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

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

A Christmas card is a loving gesture with a long tradition. In this article you will learn all about their history and how you too can write a Christmas card.

Ideas for Christmas Card Messages

Ideas for Christmas Card Messages

The following texts are all designed to suit different purposes. Some are more suitable for family, some for friends, and some are best for work colleagues or acquaintances.

There are not only messages designed to express loving thoughts, but also serious or religious messages. Some are intended to bring comfort in hard times, some are thankful, and others tell a short story.

Christmas Card Messages for Friends and Family

These Christmas card messages are intended 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 as I would have liked, you were always with me in my heart and I thought of you constantly.

Things weren’t always easy over these past months, but I am confident that things will get better in the new year. I hope that you too are optimistic and looking forward with confidence, and send my best wishes from afar.

I am glad to have you in my life. I wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart and all the best for the new year!


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

I love you and would like to wish you a Merry Christmas.

Enjoy the holidays and have a happy new year.


At Christmas time in our house, we light candles all around the living room. We serve homemade cookies on Christmas plates with nuts, tangerines, and chocolate.

We listen to classical music or 'Last Christmas', and even a few children’s songs have made it onto the holiday playlist. On Christmas Eve we try to relax, help mom in the kitchen and enjoy a delicious meal – which is different every year.

Some years, before dinner we go to Mass, and after dinner there are presents. We drink wine and look at old photos. We reflect on the past year and enjoy being together.

I wanted to tell you about our little Christmas traditions because I wanted to wish you an equally special and wonderful time. I hope you enjoy your own Christmas rituals too.

Merry Christmas!


"For it is in giving that we receive."

(St. Francis of Assisi)

And that’s a good thing, because Christmas is a holiday where people give each other love and receive joy. One’s chosen faith – or whether one belongs to a religion at all – is not important these days. Everyone can celebrate Christmas.

Everyone has their own traditions on this holiday and this keeps the magic of Christmas alive: being together, loving each other, making others happy, eating together and laughing.

Therefore, as I do every year at this wonderful time, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year!


Message for Christmas card with a 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 need to stick together.

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

Merry Christmas, and I wish you good health in the new year.


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

(Washington Irving)

I wish you a Merry Christmas, relaxing holidays and much contemplation. I am glad that you are here.

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 just the way you are.


Thank you for supporting me this past year. Your trust and support have meant a lot to me.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and hope 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 going home to family, being together and relaxing. It means security and safety, love and understanding.

I hope that you can forget your problems during this special time and enjoy the holidays.


If our Christmas tree could talk, it would have a lot of stories to tell: About pre-Christmas stress, heated discussions about what to eat on Christmas Eve and debates about which decorations to hang up, arguments about tangled cords and broken Christmas baubles, decisions about what to wear and the choice of music. Every year there’s something new.

But after all that, when Christmas Eve finally arrives, the tree can tell of how all that stress was worth it. Of how the decisions we made were the right ones, of how we all got along again and how everyone enjoyed the food.

The tree would tell of how we marvelled at it and praised it; that we came together by hanging decorations, 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 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 much precious time together with 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 work family,

Have a blessed Christmas and relaxing 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 continuing our good cooperation in the new year.

Thank you for trusting us.

These messages spread Christmas joy and a few gems of wisdom. They reflect on the past year or include wishes for the new year. These texts can serve as inspiration for your Christmas card. However, you can also make up a short Christmas story yourself.

Another option is to talk about your Christmas traditions at home and thus spread a little Christmas spirit. Well-known 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 Christmas themed, but also apply to life itself, are about love and inspire confidence. They will provide wonderful inspiration for your next Christmas card.

Simply pick a heartfelt saying and interpret it for yourself. Then write down your thoughts and and you’ll have a beautiful Christmas card message. 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 of 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 the 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 a longer message in your card. If you don’t find quite what you are looking for on this page, 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 messages. However, you should first make sure that the recipient shares the same sense of humor as you do.

  1. Dear Santa, please don’t get mixed up again: make my account fat, and me slim. Thank you!
  2. "Many banks have a new kind of Christmas savings account in operation. It helps you save money to pay for last year’s gifts."
  3. I wanted to send you something enchanting, exciting and beautiful for Christmas this year. But at the post office they told me I had better get out of the package, or else they would call security.
  4. There are still 364 days until Christmas, but there are already Christmas lights everywhere. Some people really overdo it…
  5.  A long Christmas message just won’t do, so short and sweet it is for you – Merry Christmas!
  6. Just two more jogs, then it’s Christmas again.
  7. I can’t do any ironing again until January, because all the sockets are occupied with fairy lights.
  8. Do you already have plans for Christmas? I’m still looking for a donkey for the nativity play…

Short Christmas Card Messages

The following quotes and sayings are suitable for short messages via WhatsApp or text. But you can also write them on 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 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 in 1843 with the text "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You". The card was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole from an illustrator named John Callcott Horsley.

The card featured Sir Henry’s 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.

He had originally commissioned the card because he didn’t have time to send a personal greeting to all his friends and relatives, but from that point on the Christmas card gradually became established throughout England. Even today, the British send more Christmas cards than anyone else in the world.

In the 1870s the new trend spread to the USA. In Germany it was still traditional to send letters on Christmas stationery rather than cards, but with time the Christmas card became popular there too. Nowadays e-mails have also become a common way to send Christmas greetings with the use of so-called eCards.

But what Sir Henry Cole wanted to avoid in 1843 with his uniform Christmas cards is back in demand 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 a Christmas card. It’s important to show gratitude and appreciation in the card, regardless of who you’re writing it to, so take your time writing it.

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. In the following section you will find some great templates for your Christmas card.

Show gratitude and appreciation

One of the most important things at Christmas is to show gratitude and appreciation. During this season, many people become emotional and reflect on their lives. It’s that one time of year when you can show people how much you value them, so try to be open and reveal your true feelings. Tell your mom you love her and thank your dad for everything he has done for you.

Make peace with your siblings and reach out to a friend you haven’t seen in a while with a personal Christmas card.

Of course, this kind of openness is especially suitable for relatives and close friends. But you should also show your appreciation for your business contacts and colleagues. In these situations, however, always stay polite and professional.

Take your time writing the Christmas card

Professional and formal Christmas cards are quicker to write than personal ones for your family. Be sure to draft the text on a sheet of paper or your phone so you can make corrections ahead of time and avoid having to erase or write over anything on the card.

Take enough time for each one to avoid potentially making mistakes. Maybe you could 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, using sayings and poems is also a wonderful way to write 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 you should keep a more distant tone. This is because remaining professional requires talking more about business than about private matters.

You therefore have less leeway in terms of content 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 they are 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. Think about what you would like to include in the card.

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

  • What are you thankful for?
  • What have you shared with the person to whom you are sending the card?
  • What has moved you and what has brought you pleasure this year?
  • What does Christmas mean to you?

Look into the new year with confidence and dedicate yourself to a few beautiful Christmas wishes you want 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, joy, love, peace and relaxation are motifs used in numerous cards.

So how about some variety? Think of things that have kept the person you are addressing busy this year.

If you know of specific goals your addressee has, wish them luck achieving them. Offer your support and give the other person the feeling that you are there for, and thinking about, him or her.

Christmas wishes may be quite personal and emotional. At no other time of the year do so much love and satisfaction come together. Use the mood of this season 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 notice.

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. Get creative and give them a Christmas look.

Embroider a Christmas card

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

Embroidered Christmas cards are usually rather plain and minimalistic, but 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, then take some wool in your desired color and a needle of medium thickness. If your wool is a little thicker, the needle may be too. Then embroider over your drawing, so that the pencil pattern is no longer seen.

Simple motifs such as a fir tree, a Christmas ball, a star or a snowflake are especially suitable for embroidery. With just a few needle stitches, you can create a unique and wonderful card. If you want, you can also thread beads onto your wool.

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 how your embroidery looks 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 section, 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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