Christmas Wishes: What to Write in a Christmas Card

In any given year that brings about some sort of difficulty in the lives of those we care about, writing Christmas wishes becomes a tricky task. What to write in a Christmas card when hardships took place throughout the year? This is the unfortunate and unique situation essentially everyone finds themselves in this year. Pretty much everyone has faced some sort of struggle in 2020 in varying degrees. So, how do we even begin to write our Christmas wishes after having experienced the sh*t storm that was 2020?

The good news is that everyone is in this together and with 2021 just around the corner it’s safe to say everyone on your Christmas list will be happy to wave 2020 goodbye. Christmas is a time to spread love and joy so writing your Christmas card message is actually a great opportunity to add a little positivity into your loved ones’ lives. Instead of seeing this as yet another hurdle to overcome, we’re choosing to see our Christmas wishes as tiny little presents we hope will spark some joy. And we’ve made it easy as pumpkin pie to write your own Christmas wishes that will do the same for everyone on your list.

Did you know Postable has a bewitching selection of Holiday cards that they print, address AND mail for you?!

Examples table of contents:

Example Christmas wishes for friends.
Example Christmas wishes for family.
Example Christmas message for those far away.
Example Christmas message for those in difficult circumstances.
Message examples for professional relationships.
Funny Christmas card message examples.
Religious Christmas card messages.
General Christmas quotes.

Getting ready to write your Christmas card.

Before we jump into exactly what to write in a Christmas card in 2020, let’s first outline some things you’ll want to do in advance. At Postable, the holiday season is our holy grail  — we live, breathe and plan ahead for the holiday season all year round so that your experience is buttery smooth. The same concept applies here  — planning ahead and organizing yourself before diving into writing your Christmas wishes will make your experience that much more enjoyable.

So, how does one exactly get ready?

Organize your Christmas card list.

Who do you want to send your Christmas cards to this year? Make a list. And yes, check it twice   — but mostly check it for the mailing addresses. You’ll need those to actually send your wishes. Make sure you have the street, city and zip codes and that nobody on your list has moved recently.

Once you have your list ready to rumble with all the addresses completed, consider splitting up your list into groups. For example, if you’d like to send your professional contacts  — think colleagues, business partners, employees etc.  — a different Holiday card from those of say your friends and family, it’ll be easier to execute if your list is pre-split. This will also make writing your wishes that much simpler of a task.

Order your Christmas cards in advance (if you’re ordering a box of cards).

Remember, the postal service tends to slow down year after year during the holidays. Given the complexities of what’s going on with the postal service in 2020, chances of delivery times slowing down even more are very high… All of that to say: things are going to take much longer to get delivered this year.

What does this mean for you? Well, in order to write your Christmas wishes you’ll need some cards. If you’re planning on ordering a box of them to get mailed to you first then you’ll need to plan enough time for that box to arrive, for you to write your messages and then place them in the mail with enough time for them to get delivered by Christmas.  

Pro tip: You can write your Christmas wishes directly on your computer (or phone) and Postable will mail — via USPS —  your Christmas cards for you. Saving you a butt-load of time and headaches!

 Create a jolly Christmas playlist.

Ok, so not necessarily a required step, but one we think makes this whole process that much more enjoyable. We did say we love writing Christmas cards, right? 

Before diving into the main task at hand, take a few moments to create a festive playlist with all of your favorite holiday tunes. Alternatively, you can find some playlists that are already made on Spotify. 

This way, when you’re sitting down to write your Christmas wishes you’ll be in a jolly state of mind!

Make some holiday themed adult beverages or mock-tails.

Again, we strongly believe this whole process should be fun! Whether you’re writing your Christmas messages by hand or via Postable why not have a delicious holiday cocktail nearby. Whether egg-nog is your jam or something along the lines of a Christmas mimosa,  having that little touch of delight will certainly add to the experience. You may even find some extra holiday inspiration for what to write in a Christmas card.

Recruit some help — if writing by hand!

Unless you’re choosing to use Postable to write your Christmas cards with one of our smart handwritten fonts (because handwritten is a must), you’ll want to recruit some help. Handwriting all of your Christmas wishes alone will take a significantly longer amount of time than if you’d just had a few handy helpers. 

Remember, you’ll want to get your cards into the mail in time for them to be delivered, so the more help you have the quicker you’ll be able to get your cards out. 

Examples on what to write in a Christmas card. 

Ok, so you’ve mapped out your Christmas card list, the festive tunes are playing and your holiday drink in hand. You’re ready to get writing! Before we dive into some actual examples, here are a few tips to keep in mind when writing your Christmas card messages.

  • Address the elephant in the room — aka 2020.
  • Focus on the positive.
  • Don’t forget to wish a very Merry Christmas.

Any other year and this may not be applicable, but in 2020 we think it’s important to address the elephant in the room. Everyone is in a very similar situation so ignoring this fact will only put more focus on it. So when writing your Christmas letter, address the garbage fire that was 2020 without* dwelling on the negative. How in the world do you do this? Simply acknowledge the hardships that your friends and family may have experienced this year and immediately look to the positive future. 

Make sure you don’t forget to actually wish your recipients a Merry Christmas!

*Of course keep in mind the level of struggle that your recipient has experienced. If there was a loss in the family, you’ll want to make sure the tone of your message focuses on peace and love rather than total joy. This is where your personal knowledge will be crucial when composing your message. 

Example Christmas wishes for friends.

Here we go with some examples of Christmas wishes for friends you can use as your own. We’d definitely suggest switching out the details for something that applies to your own life.


What an absolute sh*t storm 2020 has been… I hope you and your family are staying strong. I know we’ll get through this in one piece together. Can’t wait to see pictures of Josh’s virtual dance recital, it’s really cool how creative his studio has gotten this year. We hope you and the family are enjoying some extra Christmas cookies this season (keep a lookout for a treat on your doorstep soon).

Amy & the Boise fam  

Merry Christmas Gary!

Your positive energy on your IG posts has been making the last few months of this pandemic so much less sucky. Thanks for keeping everyone’s spirits up right now! SO looking forward to holiday brunching in person again one day soon. Until then, I wanted to send you all my love and wish you a very Merry Christmas and cheers to a brand new stinking year!

Love ya!

Example Christmas wishes for family.


Boy oh boy, what a year 2020 has been. We’ve had such a blast virtually hanging out with you all these last few months as odd as they’ve been. Looking forward to seeing you all very soon IRL. Sending you our love and all the merriest Christmas wishes around.

Love you all,
Alexis, Ted & the kiddos

Uncle Bob,

Sending you some extra love this Christmas season! It’s been so lovely getting to see you weekly these last few months even though the world feels a little heavy right now. The boys constantly talk about your knock-knock jokes and are excited to see you in person very soon. 

Merry Christmas!
Twyla, Mutt, Joey and Chandler

Example Christmas message for those far away. 

Aunt Patty & Uncle Chris,

We’re so sorry we couldn’t celebrate the holidays with you two this Godzilla of a year. All of us here are sending you an extra dose of hugs & kisses and the kids will be sure to eat an extra cookie or two with your names on them. A strange Christmas without you two, but we’ll certainly be making up for it in the coming year. Miss you both!

Merry Christmas,
Mary, Ken, Mia & Louie

Grandma & Papa,

Can’t wait to see you both and wish you a very Merry belated Christmas in person. Until then, sending you my love and planning our reunion for 2021. Christmas this year may look a little different, but know that you’re in my thoughts and always in my heart. Merry Christmas!

Miss & love you!

Example Christmas message for those in difficult circumstances.

Tip: Remember when we suggested putting your Christmas card list into groups? Use a different card for these folks. A design focused less on cheer//fun and more on peace and hope.


Sending you and the fam all our love this Christmas. Looking forward to the day we can all get together again around one of your epic bonfires! Until then just know we’re thinking of you during this difficult time and sending you all the extra love and peace in the world. 

Kevin & Joe

Wishing you both a peaceful Christmas season. Please know you are both in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Let us know if you need anything whatsoever. We’ll get through this together. Love you both.

Warmest wishes,
Phoebe & Mike

Example messages for professional relationships.

Please keep in mind that the formality level for these types of messages will vary depending on your own situation. Each relationship is unique so please take that into consideration when composing your Christmas wishes for your professional relationships. 

Pro tip: Unless you know these recipients celebrate Christmas, it’s best to wish them something more general such as Happy Holidays or a Happy New Year in order to avoid isolating anyone and diluting your message.

Holiday message example for a boss.

Mr. Bing,

Thank you for showing extraordinary leadership during this unorthodox time. Your kindness and compassion has really made the transition to working from home a smooth process. I hope you and your family enjoy the Holiday season and look forward to a great new year!

Happy Holidays!
Laura Rosenhein

Holiday message example for employees.

Happy Holidays! 

What you have accomplished this year has been nothing short of extraordinary. You took a difficult situation and turned it into an opportunity to show kindness and support towards your team members and our valued customers. I wish you and your family a great holiday season and look forward to having you on our team in the coming year.

Season’s Greetings!
Christa Po

Holiday message example for business partners.

Happy Holidays!

Thank you for your continued partnership during this strange and unpredictable time. Your collaboration is invaluable and your efforts to continue our work together virtually has inspired myself and all those on my team. I hope you are able to take some time with family this holiday season and look forward to working with you in the new year!

Season’s Greetings!
Madison Gilkoo

Funny Christmas card message examples.

A few funny Christmas wishes to include in your Christmas cards. If you’re still stuck on a funny tidbit to include and aren’t jiving with any of these don’t forget that funny Christmas cards exist for a reason.

  • Well, at least the garbage fire aka 2020 is almost out.
  • It’s the most wine-derful time of the year!
  • Keep calm and merry on!
  • All I want for Christmas is to makeout with strangers again.
  • Christmas is claus for celebration!
  • Sleigh-on!
  • Wishing you many pugs and kisses!
  • The tree isn’t the only thing getting lit this Christmas.
  • Let there be Pizza on Earth!

Religious Christmas card messages. 

Looking for a religious quote to add to your Christmas message? Look no further. Here are some examples of religious quotes you can add into your Christmas wishes.

“God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.” —Pope Frances

“At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.” —Mother Teresa

“The great challenge left to us is to cut through all the glitz and glam of the season that has grown increasingly secular and commercial, and be reminded of the beauty of the One who is Christmas.” —Bill Crowder

“Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.” —Pope Francis

“A merry heart does good like medicine.” —Proverbs 17:22

“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.” —Charles Dickens

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” —Luke 2:10

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” —Luke 2:14

General Christmas quotes you can use in your Christmas wishes.

Christmas is kind of popular — who knew! That means lots of people have said lots of interesting things about the holiday that you may feel inclined to add into your Christmas card message! 

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” —Edna Ferber

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” —Bob Hope

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” —Calvin Coolidge

“I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another.” — Carrie Fisher

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

“Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.” — The Polar Express

“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.” — Alexander Smith

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” —Will Ferrell, Elf

“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” —Theodor Seuss Geisel, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” —Winston Churchill

“Christmas is forever, not for just one day. For loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away.” —Norman Wesley Brooks

“Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance—a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” —Augusta E. Randel

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”—Roy L. Smith

Warm Closings

And to close off your Christmas message, you’ll want to finish your season’s greetings with something warm and loving. When writing other types of greeting cards, we’d suggest being a bit more selective in your usage of ‘love’ as a signoff. However, Christmas is a special time of year where mostly everyone could use a little extra love in their lives. This of course doesn’t mean you should use ‘love’ as a closing on your professional Christmas card messages, but do consider using this more often than not.

A few other examples of warm closings to your Christmas card message:

  • Good tidings!
  • Season’s Greetings
  • Warm wishes,
  • Merry Christmas!
  • Cheers!
  • Warmly,
  • Warm greetings,
  • Stay cozy!

Additional tips on what to write in a Christmas card:

Starting a Christmas letter.

You can start your Christmas message three different ways. The first way would be to start with a proper salutation like your recipient’s name followed by a comma, the second with a holiday greeting alone or the third by simply skipping the salutation altogether and diving straight into the message. 

Have a message in mind before you start writing.  

Have you ever started writing something and then completely lost your train of thought. Or just simply changed your mind about the direction of what you wanted to say… That’s essentially what’s going to happen if you don’t plan what you’re going to say ahead of time. 

We covered some important steps to keep in mind before writing your Christmas cards, but there’s one last thing to consider. Having a message in mind or even writing it out as a draft either on a scrap of paper or a sample card (so you know how much space you have) will prevent you from having to cross anything out on your actual cards. 

And don’t forget about the different groups of people on your Christmas card list — each of them not only require a different type of card, but also a different message. 

PRO TIP: If you’re using Postable to write your Christmas cards, we’ve made it crazy easy to compose your Christmas wishes. 

  • You can edit and re-edit your message as many times as you want and the handwritten font of your choosing will change in size as you write so that it fits the inside of the card perfectly. 
  • If you need to add the same message to a bunch of people in a group, like your professional contacts for example, you can use the carbon copy tool which will automatically apply your master message to everyone you choose while still personalizing each message with the recipients’ names. You can then go back into each message — if you so choose — to edit and personalize further.

That’s all she wrote! By which we mean, you’re now ready to get started on writing your Christmas messages to everyone on your Christmas card list. And remember, if you’re looking to save time and your sanity — Postable will print, address, stuff and mail all of your cards out for you.