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Christmas Card Messages: 55 + 15 Quotes (+ 5 Tips)

Writing a Christmas card to your loved ones is a nice gesture at Christmas. We have tips for writing Christmas Card Messages as well as ideas for messages, quotes and sayings to design your individual Christmas greetings. You’ll also find some nice Christmas card crafting ideas.

A Christmas card is a loving gesture with tradition. You will learn everything about their background and how you can write and craft a Christmas card with us.

Ideas for Christmas Card Messages

Ideas for Christmas Card Messages

The following texts are all designed differently. Some are more suitable for family, some for friends, and some for work colleagues or acquaintances.

There are loving thoughts, but also serious, or religious thoughts like Christian quotes. Some address hard times, some are thankful, and some tell a short story.

Christmas Card Messages for Friends and Family

These Christmas card messages can be written in cards for your friends and family.


Thank you for being there for me this year, even though we didn’t get to see each other as often. You were always with me in my heart and I thought of you much.

Even though it wasn’t always easy last year, I am confident that things will be better in the new year. I hope that you too still have hope and look to the future with confidence with my support from afar.

I am very happy to have you in my life and wish you from the bottom of my heart a Merry Christmas and only the best for the New Year!


You have always trusted me and supported me. I just want to say thank you for that today.

I love you and wish you a Merry Christmas.

Enjoy the holidays and have a happy new year.


When we celebrate Christmas at our house, we light candles all over the living room. The homemade cookies are served on Christmas plates along with nuts, tangerines, and chocolate.

Sometimes classical music is playing, sometimes "Last Christmas" and even a few children’s songs have made it into the playlist. On Christmas Eve, we try not to stress, help mom in the kitchen and enjoy the delicious meal – which is different every year.

Before dinner we sometimes go to mass, after dinner there are presents. We drink wine and look at old photos, reflect on the past year, and are glad to have each other.

That’s our little Christmas tradition I wanted to tell you about. I wish you an equally special and wonderful time and hope you enjoy your little Christmas rituals.

Merry Christmas!


"For it is in giving that we receive."

(Francis of Assisi)

And that’s a good thing, because Christmas is an event where people give each other love and joy. It is no longer important which religion or whether one belongs to a religion at all. Everyone can celebrate Christmas.

Everyone has made their own tradition out of it and kept the magic of Christmas: The togetherness, the love, making others happy, eating together and laughing.

Therefore, I wish you as every year at this wonderful time: Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year!


Message for Christmas card with saying by Charles Dickens

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."

(Charles Dickens)

Christmas gives us strength for the new year. It reminds us how precious family and friends are and that we all stick together.

So let’s enjoy the holidays and draw strength from them.

Merry Christmas and good health for the new year.


"Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."

(Washington Irving)

I wish you a Merry Christmas, a contemplative time and relaxing holidays. I am very glad that you exist.

For the new year I wish you much happiness, strength and health.


I wish you a magical Christmas, relaxing holidays and a reflective time with your family.

May all your wishes for the new year come true. Stay as you are.


Thank you for being there for me during this difficult year. Your trust and support have meant a lot to me.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and that you can switch off a bit during the holidays. Thank you for being there.


Creative texts for your Christmas cards

For me, Christmas means coming home, arriving, calming down. It means security and safety, love and being understood.

I wish you that you can forget everything around you during this special time. Enjoy the holidays!


If our Christmas tree could talk, it would have a lot to tell; about Christmas stress and discussions about what we eat on Christmas Eve and debates about how many Christmas decorations to hang on it; also about tangled cables and broken Christmas balls; about decisions about the clothes that are worn and about the choice of music, which is different every year.

But after all that, when Christmas Eve finally arrived, he would tell of how all the stress was worth it, the decisions were the right ones, we got along again and enjoyed the food.

It would tell that we marveled at it and praised it; that it reunited us by decorating it together and that it is the centerpiece of the room that makes Christmas complete.

What would your Christmas tree say if it could talk?

Christmas Card Messages for Business Relations and Acquaintances

The following Christmas card messages are designed to please work colleagues, acquaintances or business contacts.


Beautiful Christmas card message for professional contacts

Wishing you a relaxing time off from work, a relaxing time with family, lots of great conversations, delicious food and long evenings.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!


"It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love."


I wish you a blessed Christmas with many precious hours in the circle of your loved ones. Merry Christmas!


Christmas songs can also be written in a Christmas card

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

(Christmas carol by James Lord Pierpont)


"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)

Dear family,

Have a blessed Christmas and reflective holidays. I wish you much health, love and happiness in the new year.


We wish you a reflective Christmas season and relaxing holidays. We look forward to a new year in which we will continue to provide good cooperation.

Thank you for your trust.

Our texts spread Christmas joy and a few wisdoms of life. They review the year or include best wishes for the new year. The texts can serve you as inspiration for your Christmas card. However, you can’t make up a short Christmas story yourself.

Another option is to tell about your Christmas traditions at home and thus spread a little Christmas spirit. Quotes and sayings always work well as a starting point for a few words of your own.

Heartfelt quotes for your Christmas card

Sayings that you can write on Christmas cards

The following sayings and quotes are on the one hand about the theme Christmas, but on the other hand also about life itself, about love and about confidence. They are wonderful for inspiration for your Christmas card.

To do this, simply pick a heartfelt saying and interpret it for yourself. Then write down your thoughts and ready is the text for your Christmas card. A combination of Christmas greetings and a quote is also a possibility.

  1. "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."
    (Charles Dickens)
  2. "Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."
    (Washington Irving)
  3. "May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve."
  4. "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)
  5. "Christmas is a race to see which gives out first – your money or your feet."
  6. "It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done."
    (Vincent van Gogh)
  7. "Thousands of candles can be lit by a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened, happiness never decreases by being shared."
  8. "People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas."
  9. "The greatest events – they are not our loudest but our stillest hours."
    (Friedrich Nietzsche)
  10. "Silently one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels."
    (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
  11. "Happy alone is the soul that loves."
    (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
  12. "…I do come home at Christmas. We all do, or we all should. We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better – from the great boarding-school, where we are forever working at our arithmetical slates, to take, and give a rest. As to going a visiting, where can we not go, if we will; where have we not been, when we would; starting our fancy away from our Christmas Tree!"
    (Charles Dickens)
  13. "Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money."
  14. At Christmas we find out who really belongs to our family, regardless of kinship.
  15. "A Christmas shopper’s complaint is one of long-standing."
  16. "I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."
    (Vincent van Gogh)
  17. "Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love."
    (Hamilton Wright Mabie)
  18. "Love the giver more than the gift."
    (Brigham Young)
  19. "The Joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing each other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays."
    (William Carey Jones)
  20. "One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in this living room on Christmas Day."
  21. "May the Spirit of the Holidays be with you throughout the New Year."
  22. "Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers."
    (Khalil Gibran)
  23. "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
  24. "We do not remember days, we remember moments."
    (Cesare Pavese)
  25. "The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us."

A quote or saying is always helpful if you want to write more text in your card. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, we have some New Year’s Eve quotes here.

Funny Christmas Card Messages

The following text templates for your Christmas card are funny sayings and texts. However, you should make sure that the recipient shares the same sense of humor as you do.

  1. Dear Christ Child, please do not confuse again: make my account fat, me – slim. Thank you!
  2. "Many banks have a new kind of Christmas club in operation. The new club helps you save money to pay for last year’s gifts."
  3. I wanted to send you this year something enchanting, exciting and beautiful for Christmas. But at the post office they told me to get out of the package, otherwise they would notify security.
  4. Still 364 days until Christmas. Nevertheless, you can already see everywhere the Christmas lights. Some people exaggerate …
  5. For a long Christmas message I unfortunately have no time, so I wish you very briefly and succinctly: Have nice Christmas season!
  6. Jogging just twice more, then it’s Christmas again.
  7. I can not iron until January, because all sockets are occupied with fairy lights.
  8. To write a long letter is not enough. This is very painful. My Christmas message is short, but really heartfelt!
  9. I bake for you now for 2 weeks tomorrow cookies.
  10. Do you have Christmas actually already what planned? I’m still looking for a donkey for the nativity scene.
    Love at Christmas sends …

Short Christmas Card Messages

The following quotes and sayings are suitable for short messages via WhatsApp and co. But you can also write them in a Christmas card.

  1. "The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much."
    (Henry David Thoreau)
  2. "Remembrance, like a candle, burns brightest at Christmastime."
    (Charles Dickens)
  3. "Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality."
    (Washington Irving)
  4. "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable Gift."
    (2 Corinthians 9:15)
  5. "May your hearth be warm, your holidays grand, and your heart held gently in the good Lord’s hand."
  6. "Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle."
  7. "May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve."
  8. "It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."
    (William Thomas Ellis)
  9. "How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts!"
    (Benjamin Franklin)
  10. "I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. But if the white runs out, I’ll drink the red."

Religious Christmas Card Messages

These Christmas card messages are religious quotes and sayings that you can use for your card.

  1. May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope, and the peace of His love at Christmas and always.
  2. Merry Christmas! May God bless you richly throughout this holiday season.
  3. May your heart be lifted in praise this Christmas for the wonderful gift of Jesus and the joy He brings to our lives. Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
  4. Faith makes all things possible,
    Hope makes all things work,
    Love makes all things beautiful,
    May you have all three this Christmas.
  5. A silent night, a star above, a blessed gift of hope and love. A blessed Christmas to you!
  6. May you feel God’s presence in the candles that softly spread their glow at Christmas and may you experience the wonder of His abiding love, as He guides you, through each day of the coming year. May God’s Blessings be with you friend, this Christmas time!
  7. "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."
    (Luke 2:11)
  8. "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
    (Isaiah 9:6)
  9. "But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.'"
    (Luke 1:30-31)
  10. "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."
    (Psalm 37:4)

The tradition of the Christmas card

The tradition of the Christmas card

The very first Christmas card was printed in London in December 1843 with the text "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You". Sir Henry Cole commissioned an illustrator named John Callcott Horsley to do this.

Featured on the card was his family at a festive meal. The image was framed by branches and vines. To the left and right of the picture of his family were two other small pictures depicting charitable gestures.

He had originally commissioned the card because he didn’t have time to send a personal greeting to all his friends and relatives. From that point on, the Christmas card gradually became established throughout England. Even today, the most Christmas cards in the world are sent there.

In the 1870s, the new trend spread to the USA. In Germany one sent at this time rather letters on Christmas stationery. With the time however also there the Christmas card became ever more popular and is today no longer to be excluded. Meanwhile also e-mails are usual to Christmas or so-called eCards.

What Sir Henry Cole wanted to bypass in 1843 with his uniform Christmas cards is in demand again today: individual and personal Christmas cards for family, acquaintances, friends and colleagues. Many companies also send Christmas cards and small gifts to their customers and advertising partners every year.

Tips for writing Christmas cards

Tips for writing Christmas cards

Below are five tips for writing your Christmas card. For example, it’s important to show gratitude and appreciation in the card, regardless of who you’re writing it to. Also, take time to write to yourself.

Christmas is a wonderful occasion to give love to those around you. So think about the past year and make someone happy with individual Christmas wishes. Following you will find great texts as a template for your Christmas card.

Show gratitude and appreciation

The be-all and end-all of Christmas is to show gratitude and appreciation. During this reflective time, many people become emotional and reflect on their lives. It’s that one time of year when you can show your fellows how much you value them.

So try to be open and also reveal your feelings. Tell your mom you love her and thank your dad for everything he has done for you.

Make piece with your siblings and please a friend you haven’t seen in a while with a personalized Christmas card.

Of course, this openness is especially suitable with relatives and close friends. But you should also show your appreciation to business contacts and nice colleagues. However, keep a polite and professional tone here.

Take your time writing the Christmas card

Professional and formal business Christmas cards are quicker to write than personal ones for your family. Be sure to prewrite the text on a sheet of paper or your phone so you can make corrections right there and not have to erase or overwrite anything in the card.

Take enough time for each map so you’re not pressed for time and potentially making mistakes. Maybe even spend an entire evening writing cards and listening to Christmas music.

If you ever find yourself at a loss for words or lack inspiration, sayings and poems are also wonderful to write in your Christmas card.

Tailor your Christmas message to the addressee

Tailor your Christmas message to the addressee

It makes a big difference whether you’re writing a Christmas card to your family or to professional contacts.

For one thing, with professional contacts, there is usually a more distant tone. This is because people talk more about business than about private matters.

In terms of content, you therefore have less leeway than with a Christmas card for one of your loved ones, but you can still make it personal.

For example, you could write to a business partner about how you celebrate Christmas at your office. A photo or a small gift attached is also always a nice gesture.

With work colleagues, the Christmas card is sometimes a balancing act. Do not forget that it is a professional contact, but also do not keep as much distance as with a customer.

For each Christmas card you write, consider what the text should be. In our Sample texts we have numerous examples for you, which are suitable for different types of contacts.

Consider the Christmas Card as a review of the year

A Christmas card can also be considered as a kind of year-end. Review the year and think about what you would like to include in the card.

A little storytelling is much nicer to read than the usual two lines just wishing Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  • What are you thankful for?
  • What have you shared with the person who receives the card?
  • What has moved you and what has pleased you?
  • What does Christmas mean to you?

Look also with confidence into the new year and dedicate yourself to a few beautiful Christmas wishes to come true. You’ll find more about that in the next chapter.

Wishes for Christmas

Wishes for Christmas for your Christmas card

Christmas wishes sound the same every year. Health, happiness and joy, love, peace and relaxation are in numerous cards.

So how about some variety? Theme things that have kept the addressed person busy this year.

If you know of specific goals your counterpart has, wish them well for them. Offer your support and give the other person the feeling that you are there for him and think of him.

Wishes for Christmas may be quiet personal and emotional. At no other time of the year so much love and satisfaction comes together. Use this mood to finally say what you’ve always wanted to say. There’s no better time to do it.

Christmas card crafting tips

Christmas card crafting tips

What card could possibly be more personal than one that is homemade. Christmas card crafting is not only a beautiful Christmas pastime, it’s also a creative and individual way to wish Merry Christmas.

With a crafted Christmas card, you’ll stand out from the printed, uniform cards available in stores. People will see that you put effort into it and made the card personally for a specific person.

Below we have a few tips for you on how to make a Christmas card and what designs are suitable. Buy a blank card and paint the motifs on, cut them out of cardboard or design the card with anything you find at home.


Organize a craft day with your kids. This way, the whole family will have fun and everyone will get into the Christmas spirit. Plus, relatives and friends will get a very special Christmas card this year that they’ll be sure to pick up.

Refashion old Christmas cards

Instead of always throwing away old cards and buying new ones, you can also simply redesign them. Either recycle the cards you once got or use blank cards for other occasions (like birthday cards) that you happen to still have at home. Stick them with cardstock and give them a Christmas look.

Embroider a Christmas card

Embroidery is trending again and especially among younger people. You can embroider motifs for Christmas gift, hang them, embroider all textiles such as clothing and bags, or even Christmas cards.

Embroidered Christmas cards are usually rather plain and minimalistic. However, you can include as many details as you like. The simple look gives the card a Scandinavian winter flair.

Simply draw your desired motif in pencil on a piece of cardboard, take wool in your desired color and a needle of medium thickness. If your wool is a little thicker, the needle may be too. Then you embroider exactly over your drawing, so that the pattern is no longer seen.

Especially suitable for embroidery are simple motifs such as a fir tree, a Christmas ball, a star or a snowflake. In a few needle stitches you have created such a wonderful card. If you want, you can also thread beads on your thread.

Finally, tie a tight little knot in the thread from the back so that nothing slips through or you glue it down. If you don’t like your embroidery from behind, you can glue a piece of cardboard over it. Below you will find more suitable motifs for crafting and embroidery.

Motifs for your Christmas card

Motifs for your Christmas card

In this chapter, we have compiled 40 Christmas motifs for you that would fit well on a Christmas card.

To help you find what you’re looking for faster, we’ve divided them into categories. Paint them on your card, cut them out of cardboard or find some designs online, print them out and stick them on.

These designs are great for cards as well as gift tags. Make your card festive from the inside, too, by sticking a few small motifs or stickers inside. It’s also a great way to hide potential spelling mistakes.

Things / ItemsPeople & FiguresAnimals

  • Snow/Snowman

  • Christmas tree ornaments

  • Advent wreath/Candles

  • Bells

  • Stars/Shooting stars

  • Bows

  • Christmas stocking/Cap

  • Sleigh

  • Light chain

  • Santa Claus

  • Christ Child

  • Angel

  • Santa Claus

  • Children

  • Mary and Joseph

  • Ballerina

  • Nutcracker

  • Reindeer

  • Snow hare

  • Redbreast

  • Polar bear

  • Fox

  • Penguin

  • Owl

  • Squirrel


  • Fir tree

  • Advent/Christmas star

  • Fir forest

  • Christmas berries (Brazilian pepper tree)

  • Branch of mistletoe

  • Fir cone

  • Holly

  • Candy canes

  • Gingerbread house

  • Gingerbread man

  • Nuts

  • Clementines/Oranges

  • Biscuits

  • Apples

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