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What to Write in a Christmas Card


It’s Chriiiiistmaaaaaassss!!! 

Deck the halls, get the lights out of the loft and dust off the decorations, make sure the elf is doing something mischievous every night and don’t forget the gifts! It’s the most wonderful time of year for many reasons, everything’s festive, ‘tis the season to be jolly and so on and so forth. This year hasn’t been the best for many reasons, but hopefully we can make Christmas as good as ever, even with the new world we’re currently living in.

But what do you do about Christmas cards? Who do you buy for? Which style do you choose? Most importantly, what do you write inside a Christmas card?

Fear not! We have a huge range of Christmas card designs right here on our website for you to browse from. With so many options, you’ll definitely find something to suit whoever it is you’re sending your Xmas cards to.

But when it comes to writing a Christmas card note inside a card, it can be tricky business, so we’ve decided to compile this handy blog guide to give you the full rundown of ideas of what to write in a Christmas card for your loved ones this year.

Let’s start with some of the things you need to consider before writing the perfect Christmas card.

Who Are You Sending the Christmas Card to?

This one is the most important one, as there are certain degrees of formality when it comes to what to write in a Christmas card. If you’re doing the rounds of your local area, distributing Christmas cheer to those who you generally give a nod or chat about the postman to on a morning, then a simple “much love from all at number (insert your house number here)” will do the trick.

It doesn’t need to be much more than that, and let’s be honest, who’s got time to sit and write out loads of Christmas cards with individual, long messages in each of them for people you barely speak to!

However, on the other hand, if you’ve known someone for years, like a family member or close friend, maybe even a loved one, you probably want to write something a little more heartfelt and meaningful. Or if you know they like a laugh, you could put something cheeky in there for them to enjoy.

What to Write in the Christmas Card?

Taking the above into account, you need to think about the length of the message you’re going to pop into the Christmas card for the people you’re sending them to.

For co-workers or neighbours, something short and snappy is perfect for your Christmas card. It doesn’t have to be War and Peace, maybe something personalised like Dear Dave, Dianne, and the kids, Love from Mum, Dad, baby Ben, and the cat. 

That will do nicely and if you have something along those lines especially if it’s around a well-designed, beautiful Christmas card. Frankly, with those people who are more on the acquaintance level of a relationship, you can let the card designs do the work sentiment-wise, and you don’t need to put too much time or effort into coming up with something to write so you can keep it simple.

For family members or other people in your life who you’re close to however, it can be a different story.

For people you’re close to but might not get to see very often, you might want to include a little rundown of what’s been going on in your life during the year, including milestones in your career and news of the kids, and of course, the pets if you have any. Maybe even a family portrait! Again, it doesn’t need to be overly long or massively detailed, just a brief summary will do and will often put a smile on a relative’s face, especially if they’re of an older generation who loves an update but isn’t able to see you as often as they’d like.

The same goes for long term friends, an update on your life goes a long way to adding that level of personability and thoughtfulness into a card, so is always a winner. You can also put in something specific to them and their lives, such as what they love doing that they might have not had chance to do this year, be it going to watch the cricket or heading down to the cinema. 

Add in something about hoping they get to do more of what they love in the New Year, that always goes down a storm!

Luckily though, most people expect a short message when it comes to Christmas cards, so you’re safe if you go all out or keep it simple.  It really is up to you whether you keep it nice and brief, or if you go one further and write something a little more special and bespoke to the person you’re sending it to.

Some Examples of Classic, Shorter Christmas Card Messages

So, we’ve discussed and considered the reasoning for sending a long handwritten Christmas card note, or a shorter version. It all depends on the relationship you have with the recipient and how well you know them, and how much you want to share with them/express your feelings. 

With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few short-form examples of Christmas Card messages. These will cover everyone from your neighbour to your Grandfather, with a degree of loveliness that will bring a smile to their face and won’t offend or disappoint.

Here are some classic Christmas card sentiments to write inside your Christmas card:

“Wishing you a Merry Christmas and I hope you get to go (insert hobby) next year!” You can include something specific to their hobbies, i.e. fishing or going to the football, to give it that nice, personalised tone.

“Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas, this yearrrr!” For the song-lovers among us.

“Happy Christmas and sending love to you and the family, let’s hope for a better 2021!” A nice, personalised message to reflect the weird year 2020 has been.

“Unwrap yourself a joyful Christmas this year! (love from you)” A bit of humour doesn’t go amiss.

And then of course, there’s the classic “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Love from (insert name).

Find the Perfect Christmas Card to Match the Perfect Christmas Note

So, as you can see, writing a Christmas card is pretty simple when you sit and think about it. All you need to do as a minimum is keep it short, sweet, and kind. Alternatively, you can add in something personalised or go all out with updates on your life and family. Whether it’s short and to the point or long and full of detail, write it with the recipient in mind and you can’t go wrong.

We have an enormous range of Christmas cards online on our website with designs to match every kind of relationship and Christmas card message. Or, simply search for your perfect card and get yours in time for Christmas!