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100+ Holiday Card Messages: Best Greetings and Sayings

Hannah Yang

Hannah Yang

Speculative Fiction Author

Published Dec 18, 2022

holiday card messages

‘Tis the season for giving gifts, visiting family, drinking hot chocolate, and, of course, sending holiday cards.

A holiday card shows someone you’re thinking about them during the winter season, and you care about their role in your life. But it can be a chore to write a holiday card if you don’t know how to start.

So, what should you write in a Christmas or holiday card?

This article will give you 100+ holiday card messages you can use to write the perfect holiday card.

Contents:
  1. What Message Should You Write in a Holiday Card?
  2. Short Holiday Card Messages
  3. Best Ways to Say “Happy Christmas”
  4. Religious Holiday Card Messages
  5. Best Ways to Say “Happy Holidays”
  6. New Year’s Greetings
  7. Famous Quotes for Holiday Card Messages
  8. Creative Holiday Greetings
  9. Conclusion on Holiday Card Messages

What Message Should You Write in a Holiday Card?

There’s no single right way to write a holiday card. There are many different types of messages you can use, depending on your personality and relationship with each recipient.

If you’re planning to send holiday cards to a large variety of different people in your life, such as family, friends, and coworkers, you might want to customize the message in each card.

One easy option is to keep the message short and sweet. Sometimes a holiday card is more about the thought than about the message itself—the recipient will appreciate it either way.

Alternatively, you can write a longer message that wishes the recipient well and lets them know you’re thinking of them. You can use Christmas references if you’re writing to someone who celebrates Christmas, or you can use a more inclusive message if you’re writing to someone who doesn’t.

Another fun option is to use a lyric from a holiday song or a quote from someone famous. For example, many people choose to write a Christmas card that says something like, “Have a holly jolly Christmas.”

Finally, if you prefer a longer holiday card, you can include a note about how you and your family are doing, or how you’re planning to celebrate the holidays this year.

Whichever option you prefer, we’ve got plenty of suggestions for you to use! Read on to see our favorite options for holiday card messages.

Short Holiday Card Messages

Sometimes, less is more. If you’re sending a lot of holiday cards this year and you don’t have time to customize them all, you can use a short holiday greeting to get the point across.

short holiday greetings

Here are 15 short and snappy messages you can use to send out a quick and effective holiday card.

  1. Season’s greetings!

  2. Happy holidays!

  3. From our family to yours.

  4. Warmest wishes.

  5. Joy and peace.

  6. Love and warmth.

  7. Merry everything!

  8. Holiday cheer.

  9. Warmest holiday greetings.

  10. Sending our love.

  11. Joy to the world!

  12. Tidings of joy.

  13. Jingle all the way!

  14. Merry Christmas!

  15. Let it snow!

Best Ways to Say “Happy Christmas”

If you’re writing to someone who celebrates Christmas, you might want to find a special way to wish them a happy Christmas.

ways to say happy christmas

Here are 15 Christmas-specific options you can consider.

  1. Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light.

  2. May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter, and goodwill, and may the year ahead be full of joy.

  3. Candy cane wishes and mistletoe kisses.

  4. May the blessings of Christmas be with you.

  5. Have a holly jolly Christmas, it’s the best time of the year.

  6. May you never be too grown-up to search the skies on Christmas eve.

  7. May your dreams be bright and your Christmases be white.

  8. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and yours.

  9. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year.

  10. Just a note to say we’re thinking of you at Christmastime. Hope to see you in the new year!

  11. It’s Christmastime in the city (and at our house). Warm wishes, and happy holidays!

  12. Felix, Joyeux, Merry! Sending you all our Christmas wishes.

  13. ‘Tis the season to be jolly.

  14. Santa Claus is coming to town…

  15. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Religious Holiday Card Messages

If you want to send a religious Christmas card, you have plenty of options. You can use a quote about the Lord, a simple slogan like, “He is the reason for the season,” or even a Bible verse.

Here are 15 religious holiday card greetings you can choose from.

  1. May the Good Lord fulfill you with His promises and bestow on you His many blessings.

  2. May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope, and the peace of His love during the season and always.

  3. Be filled with Wonder, be touched by Peace, and believe in Miracles.

  4. All of God’s blessings for a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year.

  5. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.

  6. Jesus is the reason for the season.

  7. May the Lord grant you and all your loved ones peace, joy, and goodwill.

  8. May God bless your Christmas season with joy and love.

  9. Joy to the world, the Lord has come!

  10. Wishing you a season that’s merry and bright with the light of God’s love.

  11. Silent night, holy night.

  12. Peace on Earth, and goodwill to all.

  13. “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable Gift.”—2 Corinthians 9:15

  14. “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”—Romans 15:13

  15. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”—James 1:17

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Best Ways to Say “Happy Holidays”

Not everyone celebrates Christmas. There are many other ways to wish people happy holidays.

happy holiday sayings

Here are 15 options for wishing someone a happy holiday season.

  1. The magic of the holidays never ends, and the greatest of gifts are family and friends.

  2. Wishing you peace, love, and joy this holiday season.

  3. Have a fun and festive holiday season!

  4. May the closeness of friends and the comfort of home renew your spirits this holiday season.

  5. May your holidays be blessed with peace and joy.

  6. All the brightest and best of the season.

  7. May the wonderful holiday season bring only happiness and joy to you and your loved ones.

  8. Sending you all the cheer of the season.

  9. Wishing you happiness and cheer during this season and always.

  10. May the joy of the season stay with you throughout the year.

  11. Wishing you a very happy holiday season!

  12. Wishing you holiday fun for the whole family.

  13. Thinking of you and sending the warmest blessings for a very happy holiday!

  14. Best wishes for a sparkling holiday season.

  15. Hoping your holiday season is filled with joy!

New Year’s Greetings

Holiday cards often focus on wishing people a happy new year. If you want to focus on the bright year ahead, here are 15 ways to write your holiday card.

  1. Cheers to the new year and new beginnings!

  2. May the new year be even better than the old.

  3. Sending you love and good luck for the new year.

  4. Season’s greetings with all the best for the new year.

  5. Happy new year! Sending you all our love this holiday season, and wishing you much joy in the new year.

  6. Warmest wishes for a joyous holiday season and a happy new year! May peace, love, and prosperity follow you always.

  7. May the holiday season bring you good cheer and health throughout the coming year. Enjoy your holidays, and have a happy new year!

  8. Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year! May the future be pleasant, the past a bright dream, and all the people in your life remain faithful and dear.

  9. I said this about 365 days ago, but happy new year! I hope that you have a truly wonderful year ahead.

  10. Happy, healthy, and prosperous new year to you and your family!

  11. We wish you all that is merry and bright for the new year ahead.

  12. Best wishes for a merry Christmas full of joy and a new year filled with happiness.

  13. May all your wishes come true in the new year!

  14. May the joy and peace of the holiday season be with you now and throughout the new year.

  15. Wishing you a safe, joyous, and blessed new year!

Famous Quotes for Holiday Card Messages

If you’re struggling to compose your own holiday card message, there’s no shame in borrowing someone else’s words instead! Here are 15 famous quotes, including holiday book quotes, related to the holidays you can use as Christmas card messages.

  1. “Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”—Washington Irving

  2. “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”—Roy L. Smith

  3. “Bless us, Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; Teach us to be patient and always to be kind.”—Helen Steiner Rice

  4. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”—Will Ferrell

  5. “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

  6. “Christmas Day is in our grasp, as long as we have hands to clasp! Christmas Day will always be, just as long as we have we! Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand!”—Dr. Seuss

  7. “T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”—Clement Clarke Moore

  8. “The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young, the heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, and its soul full of music breaks the air, when the song of angels is sung.”—Phillips Brooks

  9. “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”—Hamilton Wright Mabie

  10. “At Christmas, all roads lead home.”—Marjorie Holmes

  11. “Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”—Janice Maeditere

  12. “What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.”—Agnes M. Pahro

  13. “We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.”—Laura Ingalls Wilder

  14. “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.”—Edna Ferber

  15. “Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.”—Victor Borge

Creative Holiday Greetings

If you prefer to write a card with a sense of humor, here are some creative and funny options for you.

creative holiday card messages

  1. You’re going to love what I got myself for Christmas.

  2. Don’t mind the resting Grinch face.

  3. Hope your Christmas sleighs!

  4. Sending you snow much love!

  5. We miss you tree-mendously!

  6. Believe in your elf.

  7. Have your elf a merry little Christmas.

  8. Knock knock. Who’s there? Holly. Holly who? Holly-days are here again.

  9. Knock knock. Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? Olive the other reindeer.

  10. Knock knock. Who’s there? Anna. Anna who? Anna partridge in a pear tree!

  11. If you’ve seen one Santa, you’ve seen a mall.

  12. It’s the most wonderful time for a beer!

  13. Have a be-yule-tiful Christmas.

  14. Christmas is always a Claus for celebration.

  15. There’s snow place like home during the holidays.

Conclusion on Holiday Card Messages

There you have it—100+ of our favorite holiday card messages.

Don’t forget to include a beautiful Christmas photo of you and your family to bring the card to life.

Good luck, and enjoy your holidays!

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Hannah Yang

Hannah Yang

Speculative Fiction Author

Hannah is a speculative fiction writer who loves all things strange and surreal. She holds a BA from Yale University and lives in Colorado. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her painting watercolors, playing her ukulele, or hiking in the Rockies. Follow her work on hannahyang.com or on Twitter at @hannahxyang.

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Saved for Christmas 2023. Thanks, Hannah, for these great ideas!
Thank you for your comment! We're so glad to hear we'll be helping out for future Christmases.
Thank you! These are helpful to have on hand! Happy Holidays!!
We're so glad to have helped! Happy Holidays to you as well. :)

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