Christmas Card Sayings, Cards & Free Images

It’s that tinsel-tangled time of year again, when sleigh bells ring and carolers sing, and your Christmas cards become blank canvases for heartfelt holiday cheer. But let’s be honest, finding the right sprinkle of words to match that perfect picture of your cat wearing antlers can be as tricky as catching snowflakes on your tongue. Whether you’re looking for the sugarplum sweetness to send to grandma or a dash of Yuletide yucks for your bestie, we’ve got you covered with a sackful of Christmas card messages and ideas that are more festive than Rudolph’s nose on a frosty December eve.

From whimsical wishes to merry messages, this is your one-stop workshop for spreading holiday magic. And for those of you with the spirit of giving tingling at your fingertips, scroll through our selection of free images to garnish your greetings, or pick out a pre-made card from our online store that’s as unique as snowflakes – and just as beautiful!

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Crafting Your Christmas Card Messages: Know Your Audience

Crafting the right Christmas card message is like picking out the perfect gift — it’s all about matching it to the personality of the recipient. Whether it’s a cozy note to family, a heartfelt word for friends, or a professional greeting for colleagues, personalization is key. Here are some guidelines to penning that perfect message:

For Family: Think of what makes your family bond special. Reflect on:

  • Shared memories and traditions.
  • Expressions of gratitude for support and love.
  • Hopes and wishes for the new year.

For Friends: Your friends deserve a message that echoes your bond. Consider:

  • Highlighting a memorable moment from the past year.
  • Making a playful nod to an inside joke.
  • Showing appreciation for their presence in your life.

For Colleagues: Maintain a blend of warmth and professionalism with colleagues. Focus on:

  • Wishing well for the holiday season and upcoming projects.
  • Thanking them for their hard work or collaboration.
  • A neutral, cheerful holiday sentiment.

Each card you write is a moment captured in words. Think about the receiver — their likes, their year, their connection to you. Then, let your message flow as naturally. Whether it’s a quote, a wish, or a simple thank you, make it resonate with who they are to you. That personal touch turns your card from a mere greeting into a moment of holiday joy.

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Ho Ho Ho Did Someone Said Merlot: Funny Christmas Greeting Card for Wine Lovers

Timeless Sentiments: Classic Christmas Card Messages

In the heart of every Christmas card is a message that stands the test of time, echoing the age-old sentiments of the season. Classic greetings are like the cherished Christmas carols, familiar and full of warmth. Whether you’re keeping traditions alive or seeking a touch of nostalgia, here are some enduring messages you can inscribe in your cards:

  • Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with peace, joy, and love.
  • Season’s Greetings! May your holidays be merry and bright.
  • Happy Holidays from our family to yours.
  • Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Wishing you a blessed Christmas season.
  • May the spirit of Christmas fill your heart and home with an abundance of mercy, contentment, and laughter.
  • Merry Christmas! May this joyful season greet you with health and happiness.
  • Wishing you a festive holiday season and a very happy new year.
  • From our home to yours, we wish you a Christmas that’s merry and a New Year that’s bright!
  • May the timeless message of Christmas fill your heart and home with joy today and throughout the coming year.
  • Sending you love and warmest wishes for a Christmas filled with sweet moments and cherished memories.

Feel free to use these messages as they are, or let them be the muse for your own personalized greeting. Sometimes, a few words that have been shared through generations can capture the holiday spirit just as beautifully as any modern verse. Let these tried and true expressions inspire you to spread the joy and peace of the season.

Your Smile, The Best Gift of All: Cute Christmas Greeting Card
Your Smile, The Best Gift of All: Cute Christmas Greeting Card

Crafting Personalized Christmas Cheer

Dial up the holiday vibes with messages that hit the heart like the first snowball of the season! Whether it’s the fam, your squad, or those office buddies, a few well-chosen words can make all the difference. We’ve got you lined up with a sleigh’s worth of ideas, and if you want to dive even deeper, check out our dedicated posts for each group!

For Family
Your fam’s the VIP of your Christmas list. Hit ‘em with the feels and make it personal:

  • Here’s to another year of chaos and love. Merry Christmas to my favorite people in the world!
  • Merry Everything! May our family photos be merry, our presents hefty, and the laughter loud.
  • To the ones who keep my Snapchat streaks alive and the group chats popping—love and merry vibes to you all!
  • Christmas at home is like our group texts: full of memes and love. Can’t wait to LOL in person. Love you!
  • It’s not the Christmas lights; it’s our family that makes my holiday season bright. Shine on!

Find more ways to say “Merry Christmas” in our fun-filled post on Christmas wishes for Parents.

For Friends
Your squad deserves messages as epic as your adventures together. Keep it cool, keep it you:

  • To the ones who know all my secrets and still want to be seen with me in public—have a killer Christmas!
  • May your gifts be many, and your hangovers be few. Merry Christmas, friends!
  • We’ve shared drinks, stories, and lots of pizza. Here’s to another year of making memories. Merry Christmas!
  • Santa’s got nothing on our squad. Here’s to a Christmas as fabulous as our group selfies!
  • Here’s to the laughs that hurt our stomachs and the stories that never get old. Merry Christmas to my second family!

Want more inspo for your crew? Grab it in our Christmas wishes for friends post.

For Colleagues and Bosses

Keep it cool but professional, like a secret Santa gift that’s actually good:

  • Thanks for all the coffee runs and deadline fun. Merry Christmas to the best work crew ever!
  • May your holidays be as chill as our casual Fridays. Merry Christmas!
  • Here’s to surviving another year of office madness together. Happy Holidays!
  • Wishing you rest, relaxation, and a little bit of holiday ‘cheers’ this season!
  • To the team that rocks around the clock: May your holidays rock just as much!

For a full stocking’s worth of work-friendly wishes, check out Christmas messages for colleagues and boss-approved holiday greetings.

These little snippets of joy are perfect for scribbling in cards, texting with a string of emojis, or shouting out in a holiday TikTok. Mix, match, and make them your own!

Ho-Ho-Ho-larious: Funny Christmas Card Sayings

Let’s face it, the holidays can be as nutty as Aunt Clara’s fruitcake. Why not spread some laughter with a side of snark this Christmas? Here are some chuckle-worthy Christmas card sayings that’ll make your card the star of the mantel. And remember, if you’re on the lookout for even more comedic gold, we’ve got a whole blog post dedicated to funny festive wishes!

  • It’s all fun and games until Santa checks the naughty list… let’s just say we should both be worried!
  • Wishing you a white Christmas! But if the white runs out, drink the red.
  • This Christmas, may your family be functional and all your batteries be included.
  • Remember: Don’t argue with Santa. He has all the ‘reindeer’ power and knows where the naughty people live.
  • May your sweaters be ugly and bright, and may your holidays be quite a delight.
  • If a fat man puts you in a bag at night… don’t worry, I told Santa I wanted you for Christmas.
  • Eat. Drink. Be Merry. Have a blast at Christmas and worry about the gym in January.
  • Here’s to living like the Christmas tree: lit and surrounded by family!
  • Merry Kiss-mas! Pucker up and spread the love this holiday season. Just… not under the mistletoe at work. Trust me.

Whether you’re sending a card or a text, these sayings are sure to get a giggle or at least a hearty “ho-ho-ho!”

Divine Joy: Religious Christmas Card Messages

For those who revel in the reason for the season, these faith-filled messages are like a Christmas Eve candlelight service—serene, uplifting, and full of wonder.

  • May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with His grace. Merry Christmas!
  • “Rejoicing in the birth of our Savior! Wishing you a season of blessings from heaven above.
  • Love came down at Christmas, and it’s living in our hearts. Have a blessed holiday!
  • Wishing you a Christmas that’s as joyful as the first choir of angels. Glory to the newborn King!
  • This season, may you be blessed with laughter, peace, and love. Merry Christ-filled Christmas!
  • Sending you the warmest wishes on the holy occasion of Christmas. May God shower His choicest blessings on you and your family this Christmas!
  • Blessings and peace of mind that you truly deserve. MERRY CHRISTMAS.
  • Here’s to a season filled with warmth, comfort, and good cheer!
  • May the message of Christmas fill your life with joy and peace. Best wishes to you and your family during this holiday season.

Embrace the sacred joy and eternal hope that this season brings, sharing it within your circle as you remind them of the love that Christmas represents. And if your soul is singing for more, our Religious Christmas Card Messages post is a veritable nativity of inspiration.

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Timeless Treasures: Christmas Quotes and Poems

Sometimes, the perfect message has already been written, wrapped in the poetic prose of yesteryear or the memorable words of a beloved author. For those looking to add a touch of tradition and literary charm to their cards, here’s a collection of classic Christmas quotes and poems. And don’t forget, we’ve got whole treasure troves full of festive sayings and kid-friendly quotes in our specialized posts!

Inspiring Christmas Quotes

  • Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale
  • I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. Charles Dickens
  • Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day. Helen Steiner Rice
  • The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.Will Ferrell, ‘Elf’
  • Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling. Edna Ferber

Explore more heartwarming words in our comprehensive collection of Christmas Quotes.

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Short Christmas Poems

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat,
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat;
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do,
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you!
Traditional Nursery Rhyme

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.
Traditional Carol

Little tree, little silent Christmas tree,
You are so little,
You are more like a flower.
E.E. Cummings

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Stars and angels gave the sign.
Christina Rossetti

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright.
Joseph Mohr

And for the twinkling eyes and eager ears of youngsters, our Christmas Quotes for Kids feature is just the ticket for a holiday read brimming with magic and delight.

Find the Perfect Christmas Card in Our Store

After you’ve penned your heartwarming messages and sprinkled them with humor or heartfelt sentiment, it’s time to choose a worthy vessel to carry your words. Look no further—our online store is a winter wonderland of beautifully designed Christmas cards, waiting to encase your personalized greetings.

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Our user-friendly interface makes it easy to browse and select a card that resonates with your personal style. With a simple click on any of our attractive card images, you’ll be whisked away to our store for a swift and secure shopping experience.

From Our Store to Your Story

Pair your messages with our specially designed cards to create an unforgettable holiday greeting. Whether it’s whimsy or elegance you’re after, your sentiments will find a home amidst our curated collection.

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Season’s Greetings: Download Festive Images for Free

Enhance your holiday projects with our vibrant collection of free festive images, capturing the essence of the season’s joy and wonder.

Christmas message to write in a card.
Hope this Christmas is full of magical memories in the making.
Wishing you a spectacular Christmas full of joy and happiness.
Wishing you a spectacular Christmas full of joy and happiness.
May your Christmas be bright and merry.
Christmas saying to write in a card.
All is bright. Merry Christmas
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Wishing you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Be naughty! Save me the trip!
Be naughty! Save me the trip!
Season's Greetings.
Season’s Greetings.
All I want for Christmas is you!
All I want for Christmas is you!
Merry Christmas to all those near and far.
Merry Christmas to all those near and far.
Jingle Bells and Wishing Wells.
Jingle Bells and Wishing Wells.

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Yiannis Kalliantas

Yiannis Kalliantas (He/Him) has worked for more than 15 years in the hotel industry, organizing all kinds of social events like birthday parties and wedding receptions.

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He has an MBA in Tourism, and is an avid city photographer. His recent work on street photography in Athens, Greece can be found on his website