What to write in a Christmas card

What to write in a Christmas card - tips and examples from Paperless Post

Are you excited to reach out to friends, loved ones, or colleagues to share a little holiday cheer or a few life updates? Digital Christmas cards by Paperless Post mean you don’t need to collect everyone’s mailing addresses, don’t need one perfect Christmas Card photo, don’t need to spend as much money, and you can even save a tree while you are at it.

What to write in a Christmas card

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First, let’s think about your design. You probably have some idea of what kind of card you want to send (a lengthy letter or something short and sweet). Do you prefer photo Christmas cards, bold graphics, or text-only? Looking through the assortment of Christmas card templates on Paperless Post will definitely get you inspired. 

You can pick a single photo Christmas card Paperless Post design where you only need to sign your name, you and your partner’s name, or name each person in your family (babies and pets included) underneath the photo. Depending on who it’s for, keep things simple with just a single line of warm wishes, or write a short personalized note.

If you’re a more-is-more person and want to forgo the single photo with minimal text, a year in review with multiple photos and space for text may be your go-to. Many people choose to do a brief (or not-so-brief) year in review, which is a great way to update friends and family on everything you’ve been up to. Did you have any new additions or make any big moves? Those are things you may want to include in your annual update. You can also have your kids help out with their own Christmas card messages, whether they’re sweet, silly, or both.

 Now, let’s get to the good stuff: the funny messages, the sweet ones, and the perfect Christmas card messages for 2020. With plenty of holiday card ideas, we have your Christmas correspondence covered. Of course, what you write is all going to depend on who you’re sending cards to (and your personality, of course). What you send your best friend may not be what you send a colleague—it’s fine if it is, but more on the professionalism thing later.  


When to send Christmas cards

Here at Paperless Post, we think the best time to send Christmas cards is the first week of December when Thanksgiving has passed, and everyone’s really getting into the holiday mood. Another great thing about digital Christmas cards? They’re easy to do last minute. Many of our customers send on Christmas Day itself, to ensure their good tidings are delivered right on time. Besides being more affordable Christmas Cards than their printed counterparts, Paperless Post Christmas Cards allow for scheduling ahead.


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Religious Christmas card sayings

If you’re looking to lift spirits this year with a nod to the reason for the season, messages of faith, joy, peace, and goodwill to all are always welcome. How explicit you want to be is up to you, from “Glory to God” to “Peace on Earth.” Of course, any graphics included will help drive your message home (i.e. angels, doves, and three very Wise Men). Of course, standard Christmas card etiquette suggests it’s best not to send overtly religious messages to business colleagues or clients, or anyone who does not share your faith, but use your judgment on what’s best for your greeting to include.

Best wishes for love and peace during this Christmas season

Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, goodwill towards men

Warmest wishes for faith, hope, and peace this Christmas season

Peace on Earth & Good Will to All

Christmas Blessings!

They presented their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh

O Holy Night

Joy to the World – Happiness and health to you and yours


Christmas card wording for your family featuring green and red greeting cards from Cheree BerryChristmasing” by Cheree Berry and “Tis the Season to be Holly” by Mr. Boddington’s Studio for Paperless Post.


Christmas card messages for your parents

Ah, your parents. When it comes to them, they’ll probably be happy with anything you send them, but why not make it extra special? You can’t go wrong with a photo Christmas card, especially if you haven’t seen your parents much this year or if you live far away. (Hint: pictures of human or furry babies always go far with grandparents.) Include pets, children, your partner, or all of the above—they may even print the picture to make it a household fixture. If they know your sense of humor, you can keep things light and give them a laugh with punny sentiments or humorous graphics. Even if the digital Christmas card you choose has pre-formatted Christmas wishes, be sure to put a personal message in there as well. If you haven’t seen them in a while, let them know how much you miss them or that you hope they are doing well. (Then, maybe pick up the phone and give them a call.)

Merry & bright

Wish we were Christmasing Together

Merry Christmas to all

With bells on


What to write in a Christmas card to a friend 

Here’s another time you can get a little playful. Use current language, be relatable, and maybe use a little humor. Like you would with family, let your friends know you miss them and wish them well if you haven’t seen them much this year. Add an inside joke or reference the last time you hung out in your Christmas card messages. Make plans to catch up sometime in the future. In addition to the sayings, get playful with graphics. A nod to boozy merrymaking or a bold text-only design could speak to your friends the best.

Home for the Holidays

Christmas greetings for your ski buddies

What a Year

Cheers To You

Fa la la la la


Christmas card sayings for family featuring cards that say "Joy to the World" and "May your days be merry and bright"Calligram Dove” by Paperless Post and “Merry and Bright Big Type” by The Indigo Bunting.


Christmas card sayings for family

 Like holiday card messages to parents, photo cards are excellent ways to give family members a peek into how you and your family are doing (and maybe growing). If you usually spend the holidays with family, maybe include a photo from a past Christmas or a personal note about the last time you celebrated the holidays.

Home for Christmas

Merry Christmas

Wish we were Christmasing together

The Year in Review

Joy to the World

May your days be merry and bright

Sending you love from afar

Merry and married

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Funny Christmas card sayings

The holidays are certainly time for messages of love and peace, but who says you can’t do that with a little humor as well? From the clever to all-out silly, there are so many ways to liven up your funny Christmas Cards with wordplay, relatable sentiment, or cheeky graphics. If you’re the kind of personality that loves a good pun, there is no shortage of holiday words.

Peas on Earth

Feliz Naughty Dog

Lump of coal

Meowy Christmas

Pine-ing for you

Happy Howl-idays

Hope your holidays are meowy and bright


Christmas card sayings and quotes

From classic Christmas sayings to iconic quotes from film and music, some things always work in a Christmas card. Call us old-fashioned, but we’ll never get tired of quoting Christmas carols. While claiming “from now on, your troubles will be out of sight” may be a tad too presumptuous, you can’t really go wrong with a “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Let it Snow,” or “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” reference. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a quote from a Christmas carol. Classic Christmas films and books have plenty of material to spark the holiday spirit in your recipients—like “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “Home Alone,” and so many more.

Happy Holidays to you and yours

Season’s greetings and warm wishes for the coming year

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal

The 12 Days of Christmas

Let your heart be light

Have a holly jolly Christmas


inspirational sayings for Christmas card wording featuring greeting cards that read peace on earth and may your Christmas be filled with loveWrapping Paper” by kate spade new york and “Peace Sign” by The Indigo Bunting for Paperless Post.


Inspirational Christmas messages

Inspire people to look to the new year with positivity and to cherish those around them. Traditional Christmas wishes messages of peace, unity, and love are great to send anyone on your digital mailing list, as they’re universal desires and give people that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling, be it your friend or colleague. In addition to messages that have similar sentiments to peace and hope, make it feel personal with notes specific to each reader that come from your heart. You can also point out a thing or two you’re looking forward to in the new year (maybe even seeing them). Lastly, inspire people to celebrate. 

Sending love from our home to yours

Joy to the world

May your Christmas be filled with love and your new year with joy



what to write in a Christmas card with card that reads peace, love, cookiesHope Peace Cookies” by kate spade new york and “Llots of Llove” by Hello!Lucky for Paperless Post.


What to write in a Christmas Card for a teenager

Writing anything for teens can be tricky, or it can at least feel like it. Do you go for sentimental or something super trendy? It depends on the person, but a little fun is always welcome. Wordplay is a good way to go, as are cute animals—no one can resist cute animals. You can also point out things that are relatable about the holiday season (cookies, anyone?), or give a little wink to whether they’ve been good or bad this year. Want to show off your knowledge of pop culture and incorporate relevant phrases? Throw in wishes for a holiday that’s “G.O.A.T.” (greatest of all time), or see our other ideas below for funny Christmas Cards. Just remember—teens are still kids (kind of). They may be over 13, but keep it PG. Don’t forget that a little personalization can go a long way, too!

Hope. Peace. Cookies.

Have your-elf a Merry Christmas.

Naughty or nice?

Llots of Christmas llove

Hope your Christmas is out of this world


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How do you wish someone Merry Christmas professionally?

Christmas card etiquette is a thing, and it certainly applies to colleagues or clients. Sending any business correspondence means adhering to certain guidelines, the most important being to keep things “professional.” This doesn’t mean you can’t personalize your company Christmas card or mention family, but it probably means steering more toward warm sentiments and away from jokes or things that may offend. Also, as with everything else, it depends on who you’re sending your business holiday cards to.


Christmas greetings for clients

Make sure your business Christmas card is appropriate for anyone of any religion and cheerful. Let them know you are especially thankful for them this Christmas or holiday season. Make sure the card matches your brand tone and reflects your business values. First, avoid making it a sales pitch. Your card will feel far less authentic and less likely to encourage a future relationship if you only focus on business and what you have to offer a client or customer. Of course, if you’re sending it to a client or customer, don’t forget key items like a contact and company logo (which can be added in the customization stage).

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Season’s greetings to you and yours

Wishing you a season that is merry and bright

Wishing you love and warmth this Christmas season

Wishing you and your family a season filled with warmth

Best wishes for a joyful holiday season and a happy New Year

Christmas card sayings for coworkers

These business Christmas cards keep the sentiment professional, but the design is a little more typographic and modern than Christmas greetings for clients. Of course, adding a personal note is always welcome. Just keep it within the bounds of work-friendly convo.

Season greetings to you and yours

Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas season


Whatever Christmas message you choose this holiday season – funny or traditional – we know the people in your life will be happy to hear from you. Online cards not only deliver instantly, but are more affordable Christmas cards than their paper counterparts. Send yours now!


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