The Best Christmas Card Sayings for 2021, Holiday Greetings, and Quotes

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Christmas Card Sayings or Holiday Messages for When You’re Stuck

We all celebrate the holidays a bit differently – this year, show everyone what is truly in your heart by choosing the perfect message to go inside your greeting card.

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knowing what to write in a christmas card or holiday can be difficult, but a little inspiration can go a long way. it’s important to set the mood first. Create a feeling of the holidays in your home that ignites each of your senses with these 5 tips:

  1. Put up Christmas decorations / Holiday Decorations: The smell of the tree, the twinkling of lights, and some nicely wrapped presents will surely amp up your Christmas spirit or holiday cheer.
  2. Find your perfect card-writing soundtrack: Create a holiday playlist or put on your favorite Christmas movie.
  3. Fix yourself a drink (it doesn’t have to contain alcohol): Try spiced tea, eggnog, a cup of hot cocoa, or a toasted almond (see the recipe here).
  4. Get cozy: Slip into some comfy PJ’s and a pair of fluffy slippers. get a fire going.
  5. Grab your tools: Find a smooth writing pen; grab your cards, envelopes, stamps, and labels then head to your favorite chair.

If you’re sending more than one type of card, organize them into stacks. Perhaps you have designated holiday cards for your professional relationships, friends, and family. Maybe you have specific things you want to say to a choice few people and are going to write them first, or you could save those heartfelt letters for the end – after a few more toasted almonds.

Working with the Christmas Greetings You Already Have

Sometimes, it is best to work with what you already have. What you write in a Christmas card or holiday card can be as simple as putting the person’s name at the top and underlining specific words or verses in a pre-chosen message to accentuate the feelings behind them. However, a hand-written saying at the bottom, be it Christmas wishes, seasonal expressions, holiday quotes, or original notes will show your recipients that they are on your mind and the extra effort you put forth to tell them so.

What to Write in a Holiday Card in 2021

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It’s been a crazy couple of years. A lot has changed; a new president, learning to live in a world with Covid-19 (coronavirus), travel bans, a shipping crisis, extreme weather conditions, social protests; every day you turn on the news, there’s another curveball to keep us on our toes. So this year, whether you are traveling for the holidays or staying home, sending out Covid Christmas cards, holiday wishes during Covid, or more traditional holiday card messages, reach out to your friends, family, and coworkers using these 2021 Christmas messages and holiday greetings.

  1. Warmest thoughts to you and your loved ones as this challenging year winds down. Wishing you good health, happy holidays, and a prosperous new year.
  2. We’re together even when we’re apart. We’re connected even when we’re far away. This Christmas and throughout the new year, we will always be with you.
  3. Every day is a little like Christmas morning; odds are there will be one small fight, lots of love, and plenty of surprises.
  4. The light of Christ will guide you through the darkest tunnels.
  5. The holidays will forever be a time to celebrate life’s little joys.
  6. The world can be a big and scary place sometimes, but faith will guide you. Merry Christmas.
  7. Find shelter in family. Find home in God. Merry Christmas.
  8. You are a part of God’s infinite grace. Merry Christmas.
  9. Never forget the joy Christmas brings.
  10. For all that we’ve lost and everything we’ve gained, Christmas is an eternal reminder to appreciate each day.
  11. Life changes in the most unexpected ways – hold tightly onto the things that never do – Merry Christmas.
  12. Find beauty in change and peace in tradition. Merry Christmas.
  13. The joy of Christmas comes from the connections we make throughout the year.
  14. Every holiday is different; that’s what makes this time of year so exciting, the possibility of today becoming a better tomorrow.
  15. The holidays are a reminder of everything we hold dear and all the joy life still brings.
  16. The holidays are happiness frozen in time.
  17. Bringing hope, happiness, and love to you this Christmas and throughout the New Year.
  18. With Christmas in our hearts, we will always be strong.
  19. Together we stand connected, this Christmas and always.
  20. Miles apart or right next door, we’re always connected. Happy holidays.
  21. Centered at home. Connected from afar. Universally ready to celebrate the holidays!
  22. Sending hope, happiness, and love from our home to yours. Happy holidays.
  23. Together we remain connected, this Christmas and always.
  24. The joy of the holidays comes from the home, knowing that wherever it may be, it’s the connections we make that give it meaning.
  25. Work from home. Smile from home. Connect from home. Celebrate being home for the holidays!
  26. There’s nothing more special than being home for the holidays.
  27. Be kind, present, & sincere. Be forever grateful. Be a constant this holiday season.
  28. Be recklessly sentimental this holiday season.
  29. Humanity forms by the connections we make; celebrate yours this holiday season.
  30. The holidays are still on.
  31. Find joy. Give joy.
  32. Make this season the brightest one yet!
  33. We will laugh. We will celebrate. We will holiday!
  34. A lifetime of holidays is measured in the sincere expression of the heart.
  35. Send joy whenever you can; receive joy whenever it’s offered.
  36. There’s always time to share a little holiday joy.
  37. The holidays don’t quit, nor should you.
  38. The holidays will forever be a part of the magic that makes life beautiful.
  39. Don’t forget all the small moments that make the holidays magical.
  40. The holidays are a time to pause and appreciate all we have.

What to Write in a Business Holiday Card

Business relationships are tricky, as the wrong message could create more trouble than just an awkward moment at Christmas dinner. The likelihood is you know your family better than your coworkers and clients – Uncle so-and-so may appreciate an occasional off-color joke, but Mr. [insert appropriate name here] is probably better suited for a classic seasonal greeting.

Then, there are the various professional relationships that one builds – from business acquaintances to your close-knit work friends, from employees to supervisors, a brand new customer or a long-time client – all of these categories make for an even more confusing internal debate when you are trying to figure out exactly what to say in a Christmas card.

And, should you use a messgae like Merry Christmas or a nondenominational message like happy holidays?

one thing that rings true for everyone is genuine tidings of good cheer and the wish for a prosperous and healthy New Year.

Here are 10 verses to get you started when you are trying to figure out exactly what to write in a business Christmas card:

  1. Wishing you a very special thank you for all that you do throughout every season. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
  2. Warmest wishes to you and yours this holiday season.
  3. It’s so nice to work alongside people like you. Have a safe and wonderful Christmas. See you in the New Year.
  4. We just wanted to remind you how much you mean to us this Christmas and all throughout the year. Happy holidays from everyone here at [insert company name].
  5. Warmest wishes from our entire staff this holiday season.
  6. Family comes in all shapes and sizes – thanks for being part of ours. Happy holidays!
  7. From our extended family to yours – Merry Christmas.
  8. Eat too much, sleep too much, and drink responsibly, but most of all have a Merry Christmas!
  9. Forget all your troubles this holiday season, but remember to come back to work.
  10. This Christmas, know that you are thought of always and appreciated more every day.

When choosing the right Christmas verse to compliment your Christmas card, pick one that will speak to all of your clients and coworkers. A seasonal ‘thank you’ card could be just the right fit. If people celebrate various holidays around this time of year, select a card that includes a nondenominational, standard greetings for multiple faiths. If you have a nice looking company logo, a die-cut card will give a great first impression for your business.

Think of your Christmas card or holiday card as a way to express those important compliments that may go unspoken throughout most of the year, whether you are talking to a colleague you have only known for a short while or a true friend you have known for years.

What to Write in a Christmas Card to a Friend

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Good friends will always be there – whether they are thousands of miles away or right next door, you talk to them every day or once every few months. A thoughtful hello around the holidays will remind them just how much they mean to you.

An inside joke or a tiny bit of nostalgia are nice ways to keep that warm line of communication going during Christmastime, and it will aid you in writing a highly personalized Christmas message. An update on recent events will also help you to maintain a close connection, as you craft your holiday verse. Most importantly, be sure to sure to write a holiday or Christmas card message that expresses the true value of having them in your life.

Here are 10 phrases to consider when you are trying to figure out what to write in a Christmas card to a friend:

  1. The greatest gift you can give someone is friendship – this holiday season I just want to thank you for making my life that much more special.
  2. If memories were Christmas lights we could brighten up an entire city – I’m so grateful to have a friend like you to share these moments with.
  3. This Christmas, I just want to say thank you for being you – Have a special holiday and a fantastic New Year!
  4. The holidays are a time to celebrate friends and family – and those people in our lives who are both, simultaneously and unconditionally. Wishing you the best this season and all throughout the year.
  5. Our friendship grows stronger with each passing year – thinking of you this Christmas and always.                                                                                                                                                               
  6. A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” – William Shakespeare
  7. “The best mirror is an old friend.” George Herbert
  8. “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to— letting a person be who they really are.” – Jim Morrison
  9. “A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation or being together. As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends never part.” Anonymous
  10. “One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.”Euripides

Reminding your friends about the special part they play in your life can be very rewarding – it uplifts the spirit and touches the soul in an almost indefinable way. The same is true for the kind words we extend to family. While we may have our feuds and a dusty skeleton or two sitting in our closets, the importance of family should be recognized all year and highlighted throughout every season.

What to Write in a Christmas Card for Family

As the holidays approach, we are given great opportunities to tell our loved ones just how we feel. A well-chosen greeting card, with the perfect verse and personal message, can help us to convey, with flawless articulation, what we sometimes struggle to profess in person.

Pick a Christmas card and corresponding Christmas card sayings that speak to you and your family, whether it is a classic Christmas card or a digital photo card that expresses your joy through your most precious family pictures.

Here are 10 examples of what to write in a holiday or Christmas card to family:

  1. The joy of family is a gift that keeps on giving all year long.
  2. Christmas is when we are reminded that the most precious gift of all is spending time with those you love.
  3. Missing you at Christmastime – let love extend beyond the miles and find its way into your heart.
  4. Let us never forget the importance of family now and throughout the year – for it is family that makes the holidays more special, the good times better, and the bad times bearable. With immeasurable love – wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
  5. Out of sight, but certainly not out of mind this Christmastime – looking forward to seeing you in the upcoming year.                                                                                                                                 
  6. “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”– Burton Hillis
  7. “What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.” – George Eliot
  8. “Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” – Brad Henry
  9. “Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.” – Lisa Weedn
  10. “From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another…the warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.”– Emily Matthews

If you want to get even more personal, you can address your Christmas card sayings to specific family members.

For your mom…

A mother is a delicate flower, a courageous lion, and a loving parent all rolled into one.

For your dad…

A father will fight with you, but ultimately he will fight for you. He may not always be your friend, but he will always be your parent. You may not always like him, but he will always love you.

For your grandparents…

“What Children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.” – Rudy Giuliani

For your sister…

“For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.” – Christina Rossetti

For your brother…

“Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.” – Marc Brown

For your significant other…

There is a moment hiding within the morning, sitting like a silent gift waiting for the sun to rise, it’s three simple words that complicate things beautifully, it’s three words that open one’s eyes to an extraordinary world…I love you. I love you now and forever. I love you with all my heart.

What to Write in a Religious Christmas Card

For some, Christmas gives people the opportunity to rejoice, give thanks, and celebrate the birth of their savior Jesus Christ.

Here are 10 examples of what to write in a religious Christmas card to remind everyone what the holidays are all about:

  1. A star is born!
  2. Jesus loves you!
  3. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of a king and all he has done to give us life.
  4. God’s greatness shines on you at Christmastime and all throughout the year.
  5. Happy birthday to Jesus and a Merry Christmas to you.                                                                                                                                                       
  6. “This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ.” – Frank McKibben
  7. “Somehow, not only for Christmas, but all the long year through, the joy that you give to others,
    is the joy that comes back to you.” – John Greenleaf Whittier
  8. “Where there is faith, there is love; where there is love, there is peace; where there is peace, there is God; and where there is God; there is no need.” – Leo Tolstoy
  9. “Christmas is not a time or 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. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.” – Calvin Coolidge
  10. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” – James 1:17

Holiday and Christmas Card Sayings for Landscape Cards

Warm winter wishes, greetings from the city, and a cordial salutation extended from the perfect natural landscape cards are other ways to send a Christmas or holiday card that is unique to you.

Here are a few Christmas and holiday card sayings to include inside:

  • Oh, the weather outside is 86° and sunny – wishing you were here! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
  • Throughout the city music plays, lights dance, and snowflakes fall, but nothing is as wonderful as hearing your voice, seeing your face, and wrapping my arms around you. Can’t wait to see you this Christmas!
  • Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale

What to Write in a Holiday Card to Show Your Sympathy

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In some cases, you may also want to express your sympathy to someone in need of your love and support this holiday season.

Here are some verses that will help you do that:

  • Their unmistakable laughter, their inimitable smile, and their unforgettable grace were gifts too precious for this world – now we can hear them always and see them everywhere we go. This Christmas we give thanks for a remarkable person, family member, and friend.
  • The holidays can be hard, but together or apart our family is bonded forever.
  • In this world and the next – through space and time and the heavens above – there is nothing that can stifle our undying love. Thinking of you this holiday season and all throughout the year.
  • “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” – Kahlil Gibran

Trendy, Humorous, and Animal-Friendly Christmas Card Verses

A flamingo in a Santa hat on a reach celebrating the holidays.On the lighter side of the holidays, hip and modern holiday cards, funny Christmas cards, and animal Christmas cards are other ways to address your recipients this holiday season.

Here are a few holiday and Christmas card sayings from each category to help carry out your ideal message:

  • A toast to good times, great friends, and a Merry Christmas!
  • “We’ll be friends ’til we’re old and senile … Then we’ll be new friends!” — Anonymous
  • Seasons Grrrrrreatings! Have a purrrrfect Christmas and a doggone good New Year! [Sign your pets names]

Holiday and Christmas Card Closings

You have picked out the perfect card, chosen the perfect verse, now it is time for a tasteful closing to complete your seasonal sentiments. Below, are some great closings when you are trying to figure out just what to write in a holiday card or Christmas card:

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There is nothing quite like receiving a personal Christmas card or holiday card. The right holiday or Christmas card sayings placed inside the ideal card can have a tremendously positive effect on someone’s day, week, month, or even year. A few words can change the world, and while you may not be aiming for such a drastic transformation, a simple smile or the subtle notion that someone is thinking of you can make all the difference in someone’s life.

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