75 Christmas Card Greetings, Messages and Quotes to Share This Year

Sending an annual Christmas card may seem like a thing of the past, but there's no better way to get into the holiday spirit than reading a Christmas quote or inspirational Christmas poem written inside a card that was picked just for you. Christmas greetings, in particular, make for the perfect short messages to write inside your DIY or store-bought card to show the receiver just how much you care.

“There will never be a mode of communication as personal as a handwritten note,” says Tanea Smith, founder of She’s Got Papers, an online stationery boutique. “They're genuine, deliberate, and will therefore always strike a chord.” Whether you're looking for a more religious sentiment, like a Christmas prayer to include in your note, or a funny one-liner that will make the receiver LOL, you'll find the perfect Christmas greeting to include in your holiday card this year on our list below. And once you send out a round of cards, get ready to receive. After all, 'tis the season for giving with love (and buying presents like a Christmas card holder).

If you're struggling with what to say to a work colleague, your boss, or anyone else, you can find the right words on this list. Don’t let writer’s block prevent you from penning your feelings. The key is to write from your heart. “Be authentic,” says Smith. Let your heart guide which of these Christmas greetings you choose to include for family, friends, and loved ones this year.

Short Christmas Greetings

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  • "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"

  • "Season's Greetings! And best wishes for the New Year.

  • “I hope your holiday is full of love, peace and joy!”

  • "Merry Christmas! And best wishes for 2023."

  • “Merry Christmas! Wishing you all the happiness in the world.”

  • “Wishing you peace and joy all season long. Happy Holidays!”

  • “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!”

  • “Merry Christmas! Don’t worry, this card has been SANTA-tized!”

  • “Have I been naughty or nice? Only Santa knows.”

  • “All I want for Christmas is you!”

  • “I’m so lucky to receive the best present year after year: You!”

  • “This Christmas, I am the gift. You’re welcome.”

  • "Merry Christmas from someone who loves you dearly."

  • "I hope your Christmas is filled with laughter and prosperity."

Funny Christmas Greetings

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  • “Wishing you a Merry Christmas filled with good times and even better wine.”

  • “Merry Christmas! Hope you didn’t spend too much — unless, of course, it's on a gift that I want!”

  • “Happy Yummy Cookie Season! Hey, Santa isn’t the only one who enjoys a tasty, sweet treat.”

  • “In a world full of Scrooges, be a Grinch! At least he has a cute pup. Merry Christmas!”

  • “Santa told me you’ve been very good this year… I told him it was just a lack of opportunity. Merry Christmas!”

  • “Merry Christmas, aren’t you glad you married your favorite gift?”

  • “Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year. Happy Holidays!”

  • "If a large man in red shows up to your door trying to gift wrap you, it's because you're on my Christmas wishlist! Merry Christmas to you!"

  • "I hope you get as lit as a tree this year."

  • "You have a resting Grinch face."

  • "Don't get your tinsel in a tangle."

  • "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas... but if the white runs outs, I'll drink red."

  • "Dear Santa, just leave your credit card under the tree."

Traditional Merry Christmas Greetings

  • “Christmas is a time for family, food and fellowship. Wishing you nothing but the best that the season has to offer.”

  • “Merry Christmas! This coming year, may you be gifted with countless blessings.”

  • “This holiday season, may you and your family experience light and laughter.”

  • “It's people like you that make Christmas a sacred, meaningful occasion. Merry Christmas!”

  • “Gifts come and go, what really matters are the people who light up our lives all year long. Thank you!”

  • "Sending lots of peace and joy to you and your family this Christmas season."

  • "Wishing you safe travels and that you become closer to all those that you treasure in your heart this Christmas season."

  • "May your life be filled with warmth and good cheer this holiday season and throughout the New Year."

  • "May this Christmas bring you many reasons to smile. Share this wonderful time of year with those near and dear to your heart."

Christmas Messages for Work

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  • "Happy Holidays! Thank you for all your support and guidance this year. Best wishes for a healthy, happy, and peaceful New Year."

  • "Greetings of the season and best wishes for the New Year! I look forward to working with you again in 2023."

  • "Merry Christmas to you and your family, and very best wishes for the New Year."

  • “May your Christmas be relaxing and stress-free so that you can recharge for the new year. Happy Holidays!”

  • "Cheers to warm holiday memories!"

  • "May your heart and home be filled with all of the joys the festive season brings. Here is a toast to a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!"

  • "Cheers to a lovely Christmas season."

  • "Good tidings to you and yours. May you have a lovely Christmas season."

  • "You make work cheery and festive — just like this Christmas season. Thank you for all you do and best wishes."

Inspirational Christmas Messages

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  • “Sending you love, strength and unwavering support this holiday season.”

  • “During this cold and sometimes lonely season, may the love of your support system keep you lifted this Christmas.”

  • "Whatever is beautiful. Whatever is meaningful. Whatever brings you happiness. May it be yours this Christmas holidays and throughout the coming year."

  • “You constantly light up my world. That’s why it feels like Christmas every day with you.”

  • “You make Christmas extra special for me because I get to spend it with you.”

  • "The spirit of Christmas is bright and magical. When you start to feel it, it will enchant you with hope and wonder that lasts beyond the holiday season."

  • "Christmas is surrounded by love, joy, and hope. Pass along this message to everyone to spread the light of this wonderful holiday."

  • "After the tree, ornaments, and tinsel, the true meaning of Christmas shows. Gathering with family is incredibly special. Merry Christmas."

Religious Christmas Card Greetings

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  • “May God shower His blessings on you this holiday season.”

  • “I pray that the true spirit of Christmas shines in your heart and illuminates your path.”

  • “Let God’s love engulf you this Christmas and grant you ultimate peace.”

  • “Merry Christmas! Jesus is the reason for the season. Be blessed!”

  • “May God's peace, joy, and goodwill be with you and your loved ones.”

  • “Let the comforting spirit of Christmas guide you into a blessed new year.”

  • "Praying you have a Christmas filled with miracles and memorable moments you'll cherish forever."

  • "Thinking of you with lots of love, hope, happiness, and bliss. Thank you for giving me so many blessings this Christmas season."

  • "Be sure to count all your blessings this Christmas, as there are more than you think. You're a blessing to many, and I treasure you very much!"

Christmas Wishes Inspired by Quotes

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  • “May this season find you among those you love, sharing in the twin glories of generosity and gratitude.” — Oprah Winfrey

  • “At Christmas, all roads lead home.” — Marjorie Holmes

  • "Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection." — Winston Churchill

  • “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” — Norman Vincent Peale

  • “May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve.” — Unknown

  • “Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” — Margaret Thatcher

  • “We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • “Remembrance, like a candle, burns brightest at Christmastime.” — Charles Dickens

  • "Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps... means a little bit more!" — Dr. Seuss

  • "It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air." — W.T. Ellis

  • "Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas." — Dale Evans

  • "It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." — Mother Teresa

  • "Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are things we can't see." — The Polar Express

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