You’ve landed on the best Christmas card idea, picked out the perfect photo, have your mailing list ready to go, and now it’s time to write your Christmas message! Though your card design and photo are essential, your holiday greeting takes consideration too. To help you find the right words to say, we’ve gathered our favorite ideas for any holiday card. From holiday photo cards for families to professional holiday cards, we’ve compiled a list of ideas to match the tone you’re going for (from short and sweet to classic or COVID-friendly).
What do you write in a holiday card?
When it comes to season’s greetings, there’s no right or wrong way to fill out your holiday card. You can share what your family’s been up to with a Christmas letter, or keep it short and sweet. Just stick with a length that works for you. Not sure when to send holiday cards? We have a guide to holiday card etiquette.
Keep in mind whether you want to send holiday or Christmas greetings. You can lean into references for the Christmas season if you’re sending cards to friends and family who celebrate the holiday. Or send a neutral holiday message if you have friends who celebrate other religious holidays or none at all.
Depending on which Christmas card you selected, you can let the design influence your wording. If you’re sending photo cards, keep your note short and sweet, or if your card is double-sided, there might be more space to keep friends and family in the know.
Just like cards in the greetings aisle, you can also always use the sample message provided by Paperless Posts. You can fully customize any of our holiday card templates, or leave the wording as is and add your names. Whether you’re sending it to business colleagues or best friends, you’ll hit the right note for everyone on your list.
What do you write in religious Christmas card greetings?
If your motto is “Jesus is the reason for the season,” there are many ways to lean into religious themes in your Christmas card message. Here are a few examples to get you started:
Warmest wishes for faith, hope, and peace this Christmas season.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
He is the reason for the season.
Jesus is the reason for the season.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year!
May God bless your Christmas season with joy and love.
May the Lord grant you and all your loved ones peace, joy, and goodwill.
Wishing you a season that’s merry and bright with the light of God’s love.
Joy to the world, the Lord has come!
What do you write in a short and sweet Christmas card?
While you might get personal if you’re sending to a smaller list, sometimes it’s better to keep things short and sweet if you’re sending it to a large group. There’s no need to write an enormous paragraph to convey your warm wishes. Sometimes less is more. Especially when paired with a family photo, a line of text or a holiday phrase is all you need. Here are a few examples to get you started:
Joy & Peace
Joy and good cheer
Love & Warmth
Sending our love
Merry Christmas to you
Joy & Cheer
Peace on Earth
COVID-friendly holiday greetings for 2020
This year has been like no other. Acknowledging that in your holiday card wording is a great way to say, “we’re all in this together.” Whether you want to write something motivational or use humor to lighten the mood, here are the best ideas to get you started:
New Year? Yes, Please!
This will be our year.
All I want for Christmas is a vaccine.
From our bubble to yours.
Wish we were Christmasing together.
You’re essential to us.
I’m dreaming of a better Christmas.
Classic Christmas sayings that never go out of style
Why mess with the classics? If you want to keep things simple or looking for something timeless to write, these holiday phrases are always a safe bet:
Joy to the world
Have yourself a Merry (Manhattan) Christmas [or wherever you live]
Tidings of Joy
Jingle all the way
Holiday card messages for New Year’s greetings
If you can’t wait for this year to be over, New Year’s greetings are a great way to look forward. These cheerful greetings are also an excellent alternative for non-religious holiday cards. Start brainstorming with these holiday card messages:
Happy holidays! Sending you all our love this holiday season, and wishing you much joy in the new year.
Best wishes for a joyful holiday season and a happy New Year.
Sending you love and good luck for the New Year.
Merry and Bright. Seasons greetings and warm wishes for the coming year.
Wishing you the best for the holidays and beyond.
Happiness and health to you and yours in the year ahead.
Cheers to the new year and new beginnings!
Holiday greetings for family and friends
They’ll be displayed on the mantle all Christmas season long, so make your greetings to friends and family count. Somewhere between short and sweet and a full paragraph, these holiday card messages are just right:
Wishing you a happy holiday and sending you all our love from afar.
Health, happiness, and peace during this holiday season and through the coming year.
May your holidays be filled with warmth and cheerful celebration.
Best wishes for a sparkling holiday season.
Happy holidays. Here’s to a joyful holiday season.
Wishing you a season that’s merry & bright.
Hoping your holiday season is filled with joy.
Wishing you joy and good cheer.
Sending you the very best wishes for a joyful holiday season.
Wishing you love & warmth in this holiday season.
Love is all around
Happy holidays friends
Happy holidays fam
What should I write on a holiday photo card?
What’s a better way to spread holiday cheer than a family photo in front of the Christmas tree? If you’re sending a photo holiday card, keep your holiday wishes short and playful. If you need to expand on your good wishes, add your details on the back. Here are some of our favorite holiday card message for photo cards:
Merry & Bright
The [Your last name]s
Warmest wishes from the [your name]
Merry Merry xoxo
Have a wonderful holiday
Cheers to a wonderful holiday season
Have a blessed Christmas
Let it snow
How do you wish someone a happy holiday professionally?
Whether you’re sending corporate holiday cards to clients and customers, or wishing your employees a “Happy Holiday,” what to write in a holiday card is much different for business holiday cards.
You’ll want to make sure your holiday greeting card message is appropriate for anyone of any religion. So it’s best to use a neutral greeting. Keep the tone cheerful and optimistic. Even though you might have mentioned it around Thanksgiving, let your recipients know you are thankful for them. If they’re clients, tell them you appreciate their business; if they’re employees, tell them you appreciate all of their hard work this year.
Make sure your business Christmas card matches your business values. If you’re a serious company, stick to a simple greeting, but if your brand is more playful, a witty greeting works too. Here are some of our favorite examples:
Sending our best to you and yours.
Season’s greetings and warm wishes for the coming year.
Here’s to a joyful holiday season.
Be merry and bright!
Sending you the very best wishes this holiday season.
May you find health, happiness, and peace during the holiday season and through the coming year.
Peace on Earth & Good Will to All
Best wishes from your friends at [company name].
We appreciate your business and wish you the best in the coming year.
Wording ideas for modern holiday greetings
If you’re planning a modern holiday party this year, why wouldn’t you send modern holiday wishes for cards? With these Paperless Post holiday card templates, the work is done for you. All you have to do is add your photo or details, and you’re good to send.
The year in review: [List your top 10 moments from the year]
Season greetings. Health, happiness, faith, warmth, happiness, peace on Earth, good cheer, giving, hope.
May your days be merry and bright
Let your heart be light
The Holiday Times: Celebrate the Season!
Felix, Joyeux, Merry
Fun and fresh holiday and Christmas card sayings
Looking for season’s greetings that are more out-of-the-box? Send your warmest thoughts with a bit of flair with unique holiday messages. Not feeling very creative? We went ahead and did some brainstorming to get you started. Here are our festive favorites:
Fa La la la La
Merry & Bright
Till the season to be holly
Hope your season’s full of sparkle.
‘Tis the season
Calm & bright
Let it Snow, Let it Snow
Love is all around
Oh, what fun!
Joy to the world
Making spirits bright
Hope, Peace, Cookies
So very merry!
Warm and cozy wishes
Santa Claus is coming to town…
The greeting card sign off
And of course, after your holiday message, don’t forget to add your signature! You can add personality with every line of the card, even your name. You can add your sign off into your template, or hand-write it at the bottom. Sign off as a family, or list everyone’s names out individually. You can even add the ages of your kids if you like. These are our go-tos:
All the best
Lots of love
Sending our best to you and yours
With snow much love
Until next year
Ready to start writing your own holiday card message? Get started by browsing our Christmas and holiday cards. For holiday party inspiration we’ve rounded up our favorite holiday party tips from over ten years of party-planning in the ultimate guide to holiday party planning.