Crafting the Perfect Message for Your Christmas Card

Crafting the Perfect Message for Your Christmas Card

The holiday season is here, which means it’s time for peppermint hot cocoa, patterned footie pajamas, and sending all the Christmas cards. But what if you don’t know what to say? Finding the right message for all the different peeps you know can be difficult, but we’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of sentiments from heartfelt to silly that will help you turn your feels into werdz.

Keep it classic and sweet

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Let’s get started with some easy basics. These people pleasing messages convey your sincere wishes while sticking straight to the point:

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays

Season’s Greetings

Merry Christmas to you and yours

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Have a holly, jolly Christmas

Joy to the world

Tis the season to be jolly

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

May your days be merry and bright

Let it snow

Kaboom! Instant classic. Plus, these general sentiments go great with photo cards like our Winterberry template.

Leave a professional impression

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Sending holiday cards to your co-workers and clients is a great way to let them know that you love working with them and are thankful for their business (respectively). These should be different in tone than the cards that you send to your family and friends, since your relationship is different.

Here are a few different ways you can word these cards:

Thank you for being our loyal customer. Happiest of holidays!

Happy holidays! It’s been a pleasure working with you this year.

Wishing you continued inspiration and success in the new year. Happy holidays.

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. From all of us at Imaginary Company.

Go biblical

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Believe it or not, the bible has some pretty classic quotes about Christmas. (HA! Jokes.) Pair one with a modern looking template to give it a new spin. Here are a few example quotes that would look great on the cover of your Christmas card:

“Every good and perfect gift comes from above.” – James 1:17

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5

“For unto us a child is born.” – Isaiah 9:6

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men.” Luke 2:14

Get quotey

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Anchor your holiday card with a famous Christmas quote. There are zillions of them out there so it shouldn’t be hard to find one that fits your mood.

Here are a few of our favorites:

“Every time a bell rings an angels gets his wings.” – It’s a Wonderful Life

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Elf

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!” – Hamilton Wright Mabie

May you have
The gladness of Christmas
which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas
which is peace;
The heart of Christmas
which is love. – Ada V. Hendricks

To really make your quotes pop, try pairing different fonts and playing with font hierarchy.

Go for the gigs

Whether it’s fair or not, most silly greeting cards work around some sort of visual gag. Lucky for you, PicMonkey has a trove of beautiful Christmas card design templates with graphic overlays to help you realize your bold vision.

Here’s how we adapted some of our templates:

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“Santa Claus is watching you” – Santa’s Secret became an homage to an Orwellian propaganda poster by paring down the amount of text and moving the beard overlay up a teeny bit.

“Ho³” – Auldy Scrolly gets a whole lot nerdier this holiday season, when you swap out the text for an exponential expression of Santa’s signature laugh.

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“Oh, snap! Not the gumdrop buttons!! Merry Christmas, you fiend.” – We took Ginger Snap to a darker place by duplicating a gingerbread overlay and erasing opposite parts of each to make it look like someone had snapped them in half. And of course, gave a nod to Shrek.

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“The tree’s not the only one getting lit this year.” – Cuppa Cheer gets even cheerier by reorganizing the text layout and adding a heart overlay.

“Make it rein!” – Okay, so we didn’t actually change the main text on Reindeer Games, but c’mon that’s already amazing. Swap out the invitational information for a sweet salutation and you’ve got a card that’s all ready to go.

Tip: If you don’t find what you’re looking for under our Christmas greeting cards, many of our invitation templates have LOL-worthy designs. Just delete a text box here and move a text box there and you have a sweet new card.

Adding your own text to our own templates is easy. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Access design templates by hovering over Design and clicking Templates.
  2. Search “Christmas” to find all our Christmas templates.
  3. Open a template in the Editor by clicking Preview and then clicking Customize.
  4. Double-click on the text you want to change until it’s highlighted and then type your own message.
  5. Adjust the size of the text so that it fits the canvas.

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Ta-da! You might not have bought any of your presents yet, but at least you have a great looking card.

Bonus! Salutations and closings

While many one-sided cards can perfectly convey your message, if you want to get a little more personalized with, say, a handwritten note, here are some sweet ways to open and close your message.


To Emily,
Merry Christmas!
To my esteemed friend,
Hey! You there!
To the best looking person I know,
Ho, ho, ho!


With love,
Yours truly,
Hugs and kisses,
Best wishes,
Love always,
Warmest wishes,
Wishing you joy,
Merrily, merrily, merrily,

However you write it, don’t forget to date it or you’ll be haunted by the ghost of Christmas past. Who looks eerily like a mix between your mom and your 6th grade English teacher.


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Tanya Friedland
Tanya is a copywriter at PicMonkey, a company that has greatly improved her life by allowing her to Zombify her friends and Santa-ify her enemies. A native Seattleite, she dreams of one day being a contestant on The Price Is Right.