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Merry Christmas: 25 Wishes & 60 Quotes (+ 5 Poems)

Send your loved ones special "Merry Christmas" wishes and quotes this year. We have beautiful, funny, contemplative and short quotes. So there’s something for everyone and you’re guaranteed to create the Christmas mood.

Merry Christmas wishes are simply part of Christmas. Break away from common phrases like "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year" and inspire with varied wishes that enchant.

Merry Christmas Wishes and Quotes for Everyone

Christmas Wishes and Quotes for Everyone

Write different messages in your Christmas cards or send them via text or social media. Stand out from the crowd and have your recipient remember your note.

Merry Christmas Wishes to Friends and Family

Send your family or friends a few kind or funny words with our templates for Christmas wishes. You can also personalize your Christmas message and add your own words.

  1. "Wishing you Happy Holidays and a New Year that makes you smile every day!"
  2. "I couldn’t imagine a Christmas season without you. Love to the whole family and Merry Christmas!"
  3. "Thank you. For everything you’ve done for me this year. For letting me rely on you and for having you in my life. So I wish you nothing but the best this holiday season: lots of time with your loved ones, the most delicious food, the loudest laughter, and that you still find peace despite the Christmas hustle and bustle."
  4. "Peace and love to you this holiday season and in all the seasons of the year to come. Merry Christmas!"
  5. "Love and friendship are the ingredients to a very merry Christmas. Hope you have the most wonderful day!"
  6. "A very merry Christmas and a happy new year, know that I hold you so dear."
  7. "Merry Christmas my dear friend. Stay warm and shine bright."
  8. "I’m counting my blessings today, and I want you to know: You’re one of them. Merry Christmas!"
  9. "I can’t think of any other way I would want to spend Christmas than staying warm with you. Merry Christmas!"
  10. "They say the best Christmas gifts come from the heart … but cash and gift cards do wonders too! Happy Holidays!"
  11. "This holiday season, let’s make it a point to cherish what’s truly important in our lives: cookies. Merry Christmas from our family to yours!"

Christmas Wishes to Colleagues and Acquaintances

Drawing some inspiration from our templates for Christmas cards you can wish your colleagues and acquaintances a happy holiday season.

Christmas Wishes to Colleagues and Acquaintances

  1. "Finally forget about the stress of work… my dear colleagues, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful time with your families. Go well into the new year and have a blast! I look forward to seeing you all again then."
  2. "From our family to yours, have a wonderful season of celebrations and a happy New Year! Merry Christmas from [name]."
  3. "I am happy to have such a great team at work. We are not only work colleagues, but also friends. Because of this reason, I wish you a wonderful time off from work and that you have fun with your families. Merry Christmas!"
  4. "We wish a quiet, reflective Christmas, happy holidays and for the new year happiness, health and success, combined with our gratitude for the professional and pleasant cooperation."
  5. "Christmas is a time of gratitude and I would like to thank you today for the wonderful collaboration. Enjoy the time off with your family. I look forward to seeing you again in the new year."
  6. "Merry Christmas! Wishing you all the happiness your holiday can hold!"
  7. "May your family have a holiday season that is full of wonderful surprises, treats and nonstop laughter."
  8. "Happy Holidays! I hope all of your Christmas wishes come true."

Religious Christmas Wishes

Religious Christmas Wishes

The following Merry Christmas wishes are especially suitable to wish your religious friends and family a lovely holiday season.

  1. "May God bless you and let this Christmas season bring comfort and joy to you and your family."
  2. "Rejoice in the birth of our Lord and Savior. May the blessings of Christ be upon you and your loved ones this season and into the New Year."
  3. "A little child, a shining star, a stable rude, the door ajar. Yet in that place, so crude, forlorn, the Hope of all the world was born."
  4. "May the true spirit of Christmas shine in your heart and light your path."
  5. "The magic of Christmas is not in the presents, but in His presence. May you have the gift of faith this Christmas and many blessings throughout the New Year."
  6. "God has sent His son on this most auspicious day, to die for our sins in a very selfless way. We are thankful for his grace every day, in Jesus' name we shall remain to pray. We wish you a Merry Christmas."

Short Quotes for a Merry Christmas

Short Quotes for a Merry Christmas

These are are particularly suitable short Christmas sayings to memorize, write on gift tags or to send via social media.

These are also well suited, if you forgot to write a Christmas card in all the hustle and bustle of the season. 

  1. "Christmas, the most beautiful time should bring joy, happiness and contentment. Merry Christmas!"
  2. "A good conscience is a continual Christmas."
    (Benjamin Franklin, American politician, 1706-1790)
  3. "For it is in giving that we receive."
    (Francis of Assisi, Italian saint, 1182-1226)
  4. "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."
    (Charles Dickens, English novelist, 1812-1870)
  5. "The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value."
    (Charles Dudley Warner, American journalist, 1829-1900)
  6. "Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."
    (Washington Irving, American writer, 1783-1859)
  7. "At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year."
    (Thomas Tusser, English poet, 1524-1580)
    Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
  8. "Christmas is love come down to earth, a gift of infinite worth."
  9. "May peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through."
  10. "Christmas is the day that holds all time together."
    (Alexander Smith, Scottish Poet, 1830-1867)

Although brief, these quotes can be just as good as longer texts. In fact, sometimes they do a much better job of summarizing what matters most during Christmas.

If you already wrote your own text in your card and are just looking for a short quote to fill the card? The aforementioned sayings are perfect for this as well.

It is especially nice if your own text is on the right side of the Christmas card and on the left you include a short quote with small drawings and a Christmas motif.

Inspirational Christmas Quotes

Inspirational Christmas Quotes

In this section you will find especially contemplative quotes that are perfectly suited to Christmas.

They capture the spirit of Christmas and celebrate the festive mood. You can present these beautiful quotes to all sorts of contacts.

Whether acquaintances, professional contacts, friends or family – we selected the best quotes that are suitable for all. Pick a great Christmas saying and send it right away to multiple contacts via text, email or as a card.

  1. "Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!"
    (Charles Dickens, English novelist, 1812-1870)
  2. "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
    (Romans 15:13, NKJV)
  3. "Time to be silent, to listen, to reconsider. Only those who master silence can still see the wonders that the spirit of Christmas gives people."
  4. "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable Gift."
    (2 Corinthians 9:15, KJV)
  5. "When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?"
    (Gilbert K. Chesterton, English writer, 1874-1936)
  6. "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, KJV)
  7. "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
    (Aesop, Greek author, 620-564 BC)
  8. "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."
    (Buddha/Siddhartha Gautama, Asian wandering ascetic, 563-483 BC)
  9. "The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much."
    (Henry David Thoreau, American author, 1817-1862)
  10. "The joy of brightening other lives becomes for us the magic of the holidays."
    (W. C. Jones, American politician, 1855-1927)

The first Christmas cards were printed in London in 1843. They showed a happily celebrating family. A few years earlier, postage rates were standardized in Great Britain. Thus, sending postcards became affordable and the custom of sending Christmas cards began.

Funny Christmas Quotes

Funny Christmas Quotes

With friends and family, it’s okay to send a funny saying or even a joke. Since you know them so well that you can judge their sense of humor, you have a great opportunity to put a smile on their faces during the festive season.

With professional contacts you may want to avoid funny Christmas quotes, however. They could be considered unserious, tactless or rude. It’s best to fall back on classic quotes or generalized sayings.

  1. "Pets, like their owners, tend to expand a little over the Christmas period."
    (Frances Wright, Scottish writer, 1795-1852)
  2. "What I like about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with the present."
    (Don Marquis, American humorist, 1878-1937)
  3. "Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money."
  4. "Christmas is a race to see which gives up first – your money or your feet."
  5. "A Christmas shopper’s complaint is one of long-standing."
  6. "People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas."
  7. "People really act weird at Christmas time! What other time of year do you sit in front of a dead tree in the living room and eat nuts and sweets out of your socks?"
  8. "Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle."
  9. "Dear Santa, before I explain, how much do you know already?"
  10. "It’s all fun and games until Santa checks the naughty list."

Christmas Quotes about Family

Christmas Quotes about Family

A child’s smile at Christmas is probably one of the most beautiful things in life. Children perceive Christmas in a completely different way, feel an irrepressible excitement and spread a special magic, which also touches the adults.

As a rule, however, Christmas cards are less interesting for children. They are often skimmed, since they all say the same thing, and their eyes quickly wander to the actual gift.

To ensure that the cards are also fun for children, we have selected Christmas sayings that are thematically appropriate for children and formulated in simple language. With wit and melody, they are especially enjoyable for children.

  1. "Christmas presents are nice, but being with family is the best gift of all."
  2. "Remembrance, like a candle, burns brightest at Christmastime."
    (Charles Dickens, English novelist, 1812-1870)
  3. "Family! Like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one."
  4. "A family is a gift that lasts a lifetime."
  5. "Time was with most of us, when Christmas Day, encircling all our limited world like a magic ring, left nothing out for us to miss or seek; bound together all our home enjoyments, affections, and hopes; grouped everything and everyone around the Christ."
    (Charles Dickens, English novelist, 1812-1870)
  6. "I love being at home for Christmas. My family is there and we’re all happy for some days."
  7. "In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony."
    (Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, 1844-1900)
  8. "Having somewhere to go is home. Having someone to love is family. And having both is a blessing."
  9. "Treat your family like friends and your friends like family."
  10. "A happy family is but an earlier heaven."
    (George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, 1856-1950)
  11. "The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself."
    (Gilbert K. Chesterton, English writer, 1874-1936)
  12. "The family is one of nature’s masterpieces."
    (George Santayana, Spanish-American philosopher, 1863-1952)

Cute Christmas Quotes about Love

Christmas Quotes about Love

Christmas is a reflective time when many people think about what really matters in life. The following sayings are suitable for this introspective mood.

Christmas is first and foremost the celebration of love, which is why the following quotes deal with it.

  1. "It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love."
    (Moliere, French playwright, 1622-1673)
  2. "May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
    The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
    The warmth of Christmas grant you love."
  3. "Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity."
    (Henry van Dyke, American poet, 1852-1933)
  4. "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."
    (Lao Tzu/Laozi, Chinese philosopher, c. 600 BC)
  5. "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails"
    (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NIV)
  6. "Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection."
    (Romans 12:9-21, ESV)
  7. "Love is space and time measured by the heart."
    (Marcel Proust, French novelist, 1871-1922)
  8. "I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."
    (Vincent van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist painter, 1853-1890)

Quotes for Christmas Eve

Thankful Christmas Quotes for Christmas Eve

Share the Christmas mood with your family and friends. A heartwarming quote about Christmas Eve can help you do this.

Reflect on what is important in life and what you are thankful for. With our quotes you can not only express your gratitude but also spread the magic of Christmas Eve.

  1. "May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve."
  2. "On the night before Christmas, may you experience the delight of being together."
  3. "Thank you for being there for me during this difficult year. I hope you spend a peaceful and stress free Christmas Eve. I will always carry in my heart what you did for me. Merry Christmas!"
  4. "May the spirit of Christmas fill your heart as you enjoy family on Christmas Eve."
  5. "Merry Christmas Eve to you. May your heart be filled with the magic of the season."
  6. "Watch the skies and get lost in the excitement. Christmas Eve is here."
  7. "Christmas Eve does not have a mold or an ideal. It’s just about being together with the ones you love. Enjoy it to the fullest."
  8. "May your Christmas Eve be full of food, family, friends, and anticipation of the holiday to come."
  9. "Get lost in your family and hug your friends, enjoy the simple magic that Santa is coming soon."
  10. "On this Christmas Eve, may your dinner be merry, your presents be wrapped, and the warmth of love surround you for a lifetime."

Maybe you can even think of your own text in addition to our quotes, in which you can thank someone for something special. Otherwise you can also reword some of the quotes to personalize them for your recipient.

Christmas Poems

Christmas Vacation Quotes

Instead of using a quote for your Christmas card, you can also present a nice Christmas poem instead.


Christmas Bells

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, American poet, 1807-1882)


Ring Out, Wild Bells

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die…

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
(Alfred Lord Tennyson, English poet, 1809-1892)


O Holy Night

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
'Til He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine…

(John Sullivan Dwight, American classical music critic, 1813-1893)


The House of Christmas

…This world is wild as an old wives' tale,
And strange the plain things are,
The earth is enough and the air is enough
For our wonder and our war;

But our rest is as far as the fire-drake swings
And our peace is put in impossible things
Where clashed and thundered unthinkable wings
Round an incredible star.

To an open house in the evening
Home shall men come,
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome.

To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless
And all men are at home.

(Gilbert K. Chesterton, English writer, 1874-1936)


Music on Christmas Morning

Music I love -­ but never strain
Could kindle raptures so divine,
So grief assuage, so conquer pain,
And rouse this pensive heart of mine -­
As that we hear on Christmas morn,
Upon the wintry breezes borne.

Though Darkness still her empire keep,
And hours must pass, ere morning break;
From troubled dreams, or slumbers deep,
That music kindly bids us wake:
It calls us, with an angel’s voice,
To wake, and worship, and rejoice;

(Anne Brontë, English novelist and poet, 1820-1849)

How to Write Merry Christmas Wishes

Writing Christmas wishes – but the right way

Every year – and especially around Christmas – we desperately search for nice words for our fellow man. A good Christmas saying, poem or quote can help with writer’s block. 

These ready-made Christmas greetings can be beautifully written in a card or are suitable for inspiration, if you want to get creative yourself. It’s not always easy to find the right words for the right person. That’s why we made this selection for you.

Write Your Own Lovely Christmas Wishes

Write Your Own Lovely Christmas Wishes

If you want to go the extra mile, you can write a Christmas saying yourself. Friends and family will be especially happy about a personalized quote.

You’ll need numerous Christmas terms of every word type, a few rhymes and quiet time to think. Names can also be woven into a Christmas saying to make it more personal.

To make it easier for you, here are a few suggestions. Maybe they’ll give you an idea or remind you of your own Christmas. That way, you can get started writing more easily. Rhymes will help you get your bearings. So think about a few rhymes in advance and work your way around them in terms of content.


Fir tree, snow, candlelight, advent, Christmas, silence, joy, peace, family, food, gifts, children, gingerbread, cookies, love, music, Santa Claus, Christ Child, angel, church, shine, ice, mulled wine, tea, baked apple, Christmas punch, festival, tinsel, Christmas balls, stars, reindeer, candy cane, cinnamon, apples, oranges, chocolate


Bake, laugh, listen, drink, eat, rejoice, sing, shine, give, wish, reflect, enjoy, spread, lie, rest, recover, snow, shine


Christmassy, bright, dark, warm, cold, blissful, holy, joyful, calm, quiet, loud, musical, delicious, sweet, loving, contemplative, fragrant, radiant, harmonious, joyful, beautiful, great, restful, healthy, magical, fairy-tale, snowy

Reciting and Gifting Christmas Wishes

Another option besides writing cards is to recite Christmas quotes. Christmas is a reflective time when the family comes together and the focus is on being together.

Some families have even made it a tradition to recite Christmas sayings or poems before giving out presents. By doing this, they want to cause everyone to gather and focus on each family member for a brief moment.

You can also add other quotes and wishes to your Christmas greetings. A kindly life lesson, quotes about family for your relatives or sayings for best friends can add a loving touch to your Christmas card.

After all, you can use this occasion not only to express Christmas wishes but also to tell your loved ones what they mean to you.

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