Here's What to Write in a Christmas Card That'll Spread Holiday Cheer

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A Christmas season without Christmas cards is like mornings without coffee: too sad to even think about. In fact, Ree herself sells a bunch of funny holiday cards at her Pawhuska store, The Mercantile, and it probably comes as no surprise to hear that they always go quickly.

But face it: Jotting down the same old, generic Merry Christmas wishes on each and every card gets old fast. And what's the fun in greeting every single person on your list the same way? Surely you, like Ree, have a few friends to whom you'd like to give a special shout-out or congratulate on this or that milestone.

Well, we're here to help. Consider this your ultimate guide to what to write in a Christmas card. We're covering it all—the sweet, the funny, and the sentimental—and we're doing it with boatloads of creativity, too. No more halfhearted messages scribbled down late at night! These perfect, not-too-sappy greetings will cure your writers block once and for all. Heck, some even double as Christmas Instagram captions, so you won't have to do an extra round of brainstorming come Christmas Day.

In need of a little more inspiration? Read through our list of the most memorable Christmas quotes, too.

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Funny Christmas Card Ideas

  • "Merry Christmas! Here's to remembering what really matters in life: cookies."

  • "Here's hoping your family gatherings this season are as functional as ours! 😉"

  • "All I want for Christmas is you—but a spa day wouldn't hurt."

  • "Wishing you a happy holiday and a short credit card bill. Have a good one!"

  • "Time to get into the Christmas spirit! (Peppermint schnapps, rum-filled eggnog, etc...)"

  • "Wishing you peace, joy, and a much-deserved nap. Have a happy holiday!"

  • "If you've got any leftover Christmas cookies, you know where to find me."

Sentimental Christmas Card Ideas

  • "Wishing you a holiday filled with joy, laughter, and all the blessings of the season."

  • "I hope the magic of Christmas fills your heart and your home this season."

  • "Sending love from our whole family! We hope your holiday is merry and bright."

  • "Have a safe and relaxing holiday, and may all your Christmas wishes come true."

  • "Thinking of you and wishing we could be together on Christmas this year! You're in my heart."

  • "We wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas...! With love from our family to yours."

Punny Christmas Card Ideas

  • "Your presents is requested at our Christmas party this year!"

  • "You sleigh me. Happy holidays!"

  • "I heard you won't be at our holiday party this month—say it ain't snow!"

  • "Merry Christmas, friend! Save me a few of those fabulous cinnamon rolls of yours, or yule be sorry!"

  • "Cheers! A mistle-toast to the holiday season."

  • "It's the most wine-derful time of the year!"

  • "We miss and love you from your head to your mistletoe. Merry Christmas!"

Romantic Christmas Card Ideas

  • "Thank you for putting the merry in my Christmas."

  • "All I want for Christmas is you!"

  • "No need for mistletoe—you can kiss me any place, any time!"

  • "You're the reason this season feels so magical."

  • "Here's to another Christmas together."

  • "You're still the best gift I could ever ask for."

Christmas Card Ideas for a Hard Year

  • "Sending you so much love in this challenging time."

  • "Our hearts are with you, this season and all seasons."

  • "Take care of yourself, friend. I'm wishing you strength and peace."

  • "Here's to better days in the year ahead."

  • "I know it hasn't been an easy year, and I'm thinking of you. All my love."

  • "Remember that I'm always here for you—during the holidays and after them, too."

Quote Christmas Card Ideas

  • "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

  • Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s a frame of mind.” —Valentine Davies

  • "Christmas is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.” —Freya Stark

  • "This is Christmas. The season of perpetual hope." —Home Alone

  • "The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other." —Burton Hills

  • "Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection." —Winston Churchill

  • "My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others." —Bob Hope

  • "It's easy to forget that life is the greatest gift of all." —Karli Perrin