Sentiments and Greetings for Christmas Cards

Christmas card greetings

The Spruce / Margot Cavin

Wish your family and friends the happiest of holidays in writing this year. A simple handmade Christmas card can be transformed into something special by including an appropriate sentiment or greeting. If you're not the crafty type, however, picking great greetings is one of the quickest and easiest ways to personalize a store-bought card.


If you hand-write sentiments in holiday cards, use a good-quality pen. A pen that gives a smooth consistent flow will help to give a good finished effect. Write slowly and evenly—some people rush their writing, which can result in uneven letters. A slow writing rhythm will help to produce neat letters.

Sentiments for Friends and Family

Keep your greetings for friends short and sweet. Heartfelt options include:

  • "Thinking warmly of you and your family this Christmas season."
  • “Joy and happiness to you and yours this holiday season.”
  • "May your season be merry!"
  • "We're grateful to have friends like you at Christmas and all year long."
  • "Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday!"

Christmas Sentiments From Songs

Instantly recognizable, Christmas songs are a great source of sentiments for festive cards. Your friends will be singing along the moment they read your card.

  • '"Have yourself a merry little Christmas; let your heart be light."
  • "We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
  • "All is calm, all is bright."
  • "Have a holly, jolly Christmas!"
  • "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas."

Christmas Quotations

Find a few special words to complement a handmade card with Christmas quotations from literature, movies, and other sources. This is an ideal way of customizing and adapting DIY Christmas greeting cards, customizing them to the recipient.

  • "Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more."—Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
  • "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."—Elf
  • "Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever."—Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
  • "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."—Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
  • "Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind."—Miracle on 34th Street
  • "Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart...filled it, too, with melody that would last forever."—Bess Streeter Aldrich, Song of Years
  • "We’re going to have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas."—National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Religious Christmas Greetings

If you are religious, share your faith with friends and family in a holiday card with appropriate sentiments.

  • "May God bless you this holiday season and all year long."
  • "Wishing you the gift of faith, the blessing of hope, and the peace of love at Christmas."
  • "Rejoice in the birth of our Lord and Savior!"
  • "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."—Romans 15:13
  • "Have a blessed Christmas and a bountiful New Year."