Oh, what fun it is to sit down at Christmas time and write a little something to the people who’ve added to your joy all year long! Of course, it would be more fun if you had no shortage of ideas about what to actually write in your Christmas cards.

That’s where this guide comes in. It offers tips and inspiration from Hallmark writers to get you started, whether you’re signing three cards or 63. You can adapt these Christmas wishes and message ideas to work for a traditional Christmas card, holiday newsletter, custom photo card or other seasonal greeting.

For Friends 

  • “Peace and joy to you and yours this Christmas season.”
  • “Wishing you a very merry Christmas and the chance to do lots more fishing in the new year!”
  • “Thinking warmly of each of you and wishing your family an extra measure of comfort, joy and hope this Christmas.”
  • “Have your best Christmas ever!”
  • “Merry Christmas with lots of love,”
  • “We hope you have a nice, relaxing Christmas, Susan!”
  • “I hope your holiday season is full of good things.”
  • “Praying you have a wonderful Christmas filled with moments you’ll always remember.”
  • “May your season be merry and your presents underwear-free (unless you really need some!).”
  • “So grateful to have a friend like you at Christmas and all year long.”

For Family 

Examples

  • “Merry Christmas with thanks and love,”
  • “Having parents like you is the best Christmas gift there ever could be.”
  • “At Christmas and always, what a blessing you are.”
  • “So glad we’re family…and so grateful for all the great Christmas memories we share.”
  • “Merry Christmas to our favorite L.A. niece. We’ve had fun keeping up with your photos and blog posts! Wishing you many more adventures in the new year!”
  • “For me, the holidays start when we get together. Looking forward to talking and catching up soon!”
  • “Merrily and gratefully,”
  • “Thinking of you with lots of love at Christmas.”
  • “You’re someone who helps me remember the true reason for the season, and I’m so grateful for you.”
  • “When I think back on all the happiest moments this year, your wedding day stands out. Hope the two of you enjoy a wonderful first Christmas together.”

For Those Who Are Far Away 

If your card is for family members or close friends you won’t get to see at Christmas, let them know you’re missing them.

Examples

  • “Missing you even more at this joyful time of year.”
  • “Really, really wish you were here!”
  • “We may not be together in person on Christmas morning, but you’ll be in my mind and in my heart. You always are.”
  • “I’ll sure miss being together for Christmas this year. Eat a few extra hunks of fudge for me, OK?”
  • “Christmas won’t feel the same without you here, but we wish you a wonderful holiday time with Emma’s family. Miss you already!”
  • “Wish we could be together this holiday season, but since we can’t, I’m sending good wishes your way.”
  • “Just can’t believe it has been so long since we’ve seen each other. TOO long!”

For Professional Relationships 

Let your relationship guide you when signing a Christmas card for someone you know in a professional context. If it’s a colleague you’re close to, you can be as casual in your message as you would with nonwork friends. If it’s a supervisor, client or someone with whom you have a relationship that’s more strictly about work, then keep your message more formal.

Examples

  • “Happy Holidays and all the best to you in the year to come!”
  • “It’s a pleasure to work with you and a joy to wish you a merry Christmas!”
  • “The holidays are a perfect time to remind you how much I appreciate your business. I hope you enjoy a wonderful season filled with the people and traditions that mean the most.”
  • “You make work a lot less like work and more like a caring community. Merry Christmas, with thanks for all you do!”
  • “Holiday time and all the time, I so appreciate the great work you do.”
  • “Wishing you some well-deserved downtime over the holidays. You’ve earned it!”
  • “Merry Christmas to my totally talented stylist! Thank you for keeping me looking good all year.”
  • “Wishing you the beauty, blessings and joy this season brings.”
  • “Hoping that the new year brings you new opportunities and new possibilities.”
  • “Warmest wishes for a happy holiday season,”