What to write in a Christmas card

Christmas is a time to tell people how you feel, and let them know just how much they mean to you with a thoughtful Christmas card. If you’re struggling for inspiration, we’ve got your back – we’ve put together some ideas of what to write in a Christmas card.

Find just the right words to write in your Christmas cards, with these simple, funny and even rude Christmas wishes for family and friends. And, if you want to spoil the recipient you’re sending it to, select one of our sterling Christmas gifts to send alongside your card. Christmas is about giving, and you’ll be doing exactly that!

Funny Christmas card messages

Whether you’re writing Christmas card messages for friends, coworkers, or loved ones, everyone appreciates a laugh at Christmas. That’s why our punny and funny Christmas cards are so popular – because they make your mates really chuckle and your card will certainly stand out on the mantelpiece!

So, here are some fabulous and funny Christmas wishes to include in a card:

  1. ‘Tis the season to not need a reason for another drink.
  2. Congratulations on making our Christmas card list
  3. Merry Christmas to the one family member I’m least ashamed to be related to.
  4. All I want for Christmas is the warmth and joy of this beautiful festive season… nah, only joking. Give me gin.
  5. Merry Christmas to the reason Santa has a naughty list
  6. May you be filled with the festive spirit – or alcoholic beverage of your choice
  7. I hope you love the Christmas present you told me to buy for you
  8. Wishing you untangled Christmas lights and a Sellotape roll that you can always find the end of.

They’re all pretty great, right? Now it’s time to choose your favourite and scroll it down in your card.

Christmas wishes for neighbours

As well as your friends and family, you’ll want to send some happy Christmas card greetings to your beloved neighbours. After all, they put up with your loud stomping around each day before work and probably even offer up their parking space to your visitors when they rock up to your house.

One of our classic Christmas cards will be perfect to pop through your neighbour’s letterbox. And if you want some nice things to write in a Christmas card to your neighbours, we have quite the selection for you to pen down:

  1. Merry Christmas from over the fence! Hope you and the family have a yuletide!
  2. You guys bring the Christmas cheer every year, so we thought we’d return the favour! Merry Christmas.
  3. You make this neighbourhood pretty merry and bright, Happy Christmas!
  4. Merry Christmas to the people who bought us a pint of milk when we first moved in! Your kindness was never forgotten
  5. To the best neighbours down the street, Merry Christmas. P.s. Don’t tell the others…!
  6. Warm Christmas greetings to the best kids on the block.
  7. Merry Christmas guys, we promise our kids won’t kick their football over the fence this year!
  8. Christmas feels so much more special in this neighbourhood. Thanks for making every day feel magical. Merry Christmas!

What else would brighten their days in the lead up to Christmas? A little present to show how thankful you are to have them as neighbours. Take a look at our selection of flower gifts to send to their door. Christmas is all about giving back, after all!

Playful and rude Christmas messages

If you’re writing to someone who can definitely take a joke, risk one of these rude Christmas messages to give them a laugh, and give the holiday season a bit more of an edge.

  1. I guess you thought the naughty list was worth it this year.
  2. Santa’s seen your Instagram, so you’re definitely getting coal for Christmas.
  3. You’re too hard to buy presents for. So just enjoy this carefully chosen Christmas card and the privilege of having me in your life
  4. A tree died so you could have this Christmas card – I hope you’re happy.
  5. Ho, ho, ho! But enough about you – Happy Christmas!
  6. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas… but when it runs out, I’m sure you’ll drink the red.
  7. Happy Christmas – remember, deck the halls, not your family.
  8. Merry Christmas! Now I don’t have to have anything to do with you for another year.

Browse through our extensive range of rude Christmas cards to send your favourites a real giggle in the post this Christmas. Funnily enough, when they unseal the envelope, they’ll know that you bought them it – no question!


Simple Christmas card messages

Sometimes it’s best to keep it simple at Xmas. So, if you’re just looking for simple and sincere Christmas card messages for friends or family, here are some nice things to write in a Christmas card that says everything (without saying too much):

  1. Peace and joy to you and yours this Christmas.
  2. Merry Christmas – wishing you lots of love and a wonderful new year.
  3. May your Christmas be filled with warmth and cheer.
  4. Wishing you a Christmas that’s merry and bright and filled with delight.
  5. Merry Christmas with lots of love, and best wishes for the new year to come.
  6. I hope your Christmas is full of laughter, joy and good times.
  7. Wishing you the very best at Christmas, and all through the year.
  8. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, I can’t wait to see you soon and celebrate.

If you’re unsure which style of card to go for to write your simple Christmas card messages in, just browse through our and pick the best one for your lucky recipient.

Christmas card messages for family

Christmas is a time to show your loved ones just how much they mean to you, and you can get really creative with card designs and Christmas card greetings.

Here are some touching Christmas card messages for family, that will make them smile when they open your card:

  1. Having such great parents is the best Christmas gift I could wish for. Thanks for everything, and merry Christmas.
  2. You mean the world to me. I’m so grateful for all that you do and for all the happy memories we share.
  3. Sending love and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
  4. Christmas is a time for family, and I’m so happy that I get to spend this special time of year with you.
  5. Wishing you and the whole family a happy Christmas full of joy, and a very happy New Year.
  6. At Christmas, I just want to take the time to say I’m so thankful to have you as part of my family.
  7. Thinking of you, with lots of love this Christmas.
  8. I’m so glad that we’re family, and I’m thankful for all the happy Christmas memories we have together over the years.

You can send cheery cards for each member of your family thanks to our broad range of family inspired cards. Whether it’s for your mum, dad, brother, sister or grandma and grandad, we’ve got something for everyone. Just take a look at our different designs and pick the best one for each person!

Religious Christmas messages

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Christmas card messages for friends

Sometimes, it’s tricky thinking of the perfect way to wish your friends a very, merry, Christmas. Fortunately, we’ve picked out eight easy messages to send to your friends over the festive period:

  1. Sending warm wishes and glad tidings to you and your family.
  2. I’m lucky to have a friend like you. Merry Christmas!
  3. Thinking of you this Christmas.
  4. Happy Christmas and lots of love, from your oldest friend.
  5. I hope your Christmas is full of peace, joy… and chocolate!
  6. Wishing you a merry, happy, and healthy Christmas.
  7. Happy Christmas – see you in the New Year!
  8. You make Christmas magical – I’m lucky to call you a friend.

If you’re feeling inspired, why not accompany your messages with specially designed Christmas cards for friends, illustrated by our team of expert artists?

Christmas card messages for those far away

Unfortunately, there are likely going to be friends, family, and loved ones who you’re not able to see over the Christmas period. But that doesn’t mean you can’t send your well-wishes! We’ve pulled together some heartfelt Christmas card messages for those far away:

  1. Wish you were here this Christmas – enjoy the holidays!
  2. Thinking of you always, hope you enjoy spending time with your family.
  3. Sending warm wishes from afar this Christmas.
  4. It’s been such a busy year. Let’s meet up more in 2024 – Merry Christmas.
  5. We might be far apart, but you’re always in my heart. Have a great Xmas.
  6. To my oldest friend, we might be separated by distance this Christmas, but my tidings remain as glad as ever!
  7. Sending smiles and hugs from far away this Xmas.
  8. Raising a toast from afar to celebrate our friendship this Christmas.

And if you’re looking for a Christmas card to send across the miles – we’ve got you covered too!

Christmas card messages for co-workers and bosses

Tis the season to be jolly, so why not extend the festive cheer to your co-workers, colleagues, and boss?

  1. Thanks for all the hard work this year. Enjoy the break!
  2. I hope you’re looking forward to the office party – Merry Christmas!
  3. Have a stress-free Christmas surrounded by loved ones.
  4. Enjoy a clear calendar for once – it’s Christmas!
  5. Thank you for your leadership this year, have a great Christmas.
  6. Merry Christmas, and here’s to a prosperous 2024!
  7. Enjoy your Christmas bonus!
  8. You bring joy to the office, all year round. Have a great Christmas with your family.

Simple Christmas messages

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Christmas message for your wife or husband

Struggling to find the perfect Christmas message for your wife’s card, or the right words to write in a card to your husband? We’ve got you covered. And if you’re looking for a romantic Christmas card, you can find our entire range.

Here are some great Christmas card messages for your other half:

  1. It might be cliché, but it’s still always true. All I want for Christmas is you.
  2. Forget about the mistletoe – kiss me anytime you want.
  3. Hugs, kisses, and warm winter wishes on our very first Christmas as Mr and Mrs.
  4. Here’s to a magical Christmas together.
  5. The best part of Christmas is spending time together with you.
  6. Because it’s Christmas, and at Christmas you tell the truth – to me, you are perfect.
  7. Happy Christmas to my wonderful husband/wife – you’re the best part of my life, and I am so grateful I get to spend it with you.
  8. Every morning I wake up next to you is like Christmas morning. I love you so much – Happy Christmas.

Religious Christmas card messages

For religious families, you want to show your respect for Christmas time and how much it means to them. We have quite the range of traditional Christmas cards for you to send, so check out our selection.

These are some thoughtful religious Christmas card messages to share the best wishes for the season:

  1. Wishing you and your family blessings this Christmas, and in the coming year.
  2. May the spirit of Christmas be with you all year round.
  3. May God bless your life with love and joy this Christmas.
  4. Wishing you a Christmas that’s merry and bright with the light of God’s love.
  5. Wishing you a season of blessings from heaven above.
  6. Wishing you peace, love and blessings this Christmas and New Year.
  7. A silent night, a star above, a blessed gift of hope and love. Wishing a Merry Christmas for you and your family.
  8. May the joy and peace of Christmas be with you through all the New Year.

Christmas messages for those who don’t celebrate

Of course, not everyone celebrates the religious or symbolic aspects of Christmas, so it’s important to send an appropriate message to those friends and family:

  1. Enjoy the festive break, however you choose to spend your time!
  2. Happy holidays!
  3. Thinking of you over the holiday season.
  4. Warm winter wishes!
  5. Sending you wishes filled with joy and merriment.
  6. Wishing you a relaxing holiday season.
  7. Enjoy the holiday season and have a fantastic New Year.
  8. Sending you lots of love over the holidays.

Don’t struggle staring at a blank card, pen in hand – pick one of our suggested Christmas card messages or use them as inspiration for your own Christmas wishes.

Don’t forget to check out our full range of Christmas cards, from funny to sweet. For more inspiration on what to write in your greetings cards, head on over to our blog, where you can also discover handy articles like how to make your own Christmas decorations and the top Christmas cocktails to make at home.


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