing you happiness and prosperity; give me a red envelope.

Use this to greet someone if you're expecting lucky money. Only say this to close friends and relations. Don't say it to strangers or in a formal setting, to avoid looking presumptuous or ridiculous.

How to Respond to "Happy New Year"?

When someone greet you with "新年快乐 (Xīnnián kuàilè, Happy New Year)", the best and simple replies are: 

1. "新年快乐 (Xīnnián kuàilè)"
2. "Happy New Year to you too, thank you"
3. Thank you,  and the same to you.
4. Thank you, and wish you the same.

Further Reading

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Typical New Year's Greetings in French

informal new year wishes

The French really know how to celebrate New Year's. Indeed, New Year's in France is not just a day, or a day and an evening, but an entire season. Saying "Happy New Year" in French involves knowing basic New Year's greetings as well as learning French New Year's greetings related to the season.

Typical French New Year's Greeting

In English, you say "Happy New Year." But the French generally don't say "new" when wishing someone a great year. Instead, in French, you say only "happy year," as in:

  • Bonne année > Happy New Year

The French usually follow this expression with a phrase that literally translates as "have a good health," as in:

  • Bonne santé > Good health to you.

To really understand how to send New Year's greetings, it's helpful to learn that in France, citizens celebrate the New Year's (or holiday) season for more than a month. 

Sending Greetings for the Upcoming Year

The holiday season in France starts with la Saint Nicolas on Dec. 6. The holiday season actually ends on Three Kings Day (l'Epiphanie) when you typically eat une galette des rois (a wafer of kings) on Jan. 6.

Confusing matters even more, it's customary to wait to send out your good wishes for a French happy (new) year until the end of January. These examples show what you might write on greeting cards to your French friends wishing them a happy new year.

  • Toute la famille se joint à moi pour vous souhaiter une joyeuse année 2019: que la santé, l'amour et la réussite vous accompagnent dans tous vos projets. > The whole family joins me in wishing you a joyful year in 2019: Let health, love, and success be with you in all your projects.
  • Une année se termine, une autre la remplace: voici une merveilleuse occasion de vous adresser tous mes vœux de bonheur et de réussite. > A year ends, another one replaces it: Here is a marvelous occasion to send you all my wishes for happiness and success.
  • Je te souhaite une très bonne année 2019, pleine de projets, de rencontres et de belles surprises. > I wish you a very happy 2019, full of projects, encounters, and beautiful surprises.

Putting the "New" in French Happy New Year

Though you don't say "new" when wishing someone a happy new year on Dec. 31 or Jan. 1, you can slip the word in when sending someone a card wishing her well at the end of the holiday season, as in:

  • Tous nos vœux pour cette nouvelle année, ils portent en eux l'expression d'une sincère affection. > All our wishes for this new year. They carry the expression of my deepest friendship.
  • Nous vous envoyons tous nos meilleurs vœux pour la nouvelle année et vous embrassons bien fort. > Sending you all our kisses for the new year.
  • Que te souhaiter de mieux que la santé dans ta vie, la prospérité dans ton travail et beaucoup d'amour tout au long de cette nouvelle année. > What best could we wish you more than health in your life, prosperity in work, and lots of love throughout the New Year?
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