Holiday Card Ideas and Sentiments

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Winter welcomes feelings of love, comfort, and togetherness. There are several winter holidays celebrated around the world that are deserving of festive cards. Even those who do not celebrate a winter holiday can (and should) join in on the fun.

You can either create your own holiday card or find one at your favorite shop. There are plenty of options online, too, for those who would rather skip the lines and crowds involved in in-person shopping during the holidays. Whatever you decide, make sure to add your own personalized note inside to show the recipient just how much you care about them.

What to Write in a Winter Solstice Card

Winter solstice is a day everyone can celebrate, no matter their beliefs. It’s the perfect day to have festivities with all of your friends and family members, celebrating the winter season together. Winter solstice takes place when the sun reaches its most southern point in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa. In the Northern Hemisphere, winter solstice marks the beginning of winter and in the Southern Hemisphere, it marks the beginning of summer.

A fun way to celebrate the winter solstice is to have a party with all your family and friends to welcome the winter season. Whether you have a large gathering or not, though, you can always give your loved ones a card to commemorate the occasion. Your message sending holiday wishes can be as specific or generalized as you’d like.

  • Happy winter solstice! ‘Tis the season.
  • Here we go into another dark and dreary winter. I’m glad I’ll have you with me!
  • We made it another trip around the sun! Happy winter!
  • Let’s have a wonderful winter together filled with hot cocoa and lots of movie nights.
  • Celebrate the season!
  • From my family to yours, good wishes this winter season.
  • Have a lovely season. I can’t wait to see you at the holiday party!

What to Write in a Christmas Card

One of the most widely celebrated holidays in North America is Christmas. Christmas, celebrated by most Christians on December 25, is recognized as the birthday of Jesus Christ. It’s a public holiday in nations across the globe and is celebrated by billions of people each year.

In America, Christmas is typically celebrated on December 24th and 25th. Rumor has it, a jolly character named Santa Claus visits all little children on the night of the 24th, bringing them toys and goodies and leaving them under a decorated Christmas tree for the kids to open on Christmas morning. Families and friends cozy up together all Christmas day, eventually feasting on a wonderful home-cooked meal.

The holiday is such a joyous occasion, that many families send cards to each other to send their sentiments. While some people opt to include a family photo and a recap of their lives for the past year, others keep it simple.

  • Merry Christmas! We hope you are doing well this year.
  • We love you and can’t wait to see you soon.
  • Have a wonderful Christmas surrounded by family and friends.
  • Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
  • ‘Tis the season to be jolly. We love you!
  • No matter where you’re celebrating this year, know that we’re with you in spirit!
  • We hope your family had a wonderful year together.

What to Write in a Hanukkah Card

Hanukkah is a holiday that takes place over multiple days—not just one. For eight days, people belonging to the Jewish faith celebrate Hanukkah, otherwise known as the festival of lights, to commemorate the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It is celebrated by lighting eight candles in a menorah—one each night of the eight days of Hanukkah.

The timing of the holiday depends on the Hebrew calendar, but typically Hanukkah falls in the middle of December. It is a time of love and togetherness for Jewish families across the world, and is most definitely worthy of a holiday greeting card. Hanukkah messages should include well wishes and respect for the Jewish people and history.

  • Happy Hanukkah from our family to yours. 
  • I hope this year brings good to you and your family. Have a wonderful Hanukkah.
  • Hanukkah celebrations always bring me so much joy. Enjoy!
  • Another Hanukkah—I am so thankful we can celebrate with you.
  • Happy holidays! Let’s celebrate together.
  • I hope this year’s Festival of Lights brings you lots of love and light.

What to Write in a Kwanzaa Card

Another widely-celebrated winter holiday is Kwanzaa, a holiday celebrating African-American culture. It is held from December 26 to January 1 and culminates in a celebration filled with gifts and a festive feast with friends and family members. The day celebrates family, faith, creativity, and more.

Kwanzaa is a noteworthy holiday that should be celebrated by all who respect the African-American culture in some form or another. And this important event, like most other winter holidays, warrants a gift or card to honor it. Sending a Kwanzaa card to your loved ones who are celebrating the holiday shows them you love them and honor their culture and traditions.

  • We all hope you and your family have a happy Kwanzaa. See you after the new year!
  • Kwanzaa is a time to be together and fill our bellies. Celebrate!
  • Family is everything—happy Kwanzaa!
  • You deserve a relaxing Kwanzaa with your lovely family.
  • Happy Kwanzaa. I love you!
  • Let’s celebrate the season together with love.