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Top Christmas wishes for every audience.

Holiday greetings can send magical messages when done right. Each sender and receiver of a Christmas card will shape the meaning of a greeting as it passes through the filter of their personalities. Sometimes, the delivery of the right greeting can inspire the happiest moments of the season.

Starting in November and stretching on into January, the holiday season bridges Thanksgiving (in the U.S. and Canada) to the Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and the Epiphany. This holiday season is decorated with Christmas wishes and holiday greetings like so much tinsel on a tree. There are inclusive holiday wishes and some that point to specific, shared beliefs between givers and receivers who celebrate the same. What these season’s greetings all share is the holiday sentiment.

Simple Christmas card messages.

Holiday cards destined for a large audience benefit from simple Christmas card messages. These pleasant greetings focus on one of two things: the charm of the season, or one wish for the happiness of others. Some of these merry Christmas wishes touch on the sentimental, and others show a little cheek.

Inspire a moment of joy and appreciation with these short and sweet Christmas wishes. When appropriate, you can easily switch out any holiday reference for your festivity of choice.

  • Happy holidays with lots of love.

This is the simplest Christmas wish out there. Use this message in a card for a large audience. There will be plenty of space in the card for senders to write in their own messages.

  • Sending you hugs this season. Take some time to care for yourself.

It’s hard to know what to say to someone at the end of a rough year. This simple Christmas card message is a steadying reminder that some people need.

  • Find joy in the little things this Christmas.
  • Wishing you hope, peace, and lots of cookies this holiday season.
  • Wishing you a festive season wrapped in love and topped with joy.

This cute Christmas message pairs well with a card that features ribbon, glitter, and bright images.

  • You deserve all the happiness the holiday season can bring.
  • Let's get together and watch all the Hallmark movies.
  • Sending strength, love, and peace to you this holiday season.

This is another simple Christmas message that can be powerful for someone who’s had a hard year.

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Heartfelt Christmas card messages.

Heartfelt Christmas wishes sit in the cards they came in on hearths and countertops for weeks after they’re received. A holiday card with a heartfelt message is the fodder of the Christmas spirit. They feed feelings of togetherness and remind us that we are loved. Depending on the audience for the holiday card, some of these heartfelt Christmas card messages work beautifully with family photos and updates, too.

These messages are easy to select because they come from the heart. Explore these handpicked holiday wishes and you’ll know the right one when you see it.

  • Wishing you all the happiness your holiday can hold.
  • I hope the magic of Christmas fills every corner of your heart and home with joy — now and always.

The addition of “now and always” adds even more heart to this already sweet Christmas message.

  • “Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s a frame of mind.” — Miracle on 34th Street
  • Holidays like Christmas make me so grateful to share life with you.
  • Each time you turn on your holiday lights, I hope you remember how much you are loved.

The power of this visual is something the recipient of this card will remember every time those lights go on.

  • “No matter what, I always make it home for Christmas.” — Dolly Parton
  • For me, the holidays start when we get together. Looking forward to talking and catching up soon.
  • Thank you for being the best part of my Christmas memories.

This is a particularly heartfelt Christmas card message that’s perfect for parents and siblings .

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Christmas card messages for family and friends.

Family and friends inspire a different kind of Christmas card message. These are the people who surround us during the holidays, or whom we hold in our hearts when they’re away. Christmas wishes for friends and family inspire many heartfelt messages, but this is also the perfect audience for humor. Curiously, these holiday greetings read differently to each receiver based on the sender in whose voice they imagine hearing it.

Look through these Christmas card messages for friends and family and you’ll know instantly which one fits your loved ones.

  • Your love is the best Christmas gift I could ever receive.

This is one of the sweetest of all Christmas wishes for friends and family. Use it when you mean it.

  • It’s not what’s under the tree that matters most, it’s who’s around it. Every year I’m grateful to have you there.
  • The holidays are merrier and brighter when we're together.

This Christmas wish works for loved ones who always get together, and also for those who only sometimes do (but look forward to it whenever it happens).

  • Christmas is more magical now that you’re in my life.
  • You’ll always be my favorite Santa.

This holiday greeting is especially touching in cards for parents.

  • Merry Christmas to someone who makes the whole family look good.
  • If friends were presents, I'd pick you.
  • “For children, Christmas is anticipation. For adults, Christmas is memory.” — Eric Sevareid.

This is the perfect greeting in a Christmas card for households with both adults and small children.

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Cute Christmas card messages.

Cute Christmas wishes are like the whip cream on a banana split. They’re the softest and the sweetest, and everyone wants more. These cute Christmas card messages work for a diverse audience, too. Perhaps one of these is perfect for Grandma. Maybe another is perfect for a new love. Whoever the final receiver is, cute Christmas wishes guarantee a smile.

Spread the holiday cheer with cute Christmas wishes that nod to the lighter side of the season. These delightful messages are the perfect antidote for an excess of sappy Christmas cards, too.

  • Snowman wishes and reindeer kisses.

This is admittedly a sentence fragment, but the rhyme is nice, and the sweet sentiment is clear.

  • Who needs gifts under the tree when you have me?

This funny Christmas card message gets even better when there's no gift to be found.

  • Forget the mistletoe, you can kiss me anytime.
  • Life is short. Eat the Christmas cookie.
  • Who needs Hallmark movies when I have holiday memories of you.
  • “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.” — Bob Hope
  • Christmas lights are my favorite color.

For those who share a love of the holiday season, this cute Christmas message hits home.

  • If kisses were snowflakes, I’d send you a blizzard.
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Short Christmas card messages.

Sometimes, it’s not enough that a holiday message be simple. It also must be short. These short Christmas card messages are ideal for cards leaving lots of room for notes before they ship off to their many recipients.

Take your pick of these short Christmas card messages. You have options that are sweet, cute, funny, and even a little ironic.

  • Deck the halls and spread the joy.
  • In the Christmas cookie of life, you're the icing.

Short Christmas card messages can still be heartfelt.

  • “God bless us everyone.” — A Christmas Carol.
  • Fa La La La La…whatever, you get it. Happy holidays.

I Not everyone has to take the holidays seriously.

  • Merry everything and a happy always.
  • You light up our life.

Picture this short holiday greeting inside a card adorned with illustrated holiday lights.

  • There's snowbody better than you.

There’s always space in a Christmas card for a pun.

  • Time to jingle bell rock.
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Business Christmas card messages.

Holiday greetings from businesses reach employees, business partners, coworkers, bosses, and more. Finding the perfect Christmas messages for coworkers requires a separate search from the Christmas messages for bosses, though. There are times when business Christmas card messages have to be everything to everyone, and for those occasions, take your pick of these holiday greetings. And don’t be shy to change a word or two to perfect it.

Business Christmas card messages often mix gratitude with future-facing statements. Other times, they tickle a taste of humor. Know your audience, and take your pick.

  • Hoping that the new year brings you new possibilities.
  • May good tidings come your way this year.

Of all the business Christmas card messages, this one is universally well received.

  • Celebrate the magic of the holidays with those you hold dear.
  • Our business wouldn’t be the same without great partners like you. Enjoy the holidays.

A little gratitude goes a long way in business Christmas cards for clients, partners, and vendors.

  • Happy holidays — we couldn’t do what we do without you.
  • May all your sweaters be ugly and bright.

The number of businesses that have ugly Christmas sweater contests makes this business Christmas card greeting a home run.

  • Merry and grateful, from our team to yours.
  • We hope you have a safe and relaxing holiday season.

Safety is another common theme in the best business Christmas card messages.

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Christmas card messages for teachers.

Christmas card messages for teachers can be from teachers to their students or from students to their teachers. In both directions, these holiday greetings focus on dreams, wishes, and joy. Many of these messages share the same magic of the best days in the classroom.

Pick the perfect Christmas card messages for teachers and spread holiday greetings of wholesome cheer.

  • Hoping your stocking is stuffed with love and happiness this holiday season.
  • The gift of love. The gift of peace. The gift of happiness. May all these be yours at the holidays.

A teacher-student relationship focuses on the most important gifts of all.

  • Wishing you a season full of light and laughter for you and your family.
  • I hope all your Christmas wishes come true.

Those who are best at dreaming are children. This holiday greeting for teachers recognizes this innate ability .

  • I’m certain Santa will be good to you this year.

This Christmas message is as cute from a teacher to a student as it is from a student to a teacher. It’s a flattering sentiment in both directions.

  • We might not be together on Christmas morning, but you're always in my heart.
  • “Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” — How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Who better to give us Christmas card messages for teachers than beloved Dr. Seuss?

  • We hope you create many happy memories this holiday season.
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Funny Christmas card messages.

Sometimes, the giver of a holiday card is too fun-loving to send anything sappy. Other times, it’s the receiver of a holiday card who is the hilarious one. These funny Christmas card messages run the gamut from movie quotes to eye-rolling puns.

Funny Christmas card messages are especially fun to give because they don’t just end with a smile — they evoke a belly laugh worthy of Santa himself.

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

Anyone who’s a fan of this film will remember this rhyming line of Will Ferrell’s.

  • Christmas is the only time of year when one can sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of socks.
  • I am not 100 percent certain what a sugarplum is, but for a few weeks every year I’ve got visions of them dancing in my head anyway.” — Jane Green
  • You’re a gift in my life. And not the kind I’d return for store credit.

This funny holiday greeting is also hilariously sweet.

  • It's all fun and games until Santa checks the naughty list.
  • They say the best Christmas gifts come from the heart… but cash and gift cards do wonders too. Happy Holidays.

Christmas cards that come bearing cash get a laugh when accompanied with this funny holiday greeting.

  • I put so much thought into your gift that now it's too late to get it.
  • May your season be merry and your presents underwear-free (unless you really need some).

It’s hard not to laugh — if only awkwardly — when someone mentions underwear.

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Make your message jolly with the best Christmas wishes.

After you find the perfect holiday greeting, make your cards even more magical with these best practices. It’s important to first consider your audience. Who will send the Christmas card? Who will receive it?

It’s common for senders to add their own greetings in Christmas cards, too, so imagine how your merry Christmas wishes will play off the greetings written in the margins. Here are some other tips to use your holiday greetings:

  • Memorize your favorite Christmas greetings and you’ll be a hit at the next holiday party.
  • Holiday greetings are loaded with words that rhyme (snow-dough-glow-show, jingle-mingle-shingle, gift-swift-uplift, carol-barrel), so don’t be shy about editing a holiday greeting with a cute pun.
  • Many merry Christmas wishes overuse exclamation points, but the emphasis of the message is felt in the words. Exclamation points are rarely necessary.
  • Add a photo or illustration to complement the Christmas greetings in your card. A visual element can sometimes help further express your joyous wishes.

Know your nondenominational holiday greetings.

The holiday season is also a time when some people wonder which greetings are right for each audience. Some second guess whether to use “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Holidays,” or something else. After all, not everyone celebrates Christmas.

The most popular nondenominational options to use are “Happy Holidays” and “Season’s Greetings.” Swap “Merry Christmas” for one of those, and your holiday greeting reaches a wider audience.

Another way to be inclusive in holiday cards is to be aware of when to use “family” and when not to. Some holiday greetings in this list mention “you and your family,” but anyone receiving cards who lives alone or doesn’t see family over the holidays might feel that the message doesn’t fit. You can leave holiday greetings at “you,” removing “your family” without changing the sentiment at all.

Adobe Express can help.

Adobe Express online editor has tons of free templates and quick and easy customization options to put your favorite merry Christmas wishes to work. If you want to play with Christmas wishes in cards or other creative projects, Adobe Express makes it as simple as picking a template and personalizing it, or making your own idea with easy-to-use tools. Whatever message you want to share, Adobe Express brings it to life, no experience required.

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